Happy International Women’s Day 2020!
It’s great to have a dedicated day to celebrate the important and valuable role of women in society and our world, but I also want to recognise all the large and small ways that the women in my life help to make me a better person each and every day.
There is still countless ways in which the current system is geared against women, and so much work that still needs to be done to create an equal society across all areas of life. Please read Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez to get a real eye-opener!
So much of women’s work is still unrecognised, our safety isn’t considered and our vital role in society is severely undervalued. This drastically needs to change. We all need to do what we can – from big to small acts – to help fix the systems that are straight up failing women. We can make a positive change and we can start now.
I’m starting to reassess how I can better support women, and people in general, in how I live my life – from how I shop, to how I speak, to how I behave. I hope to become a better ally to women, and marginalised groups, everywhere.
Considering this, I want to take today to recognise the incredible, diverse women all around us, who help to make the world a better place just by being themselves, and doing what makes them happy. I hope you can take time today to tell the women (and, importantly, non-binary folks too!) in your life how much you appreciate them and all they do.
Here’s my love letter to six amazing people who have inspired me recently, and continue to do so. Thank you to each and every one of you!
I was lucky enough to meet Madi around 1 year ago, and it was an unexpected crossing of paths that has blossomed into a wonderful friendship.
Madi has such a beautiful soul. She’s kind, supportive and beautiful. She’s super creative and talented, she’s generous and has such a great energy to be around. During our relatively short time knowing each other, she’s inspired me to be a kinder, more accepting person and encouraged me to be more creative.
By simply reaching out to me, to see if I wanted to do a photoshoot with her, she helped to kick start my drive to work on creative projects and to be more ambitious. She’s helped me to understand that I am capable of doing more creative things. Our friendship has taught me that I want to spend more time with people who are enthusiastic about their creativity, the creativity of others and how they spend their time.
People like Madi lift you up. They remind you that people can be good, and make you feel like anything is possible. These are my kind of people.
Meeting Calle was such a serendipitious turn of events. Not only did I make a friend with similar interests, but the time we spend together and seeing how Calle makes travel a priority in her life has helped me to recognise how important travel is to me too.
Not only has she taught me this, but she’s shown me how travel is a real option that’s open to me and if you’re commited to it, you can make it happen. She’s helped to open my eyes to new places and inspired me to continue exploring new areas of the world.
She’s a constant reminder to me that although speaking to new people and making new friends can be scary at first, something amazing can come out of it as a result – so always go for it. Be brave, say hello.
Nat is one of my oldest friends. We met when we were about 5 years old and have been best friends ever since. Nat is funny, kind, loving and ferociously open about herself with the people she trusts.
I love spending time with her and she constantly teaches me that it’s okay to be unashamedly you. You don’t need to hide away any part of who you are and you can embrace it wholeheartedly. It’s taken me a long, long time to start thinking this way but it’s infectious when you’re around her. I’m learning to be kinder to myself, whilst being more open to sharing who I am with others.
Pip has been a great inspiration to be brave and go for your goals.
I recently worked with Pip on episode 10 of her Travel Goals podcast – and I could never have anticipated that this would happen, even just 6 weeks ago. I reached out to her, letting her know that I’d love to be a guest on the podcast and she welcomed me on.
For me, this was a huge moment – someone wanted to hear and share what I had to say about something I care about. In doing this, Pip has encouraged me to work harder, to be more ambitious and to reach out to more people. You never know what opportunities lie around the corner!
Like most people, I adore my nan. She’s incredible. She’s one of the strongest, kindest and most loving people I know and I’m honoured to be her granddaughter.
Since losing her husband, my grandfather, she’s been so unbelievably resilient. She’s been honest about the struggles of going through something so terrible, but she’s open to the future and what life ahead holds for her. She’s even set herself a list of challenges for the year that she’s working her way through – from trying new food to travelling somewhere new, alone.
Not only does she remind me that life keeps moving and that you have to keep moving with it, but she encourages me to make more effort to spend time with the people you love.
After losing my grandfather, my family became even closer (which I’m so grateful for). I want to make sure that I let that positivity feed into every part of my life, so that I can not only tell the people I love, that I love them, but that I can show them it by sharing my time, and my life, with them.
I recently connected with Jenni over a shared appreciation of each others’ blogs and words. Through writing so passionately, honestly and with real commitment, Jenni has inspired me to be more conscious of my own wellbeing and mental health.
It’s easy to fall into patterns and routines, but Jenni’s blogs have encouraged me to take more proactive measures to help me feel more connected to myself and the world, such as meditation (I’m currently half way through a 100 day goal!) and daily affirmations.
I love seeing how engaged she is with the content she writes, and I hope that I can show that level of investment in the topics that I write about too.
An extra shout out
I also wanted to give a shout out to the men in my life who support me because I think it’s important for men to encourage, support and recognise the efforts of the women around them and to continue appreciating the often undervalued role that women play in our world.
In particular, thank you to Ryan, my brother, Scotty, my dad and Nowhere Tribune. Your support and kind words mean a lot to me, even if I don’t say it enough.
And of course, thank you to my mum. Thank you, through all the ups and downs, for unconditionally loving me and my brother. I hope we’re making you proud.
Go tell the people in your life that you love them
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed learning about some of the great people I get to call friends and family.