There really is nothing like sitting face to face over food, coffee or a glass of wine and opening your heart. While it may start with the things that are a challenge, I find the conversation with these women always quickly moves forward to the positives - new directions, new ideas and our bond that grows each time we get together.
Monday I had the privilege to meet with a woman who truly inspires me for what she is accomplishing - Monika Blichar. Tuesday the opportunity arose to connect with 2 more - Mita Naidu of Lotus Eye and Christa Leigh of Style by Business and Fashion Night Out Vancouver. Both uplifted me and helped me focus on the wonderful possibilities ahead. Today I will have the opportunity to connect with Shannon Belsito, my stylist who is always ready with an open ear and a shoulder to cry on. On my list to catch up with are designer RozeMerie Cuevas of Jacqueline Conoir who mentored me from the beginning, Pam Jackson of Street Cat Designs who encouraged me to start this blog, Kris McKenna of Social City Networking who has many times shared the wisdom of her experience and Tawnya Busch of Lexington Models who gives me amazing industry feedback. These are only a few of the many wonderful women who have guided me over the last 5 years in particular. All have had a tremendously positive impact on my life.
I grew up as the only daughter with 2 brothers, so found I gravitated to hanging out with men. It's only later in life I have come to realize the wonderful value of my female friends. They enrich my life and tell me the words I need to hear. They understand my challenges as a woman, a mother and a business person in ways my male friends cannot. Here is my thank-you to each of them - I hope you know who you are. You share my heartbreak, you share my joy, you give me the best advice imaginable and for all this I am utterly grateful and love you all!
“Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.” - Louise Bernikow
"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriend." - Laurie Kuslansky
"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman." - Margaret Thatcher
"I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career." - Gloria Steinem
"Women are amazing. She can put a smile on her face, act like everything is fine, when really the world is on her shoulders and her life is clipping throug the cracks of her fingers..."
"Girls, always remember: You are smart enough and beautiful enough to never be taken for granted and to never be anyone's second best."
"I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows." - Janette Barber
"A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't." - Rhonda Hansome