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Celebrate Your Shero.

Sometimes you don’t see it when you’re in it, especially when it’s right in front of you.

The prominent, yet often unknown role, people play in your life, or you in theirs.

But trust me, it’s a big deal.

Perhaps it’s unbeknownst to her.

The fact that she’s a role model.

A ‘shero’ to you.

shero. ˈSHirō,ˈSHērō/ ‘a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities; a heroine. a woman regarded as a hero.’

The term shero has actually been around since 1892 and can be female or male, but it’s most frequently used to describe a woman admired or idealized for her courage.

Shero’s are everyday people that come in many forms. Race, culture, gender or age doesn’t matter. They champion their beliefs. They empower and support women. They support and encourage and believe there is a greater good that we can accomplish, together.

They can be loud and proud or as quiet as a church-mouse. They can be someone you know personally, a family member. They could be someone famous, that has the means and voice to shine for the greater good. They may be someone off the beaten path, quiet yet powerful, in their due-diligence to do better. They could be a foundation or an organization highlighting an awareness, or focusing on a purpose to champion others.

A shero can be lots of things.

Just know this... a ‘shero’ hat isn’t something you can just put on and say, “Yep! I’m going to show someone how it’s done today!” No. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. A ‘shero’ title is not handed out like free grocery store coupons. It’s earned.

It’s earned because by the things they don’t do overtly, for show or tell, or because they think people are watching. It’s in the actions that are natural, whether someone is watching or not. These characteristics are innate within them, in their inner core, because it’s what makes them who they are as a human being.

I’ve had several shero’s in my life. They’re all very different from each other. Some I don’t know at all. Some are constant, key-figures who’ve helped me to be, on the path I’m on today. I’d like to share with you, two strong women who’ve always been a constant in my life.

My mom. Yes, I’ve been so very fortunate to have endless, unwavering support and love from her. She’s instilled a lot of things in me.... Perseverance, the fierceness of family, the love of travel and adventure, a can-do-anything mindset, and a fearlessness to speak my mind. Especially with things I’m passionate about.

But one of the things I love the most about her and what I’m thankful for, that’s always been ensconced in me... is the love of education. The ‘you-can-do-it-if-you-set-your-mind-to-it’ attitude. I haven’t always been the best student (during my school years) but I’ve always been curious. It’s from that combination of curiosity, dedication and persistence, I’ve learned that hard-work pays great rewards. And this, I learned from the best of the best, my mom.

My aunt Sue. Yes, I’ve been so fortunate to have another key-figure who always provided unwavering support and love. And while her path was so very different from that of my mom’s... it’s impactful in other ways. She enjoyed the simple things in life. Good food, music, books and most of all, time with family and friends.

But what speaks volumes about her outlook and personality, was her joie de vivre and zest for life! Her ability to always find the light at the end of the tunnel and see the glass half full. That in itself, was one of her greatest gifts. Her outlook was contagious and from that, I learned from the best of the best, how important your mindset and outlook is on the rest of your life.

These women.

Two everyday shero’s that have helped to shape my life for the greater good.

Do you have a ‘shero’ in your life?

A female figure who’s motivated and made a positive change that’s greatly impacted you?

A role model whom you consider a shero? If so, take the time to tell her. You’ll never know how much it may mean to her if you don’t. I’d love to hear about it too, if you do!

You already are. It’s time TO BE.♥️

P.S. As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, stay tuned for my blog out next week, “Celebrate Your Shero’s. Part II!”


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