I am woman, hear me roar. Women are strong when we want to be weak. We laugh when we want to cry. Sometimes we cry (or even laugh) when we want to run away. We are mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. We are caregivers to our children, our parents, and our spouses. We are employees, and we are bosses.

March was Women’s History Month and a prime opportunity to celebrate historical women who have impacted our lives as well as women who are making history. Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to honor and being honored with some truly inspiring women.
The Women of Achievement Awards honors seven women whose stories move us and are moving our city and nation forward. In 2012, I was honored to receive the Heroism award, and last year I was asked to co-host the program, and this year I had the honor of co-chairing the selections committee.

Each year that I am blessed to participate in the program, I am humbled that the organization saw fit to add me to the list of women doing such great things and changing the world. This year’s class was no exception to the tradition of inspiring others through touching stories of overcoming obstacles and creating change.

If you read my book then you might remember when my guidance counselor forgot to announce my scholarship at Awards Day. I felt like she robbed me of my moment to shine when so many people thought this teen mom wouldn’t make it, but that situation taught me a valuable lesson. Although I didn’t like it when she said it, I realized the truth of her statement later.

“I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you, but what’s important is that you got the scholarship.”
Once I embraced that, I never focused on getting recognized for doing what was important, right, or necessary. Because of that, anytime I receive recognition it means so much more to me.
Fresh Touch Publicity held its second annual #HERoine Legacy brunch honoring women with various background who have impacted the community. I am grateful to the event founder, Tee Jay, for sharing my story in the #HERoineLegacy Magazine. I enjoyed meeting the other ladies and reading their amazing stories, and I am truly honored to she chose to include mine.

In a society where women are more competitive than collaborative, it is refreshing to uplift and encourage another woman.
What are some things that you are doing to uplift and celebrate women?
How can you support and celebrate women in your life?