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!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Monday Hero - Sarah Palin

(Apologies for posting My Monday Hero on Tuesday - MLK day was a busy one with little computer time!)

This week I am straying from highlighting a hero I know, to one I admire from a distance. Sarah Palin is one of those rare but strong figures who is able to be in the public eye, maintain her moral value system, keep her family and marriage strong, and still hold her head high regardless of who may be trying to diminish her. This is a woman who has five beautiful children whom she loves unconditionally. She happily carried and gave birth to a Down Syndrome child while maintaining her duties as Governor. Her husband, Todd, is effectively able to be a strong, rugged, American man ~ and still thrive with his equally strong wife. What a blessing!

I have never met Governor Palin in person ~ I have heard the stories from many people who have. She remains the comfortable, accepting woman in private who we see in public. As a modern-day "pioneer" she reminds me of pioneer women of yesteryear. She is a trailblazer of utmost integrity. She is an exceptional role-model for our children - both girls and boys. Regardless of whether one is a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or anything else, it cannot be argued that Ms. Palin is a formidable figure. She has influence throughout the United States and beyond. A "force to be reckoned with," Sarah Palin is an example to us all. She has a talent for expressing her opinions, standing up for what she believes to be right, and acknowledging when errors have been made.

She is at once fascinating and controversial, unique and characteristic. An incredible woman who has already made a splash in this world of ours, Sarah Palin connects with us in a way no other politician has been able to do. She touches the sensitive spirit in all women. She encourages strength and compassion. Her ability to maintain consistency in all aspects of her life is just one more quality to admire.  

A tribute to you, Governor Palin. Keep your head high and your feet on the ground ~ you inspire us!  


  1. I have to say, I'm a little surprised to see no comments on this one. Lately Palin=controversy. But I agree with you. She's inspiring.

  2. Thank you, Denalee. She is inspiring, regardless of one's political views.