Friday, July 6, 2012

With Passion and Purpose

It's Friday and the first week of the holidays is almost at a close. We have had a lovely week together but today I want to focus my Friday thankfulness on some other treasures in my life.


As I was reflecting on the things that have made my heart swell this week I have been thinking of 3 women I know and how they have contributed to my sense of gratitude and excitement and purpose in living.

One of these women Ange -who has just had a second wee baby has spent this year intentionally working on issues she finds difficult. Intentional self-improvement through practise. Each month she highlights what she will work on and then highlights how it has gone. I have never met Ange but I read her blog and I feel like we might be similar people when she talks about her self-set challenges. I have so much respect for people who decide to go confidently and sometimes painfully in the direction of becoming who they'd like to be.

I often talk about Deb here on my blog. Deb is a resourcer and resourceful. She is constantly teaching and encouraging people to learn new crafty skills, her house is like a train-station come restaurant - in that there are always people there, people being fed, people welcome. Deb is an extraordinary crafter and op-shopper. She has just taken a leap into a whole new world (because having 4 children, numerous pets, a business and a husband isn't really enough!) and launched an online craft shop with vintage fabrics, kits and loveliness. She is an amazing blogger and she has a lovely giveaway on her blog as well. I am always SO excited to see people pursuing their passions. It makes me excited - I am such a pom-pom waver at heart.

Sophie is another recent addition to my life and over the last few months she has been rallying women to embrace, encourage and support one another through a group she calls The Sisterhood. At the moment she is asking for people to get on board and send treats for women whose lives are in need of encouragement. Because we can. Because we all understand the value and strength we can find in a well-timed word, gesture, bar of chocolate. Sophie is a young mum herself but she is using her voice and her passion to bring hope and life to women she has never met.
So this Friday I am focussing on the joy that other women bring to my life. The inspiration I get from seeing my friends and people I know pursuing their dreams with confidence and determination. Women who start with themselves and their families and then continue to send ripples of joy into the world.
Who is a woman who inspires you and why?
Don't forget to enter my giveaway as well.

14 comments:

Meghan at MNM's said...

Loving all these things too...what Sophie is doing is very cool!

Naomi said...

Nice. It will be fun to get involved with the blogging community when we're back. Lucky you to have such inspirational reads/friends.

tartankiwi said...

They certainly are all amazing women!

When I first started blogging, I remember reading a post which was lamenting the fact that it was becoming be a mummy blogger. It suggested that many of the women starting blogs were socially inept and hid their loneliness behind their computers.

Well, all I can say is that the person who wrote that posy had never met a South Island Mummy Blogger!!! Seriously, it makes me feel quite inadequate when I consider the talent and social conscience of my fellow South Island Mummy bloggers- just stop and take a mental inventory- the talent is amazing; the generosity of spirit is overwhelming and the get-up-and go is super impressive!

I am proud to have you all as my friends.

(oops! didn't mean to write an essay!)

peter morrison said...

Nice Post Mariam, And nice snaps as well. this Passion and Purpose of life increase purpose of living. Thanks for sharing such kinds of post. !!!!

Deb Robertson said...

Ooh you are such a sweetie! thanks for the very kind mention :)

Lien - all new adventures said...

Such a sweet post - full of love and purpose indeed.

Stace said...

as always love reading your posts!

Miriam said...

I love how the blogging world is such an inspiring place

Miriam said...

Yeah you'll already for kiwi blog world now!!

Miriam said...

I love essay comments - I write them often! I'm with you I have found the chch bloggers to be very socially ept!

Miriam said...

My pleasure

Miriam said...

well deserved dear friend x

Miriam said...

I am lucky to have a lot of these kind of people in my life

Miriam said...

thanks for the encouragement!