Over on Team Honk for International Women’s Day they are celebrating Inspiring Women and asking others to share which woman inspires them. They chose Davina McCall who I think is a great choice, but I would like to talk about the women who inspire me, and they are my two oldest friends Tania and Hannah.
Im so lucky that I had to think long and hard about who to choose, I have so many awesome women in my life and could blog forever if I had to list them all.
I met Tania and Hannah when we were all 11, it was year 7 of secondary school and I sat alone in my classroom and saw these two girls giggling. They were total opposites, Tania is Chilean and dark haired and Hannah is pale with red hair and freckles. I didn’t know it at that point, but they were to become my closest friends.
Can you spot us?
21 years later these women inspire me, they support me, lift my spirits and are just there. Always there, even when they physically aren’t. It doesn’t matter how long it is between the times we see each other, its just easy. The amazing thing about women who have been friends for so long is that we know each other inside and out, these girls have supported me at my worst and celebrated with me at my best.
Tania is a real enigma, if you met her briefly you would say she is confident, beautiful, loud, the boss… But she has so many layers to her, 21 years and she still has the ability to surprise me. She is so intelligent, spiritual and has such a kind heart. She comes up with these crazy ideas and has the ability to get anyone on board, one minute we will be having dinner, the next she will have orchestrated a photo opportunity with us taking on the roles of the 12 disciples.
Hannah is the strongest woman I know. She is this petite, quiet woman but man this girl kicks ass. She is hard working, tough, brave and a truly wonderful mother. She is also loving, caring, thoughtful, hilarious and flipping stunning!
Both of them are amazing and I love them more than I can say, when the shit hits the fan, they are two people who I need, not even want. I need their guidance, their love and their uniquely, wonderfully bizarre friendship in my life.
When I am low I think of them, of Hannah who works 13 hour shifts as a nurse then cares for her two children whilst her husband is working away, all with a smile on her face. Of Tania who astounds me with her drive and passion, her love of her family is unrivalled. Of both of them and their ability to make me howl with laughter and bare my soul within the space of an hour…
My inspiring women are my friends. Tania and Hannah. Here’s to friendship, nurture your relationships with the people who matter, celebrate the amazing women in your life and tell them often how much they matter to you.
Love Sam xx