With Mother’s Day this Sunday you may be excited or you may be reminded of a not so great memory. I want to encourage you to celebrate any woman in your life that inspires you. That might be your mom or it may be someone completely different. There is always a pit in my stomach on Mother’s Day when I think about my friends who have lost their mom’s over the years or no longer have relationships with them. I am lucky to still be able to get together with mine but I also think it’s important to recognize the women, not just moms, in our lives that have given us guidance, advice, inspiration and support, even if it’s just one day out of the year.
Many of us are inspired by people we will never meet like celebrities, politicians, athletes, etc. I featured the women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, who are competing in one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. I can’t fathom living on a sailboat, in the open ocean for 9 months! SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest and are committed to create value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launched Amazing Women Everywhere, a digital photo mosaic to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
Today I want to share with you two people that inspire me on a daily basis. These ladies have helped me keep my head up and strive to be better at my job.
Yesterday, my old friend Katrina was in Boston for part of her book tour. Many of you probably know who Katrina is and if you don’t, she is the blonde half of Tone It Up. Prior to her move from Boston to LA, she talked to me about her idea for a website about women and strength training. She researched the name of her website for months before even moving and while she didn’t have the catchy name of Tone It Up just yet (it was something else at the time that’s probably in an old diet.com video), it was an early sign as to how much thought and effort she put into every little detail.
We met up on the esplanade and instead of catching up over cocktails, went for a quick run. I’ve always been impressed by her creativity, passion and work ethic. If there is one thing though that I learned from Kat, it’s that you shouldn’t look at your female peers as competition, but keep them close and work with them as resources to build both your platforms. This was something my old boss as diet.com began to install in me. He didn’t want me to link to other channels or people that might “steal” our viewers. This is why there are no mentions of SarahsFabChannel in the diet.com videos I produced for 5+ years. This is why most bloggers link to each other. We know the power of working together. In fact, the single best way to build an audience on any platform is to collaborate.
The other person I wanted to mention is Bex from BexLife.com. I am always inspired by the love and positivity a short conversation with this woman brings me. She is a working mother of 5 and manages to make light of even the worst situations. She shares the good and the not always great. She doesn’t sugar coat her life or only post pictures that make her life appear to be “OMG SO PERFECT.” She keeps it real and knows how to inspire people who want to change their lives.
Building on what Katrina taught me, she is the queen of collaboration! Every time I hang out with her she asks me a do video together, tells me of a new blogger I should know or shares her success tips. Her sense of being grounded, appreciation for life and finding the happy in each day is what inspires me. The above picture was taken after a yoga class taught by Tara Stiles with Theodora of Preppy Runner and Katie of Hungry Runner. Bex and are in the middle. Check out her YouTube channel to get inspired to change your own life.
Visit the SCA Awemosaic and upload a picture of amazing women in your life.
SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and we are committed to creating value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launches Amazing Women Everywhere, to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
The women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, exemplify this spirit. They have come from all walks of life and backgrounds to take on one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. For nine months, their journey of hard work and determination will inspire millions around the world. Follow along with Team SCA on Facebook!
We aim to gather thousands of stories from all over the world and inspire thousands more by illustrating that amazing women truly are everywhere. Visit http://www.teamsca.com/awemosaic to submit a photo of an amazing woman in your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SCA. The opinions and text are all mine.
OMG! You saw Katrina, BEXLife and Tara Stiles!!!! So cool!
My inspirations are you, Cassey Ho, TIU, Tara Stiles, and of course, my mother.
LOVE collaboration over competition!!!!
I’ve heard you talk about the collaboration instead of competition a bunch and it’s so true! This is one of the things I love about the blogging community — that we all help each other.