In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to do something a little different than my typical style talk. I wanted to talk about some of my favorite women that to me are a picture of style, class, dignity, strength and faith.
These women really walk the walk and talk the talk. They lift others up and make a difference in their own community and some even around the world. I am constantly wanting to better myself after reading these wonderful women’s words and even having the privilege to meet one of them.
So when I find something or someone that has really inspired me, I just have to share it with my friends and that’s you! My few friends that actually might be reading my blog (lol!!).
So first off, Hoda Kotb! I mean, do you just not want to smile from ear to ear every time you see this woman?!! And when I see her hugging someone, I just want to get in there too and get a “Hoda hug.” Let’s say, I was probably more than just excited when she officially joined Savannah Guthrie (who I also adore) on the Today Show! Hoda Kotb seems to be one of those women that is everyone’s biggest cheerleader, confidant and best friend. To me, everyone needs a Hoda in your life. So with that being said, this book that she wrote in 2016, Where We Belong, just warmed my heart and put a fire in me to really follow my passion and make a difference in other’s lives. This book is really inspiring with all the different stories of others rediscovering their passions, purpose, no matter what season of life they are in. Sometimes, as moms, or as women in general, when there is a change in our life, you can perhaps feel as if you may have lost yourself. Maybe lost your purpose or wondered what that purpose was now? Do yourself a favor, and pick this book up! It’s like getting a big ole “Hoda Hug.”
Another woman that has made a big difference in my life is Mrs. Jamie Ivey! This girl is the real deal! I had the privilege of meeting her last year at one of her Happy Hour Live events in Austin, and I felt like I was meeting one of my long lost best friends. The whole Happy Hour Live event was based on good ole southern hospitality (which I am all about that) and most importantly, lifting other women up! Oh and you can’t forget the amazing vendors (hello shopping!) and incredible food prepared by Jamie’s husband. So let’s just say, I was basically pretty happy that weekend. I had my favorite food, got a little retail therapy, got to meet some fun new friends and listen to Jamie and her guests speak God’s word. And that’s what Jamie Ivey does. She speaks to you as if you are her friend, and reminds you that even through the dark times or maybe even a time you felt shame, you are still loved by God. This page turner of a book, If you Only Knew, will help you embrace the mess, so you can become closer to God and also closer to those around you. It inspires you to be more transparent(or real), and not worry about what others think you should be. You see when people see the true you, that’s when you can really transform yourself and become who are meant to be. So check out this book, If You Only Knew, and Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour Live podcast if you haven’t already! You will not regret it and you will be better for it.
Alright friends, I am still in the middle of reading this book, but I am loving it already! Oh and guess where I got it! Target! I also love this author’s podcast, Dais. Can you tell I am a big podcast listener? I am in the car a lot! I mean, a lot! Anyway, this gal is my kind of gal too. Okay, now I realize I am sounding a little stalkerish with these women, but I promise, it’s okay and they are okay with it too. So let me tell you about Rachel Hollis…first of all, this girl is a fighter for women and her mission is to empower them to be the best version of themselves, because when we take care of ourselves, we are better moms, wives, friends, etc. This philosophy is just part of what her latest book, Girl, Wash Your Face, is about! I love the title by the way. How many times do you have to remind yourself to wash your face at night when you are dead dog tired and want to just climb into bed? Raise your hand! I know I am raising mine really high! But as I said, this little gem of a book, is not just about that…it’s about keeping promises to yourself, keeping those goals and treating yourself as if you would treat a good friend. You wouldn’t talk mean to or about a good friend, so don’t do that to yourself. Give yourself grace. Rachel Hollis is your ultimate coach/friend to get you to just start thinking differently in a good way. And believe me she isn’t just talking the talk. Ms. Rachel is putting her words into action and we get to benefit from her words of wisdom. Thanks, Rach! Can I call you that? 😉
So I had the pleasure of being on Melanie Shankle’s launch team for Church of the Small Things this fall and I soaked up every single word, underlined and highlighted. In fact, I loved this book so much that I think I pretty much gave this book to all my favorite people as a gift this Christmas or for birthdays. Melanie’s words, are and have been simply a gift to me. If you want to laugh out loud while also be encouraged, go get Church of the Small Things. I have quoted this book a few times too many on my FB page but I am okay with that. I have been following Melanie (aka Big Mama) and reading all her books such as The Antelope in the Living Room and And Nobody’s Cuter than You, that will make you want a friend just like her Gully, for years. I also love this lady’s style and passion for fashion. And she is not scared to try a new beauty product or skin regimen which if you know me, I am not scared either. Melanie talks about this a lot on her podcast (Gah, I need an intervention) Big Boo Cast, and thanks to her and her pal Sophie Hudson, I am loving my new Lavender lotion from Hummingbird Farms, which I featured on this blog around the holidays. So I have a lot to thank Ms. Melanie for…her encouraging words, her fashion tips, her beauty tips and just being that friend, that comfort, (even through a book), I am so thankful for and I hope by giving you this little scoop, or hint, she may be able to encourage you or a friend.
Alight, I am a music girl and I was introduced to this fabulous lady, Ellie Holcomb, by one of my very best friends, who also introduced me to her husband’s band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. This album, Red Sea Road, has really changed the way I see myself, in a good way! Some of my favorites, “Fighting Words,” and “Wonderfully Made” will fire you up! Here are just a few lyrics. Download and listen on repeat!
It’s two in the morning
And I’m still awake in my bed
And I can’t shake these lies that keep reading
Around in my he-head
What if I saw me, the way that You see me?
What if I believed it was true?
What if I traded, this shame and self-hatred?
For a chance at believing You
That You knit me together
In my mother’s womb
And You say that I’ve never been
Hidden from You
And You say that I’m wonderfully
You search me and know me
You know when I sit, when I rise
So You must know the choices I’ve, made
And the pain that I hi-hide
Happy International Women’s Day! Take care of yourself, give yourself grace and just let others see you and be proud of that because there is only one of ya!