My husband, Ayhan, and I just got back from a two week business trip overseas. While we were away we had to be completely “unplug” from any emails, texting, social media, current events, & the list goes on. This meant no communication with our teams manning the stores & offices back home; as well as not having the ability to have constant contact with our two little ones.
Even though the disconnect was not what we are used to, we appreciated it in some way. It gave us a bit of a sigh of relief, and somewhat freedom & opportunity to focus on the present and each other.
Naturally, being a female who runs her own business, only means I am attracted to other women who are striving for success in any area of life. During our “media sabbatical’, I was finally allowed the chance to read up on different books on my ever growing “to read” list.
The first read was Make Trouble by Cecile Richards. If you have yet to read this story, get to it! Cecile Richards is the President of Planned Parenthood & daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards. Clearly, without even knowing who Governor Ann Richards was, you can imagine what incredible influence she had on her daughter as it came to being a strong female in a “man’s world”.
The second read was Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri. Jennifer Palmieri worked alongside Hillary Clinton, President Obama, & Elizabeth Edwards, again… just to name a few. Throughout the book Jennifer presents a letter to the future first woman president, but also to all women working to succeed in any area.
After I completed the two books, I couldn’t help but shake the quote that everyone has heard time after time “empowered women, empower women”. I was so fortunate to have a mother, like Cecile Richards had, where I was able to look to as an example in how to live my life. My mother is witty, analytical, & creative, but there are so many women out there that do not have that ideal relationship with their mom.
I want to encourage & challenge myself, and whoever is reading this, that as we honor the mother’s and women in our lives on Mother’s Day, to also look around you to the women in your everyday life. Find someone that might need a smile, a cup of coffee, or to hear someone ask them for a change “How are you this week?”. In today’s society it’s so common to already have a defense up when someone doesn’t agree in your beliefs or values. But at the end of the day, I think we can all agree that we are all women who want to kick ass at everything we put our minds to. You never know the huge difference you can make in someone’s life by the little things you do for and with them.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there! I will hopefully be spending it with my two babes cuddling on the couch, and playing outside.