International Women’s Day โ€ฆ a celebration!

Four young women blowing coloured confetti from their hands
“A strong woman builds others up because she knows what it’s like to be torn down.” – Anonymous

International Women’s Day

You will notice that the image that I have chosen for one of my Posts this week is colourful. I have purposely chosen a bright image as a visual celebration for International Women’s Day (IWD). I love this image. It speaks everything I love and hope for all women around the world. To be safe. To be loved. To find their joie de vivre. Their joy of living. To be themselves. To have a purpose. To have balance in their lives.

To have balance. This is what I strive for. What I am currently working on in my own life. I feel that since moving to a new city two years ago to find balance in my life has been a significant one. Over the past two years, I have folded balance into my personal life, my home life and at work. I am happier. I am healthier. I am content and at peace.

Before my “sea change” … well for me “river change” as I live on the beautiful Brisbane River in Australia, I was dying inside. I was depressed, unhappy, spending money and shopping in a frantic hope to fill a void in my life. To bring back my smile. I was unhappy at work. The only things saving me were my students. I hated the Sydney traffic and how much it took to get anyway. My family were feeling it too. So we made a big life decision to pack and move to a whole new state.

Fast forward two years and we are in such a better place. Therefore, the 2019 theme on balance for IWD resonates for me on so many different levels.

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.
Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.
From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

To celebrate IWD in 2019 I am featuring the quotes I love from all the wonderfully brilliant women I admire. These quotes carry a theme of self-love, acceptance and empowerment. The wisdom that these quotes carry so eloquently share the strong foundations that can be built in our lives as women. So that we may find balance in our own lives and encourage and support our sisters to do the same.

I have also provided you with links to information on these brilliant women so you can check out their bios at your own pace.

Don’t forget to share all things women on your own Social Media … #BalanceforBetter.

Quotes for Happy International Women’s Day ๐ŸŒธ

Eleanor Roosevelt
Firs Lady of USA – October 11, 1884 โ€“ November 7, 1962

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Helen Keller as a young woman smelling a rose
American author and activist – June 27, 1880 โ€“ June 1, 1968

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

St Catherine of Sienna – Dominican Sisters of Hope – 25 March 1347 โ€“ 29 April 1380

Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.
St. Catherine of Sienna

Marilyn Monroe search for a quieter life – June 1, 1926 โ€“ August 5, 1962

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and itโ€™s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Marilyn Monroe

Shirley MacLaine – American film, television, and theater actress and activist. 

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that Iโ€™ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.
Shirley MacLaine

Malala Youusafzai – Human rights advocate

 When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.โ€

Malala Yuusazai

Katherine Hepburn – spirited and independent – May 12, 1907 โ€“ June 29, 2003

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.โ€
Katharine Hepburn

Maya Angelou – American Poet and Civil Rights Activist – April 4, 1928 โ€“ May 28, 2014

“I have always believed that women are not victims. We are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peaceโ€“all we need is a fighting chance.” 

Hilary Clinton the Women in the World Summit in 2016

โ€œLife is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.โ€ Maya Angelou

Simone de Beauvoir  – French writer, feminist, philosopher and political activist
January 1908 โ€“ 14 April 1986

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
Simone de Beauvoir

Audrey Hepburn – British actress and Humanitarian – 4 May 1929 โ€“ 20 January 1993

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn 

Hilary Clinton – American lawyer , politician, diplomat and writer

You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.

Hilary Clinton

What are your aspirations in life or for the world?

What’s you favourite quote that women should know?

Wishing all women across the world a fabulous International Women’s Day ๐ŸŒธ

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