International Women's Day

If I'm completely honest, I was struggling to think of a topic to write about for this week's blog post. Usually, I can just sit down with my laptop and start typing about the first thing that comes to mind, but I've been feeling pretty uninspired recently. At the moment, my life generally consists of school all day, coming home and doing more work and then going to bed (wow, how exciting!). Although I am prone to getting fed up when my routine begins to revolve around an endless stream of revision, I am extremely motivated in the sense that I only have a few short months left of school and then FREEDOM! (I am still massively unsure about the whole 'university thing'). To also inspire and motivate me to do work, I simply cast my mind to focus on the fact that I am extremely lucky to be able to have the opportunity of education that I do, and I really shouldn't take it for granted. There are people, especially girls, around the world who don't get to receive an education - purely due to their gender, and that honestly baffles me.


Figures such as the utterly fabulous Malala Yousafzai have brought light upon this issue, and organisations like 'HeForShe' and the 'GlobalGiving Girl Fund' are campaigning in order to create an equal future, where both genders receive equal chances and opportunities, without acts of discrimination standing in their way. Today, March 8th, marks International Women's Day - a day where women from all over the globe are being celebrated for their conscious efforts to creating an entirely equal society, with #BeBoldForChange being this years theme.

However, instead of writing a post where I celebrate the dominant female figures in society, I wanted to offer a more personal approach. I could easily write about Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst or Emma Watson, but I want to write about the impactful and insanely strong women in my life - all of which have shaped me into the person I am today. 



My Mum
So, starting with the most obvious one - my mum. I think we so easily take our parents for granted, and it sometimes gets in the way of us appreciating how much they actually do for us. I always have, and always will, admired my mum - when things get tough, and life is bringing you down, sometimes just having a cup of tea and a cry with your mum can solve everything. Whether you're sad, happy, poorly or angry, your mum is always the first person you want to turn to. Something extraordinary about my mother is the fact that she carried three babies in her stomach all at once. Even just the thought of that makes me want to throw up, but my mum just took it completely in her stride. She is constantly interrogated by people who only have to deal with one baby, with the most asked question being 'How did you manage?' - to that, she tends to answer 'I just had to be organised'. And that, Mother, you certainly are. There are some people who are just born to plan and arrange things, and my mum is definitely one of them. She has a reputation of having the Christmas cards sent out by December 1st, and she buys people's birthday cards and presents at least 2 months in advance. Despite being insanely organised and tidy, she is also one of the silliest people I know. If people think I'm a little bit (a lot) crazy and weird, then you have my mum to thank for that. Prone to pulling silly faces and uttering silly jokes, she still manages to look good whilst doing it (I have yet to master that skill). My Mum is 50 years old, and I'm not being biased here, but you sure as hell wouldn't think it. Fabulous at 50, yet still 5 at heart, my Mother is definitely one of the strongest people I know - and if I end up to be half the woman she is, I'll be eternally happy. 

My Sister 
Anyone who knows me personally, will know of the strong bond I have with my sister Alice. I am cringing as I type this, but she is my best friend as well as my sibling - and although we sometimes have the most violent arguments, we move on from them in less than 5 minutes. I have always looked up to Alice, mainly because she's a massive nerd and has an intellectual capability that I can't help but admire, but more so in the past year. Without a doubt, she is the strongest woman (can you call her that ... debatable) I know, and I am proud as punch to call her my sister. Although she does come out with the most vile things you could ever imagine, punch me so hard and so often that my body is covered in bruises, and burp CONSTANTLY (my ultimate pet peeve) - she is still someone who I massively look up to. Her determination to succeed is motivational, and I know that she will be massively successful. If you look at Alice, you may be deceived - she looks incredibly innocent and shy, with her immaculate hair and passionate love affair for anything with a floral print - yet she is one tough cookie. (did I actually just say that?). I'll tell you now, you would not mess with her - after experiencing her punches first hand, I'd advice you to steer clear. 

My Best Friend
Georgina, I'm pretty sure that you've read me talking about my mum and Alice, and have been wondering when your mention is going to be - well, SURPRISE! HERE YOU GO! 
I am lucky enough to have grown up with this amazing girl, and she is pretty much a second sister to me - and a third daughter to my mum and dad. We have been to nursery, primary school, high school and now sixth form together - and thinking about the fact that in a few months time we may be across the country from each other genuinely makes me cry. There's people who come and go, but I know that I'll be friends with Georgina for the rest of my life. We often joke about going on mental girls holidays when we're 40 - leaving our kids and husbands at home to fend for themselves - and I know for a fact that that'll be reality one day. Georgina has stuck by me through thick and thin - and is genuinely the kindest, funniest and more supportive person I know. There isn't a day that goes by where we're not laughing at the most immature and pathetic things together, and I can tell her absolutely anything - whether it be something serious, or something extremely embarrassing. Georgina, you are the bestest friend I could ever wish for, and I am so grateful for you - even when you're taking the mick out of me. 

My Nanna/Nana's
I couldn't write this post without mentioning my beautiful Nannas. I am fortunate to still have the both of them, and they really do mean the absolute world to me. They are both absolute polar opposites in every sense of the word, yet I love them both in equal measures. Nanna Janice is strong, brave, opinionated and witty - whilst my Nana Delia is soft, gentle, hilarious and, at times, a little bit ditzy. (sorry Nana!) They both have qualities the other one doesn't, yet they get along so well! I'm always at my happiest when the whole family is together, and I love looking across the dinner table to see my two nanna's (and Grandad!) sitting opposite me. Like the rest of my family, they are extremely supportive - and both of them sit and read my blogs, or 'blobs' as Nana Delia has the tendency to call them. I know for a fact that I wouldn't be the person I am today without their influence, and I am proud to have a mixture of the qualities that they possess. 



The truth is, I could sit here and write about every single woman in my life - as I am influenced and inspired by them all, but this blog post is already long enough, and the time before mocks start seems to be coming around very quick (wish me luck, please!). So, I'm going to finish off here - with a video created by Salvo Studios for International Women's Day 2017, which I utterly adore. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtXRnVCGh4Y




I hope you've had a great day, and I'll see you next week. 

Love,
Grace x

p.s. Did anyone notice that I changed my domain from gracyviolet.blogspot.co.uk to gracyviolet.co.uk - how professional! 


2 comments:

  1. I don't know how your dad manages being surrounded by such wonderful women! 😀 it must blow his mind!

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