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A pictorial reminder of just how amazing women are… and a challenge to remember what you are capable of…

So I woke up this morning with Master 3 in the bed and my NiceGuy beagle too (ok, I know Wendy Harmer says I shouldn’t let dogs sleep in my bed, and every parenting expert says I shouldn’t let my son sleep in my bed, and anyone else would say the two together is out of the question… but with these two, old habits die hard…)

 

 

… anyhow my smile at the serenity of my sleeping boys soon fades away as I’m  confronted by this image on on my favorite iPad app:

 

 

 

Does this sort of story shock you? It does me.  Can you imagine being the mother of 3-month-old Khan Mohammad who froze to death in this Kabul refugee camp?  I just can’t imagine what keeps these women going…

Then I remember that I’m frequently amazed at the strength of the women I come across, even those who don’t see themselves as doing anything out of the ordinary but who somehow managed to achieve amazing things.  Like Nobel Peace prize winners… any even more ordinary women like our sisters and colleagues and friends and bosses…

And then I go to my email inbox and I see a message from my friend Robyn Henderson who I’m sure you all know as the networking guru, and her message to me is this:

 

I know that you know that women are indeed amazing, and we’re strong and capable and can be anything or anyone we choose to be… and I also know we need the occasional reminder…

So I hope that wherever you are reading this today, you will take a moment to realise how amazing and fortunate you are and remember what you are capable of achieving in your own right…

And maybe share your thoughts here on the blog about an amazing woman that you know…

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2 weeks ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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