With yesterday being international women's day, this quote sprung to mind, it got me thinking about all of the strong women in my life. There are countless names I could rattle off that have been an influence to me at some point or another.
From a career point of view there have been a number of strong women that have crossed my path and the lessons they have taught me will stick for years to come. Starting from way back in my early years with Margo at the Video Store, to Kim, Jodie and Karyn at Moylan's, Rosanna at PSI and Kristy, Kylie, Tina, Steph, Joy, Marlene, Sally and Mel through my Billabong years. Then there are the ladies from my journey in motherhood Aiko, Mel, Peta, Kylie, Kai, Amber, Briony, Kristy, Ange and Cathrine who have helped me navigate my way through the loops and turns that is the rollercoaster ride of parenting. There are long lasting friendships Ang, Lauren and Michelle who are always a constant and no matter how much time shall pass doesn't miss a beat when we catch up. There are the women that shaped my childhood, Jenelle, Pauline, Julie, Kim, Lorna, Amanda and Olive who helped me learn and grow into a grown up.
As I said so many strong influential women... I am truly blessed. I believe you are who you are based on your experiences and what you take from them, I believe the people in your life help shape you and I wouldn't be the person I am at all without the above mentioned women but in particular the following three women. Without them I would be nothing. I want to call them my top 3 influential women and in the spirit of international womens day I want to give them a nod of thanks for being just that.