On this 2017 International Women's Day, I'm reflecting on how I've always been a girl's girl. Through the seasons of my life, I have had dozens of relationships with women from childhood to now that have added so much color and laughter to my life. I could write an entire novel, with full chapters dedicated to the women who have helped mold and shape me into the person I am and the person I am becoming. I could tell stories for hours about late nights staying up with my mother discussing life and love or road trips spent in the middle row with my younger sister. Early college nights spent in the hallway with floor-mates, eating Chinese food and talking about 'men'. There should be a movie about the year I spent living with my best friends in a house tucked away on the edge of D.C. Actually, I think there was a movie already made about it, it's called 'The Hangover.' I still laugh remembering how my neighbor, Adrienne, and I used to sit and read Harry Potter and Louise Rennison books aloud to each other, animatedly acting out each part. I spent full weekends with my friend Sara and her family at New Hope Baptist Church in the early 2000's. It was because of Sara, even at a young age that I had tangible experiences with the living God, although, I didn't realize it at the time. I learned about teamwork and leadership while being cheer captain in high school and without cheer, I wouldn't have two of my closest friends today. I can't help but think of my grandmother every time I scrub down the sink after doing the dishes.
My dear friend, Shannon, took these pictures. We are both bloggers and understand the difficulty that comes with producing quality content. The day these photos were taken, to me, is what International Women's Day is all about. As we helped each other achieve a goal we set out to reach, we shared tips and tricks, talked about our current frustrations, victories and love interests. Afterward, we fellowshipped over a meal, of course. Even though it was unexpectedly warm that day and many of our pictures were over exposed or too dark due to shadows, we pressed forward, together. We combined our efforts so that we could both achieve what we set out to do. It may not seem that deep to you, but it's just a small example of the power that women have when they align their purposes and lift each other up.
Happy #InternationalWomensDay. xo