Or do you secretly envy other women or perhaps even despise them because they have something which you do not. Because you view their lives as being better than yours. Or because you view them as being better than you.
Celebrating. Praising. Supporting. Loving.
When it comes to other women, do you do these things? And if you do them a bit, or at all, do you think you do them enough?
You may have noticed that I have a little thing going that I like to affectionally call #WisdomInHeels on this blog.
It all started as a bit of a photo mission on Instagram, where I planned on posting inspirational words from women every day.
I’ll hold my hands up right now and say I’ve failed on the daily bit. (Ooops!) But I definitely do my best to continue to post wonderful words that I come by on there, whenever I come across them.
And I often share them on this blog too!
(If you’ve paid really close attention, you may have noticed that on Wednesdays I tend to share my favourite #WisdomInHeels quotes.)
Anyhow, today I wanted to take this one step further and share with you not just a mere quote, but a list of stonking good reads.
A menagerie of witty, wise and warm words. All. From. Women.
Why just women?
Well (sorry guys!) but in my opinion women’s voices are too often silenced, too often ignored and too often overlooked.
So I’m on a bit of a mission to do my bit in helping to address the (very) unequal balance.
Here are some brilliant #WisdomInHeels reads for you all to savour.
(And if you love the fact I’m celebrating women’s words then stay tuned folks, stay tuned! Because there’s a hell of a lot more to come about this, in the very near future, that I can promise.)
Cuppas at the ready? Ok, let’s go:
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
“Women are powerful and I see them stifle this ever. single. day. Stop looking to be saved and hiding your magic. Stop tossing aside your voice and valid emotions…
“Rise up and step back into your own intuitive and innate power.”
You could even say, I was quite the handful.
I had plenty of runs in with my Mum over the years as I battled for independence and a yearning to grow up fast. I wanted to run before I could walk, which looking back now, must have been so painful for my Mum. (Sorry, Mum!)
But guess what?
I didn’t know it all. In fact, I knew very little!
As a rebellious teen, I lived and I learned – more often than not, the hard way. So as a thank you to my lovely Mum – and in collaboration with Littlewoods and their new, rather brilliant #MumsKnowBest campaign – here are some of the things she told me, that I wish I had listened to, back then, many yonks ago.
See Mum, I may not have paid attention, but I did indeed listen.
I love you.
And one thing I love to do on this blog, perhaps more than any other, is to share their wisdom and stories with you all.
Because women never get celebrated enough in my humble opinion and well, I’m doing my bit to try and change that. *winks*
Today, I’m sharing a special interview with the wonderful Ashleigh Swan, a mum to three and ‘money expert’ whose business Ashleigh Money Saver have seen her amass a whopping FB audience of nearly 300,000 people! Impressive huh?!
Ashleigh is fast becoming one of the country’s most respected names in money saving and was even named as one of the top 100 Britons to watch last year by the Telegraph, so I’m pretty damn chuffed to feature her.
Grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy! I have a feeling you’re going to love this one.
Extraordinary women.Women who have survived and thrived against the odds. Women who achieve the most incredible things. Women who continually strive to be their best.
So many women in my life inspire me and make me want to be better, from my mum to my three sisters, to my mother in law to my best friends. All of them are incredible in their own way. And I learn so much from them all.
The blogging world is another huge source of female inspiration for me. I have made wonderful friendships with wonderful women thanks to the blogging community. Women who are motivating others with their words, sharing their soul with the world and inspiring all of us to live our lives to the fullest.
Through all of these woman I have learnt so many things and continue to, on a daily basis.
In fact, it was bloomin’ tough!
Because ALL of the women I know and love inspire me. (And you all know who you are!)
However in my life there has always been one woman who stood out from the crowd. One woman who always encouraged me to be better, aim higher and to achieve success.
And that inspiring #ARWOMAN was my Gran. Peggy Eileen Foster.
I’ve written about her before on the blog, even sharing some extracts from some of her personal letters to me. And there’s no doubt about it, when it comes to inspiring women, my goodness, she was one of them.
My gran – who sadly is no longer with us – was a woman born ahead of her time. She was fierce, passionate, independent, clever, witty and wise.
She was a great believer in education, hard work and doing something for the greater good.
She sought out opportunities and relished them when they came.
She overcame dreadful hardships in her childhood and youth.
She was a true feminist, believing herself to be just as good as any man. (If not better!)
She lived her own life, on her terms, and made absolutely no apologies for it.
She challenged people, she spoke her mind, she could be incredibly harsh but was always truthful.
She loved her family and was fiercely loyal to those she loved.
She valued character and intelligence above beauty and feminine charms.
She lived her life fully and never ever stopped learning or trying to better herself.
Peggy Eileen Foster was more than just my Gran. She was a mentor, an ally, my staunchest supporter and sometimes, my harshest critic.
As you may have guessed by now, I loved her dearly. And of course, always will.
I think about her every day and her wise words echo between my ears whenever I feel weak or challenged.
My Gran inspired me to take life by both hands and go for it. And she taught me that I am as as good as any man. She showed me that passion is great as long as we channel it well and that a good education and hard work can really take us places.
When I saw a psychic medium a few months ago, my Gran came up a lot in conversation and the lady who did my tarot reading and clairvoyance told me with a knowing smile, “there is much of her in you.”
She’s right, there definitely is. And I will be forever in her debt.
For more inspiring women do check out the #ARWOMAN hashtag on Instagram (I’ll be sharing mine shortly here) and why not join in and share your own! Let’s celebrate brilliant, empowering women shall we? Which woman in your life inspires you the most?
Also do check out Atterley Road’s #ARWOMAN campaign on their site. To kick off their celebration of empowered and empowering women, they have a brilliant interview with Tasha Back, a cinematographer who has made a real name for herself in a male dominated industry, which is well worth a read.
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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