A joyous celebration of diversity, talent, intelligence and beauty (inside and out). That is what International Women's Day means to me. It is nice to have a day, but I think this spectacular array of appreciation for Women should occur all year long! :)
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made for women without regard to divisions - whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past challenges and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. Yesterday Cisco partnered with Citi in a lively, and passionate discussion. We laughed, we cried, we left inspired.
Simultaneously she explained quite humorously how her biological clock began blaring, but she stayed focused on her other dreams which kept her going. She talked about the three D's: Delays, Denial, and Disaster. Like many of us who are planners, and not naturally patient- delays can be the hardest to overcome. She met her husband at the age of 42, and on her Wedding Day received the gift of four children ("minus the stretchmarks"). Sometimes life makes you wait- keep dreaming!
My personal story, the love of my life and I met per chance through a charity. I had just gotten back from South Africa, and he was leaving for their in a few weeks. We had everything in common and stayed up talking till 6 in the morning...I knew I was in trouble. I had never dated anyone with children before, but he had two beautiful and intelligent daughters who I immediately fell in love with. I had always been a dog person, with not one but two hundred pound lap dogs. He had a small cat named Austin Danger Powers, Danger was his middle name. The day Jay proposed, my soon to be 16 year old step daughter moved in with us. I joked I became a wife and a mom all in one weekend. As a type A person who gives their all to every aspect of my life, personally and professionally, it is sometimes hard to not feel the pressure to be the very best. I related very much to Padmasree Warrior on her stories as well.
The final words are advise are things each of us can carry with us every day:
- Dream, one day a week, for a minimum of 10 minutes.
- Know when to "turn your brain off" and relax.
- Tune in to your creative side
- Be Proactive about your career
- As women we tend to shy away and over analyze... there will never be enough data to feel comfortable, so don't "over analyze".
This last piece of advice impacted me more than anything else Padmasree said, "take calculated risk, but don't calculate forever". Now go on and live your life, create your destiny, dream big, and have some fun along the way!
Should the speakers of these eloquent words happen to read my blog- I want to say THANK YOU for your message of hope, encouragement and inspiration. At times, I felt like you were speaking directly to me, and I am thankful beyond words you were so willing to share your personal stories with each of us. I hope I did justice capturing your words and message, as I wanted so much to share it with those not lucky to here it live. As soon as I get the video recording, I will post that as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and please continue your work of inspiration!