International Women’s Day is March 8th. I wanted to do a special post for the women in my life online and off who mean so much to me. I think we need to remind each other how important we are to each other and this is one way to say “thank you” to these special ladies
Erin Feldman – I met Erin while commenting on one of my favorite blogs, Spin Sucks. My very first guest post anywhere was on Erin’s blog, and through that, we became friends. I love Erin for a lot of reasons, but one of the main things about her is her uncanny ability to remind us who we are through her drawings. A few weeks ago, Erin did a drawing for me with me as Wonder Woman. She said I needed to get in touch with that fact and whenever I pull that picture up, I smile.
Margie Clayman – If you read my blog, you know who Margie is. I met Margie early on when I started using Twitter. Margie is one of the most supportive and encouraging people I know. Margie has been reading my blog from the beginning, and I cannot imagine life without her humor and kindness. We have many things in common, especially our love of doing good and making the world a better place.
Gini Dietrich – Even though she lost out in head to head combat with bacon, I still love Gini. She is smart and successful and just wrote a book! She is the total package, and still can remain kind and truly helpful to other women. Meeting Gini was one of my big highlights from last year. The best part about meeting her? It felt like we knew each other our whole lives. You don’t find that everyday. Gini has been texting and following up with me to see how I am doing and that friendship is really amazing to me.
Shonali Burke – I started commenting on Shonali’s blog a while back. What struck me most was the fact that she is always teaching, but not in that “I know more than you do” kind of way, but rather in that “Here, let me show you how this works” kind of way. I have tremendous respect for her. She runs her “agency of one” as she says, and gets more done in a day that most of us do in a week. She has a real love of people too, and that shines through every time I talk to her, either online or off.
I also have a wonderful list of women who are not online but who I could not live without. Through Facebook I got reconnected with my best childhood friend, Kathy who is living the life she always wanted. I have other amazing friends who have helped me through all kinds of situations. Life is so much better with great friends around you.
Lastly, I want to thank my Mom who passed away March 31, 2005. My Mom gave me my love of reading, and the English language in general. She wanted to be an English teacher, so she married a guy from the South Bronx who butchered the English language on a regular basis. I know Mom would be really pleased with this blog. Every time I correct my son’s grammar, I hear my Mom in my head. It is not a bad thing.
So, this is my personal A-list. I love all of these women and would hate to live life without them.
What women have made a difference in your life?