This is our 100Th post and to commemorate the occasion, we are listing 100 things that we admire in other women and in ourselves. So, in no particular order:1. Strength.
17. Not Afraid to Make Hard Decisions.
18. Knowing How to Live with the Consequences of those Decisions.
22. In Touch with Her Emotions.
23. Lives Life to the Fullest.
26. my mom's unconditional love for me and my brother...and now for her grandchild.
27. my mom's selflessness and attendance to our needs when we were growing up...and still now.
28. my mom's influence in developing my love of travel, music, art, and so many other things!
29. my mom's strength in being a breast cancer and open-heart surgery survivor.
30. my mom's yummy cooking.
31. my grandmother's unending generosity.
32. my grandmother's faith.
33. my grandmother's style and flair.
34. my grandmother's endearing vanity of wearing lipstick everywhere...which has now become my own as well.
35. my aunt's ability to look absolutely terrific...even at 80.
36. my aunt's impeccable taste in decorating and fashion.
37. my mother-in-law's knack for organization
38. my MIL's work ethic at her artistic crafts
39. my MIL's ability to make a lovely home and garden look so easy
40. my sisters'-in-law kindness, good-naturedness, and ease at great conversation
41. my mom's and my passion for teaching.
42. my girlfriends for so many things...such as their kindness...
43. ...and ability to forgive even when it's hard...
44. ...and the way we can make each other laugh...
45. ...and the immediate offer of a shoulder (or an ear) if I need a good cry...
46. ...and the way we can work together to create something special...
47. ...and the way they can get us organized when my skills are lacking the ability to do so...
48. ...and the way they've been strong and turned lemons into lemonade.
49. my love and dedication to my son.
50. my dedication to nursing my son...for 42 months! (no, I'm not crazy, really)
51. We can grow people. How cool is that?
52. We hold our families together
53. Katy Perry was right, "Hard to resist, so touchable"
54. Even when the going gets tough, we still get up in the morning and keep on going
55. Being a mom makes you feel powerful. Don't get between me and my kid, man...I'll take you out...I don't care if you're a linebacker!
56. Behind every great man is a great woman. I'm almost 40 and am now just starting to grasp how real this is. Men would be lost without us, don't you think?
57. When my mom tried to buy a house in the 70's, they wouldn't give her a mortgage because they didn't think she'd be working very long before she stayed home to have babies. I bought my own house at 28. All by myself.
58. That was two years after I went to Europe with 2 of my best girlfriends. They helped me fulfil one of my grandmother's life-long wishes. Neat, huh?
59. I think it's awesome that many Native Americans thought women were so powerful when they had their periods, they separated them from the rest of the tribe. I wish we still thought of it that way.
60. Suffragettes, like Susan B. Anthony. For that matter, there's a lot of other noteworth women I admire for what they've done, and how they've lived their lives.
61. Sally Ride
62. Katherine the Great
63. Katherine Hepburn
64. Jackie Kennedy
65. Eleanor Roosevelt
66. Sojourner Truth
67. Barbara Bush
68. Maya Angelou
69. Julia Child
70. Emily Dickinson
71. Betty Friedan
72. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
73. Rosa Parks and all the women who pioneered "firsts" for the rest of us
74. The wonderful women I write this blog with
75. My daughter, who showed me the kind of woman I want to be
From Kari: Let me preface this by saying I am lucky enough to have women in my life who have a number of the following traits in common; I am pointing out the traits I admire that are more predominant.
76. My mom's sensibility and ability to manage numerous projects at one time
77. My mom's ability to make me calmer just by being there
78. My aunt Teri's strength even though she doesn't know it's there sometimes
79. My cousin Jen's resilience
80. My sister Charity's generosity
81. My friend Kristin's sense of humor
82. My friend Janet's sense of self
83. My friend Brenda's dedication
84. My friend Sue's tenacity
85. My friend Diane's moxie
86. My friend Therese's devotion
87. My grandmother Marion's sense of style
88. My grandmother Evelyn's courage
89. My aunt Barb's patience
90. My friend Amy's enthusiasm
91. My friend Lisa's perceptiveness
92. My friend Nancy's jovial attitude
93. My mother in law Mary's good naturedness and devotion
94. The many who are gifted and willingly share their gifts with others
95. The many who can make me smile or laugh
96. The many who are insightful
97. The many who inspire me to try harder
98. The many who know what it is to be a friend unconditionally
99. The many who know how to listen
100. The many who know how to love in unique ways