“There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” — Emma Watson

 high-fiveOn March 8th, we will celebrate International Women’s Day.  Along the course of my life, I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of women, many of whom have faced unexpected adversity and hardship.  I have supported you through some of your greatest challenges and you have encouraged me through some of mine.

I have learned so much along our shared journey and I want to let you know that, I admire your…


You tell it like it is and you get your point across.


In your honesty, you have a way of also being sensitive to others.


You will go to great lengths to support your children, friends and loved ones

Emotional strength

Your ability be aware of, control, and express your emotions, and to handle relationships thoughtfully and with consideration.

Negotiation Skills

While you fight for what is right, I have witnessed your desire to ensure that there is a “win-win” for everyone.

Sense of Humour

Through many difficult situations, including the night before you passed away, we shared a laugh and you continued to maintain your sense of humour.


I have witnessed your grace in treating people with courtesy and cared for their well-being.


Your letting-go of resentment and your acceptance of others, despite that they may have hurt you.


You have never-ending energy to learn and grow and your enthusiasm has been contagious.


I have seen you become stronger and more confident, especially in the face of adversity, in making sure you are in control of your life and in the liberation of your family.

Helping Others

Even with you own personal challenges, you have reached out and helped others.   As Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, expressed, “If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.”

To all of you, want to say, “thank you”.  On March 8th, I wish you a wonderful International Women’s Day.  Take time to celebrate you, for “You are extraordinary!”

~ Lisa