If you have any social media platform you will know that today is international womens day, as it is honestly everywhere at the moment, so many people are talking about it and I love that. I knew I wanted to jump on the hype (could you call it that?) and write my own post, but I’m not really sure where its going so just ride the wave and take the ramble to my girls yeah?
Last year I saw many blog posts and so many Instagram posts about girls empowering girls, and building girls up by telling them that they are independent women who need to draw their own path. Thats all well and good but I wanted to take it back to the base, to the girls and women that inspire me. To the girls day to day that bring me up and make me laugh, as they truly are the women that have built me and continue to do so. You can’t build a strong house without strong foundations and all that jazz…
There aren’t many women in my life but the ones that I do have mean the absolute world to me. I probably won’t mention everyone here but you all know who you are, and I love you all a lot. Here are some of the most inspiring and motivating women that I know, who deserve a special mention on the day devoted to girls.
To my nan:
My best friend since day 1, and probably the best woman I know. She is always behind me cheering me on but also the shoulder to cry on when I’m having a bad day. I know that she would support me whatever I choose to do and always knows just what to say when I’m having a crisis, she is my rock and I do love her an awful lot. We always joke that she is a ‘soccer mom’ but I do appreciate her constant support. The amount of memories and laughter that we have had together is crazy, I’m so lucky that I have such a good relationship with her as I don’t think many people could say they are this close to their parents/grandparents… I chat to her like she is my best friend! She is an amazing woman and most importantly she puts up with me everyday so she must be pretty fab, don’t know many people who could do that!
To my friends:
The craziest group of people I know but I wouldn’t have them any other way. We aren’t the closest group of girls but I am so happy that I have them (and the guys as well but its not international mens day so you aren’t having a mention!). What I admire about my group is that we are all different, nobody tries to be a sheep and everyone is happy being who they are. I know some groups of girls my age that are all just walking clones of each other, and I couldn’t be happier that I am not in a group like that. We have the full spectrum, from girls who like to put on makeup and dress up to the girls who couldn’t care less about how they look as long as they are having the best time. As much as we don’t see each other everyday now, it will be weird not having the group of people I know when I go to university.
She is obviously in my friendship group but she does deserve a special mention, as despite being the most annoying girl I have ever met she is still my girl and my best friend. And if you are reading this Emily then yes you are my best friend!! We have been best friends now for just over 3 years I think, and we have made so many memories in that time, and theres even more memories to be made this year as we go on our first girls holiday together. She puts up with me moaning and supports me through anything, the past year or so especially she has been my rock no matter what has been going on. In a couple of months she is actually going to feature on her own blog post when its national best friend day, so you will definitely hear more about our friendship then, so I won’t talk about memories etc too much now.
We have been friends for 5 years and counting and I don’t think I can express to you just how much fun we have had throughout them 5 years. I can always count on her to make my sides feel like they are splitting with laughter and tears streaming down my face after spending about 10 minutes with each other. When I look back on my teenage life (from the age of about 12), all of the best memories that I reminisce about were with her by my side and I love that. We maybe aren’t as close as what we were back then but I love that she was (and still is) such a huge part of my life and growing up. We grew up and changed together, and I think that is what made us so close. With every 14 year old friendship falling out and random petty argument, I knew that it was always me and Isy together and we weren’t falling out anytime soon. Even though we don’t talk as often as we used to (we used to seriously be inseparable.. we have even had people asking if we were sisters) when we do make time for each other it feels like nothing has changed. A great example of this is that for her 18th birthday I went round to her house, and even though we had barely spoken in weeks because we were both so busy we spent two hours (no exaggeration) in hysterics with the giggles… it proves that sometimes friendship doesn’t need that constant attachment!
To my teachers:
This is quite a strange one to include and I hope that none of them are reading my blog! I have been lucky to have a great set of female teachers over the past two years at sixth form, and ones that I will remember for a long time. They have been the source of day to day motivation over the past two years, not only just teaching me the syllabus but also going the extra mile to help me push further. One of my teachers even gives up her Saturdays to help a group of us for no reward to herself, and I can’t thank her enough. The amount of times I have gone to my teachers completely stressed through the roof, and they have just sat me down and calmed me down… my poor economics teacher must be sick of me thinking I’m going to fail! I am so lucky that all of my teachers are up for a laugh, as it makes for the best classroom environment that I will definitely miss when I go to university and the teaching isn’t as personal. I hope my university lectures are just as good and supportive!
To my followers:
Finally this one is for everyone reading this. I know that I don’t know all of you, but I am so thankful that you take the time out of your day to read my blog and fuel what I love doing. And this doesn’t just go for my blog either, but all of my social media platforms. Every single day I am fortunate enough to receive such lovely comments and DM’s, and I am so grateful to have such a supportive and positive audience, my of which I would now see as my friends. I thought to spread the love a little and share some of my favourites who I always see supporting me and have my back online no matter what, these are Instagram usernames if you want to check them out and most of them have blogs too!
If you are reading this and have been mentioned on this post then I just want to say thank you, thank you for always being there for me. I hope you liked this more personal post, I really enjoyed writing it and spreading the love a little bit. I would love to know who your International women are, and who inspires you the most every day!