All my life I’ve had a massive female influence.
From aunts to cousins, to bffs, it seemed that everyone around me was a girl. Since the very beginning, I had surrounded myself with strong, able, opinionated, and lovely women. These women shaped who I am today, and I am eternally grateful for that. You each have brought light to my life, in a sometimes, dark world. You each taught me something different, and without it, I would not be the fantastic lady I am today. So I’d like to commemorate some of those people today…for International Women’s Day
*cue confetti and the entire Spice Girls playlist*
#1: Thank you to my best friends for teaching me that there is no wrong time or place for happiness. Even though you embarrass me and sometimes need to laugh before helping me get up after I fall, I cannot tell you how much you each of you brighten my day
#2: To the random lady in the washroom who always has a tampon on hand to save the day…you are the real MVP! I love how considerate yet straightforward a task like that is. It indeed shows how girls are always there for each other.
#3: Thank you to the confident woman who struts by on the sidewalk as if it were a catwalk. Your strut, mannerisms, and ways have pushed me to love myself and accept the body I have been given
#4: To my mum, who has taught me that there is nothing that talk and a good cup of tea cannot solve. Mum, you have been there for a shoulder to cry on through situations no parent should ever have to go through. You are my best friend, confidant, and classic rock lover. I am who I am today (fully functioning and all) because of you. I admire you so much.
#5: To my cousin, who taught me that age is just a number. Even though we are 11 years apart, you have been there for me through thick and thin, never treating me as lesser due to my age. You are the most fun person I have ever met, and I love you so much.
#6: To Bethany, I wouldn’t have spoken without you. You taught me to stand up for what I believe in and to fight for my rights, no matter the difficulty.
#7: To Chrissy who informed me that life does not always have to be a severe episode of the Bachelor.
#8: To Melody who taught me that you have to treat yourself (because who else will? You deserve it!!)
#9: To my grandma who showed me to stop and smell the roses (because life moves pretty fast!)
Thank you to all of the women internationally who continue to fight on with their lives! I am incredibly privileged to have been given the experience I have, and I am eternally grateful. Girl power is international. It has no language or borders. So why not celebrate women every day?