With Mother’s Day just in the rear vision I wanted to reflect on the women who inspire me, who have had a significant impact on my life and whom I deeply respect.
I have been very lucky to have been surrounded by many women over the years who have guided me, supported me and been there to commiserate of those ‘ah crap’ moments (usually with wine) but also to celebrate the times when all my hard work had paid off and high fives and sighs of relief are exhaled.
First of all let’s look to Kylie Minogue. What started as a primary school crush has developed over the years to utter respect and awe. From towering stilettos, glitter and sequins Australia’s beloved pop princess has Wow wow wow wow-ed me (and millions) as her eternal optimism and evolution has built a global empire based on her personal brand. While I will leave the analysis of her personal brand for another time, there is no denying that Ms Minogue is a force to be reckoned with; ever pushing the boundaries as a calculated risk taker, creative and incredibly savvy businesswoman.
Next I look to any woman who juggles kids, a relationship, family, friends and work. My hat goes off to you! I look to my gorgeous friends and colleagues and honestly wonder how you do it all?!? This isn’t to diminish what I, or other women, do without children in the hectic mix but simply a testament to what women can achieve professionally and/or personally depending on their choices.
Now onto The Big O. Oprah. Is there anything this woman can not do?! She is inspirational, intelligent and always moving forward. Oprah’s genuine kindness and generosity also resonates strongly with me and it is this beautiful mix of professionalism and business prowess is ever inspiring.
And last, but not certainly least are two women who I have loved and who have since left; my mum Jackie and my friend Holly. Both were incredibly strong, intelligent, spirited women with wicked senses of humour who taught me to look to each day with the potential and possibility for tomorrow. Sometimes when it’s a seriously crappy day this eludes me but not for long, they pull me back into line very quickly. Amidst my mum’s advice to always moisturise everything she was very driven, never took ‘no’ for an answer and being told she couldn’t achieve something was simply more incentive to make it happen…some say that is my Irish stubborn streak, but really I am just my Mother’s Daughter.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t also many men who I admire but let me save that for another post.
Happy Mother’s Day.