Before moving to Italy, I didn’t even know there was an International Women’s Day. It’s not something that’s is actually celebrated in the U.S. So when I saw these weird little yellow pom pom looking flowers I was confused.
This flower is a Mimosa? I thought that was a drink? There’s a cake that looks like this weird flower too? Does everyone give an “Auguri” shout out to the ladies?
That’s a Yes to all of the above.
9 years later and I really look forward to this day. Not that I do anything particularly special. I don’t even get flowers from my husband but I do enjoy the one day where I can give a little special shout out to my friends and see the excitement in my girls’ face when they hand me the special gift they made at school.
Every year I write a generic post about IWD and leave it at that. This year however, we (the girls and I) have been more focused on learning about other extraordinary women thanks to the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books. (and now Podcast) We want to make sure these girls know that they can do anything they want and at the same time, remember who they are and where they come from. I want them to see that women are all amazing, no matter what path they choose and that we all deserve love and respect. While I believe that everyday is Women’s Day (because we do so much we deserve praise EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!), IWD is a day to celebrate all of us and to take a few minutes and express our love and gratitude for each other.
The Stay at home mom, the Working mom, the Single mom, the newlywed who doesn’t have kids yet, the career driven gal who chooses not to have kids, and the one who can’t have kids. I salute YOU!
I say, You go girl! To the one who chases her dreams and makes them happen, the one who left her comfort zone and did something crazy like move to another country for the love of a man. (there are lots of us out there)
Thank you to the YouTubers, Instagrammers and all you Social Media gurus that put yourself out there regardless of the nasty comments and keep on keeping on!
I could go on but now I’d actually like to introduce you to some of these amazing gals that inspire me in many ways.
Jennifer is a blogger I have been following for YEARS! I found her blog when Valentina was about 3 months old and Jennifer had just had her daughter. It was so fun following her and reading about her daughters milestones as mine had just done the same. I have seen her grow into an amazing mom, photographer, vlogger and she is proof that hard work pays off. She’s a big believer in Vision boards and frankly, you should be too because one of her goals just came true. She just met OPRAH!!!
I don’t remember when I started becoming a fan of Ilana’s blog but I had been following her off and on through Facebook. I am inspired by her personality and her ability to make parenting look super cool. I mean she’s a mom of 2 girls living in NYC, she’s a successful author, and the girls are OBSESSED with watching her vlogs. I would love to meet her so I can ask her how in the world she did it! My goal is to be like her and have other kids be obsessed with watching our vlogs about life in Torino.
Candace Cameron Bure
Do remember DJ Tanner from Full House?.. Well now she’s DJ Fuller from Fuller House and one of my favorite celebrity accounts to follow on Instagram. Not only do I enjoy looking at her stories but I love that she’s real and honest. Anyone who posts no makeup selfies and is super comfortable about it is cool in my book. What I love most about her? Girlfriend isn’t afraid to get churchy! She will get her bible out and share scriptures and isn’t afraid of what anyone says or thinks. She knows who she is and stands up for what she believes in.
Follow Candace on Instagram
If there is one person who can change your opinion of what makes a ‘Cool Mormon’, it’s Al. Holy moly I want to be best friends with her. She has this amazing infectious laugh and this light that just radiates. She’s one of those people can turn your day around. She’s a mom of 2, an author and public speaker. This past summer I read her book and I was just in awe by her. She is not one to play the perfect churchy girl. She is real, honest and super funny.
I honestly could add more to this but I would never be finished. There are so many amazing women who inspire me to try harder, be better, learn more, do more and push myself to be the best I can… and they do it not knowing the impact they have one me.
Before I close this post, I do want to thank a few more people.
Rosemarie aka TurinMamma– My food partner in crime. How lucky to have found someone in my neighborhood (literally my across the street neighbor for YEARS!) whose passion is my hobby! Our almost weekly cooking/photography sessions are the highlights of my week! Thank you for your friendship and inspiring me to keep trying new dishes on the girls!
Ishita – Italophilia– I don’t know anyone who is as brave as you are to travel solo. You have a light that radiates and makes people gravitate towards you. Thank you for example and showing everyone that it’s perfectly safe for a single gal to travel alone.
Shanon Ashton- photographer– You are someone I truly admire. Not only are you a great mom, but an amazing photography and humanitarian. Your passion to help refugees is inspiring and it makes my heart happy knowing that my friend is making a difference. Thank you for being so caring and also for showing me that it IS possible to travel to exotic places with kids of any age!
Kristie, Jasmine & Kelly – the DolceVitaBloggers hostesses- Thank you for creating such a wonderful group. Y’all each have a unique take on life in Italy, life with an Italian and love for Italy that makes it a joy to follow you on Instagram. I truly hope this community of bloggers continues to grow. Grazie mille ladies!
And now.. to YOU. Yes, you fabulous gal you. If there is anyone who deserves praise it’s you. You are special, unique and have much to offer. You have a purpose and a gift. You can do things that literally no one else can and you need to remember that. Don’t you dare compare yourself to others. You are not the same as them. It’s hard. I know. I often do it myself and then I remember that there is someone, somewhere who wishes they had my life. So don’t listen to that negative voice in your head. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and encourage you.
No matter what comes your way, always remember that you have super powers because you my dear… are freakin’ Wonder Woman!
This post was written as part of the Dolce Vita Bloggers link up. Thank you to Kristie from Mamma Prada, Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita and Kelly from Italian at Heart for organizing a great community of Italian loving bloggers! In honor of International Women’s Day, this month’s topic was Inspirational Women. To read about other Inspirational women, click here.