Since Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’m all about the heart of Mother’s Day this year, I wanted to talk about and salute some women who have really inspired me. Of course this post would be a mile long if I named everyone so that’s not possible, but here are a few.
My mother was probably the single greatest influence over my life. She worked hard, was always there for me, supported me in my crazy endeavors, and is the best Nana in the world for my kids. When we lived in Australia, she was the person I missed most and now that we’re back I am continually amazed at how generous and sacrificial she is with both myself and the kids. We took road trips, train trips, and plane trips together growing up and I truly thank her for the high character she has. It’s been something I still try to live up to.
Chrissy is one of my dearest friends though we’ve only lived in the same city for about 8 months over the past 10 years. She has let me cry on her shoulder many times. She’s prayed with me over and over and she’s responsible for the only times I’ve ever flown international first class. She was a missionary in England for a few years and I can always count on her to speak some sense to me when I’m feeling crazy. This will be the first Mother’s Day that she’s a mother – whether she’s had her baby by then or not – and I know she’ll be fantastic.
Christie is a friend from high school who moved upwards a few states and married a youth pastor. Her youth pastor? Maybe. This does happen, you know. Anyway, she has since gone on to become a mother of 3 with a bun in the oven and started her own school. You read that right. She is into classical education (and she touched on that in this post) and since there wasn’t a school that taught it in her area, along with another individual she founded an academy. For which she is now the assistant principle.
My Rome Roomies
I lived in Rome ten years ago. This photo was taken of us on an island off the coast of Italy. It’s why I speak Italian and love Italian food and talk with my hands and make noises with my tongue in lieu of words. The girls that I lived with have made a huge impact on my life. From the left, Gabe has traveled the world working and volunteering in places like Hawaii, South America, Prague, and now Australia. She has studied political science and is working on changing the world. Next, Renee has made a career for herself from scratch as a freelance blogger, writer, and now editor of a major publication in Australia. She is a kind and caring soul and I absolutely know that living with her made me a more thoughtful person. This will be Renee’s first Mother’s Day as a mother – though she’ll be carrying but not holding her baby on that day, if you know what I mean.
Next is Mary who is also a world changer. She went back to the Big Apple where she works for a prestigious and influential society with the goal of saving wild life and wild places across the globe. She makes an actual difference in helping keep certain animals on our planet. Her hubby is a jazz musician and they also travel the world and do various good. I’m in the white hoodie, then to my right is my darling Faye. She not only speaks Italian, but also French and German. She is one of the most loving and generous people I know and, being Scottish, has the best accent of all. She is a busy project manager who sails in her spare time. I mean really… she should have applied for the Volvo team below.
I’ve known some amazing women. And I haven’t even mentioned the countless other friends who, like me, are mothers. We may do other things here and there but, right now, our primary focus is being mothers. It doesn’t seem or feel as glamorous as the lives of the women above, but it’s every bit as important.
SCA recently reached out to me about their all-female racing team. These women are participating in a sailing race for 9 months and SCA’s goal is to celebrate women from everywhere. The above picture is actually a mosaic of tons of women with amazing and completely “average” stories. You go to the site and nominate someone that you admire. I nominated my mom!
SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and we are committed to creating value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launches Amazing Women Everywhere, to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
The women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, exemplify this spirit. They have come from all walks of life and backgrounds to take on one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. For nine months, their journey of hard work and determination will inspire millions around the world. Follow along with Team SCA on Facebook!
We aim to gather thousands of stories from all over the world and inspire thousands more by illustrating that amazing women truly are everywhere. Visit http://www.teamsca.com/awemosaic to submit a photo of an amazing woman in your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SCA. The opinions and text are all mine.
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