Funny how the world sees "real women. . ."

Evidenced by all the Real Housewives of. . . shows which seem to be overtaking our televisions, it appears that the world believes we should all be wealthy, pampered, enviable, catty, curvaceous, gorgeous, and more. While we may be gorgeous, most of us are not rich or spoiled or even catty. We are ~ simply put ~ real.

The idea for this blog came after watching a few of those real housewives shows and realizing just how skewed the views of everyday life can be through the eyes of these women. Particularly to those of us in the trenches, working day-in-day-out to take care of ourselves, our children, our parents, our spouses/partners. Those of us who are out there earning a living, who may be dealing with catastrophic events or troubled children or medical issues or partner concerns.

This is a call to all women everywhere who live everyday lives and who want to simply do their best as they love all, laugh often, and live fully. Let us unite with our whole heart and soul, with humanity and grace, with vigor and hope. We are women and we are thankful to be so!

Monday, January 3, 2011

For the New Year: My Monday Hero - Angie

" 'You call, pack, get on the plane. I take care of everything else.' Each fish trip is customized, personalized. You want it, she gets it, brokering absolutely everything from fishing licenses. . .to airline reservations, hotels, B&B's, lodges, meals, charter boats, night life, sack lunches, tours of the critically historic town and throws in a bunch of pleasant side ventures, including shopping sprees for non-angling companions. Cell phone in her ear, notebook in hand, and a toddler on her lap, she confirms, books, shuffles, brokers, solves, shifts, buys, recommends and takes us to dinner."

Such was written by Terry W. Sheely in The Reel News a few years ago, effectively describing our awesome Alaskan Angie! Since that time, she has moved out of the fishing charter business, but has kept her contacts and connections throughout the world. People still speak very highly of Angie's work ethic, her ability to juggle more at one time than most are able to handle in a day, and the compassion with which she interacts with everyone. 

I salute you, Angie my friend, having come through multiple trials and tribulations, all the while remaining the loving and kind and committed woman you have always been. You are my first Monday Hero! 

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