From an early age, my mom taught my sisters and I that no dream was out of our reach…that we could achieve anything we put our minds to. Even to this day, if I am struggling with self-doubt, my mom will sit me down and ask me Why can’t you achieve this? Why NOT you?”. She set the stage for me to believe in myself – to always push a little bit harder to reach a certain goal.
I have always been surrounded by successful, type-A, confident women – my mom, my three sisters, and my three closest girlfriends from high school have all exceeded a hundred times over with what they have tried to accomplish in their lives. So it comes as no surprise to me that I still find myself drawn to the same types of females as I get older.
Being around strong women makes me stronger. I see what they accomplish, I’m proud of/for them, and I feel empowered to go after my own impossible dreams. It has nothing to do with being competitive or wanting to outperform these ladies…Being around their accomplishments and seeing/feeling their drive to succeed gives me confidence in MYSELF that I can follow in their footsteps and do something similar. These strong females are strong in mind, body, and spirit – they embody success.
I will never understand females who shy away from strong, confident females as friends, acquaintances, or confidants, who feel the need to be the alpha-female in the group, or who want to be surrounded with females that don’t have any drive to succeed. I don’t know the reasons behind why some females feel this way but I do know that they are missing out.
Being around strong women makes me stronger.
The last week or so has been filled with accomplishments for some of the women in my life and I wanted to share a few stories and videos with you.
My roommate from college and close friend, Annie, ran a half marathon this past weekend…only FIVE months after giving birth to her first child, adorable little Adeline. While that is impressive on its own, consider the fact that she is a single mom about 50% of the time – her husband is in the U.S. Army and deploys for weeks to months at a time. She juggles being a nursing mom, housewife (taking care of 100% of the household duties – shopping, cooking, cleaning, taking out the trash, etc), and amazing friend with finding the time to go to the gym or running with her daughter in the stroller. Pretty darn impressive. And she ran an awesomely fast race this weekend!
Twitter, FitFluential, and other social media outlets have afforded me the opportunity to meet a slew of fantastic, strong women over the last few months. One of these is Jessica Hofheimer, a FFA, ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, RRCA certified running coach, Pilates teacher, and small business owner. Oh and a wife and mom of 3!! Talk about doing it ALL! I’ve been a huge fan of Jessica’s since the first time I came across her blog – I can relate to her on so many levels (including being a stay-at-home-mom and nursing mother to a 14 month old son). She just submitted her application for the nuun Hood to Coast Relay Team (you can read about the team here). I can’t think of anyone better suited to be on the team this year than Jessica. Her application included a really awesome video that shows the type of person she is – if you have a few moments you should definitely check it out on her blog. (The video/blog post is here)
Another strong woman in my life is Dorothy Beal, a FFA, RRCA certified running coach, Saucony Hurricane Team Captain, 3:11 marathoner (who has run 19 marathons), and mom of 3 (I think there is a pattern here!). Similarly to Jessica, Dorothy is a stay-at-home mom, has her own company, and juggles training for her marathons with cooking, cleaning, and being a mom/wife. She has been associated with Saucony for a few years now (she writes some great reviews on their running apparel) and was recently given the opportunity to be included in Saucony’s FIND YOUR STRONG PROJECT. (BTW – from now until April 10, you can upload a picture of your STRONG FACE for a chance to win a pair of Guide 5′s -> http://community.saucony.com/findyourstrongproject/). She was photographed and filmed a few weeks ago to tell her “Find your Strong” strong – some footage was just released. It’s pretty amazing and she is all over the video!!
These ladies are some of my biggest inspirations these days. I will always be a huge fan of the Kara Gouchers and Desi Davilas in the world – but there is something about real women achieving these unbelievable goals that hits home with me. It makes me want to work that much harder and makes me believe in myself and my goals.
Do you have any strong women like these ladies in your life?