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Strong Women

In the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve been fortunate to get to know some of my readers. A few have expressed how this blog has been helpful and even inspirational to them. We all face challenges and sometimes, just knowing someone else has come through a similar situation gives us hope and encouragement in our own conflicts.  One of my fears in blogging was revealing my insecurities and the imperfections of my life to the public. I also realized that these are the very things people can relate to and what draws people to this blog (and the fact that I am drop dead gorgeous in my picture and can make you laugh!).

Several of you readers are struggling with serious issues at the present moment.  Some of you have recently overcome difficult times and are facing an uncertain future.  I have no doubt that you all will rise to the challenge and come out smiling on the other side.  When I was struggling, a very dear friend sent me a poem and I keep it on a cork board in my office to remind myself that nothing worth having comes easily.  It takes a lot of courage to take an honest look at your life and recognize you need a change. Congratulations in taking the first step.  If you’re worried about the future and how you’re going to “make it”….welcome to the club. Hopefully this poem from my friend will help you as it helped me.  It defines “strong women”, but I believe it applies to everyone.


“Strong women are those who know the road ahead will be strewn with obstacles, but they still choose to walk it because it’s the right one for them.

Strong women are those who make mistakes, who admit to them, learn from those failures, and then use that knowledge.

Strong women are easily hurt, but they still extend their hearts and hands, knowing the risk and accepting the pain when it comes.

Strong women are sometimes beaten down by life, but they still stand back up and step forward again.

Strong women are afraid.  They face fear and move ahead to the future, as uncertain as it can be.

Strong women are not those that succeed the first time.  They’re the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed.

Strong women face the daily trials of life, sometimes with a tear, but always with their heads held high as the new day dawns.”

~Brenda Hager


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  1. Wendy 11-18-2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I read your letter to Dan I think it is one of the most wonderful and sad and inspiring things I have ever read
    I miss him too

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