I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I originally posted this a couple of years ago now, but when I was browsing back through my old posts, I decided they are STILL amazing and so I thought I would post it again!
I think you are very much influenced by the people you spend the most time with, so although I try not to be judgmental of anyone and the decisions they make, I’m also aware my time is precious to me and so I choose to spend it with people I admire and love.
So … my gorgeous, clever and insanely talented friends include (in no particular order):
♥ Burlesque performers and showgirls, who sweat nervous bullets before they go on stage and then rock that stage like they were born to be there!
♥ A woman who had an idea one night; created a Facebook group based on that idea and is now the proud overseer of a 43,000-strong group and an accompanying, wildly-successful blog. Her greatest achievement in that regard? Creating an ahurutanga – a safe environment where no one feels judged.
♥ A woman who, with four young children, creates cakes like this (see below) out of her home kitchen! (She also has a double degree and is a trained architect.)
♥ Cancer survivors.
♥ Mentors who help women develop confidence and a positive body image through dance and just generally being sassy!
♥ Amazing mothers who put the hugest amount of time, effort and love into growing beautiful humans – the most important job in the world.
♥ Book editors/proofreaders.
♥ Earthquake survivors.
♥ Business woman who moonlight as sexy pinup and alternative models!
♥ Internationally acclaimed body painter and makeup artists.
♥ Women who write for a living (my dream job!)
♥ Women following their passion and doing what they love to do.
♥ Widows who are brave and strong and are doing an incredible job of bringing up their children alone.
♥ Makeup artists and hairdressers – again, they make women feel beautiful.
♥ My sisters … because they are amazing.
♥ My Mum … because she is incredible and inspirational and wonderful.
♥ My daughter – because she is my world and makes my life SO special.
♥ Grandmothers who give tirelessly of their time and love – not just to their own family, but to others as well.
♥ Photographers who create gorgeous images that make other women realise their own beauty.
So to all of you, and I hope you recognise yourself in there somewhere …
My friends are awesome …