I had different post planned for this week, and then my body decided we were due for another cold. I spent most of the weekend sleeping and chugging DayQuil, and I didn’t really feel up to writing what I’d originally intended.
But since International Women’s Day was this past Friday (March 8), I thought it would be nice to write a little thank you note of sorts:
Thank you to Mom, for raising me, teaching me, and showing me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Thank you for being a leader in our church, in our school, and in our community so I could have the courage to do the same. There is so much more here I could say, but I think I’ll save that for another thank you note someday. I love you more than I can put into words.
Thank you to Grandma, for setting an example of what it means to be a woman of God. Thank you for praying for me, loving me, and giving me opportunities to help you in serving others. Thank you for the e-mails you sent me in my first semester at college, and thank you for everything you did for our family and for others over the years. I love you and I miss you dearly.
Thank you to Grammy, for always making a trip to see me on special occasions or just for fun, even though we lived hours apart. Thank you for the adventures we went on and the memories we made together. I miss you too.
Thank you to the wonderful young women who’ve become my friends over the years. Thank you for encouraging me, supporting me, listening to me, and laughing with me. Most importantly, thank you for sticking by me.
Thank you to my high school English teacher, for believing in me, trusting me, and encouraging me to pursue some crazy ideas. Thank you for reinforcing my love of words and stories – I couldn’t be more in love with my chosen field of study.
Speaking of teachers, thank you to all of the women who’ve taught me science and math over the years. Thank you for not only helping me get through the classes I struggle with more, but thank you for showing me that ladies can work with numbers too. I might not be studying that as my major, but seeing you pursue subjects you care about has encouraged me to pursue the ones I care about.
And thank you to the women who are teaching me now. Thank you for encouraging me and guiding me during this part of my life.
Thank you to the women I’ve worked with, both in the past and present. Thank you for teaching me, trusting me, and valuing me.
Thank you to Lacey Sturm, for writing words with meaning and singing honest songs that must be screamed. I’ve never met you, but you’re an inspiration to me and countless others. Thank you for sharing yourself and your music with us.
Thank you to the women who have worked on my favorite movies, TV shows, video games, etc. I may not know you by name, but you’ve made the things that I love, and your creations have helped me become who I am today.
On that note, thank you to my favorite female authors – too many to list – for sharing your stories with me and with the world. Thank you for inspiring me to do the same.
And I would be remiss without thanking my favorite fictional ladies – though they aren’t real, their impact most certainly is. Thank you for showing me, ever since I was a kid, that there’s nothing a girl can’t do.