It’s International Women’s Day! Ya know, just a day that marks a focal point in the movement for women's rights. No big deal, right? More like, huge deal. On March 8th, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. More importantly, International Women’s Day is a call to action for accelerating gender equality (like we said, big deal!). That’s why we rounded up five women we think are one in a million, and simply just badass. These women inspire those around them to be better, show up stronger and continue to pursue their goals and dreams. And you should definitely get to know them ASAP. We asked each of these women a few questions about their impact, who inspires them and so much more. Take a look!
Instagram: @honeyrosek1. What’s your greatest passion? In other words, what fills up your cup? My family and friends come to mind first when I think of what fills up my cup. My children are always my first passion as I look at them in awe each and every day. My work passion is creating an eco-chic style that's affordable and unique for my customers. It's important for me to know that I'm doing something that makes a small mark on creating a better world for my children. 2. What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #BalanceforBetter mean for you in your work life? It means that when you empower yourself and lead with your whole heart, you can create change in what you do. We should honor and empower women each day to create a better world with real equality. 3. How are you making a difference for female empowerment? First, I always say “yes” when other women ask me for advice or to meet them to share ideas. I believe you should help and collaborate with each other to create a better world for women. Share your gifts and magic! I also believe in sharing what other women are doing to make a difference. We have a blog at Honey Rose & K called What's in Her Bag?! where we interview women and peek inside their bags! It's a great way to honor all women from the stay-at-home mother to the ER doctors. We all matter, we all have a voice and we all connect through our unique experiences. I believe in stepping out of your comfort zone and getting to know other women who are different from you. We all have something to learn from each other. 4. What do you think is the biggest issue today facing women of your age? Well, I'm in my 40s now and I think a big issue that women my age face is going back to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom. Many women gave up careers to stay home and raise their children. Daycare and nanny costs are so high that women often feel like they have no choice. After being out of the workforce for so long, how do you go back? What does that look like for your family? Will you be doing something you are still qualified for and passionate about? I've been careful to build my own team with women who want a job that's fulfilling and provides balance for them. We are all mothers at Honey Rose & K, and among the four of us, we have eight children. I've created a flexible work/life balance for my team so that they can do it all. I also choose to use women for all my work needs, from my accountant to my photographer! 5. Is there any woman you look up to in particular? Why? I look up to so many women for so many different reasons. Oprah always comes to mind, but currently I'm in awe of my sister-in-law, Casey Herbert. She's had a rough year taking care of my brother through his brain surgery and caring for her two young children. You never hear her complain or feel sorry for herself. She puts her best foot forward each day and she's always so positive. I really admire her strength. 6. What’s your favorite quote from a strong, inspirational woman? "Create the highest, grandest vision for your life, because you become what you believe." - Oprah 7. What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman? You have to believe in yourself first. Love yourself first. If you can do that, you can find success and accept failure with grace. Learn to get back up with each disappointment and become better. I don't believe in easy or taking shortcuts. Too often, women ask me how did you do this or that and my answer is always the same: I never gave up or thought I couldn't.
Instagram: @cocomeg1. What’s your greatest passion? In other words, what fills up your cup? My passion is people. Plain and simple. The growth and empowerment of others is what keeps me engaged and motivated in life. We can all do better and be better—I believe in demonstrating that for others. 2. What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #BalanceforBetter mean for you in your work life? #BalanceforBetter means discovering what a healthy work/life balance is for YOU, and protecting that. Put yourself first in order to be better for others. 3. How are you making a difference for female empowerment? I choose to work for two women, Manda and Lauren of The W Nail Bar, and a brand which completely embodies female empowerment. I strive to be authentic, strong, passionate and transparent in order to influence that mindset in other women. 4. What do you think is the biggest issue today facing women of your age? Finding a way to do it all. Be a mother, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a partner, a wife, AND pursue your goals/dreams. I am constantly humbled and in awe of the incredible women I know crushing it in all categories. 5. Is there any woman you look up to in particular? Why? Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. She was intelligent, fierce, talented, opinionated, self-assured. She broke boundaries for women in fashion, the workplace and socially. She created a brand and an empire, still influential today, all by simply staying true to herself. 6. What’s your favorite quote from a strong, inspirational woman? “Do one thing every day that scares you” - Eleanor Roosevelt 7. What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman? Be kind to yourself.
Facebook: Personal Fitness Navigators1. What’s your greatest passion? In other words, what fills up your cup? Being of service and spending quality time with loved ones. 2. What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #BalanceforBetter mean for you in your work life? It means always having time to care and connect with SELF in order to serve at my fullest potential. 3. How are you making a difference for female empowerment? We are currently sharing the stories of women who are in our Social Enterprise "Fit To Navigate" with the recurring theme of "How Fitness Saved Their Life." This allowed them to transform not just physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. With that being said, there is a feeling of empowerment that is definitely a byproduct of such a transformation. 4. What do you think is the biggest issue today facing women of your age? Managing personal expectations. The feeling that you "should" be at a certain place in life by a certain age. When in all actuality, you are exactly where you need to be to experience growth and expansion. 5. Is there any woman you look up to in particular? Why? I look up to many different women in my life. Especially my mom. Why? The reasons are vast, however, mostly because of the spirit to prevail and overcome obstacles and be a victor and not a victim! 6. What’s your favorite quote from a strong, inspirational woman? "The closest thing to God on this earth is a Woman’s body it's where life comes from." - Rupi Kaur 7. What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman? You have everything you need, just believe and Source will see you through.