Updated: May 5
Welcome to the Badass Moms Club podcast!
Episode 2 is dedicated to ALL women because it's International Women's Day!
In celebration of International Women's Day, I dive into
1. What makes women so awesome
2. Some stories of amazing women through history
3. Women in my life that are incredible
4. How we can empower ourselves and the women around us to be the best we can be
5. Things women need to do better at
6. And to cap it all off, there's a surprise giveaway!
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What Makes Women SO Awesome
Obviously we are all going to have a different things on our list, but here are 8 things that resonated with me:
1. Women are passionate! Do not get in the way of a woman on a mission.
2. We can multi-task. We are really good at juggling multiple things.
3. We are not afraid to show our sensitive side! It's healthy to be able to show our emotions.
4. We are bosses. End of story.
5. We can bring life into this world. Men...can you bring life into this world? Nope!
6. Female Intuition. We have incredible intuition. Listen to it!
7. We are resourceful! We don't know all the answers but we generally know how to get the information.
8. Women live longer!
Some stories of amazing women through history
1. Huda Shaarawi
Huda is often regarded as the founder of the women’s movement in Egypt. She is often remembered for removing her face veil in an act of protest at a Cairo train station. She also founded the Wafdist Women’s Central Committee, which played a key role in Egypt’s independence from Britain.
2. Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks will forever be remembered for refusing to give up her seat on a racially-segregated bus, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After the boycott successfully helped end segregation in public spaces, Rosa Parks sought to educate the nation’s youth about civil rights. Her multiple awards include the NAACP’s highest honour and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
3. Malala Yousafzai
The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner of all time, Malala Yousafzai, has become an icon in the battle for girls’ rights. At the age of 15, the Taliban attempted to assassinate her for demanding an education for herself and other girls. She has since addressed the United Nations, started the Malala Foundation, and published a book.
4. J.K. Rowling
The best selling book series of all time is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Joanne wrote her first book at 6 and first novel at 11.
5. Maya Angelou
Maya is one of the most influential women in American history and was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, whose award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
6. Ellen DeGeneres
According to a poll by Variety magazine in 2015, Ellen DeGeneres did more to influence American attitudes in regard to gay rights than any other celebrity. The talk show host came out as gay in 1997 -- and so did her character on her sitcom "Ellen."
7. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is the first African-American female billionaire.
Few artists can match the success of Rihanna in the 21st century. The Barbadian singer has had 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and 31 songs reached the top 10. She's also won nine Grammy Awards.
Wow that’s incredible...and this is just a list of 8 women...imagine how many other awesome women are out there. Imagine all the women who are doing amazing things that don’t get recognized in the media...all the women who are just like you and me who are trying to live a positive life and leave a positive impact on this world.
Which brings me to talking about some women in my life who are awesome.
1. My mom. Ok really though, my mom is amazing. My mom is one of the most selfless people I know. She is so kind and caring and will do anything for those she loves. I see so much of her in myself and especially now that I have Esmé, I can see the impact of having an amazing mother come through in how I am with Esmé.
2. My sister. She is the mom of all moms. I have loved watching her become a mother to her son. When I need advice or am unsure, I look to her for answers. She is so kind, gentle, patient, caring and if she was meant to have any job on this planet, its being a mom.
3. My best friend Megan. Hands down one of the hardest working people I know. This is the woman who has had two jobs for most of her life, has earned everything she has, and has shown me that it is so important to never get up on your dream.
4. My client turned friend, Jessica. I have been lucky enough to be involved in her journey to finding happiness and love for herself. She has reminded me that we are all worthy of self-love.
5. My good friend Heather. Seriously one of the kindest people I know. Heather has been there for me for many years and through all my ups and downs has never once made me feel embarrassed or bad about whats been going on in my life.
5 women. 2 of which are blood, 5 of which I consider family. These women have shaped me in ways they don’t even know. These women have been there through the pivotal moments in my life and have helped me become the woman I am today.
Being a woman is so special and we really shouldn’t take that for granted. And with being a woman, I believe we have the duty of helping and empowering other women.
There's a trend that we all know about...women tearing other women down. It's really sad and quite disgusting. It's in the form of saying mean things, jealousy, hatred, gossip and more.
We didn’t come this far to only come this far.
But if we continue down this road of tearing each other down, we will undo the hard work that the women before us did. So we need to really come together. Stand alongside each other. Empower one another. Build each other up.
And we can do that in the simplest of manners
1. Speak positively to one another and about one another. The old saying goes...if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
2. Remember, just because your friend is doing something or has something you want...doesn't mean you cant also have it. Theres enough to go around, I promise
3. Cheer each other on!! If your friend is doing something awesome, send her a positive message, shout her out on your social media, promote her business, send her a card in the mail. Show her love.
4. Compliment other women. Like someones hair? Tell her. Lady on the bus wearing a cool outfit? Tell her. Someones message on social media resonate with you? Tell her.
These things may seem like such small, minute, or insignificant things...but they are the building blocks to lifting each other up. And it does make a difference. I know it and you know it. We all can benefit from coming together and supporting one another.
Women are incredible in their own right...but what’s even more incredible is when women come together, stand up for each other, cheer one another on, laugh together, love one another, and move from being just one woman to being together as women.
So, I urge you to take everything I just said and really apply it to your life and watch what happens...it will be amazing.
Much love ladies (and gents!).