For me, the process built deep compassion and acceptance of "what is" in both my life and in how I perceive others.
I am a woman of strength, and that is paramount to the definition of being a “strong woman”.My father always told me that I could accomplish whatever I set out to do… and I believed him. Though the goals and details changed as I created my life path, the strength to live life as a servent leader meant balancing bold passion while maintaining grace, integrity, discretion and humility even in the face of trial. To faithfully persevere while maintaining these ideals in the face of life’s many growth opportunities solidified my resolve to face fear of the unknown with dignity.
Women of strength are not immune to feelings of pain or moments of weakness, whether they be emotional, physical, real or perceived. I literally surrendered my heart and soul to be carried by God through my (seemingly) darkest seasons and that, my friends, is the basis of my strength. To maintain courageous faith that the “struggle” will make us whole is POWERFUL. For me, the process built deep compassion and acceptance of “what is” in both my life and in how I perceive others. To have this understanding in relationship with self and others gives tremendous depth to meaningful human engagement, regardless of condition.
My capacity to be recognized as a “strong woman” is truly determined by my ability to serve God, family and community as a woman of strength. In balancing the roles of family member, friend, Girl Scout advisor, community volunteer, geologist, business owner and wellness advocate, one of my most challenging and important lessons is the art of balancing self care — which truly takes commitment and strength. I stand in belief that I am strong enough to be me. This strength of dignity is something I am drawn to mentor into young women, because women of strength are called to aid others in discovering the beauty of their own uniqueness. I am… Me.