International Women’s Day Influencers!

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We are all on this journey called life. Many women end up taking detours in their well planned future.

If there is one lesson I’ve learned in life, it is get ready for change & obstacles.

We’ve all had women in our lives we have looked up to along the way. As I take a long hard look at my influencers, they all have a common thread. They are women who have risen to the top but faced great challenges along the way.

As a young girl, I had the utmost respect for Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, Christa McAuliffe & Oprah.

In my early 30’s, I actually had the opportunity to meet Audrey Hepburn. Although my encounter was only 10 minutes, I could see the true radiance, generous heart & compassion in her.

At the time I was the sole calligrapher for Marshall Fields on State Street in Chicago. I participated in many ongoing events throughout the years. I had the pleasure to do work for countless celebrities. Such as, Jim Belushi, Prince of Wales Polo Ball, The Girl Scouts Tribute to the First Lady Nancy Raegan & “La Belle Nuit” Gala in tribute to Audrey Hepburn to name a few.

The person who stood out the most to me was Audrey Hepburn. I remember speaking with her and feeling as if we were the only two people in the room. She actually took the time to tell me how much she admired my beautiful calligraphy & how unfortunate it has become a lost art. She was her authentic self & even more beautiful in person.

Not only was Audrey Hepburn a seasoned actress, but her best role was serving as the Ambassador for Unicef.

As I reflect back, what seems like a lifetime ago, the common thread between all of these women was that each one of them gave time & devotion to serving others. They did not let their tragedies or obstacles stand in their way. I believe that is what made them stronger & successful.

They did not make excuses & their actions were not based on social media platforms, likes, comments or followers.

We don’t realize how many unsung heroes there are who are doing good deeds every day. I’m sure these unsung heroes had special influencers that they looked up to.

In this day & age, our current generation is influenced by reality TV stars, social media influencers (whether it’s positive or negative.)

Let’s try to set a higher bar for our children & encourage them each day by following our examples in everyday living…because one person truly can make a difference!