I saw a post on the ThinkBannedThoughts blog with this title and although that post referred to characters in novels I thought it’d be a good idea on Women’s Day to do a similar post about the real life women who’ve shaped me.
I’m lucky to have a life full of very strong beautiful women…
There’s my mom who raised us well under incredibly difficult circumstances. When we were mostly grown up and out of the house she quit the day job she hated, emigrated and went back to university. After finishing a bachelor’s degree and a masters she’s going back into the workforce as a teacher and I think its amazing. I do miss having her live one street away though!
My gorgeous sister who is very talented and creative. We’re such different people but I think she rocks! When we were kids I was mortified that she’d walk around in “odd” clothing, now I think her rainbow hair and tutu’s are very cool even if I couldn’t pull them off myself.
My best friends Erica, Colleen and Bronwyn who are all very different but over the years have been the people I can tell absolutely anything and know they will still love me. These are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime, the kind where you know you can trust them with your car, your credit card and your kids. They’d bail me out of jail in a heartbeat (if they weren’t sitting next to me in the cell of course).
Katherine & Ilze. Two women I worked with years ago, who are both incredibly smart and switched on, I look to them as mentors. And luckily now also as friends. K has such a strong sense of right & wrong, watching her was a turning point in my career because it made me realise that work needs to “work” for you as well as for the company that employs you. I have huge respect!
Terry, my “adopted” family, the kind who automatically shares christmas lunch with the rest of us because the lines between family/friend don’t exist anymore. Terry is a wonderful, warm, hospitable woman and I’d have so loved having her be a constant influence in my children’s lives. I am so sad that we live so far away now but I think about her every Sunday when we’d usually have been meeting for breakfast and every time I bake because she cooks and bakes so well and we’d always meet over food.
And then my NZ friends who have been such a huge support to us in the last 3 years… Mika, Charmaine, Liesl, Vanessa, Corrie, Anne & Susie. I’m blessed with so many good friends I could spend another few hours on this post… but work calls!