Friday, 8 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019: Inspiring Words From Some Of My Favourite Women

There shouldn't be just one day where we celebrate women, but let's bloody take it - it's International Women's Day and I'm here to share some inspiring words, from some of my favourite women. 

I've always been a girl's girl. From my wonderful mum, aunties and cousins, and some incredible friends; I'm lucky enough to have always felt completely supported and empowered. I don't have a big friend circle, just a handful of close girlfriends, but each one has brought something amazing into my life. As we've grown older, we're still as close, but life has moved us about somewhat. My best friends' are in London (or the big city as we call it up North LOL) and family are also rather spread out, and although we speak all the time, it has left a gap in my daily life. 

Enter Instagram. Yup, this social media platform really has changed my life (and they say us millennials should get our more, ha!). The free app has led me to "meet" (most, not even in person) some of the most brilliant, powerful and creative women. One of my favourite sayings, no matter how corny, is; "real women polish each others crowns" - and honestly, never a truer thing has been said about this gorgeous lot. Each one has supported and inspired me. Whether it's sharing my feed, commenting on my latest outfit, discussed #bloggerproblems , cheered me on when I have new ideas, or just a simple "like" on a picture that I've spent hours shooting and editing - these girls polish my crown daily (wish that didn't sound like an innuendo) and I couldn't be more grateful. 

The whole 'influencer' role could be viewed as pretty darn stressful. Freelance is never easy, and when the entire thing is seemingly based on numbers (likes and follows) and working with the best brands, then you can see why it could be quite competitive. Well, let me tell you, I've never had anything other than complete support from other women (and men) in the 'industry'. I have blogger friends who have taken my picture on a rainy day in Manchester, they've help me build my following and grow. I've had girls share tips on filters and editing, on when to post, and even some who have recommended me to brands they've worked with - now that's girl power! 

So, with that in mind, I asked them yet again for a small favour; to share some advice or a quote that has inspired them in their life, that I can share with you and hopefully inspire you to be that supportive woman (and as usual, they all said yes - love them!).

Lindsey @ropesofholland - "We have enough trouble getting men to respect and support us in business, so we should raise each other up even more"

Alix @icovetthee - "Sometimes when I'm doubting myself or feeling alone, it's something I pull strength from, from knowing that so many women, whether I've met them or not, have shaped the world we're in today with their own lives and their own stories, and given me the chance to be who am I now"

Alice @alicecatherine - "I think I do overshare. It's my way of trying to understand myself. It creates community when you talk about private things" - Carrie Fisher

Sophia @sophiarosemary "Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you, it's not pie!"

Alex @alexlight_ldn - "But real women are fat. And thin. And both. And neither, and otherwise" - Hanne Blank

Rachael @bubblyaquarias - "Dimming someone else's light doesn't make yours shine any brighter. We can all do so much better together and should always be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down, as we're all just trying to do our best. As my Mam always says - It's easier to be nice"

Kerry @kerryannemarlin - "I've learnt to love and care for myself and not feeling ashamed for doing so. We are all guilty of that right? Felling ashamed to be confident and loving ourselves, in case we look too self indulged. Turns out I've had it wrong, to fill yourself up with love and kindness each day is life, from you by you and that's the best part! You are capable of doing so and you hold the key!" - @workinggirllife

Carys @thestyleeditorials - "Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who to be? - K.W It's such a stark reminder to follow your gut instinct about what is right for you as a woman, as the social context within which we are fed messages about, from beauty to careers and roles, is riddled with subtle undercurrents of ancient sexist views"

Shaheen @shaheenchand - "I aspire to be an empowered woman with vision and grace. Softhearted but strong, self aware and sure. Respected for my mind, admired for my heart and above all, always honest, open and raw" - Growing up I always had a clear idea that this is what I would like to represent. Even today, this is my view point on what womanhood should look like. When are not to be misconceived, dominated, weak in sprit or small in mind or character. Women are strong, hard working and respected." 



  1. So short but poignant, the quote comparing rights to slices of pie. I completely agree and couldn't have put it more succinctly if I tried. I think that's why sometimes I find it so baffling when people are against furthering people's rights, because exactly as the quote says, it's not like they miss out!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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