Happy International Women’s Day to all you beautiful women out there!
In honor of this wonderful day (which I think should be pretty much every day😉!), I would like to give a huge shout out to some wonderful women in my life. They are strong, willful, wonderful, and different from each other, yet hold their own special place in my life.
Everything I am revolves around this woman. She is my role model, my guide and mentor, and as of lately, my therapist as well. This woman taught me everything I need to know about life, marriage, kids, cooking, culture and religion. She raised my brother and I pretty much on her own as she was a stay-at-home mom while our father worked. After immigrating to the states, she began working for the very first time in her life. And balance her work and home environment gracefully. She is kind, patient, ridiculously loving, and annoyingly attentive towards her family. After dad passed away (3 years ago today 3/7/2017), my mother held her children and grandchildren like glue. She is a very strong woman who handled all the grief and pain better than I did (my brother gets this quality of hers!). She continues to take care of her family under the values she and our father created together and holds her faith in God as a beacon to move forward in life.
Lessons learned from this superwoman: patience is a virtue, faith in God, a little act of kindness goes a long way, serve your loved ones with a smile (no matter what the cost to you!).
Firstly, I am grateful for this woman because she gave birth to my husband. She also helps me with my girls on some occasions and I think in general, I’d like to believe that she has my back if I ever need her. This woman is a tough cookie; she works hard, and takes care of herself, family and extended family needs as best as she can. Family and her name mean everything to her and she does whatever it takes to shield them both. All daughters-in-law and moms-in-law bump heads and I am not saying that we haven’t. But this woman taught me many things about life and values and how to handle difficult situation. She is a force and holds her ground strong about things she believes in, and I am happy that my girls have a willful woman like her as their grandmother.
Lessons learned from this superwoman: do your best for others and never expect anything back, never share your family problems with outsiders no matter how bad the situation, hold your ground on your beliefs.
I am so glad that this woman is in my life! She is my dad’s youngest sister and the reason behind our family being in the States. Annu fua is one of my biggest cheerleader and support. She is the beacon who helps her family as best as she can and goes to big lengths to take care of her loved ones. After my dad passed, her shoulder has been my home; she has helped me talk through difficult days, encouraged me to stay strong, guided me when I felt lost, and stood up for me when I needed her back. She is a girl mom too and often gives me great advice about raising my girls and how to balance mom life and myself efficiently. She is hardworking and brave – basically she is a fighter when it comes to her loved ones, and super emotional! 😊
Lessons learned from this superwoman: family is everything, live life to the fullest without regrets, protect yourself and your family.
Nina and I have been friends for about 15 years now. Our relationship started off as coworkers, but we hit it off right away. This woman is a single mother who raised her 2 daughters alone while working 2-3 jobs and going to school. She is one of the courageous women I know whose live revolves around her girls. She is fiercely loving, ridiculous brave (she would walk out with a baseball bat alone if she had to protect her loved ones 😉), and annoyingly protective. She is like a silent star; you may not see her often, but you damn well know that she has your back no matter what. Our relationship fluctuated on several occasions but through it all, her relationship and feelings towards my girls never changed. She is determined and strong of heart yet cries at the smallest things such as a warm hug or a small sweet gesture from someone.
Lessons learned from this superwoman: Never. Give. Up. IF you set your mind and heart to something, you can do it. Life will throw you all kinds of lemons, but just keep making the damn lemonade.
Crazy, colorful, strong, and queen of multitasking. These are some of the words that describe this mama who is my coworker and friend. Jen is a mama of 2 kiddos and a blogger at Pieces of Emerald. She is one of the most determined women I know who started her blogging career by diving headfirst without any clue on how things would turn out. Her witty personality and strong head got Pieces of Emerald to amazing heights. She is a mama, blogger, full time employee, and a student (Go Aggies!), and she does it all without much help from anyone! Take it from someone who has gone to her for advice one too many times; she is one of the best listeners who wraps you in a blanket before giving you hard core advise on what to do next. She is stubborn – does whatever she sets her mind to – has strong opinions about everything and is one crazy resilient woman! 😉
Lessons learned from this superwoman: Perseverance (HECK yes!), life can be both mellow and luxurious, life is too short to live with ifs and buts.