It is international women’s day! For this post I am teaming up with JD Williams for this awesome day celebrating ALL women. I want to share a really awesome story with you all because really it was inspired by one of you amazing women.
A few days ago, I was asked by a follower of mine how can she be an inspiration to someone else the way I’ve been an inspiration to her. This question really floored me because when I started A Thick GIrl’s Closet, I didn’t set out to be an inspiration. I honestly thought this was a loaded question, and I had to ask myself what does it mean to be an inspiration to someone? Is there even a right way to be an inspiration to someone? So I started to think about the women in my life who inspire me every single day.
Women like my mother, who is a 5 year breast cancer survivor and woman who always told me to live my life for myself first before living it for anyone else, inspires me. My mother has always lived her life on her terms. She’s always made her own money, never depended on anyone. Going through her double mastectomy, she knew breast cancer wasn’t going to get in her way. She one two punched breast cancer. She is approaching 60 this year and is living every bit of her life. She’s traveling, going to dinner outtings with friends, hiking with friends, taking swim classes all because she wants to. I know I want that kind of freedom in 30+ years.
Women like my blogger babes Kelly of Kellyaugustine.com & Meaghan of Littlelimedress.com inspire me. Even though I really don’t like Kelly (insider) she is someone who works so hard and makes it look effortless. She lives life one day at a time. Even when life is hard for whatever reason she doesn’t let those moment suck the energy out of her spirit. Woman I met 5 years ago at an event, is the same woman and fuss at today. Me not having siblings she most certainly has become the older sister that want, but don’t really like lol Meaghan, is one hell of a trooper. She’s a true girl boss if I’ve ever seen one. For as long as I’ve known her, she keeps her head down is ALWAYS on the grind. But will never let that get in the way of being an amazing friend. Giving her ideas and advice without judgement. She is an amazing daughter, aunty and friend. My gingersnap! And I love watching her win. I love seeing her growth both personally and professionally.
Women like Marie of the Curvy Fashionista. Marie and I have created a bond that was something unexpected for me. We’ve talked in-depth about so many things beyond the plus industry and blogging industry and it’s honestly so refreshing. She’s taken on the role of being that big sister in life and career. She is the one that will tell me to step back from the blog and work on myself. She will tell me that I need to go away and not make it blog related. She will tell me that not everything has to do with ATGC. She is a constant reminder that self care is just as important as grinding for the blog.
Women like Paola Mathis inspire me. Paola is the founder and owner of the headwrap company Fanm Djanm. 1st she’s a badass girl boss and 2nd, she is effortlessly awesome human being. Beyond her physical beauty Paola has a beautiful heart. She knows that her win in life, is a win for her circle. She is someone that I don’t mind supporting because she returns the love and support without question.
What do these women have in common when comes to inspiring me? It’s simple. They are themselves. They walk through life on their own terms. They do what’s best for them and the people around them. They don’t ask for anything in return. They are as real as they come. That in itself is inspiration. It’s 100% a blessing for someone to consider me an inspiration, and quite frankly it still surprises me that someone does. To bring this post full circle, I simple say to be an inspiration to someone in your life. Take that new job, go to that spin class, take that trip you’ve been planning, volunteer somewhere new, hang out with the person you always see at the coffee shop, go on that date, buy that dress you’ve been eyeing. Do whatever it is that makes you happy (money doesn’t have to be a factor) but do it unapologetically and in my humble opinion, that can and will inspire others to do the same.
Thanks for reading. See you in my next post.