If there is one thing that I feel truly blessed to have in my life is such incredible female role models. They've shaped who I am today in so many ways and I'm so excited to share some of the most valuable lessons that they taught me and I'd love to know what the women in your life have taught you.
Writing about my mum is always so bittersweet. I never want to forget how much of an incredible woman she was but because she died relatively young  I can't help but feel like I should have been able to learn so much more from her. However, those incredible 19 years that I did have with her taught me so much and some of the biggest lessons that I learnt from her was to never let yourself be treated badly and to always stand up for yourself no matter what. And to never give up on your dreams, even when they seem completely out of reach and you might not be taking the most obvious route there is always hope to be had for something you truly feel passionate about.
My sister and I have gone from fighting like cat and dog when we were younger to being pretty much inseparable and being such an integral part of each other's adult lives. Losing our mum made us so incredibly close and she's without a doubt one of the women that I look up to the most. Over the past 4 years she's gone through a terribly hard time, had multiple surgeries, had to make heartbreaking and terrifying decisions and I never quite know how she's got through it. And it's not in an ableist way either, it's more that I just simply don't know how one can make such huge decisions whilst being faced with such life changing things at the same time. My sister constantly reminds me that even in the worst of times we can always find something to be grateful for. Even if it's just seeing our dog running towards us then that makes it a great day. And that tomorrow is never promised to us so we have to live in the moment as much as we possibly can.
MY BEST FRIEND
I'm not quite sure I can even say my best friend is even considered a friend at this point in my life. She really is like my family and there is no stone that goes untouched with her, we talk about everything and we've broken down all those horrible barriers to talk about like bowel movements and money. She's a constant reminder that work is never all your worth in life. Having a great work ethic and pushing yourself is awesome and so many great things can come from that but it's never all your good for. She taught me that constantly being burnt out isn't something that makes you better than anyone. Taking care of your health, whether it be physical or mental is so important and not some sort of internet fad.
AND EVERY SINGLE INSPIRING WOMAN I'VE MET ONLINE OR IN REAL LIFE
The beauty and lifestyle niche of blogging is something that I believe is for the most part female dominated and whilst there are many pitfalls about that there are also so many incredible girls in the industry that inspire me every day. And you can say what you want about the blogging industry and of course, there are a lot of awful people in it but that's not any different to any industry, there always the people that make it unenjoyable. Seeing people make businesses from their bedrooms from something they purely did for fun is incredible and never something that should be looked down upon.
And then, of course, there are all the women who I've come into contact with over the years. From teachers to friends there are so many wonderful women out there who have shown and opened me up to different view points and how other people choose to live. So from my mum to someone who I might have just met once here are some more of my favourite lessons that I've learnt from them;
- No matter what you do, you are worth something.
- Your past does not define your future.
- We're all equal.
- Mental illness isn't embarrassing or a dirty world.
- Having emotions and needs does not make you high maintenance.
- Never be afraid to say what you truly want.
What have the inspiring women in your life taught you?
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