To celebrate International Women’s Day we thought we’d feature Women in our community that Inspire us all through their work, words, photography or simply through their beautiful personalities … Thank you for their beautiful words.
Monique van der Walt
“Whatever hat you wear, never forget your WHY”
“Coming from a family with a strong minded mother and two sisters I know that women are strong and inspirational and can have it all. It just takes hard work. My journey is a continuous one of self improvement and changing the goal posts continuously. I look around me and I am always encouraged by the amazing women around me who try to do so much. Failure is not a stumbling block for us, it serves as encouragement to continue with the good work. I am proud to be a woman and enjoy meeting sisters who share a passion for life and for building a better community.”
“#WomensDay to me ,means a day to give thanks to all the amazing Women who have walked before me and opened not just doors but pathways for me and so many other women.I look around me at the women who surround me and realise ,the power of a Tribe and what powerful women I am get to call my own.
On this special day I share some pearls : Be unique. Be a kinder human the world needs you. Make time for you,because you matter. Surround yourself with a Tribe who love you fiercely even when you are at your worst. Find your Tribe and love them hard. Everything in life is a lesson or a blessing. A closed door is not a bad thing just means that door is not for you. Learn to open doors for others. Learn to let go it is good for your soul. Celebrate you and all the wonderful women you know on this special day”
“You are woman, beautiful and powerful, the only you there ever can be.
Live every moment as such, with kindness and gratitude. “You are uniquely and wonderfully created” to be and do wonderful things. Just Be, Just Do! When you fail, there is no shame, pick yourself up – put on your favourite colour lipstick, flash your million dollar smile and start over again.
Keep moving, there’s a whole lot of us imperfect women – cheering you.”
“A woman has many roles – mother, wife, caregiver, daughter, sister and best friend. All these roles are equally important as they make a big impact on lives. This is exactly why women are the salt of the earth as they’re a crucial part of our society. They should be protected, celebrated and uplifted.
Although we sometimes juggle too much responsibility, I believe we possess super powers because we always manage to keep those balls in the air! Never underestimate your worth. Carry your crown with pride. And to my fellow women who might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, remember these words from the incredible Maya Angelou: I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”
“She believed she could, so she did”
“I think it’s important to remember that #WomensDay isn’t just another public holiday. This public holiday commemorates the famous 1956 march of 20 000 women on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, protesting against the pass laws which required people designated as “black” by the South African government to apply for a travel pass just for travel within South Africa. Women of all ethnic groups were outraged and bravely risked arrest to promote real change. Fortunately, their efforts eventually paid off.
To all the strong, beautiful, kind, confident, caring and loving women out there, know that you are good enough as you are, even when you may not feel that way. Keep believing, keep dreaming, keep moving forward and doing the best you can with what you have. The greatest thing we can do as women is to stick together and empower each other. When women support each other, incredible things happen.
I’m proud to be a woman as I’ve learnt so much about myself and other women along life’s unpredictable journey. I’ve learnt that it’s ok to fail as long as you learn from your mistakes and get back up again and keep going. I’ve learnt that it’s ok to lean on others for support when you feel you can’t do everything by yourself. I’ve learnt to go the extra mile and help others in need. I love that I was able to give birth to our beautiful, healthy son 9 years ago. I’ve learnt to love myself as I am, flaws and all. Quite simply, women rock!”
“Hello from the Stellenbosch Winelands! I am blessed to have so many phenomenal, strong, kind, gorgeous, sassy and generous Women in my world who inspire me to be and do so much more as a Woman. Although I’m not really a ‘girly girl’ and way more at home hiking in mountains than shoe-shopping in malls (!), I do LOVE being a woman and are very aware of the power we have as women to be passionate, creative and nurturing. We can impact the lives of those around us in such a profound and positive way. I’m most grateful to my MOM for having been the most awesome example of a truly courageous and beautiful Super Woman.”
“It is hard to conceive that there was a time when people believed a woman’s place is in the kitchen. I’m grateful to all people who fought for women’s rights; they put us in the position we are in today. We have to be alert still. Unfairness and wrongness are sadly not things of the past. Let us be as brave as the ones before us, let us never be intimidated and silenced by unjust laws or manipulative people. We can all do our bit. It will be tough, some people will not like you for it. If we keep morale high and not base our decisions solely on the economic outcome, we can make things better. I’m a strong believer in treating everybody as an equal, no matter their background. I love talking with mindful people who have a big heart and swapping experiences that can be turned into stories. Everybody has a story to tell, we only have to listen. For the future, I hope to keep on inspiring the #TravelChatSA community.”
“My message for #WomensDay is simple. But not necessarily easy. My wish is for all my fabulous female friends, and for all women to realise and recognize their strength and power. To return to the gorgeous goddesses we are meant to be – like in ancient times. To not settle for second best, not to be treated like the ‘weaker’ sex and to not feel guilty for being a little selfish when it comes to our time and attention – and whom we give it to. To make time for self-care and self-love – no matter what our shape, size or colour. Or how much washing needs to be done, and how many lunchboxes need to be packed, or how many dishes needs to be packed away. We can be modern day goddesses – but then we must treat ourselves like royalty as well. To be part of this universal sisterhood – and live a colorful and beautiful life. Yes, it takes conscious effort and time, and that is okay – we must learn that we ARE worth it. ”
”A woman is one who walks on her own footsteps rather than following the direction shown by the crowd.”
Happy Women’s Day!