Bonjour lecteurs! While recently working on a campaign on my Instagram, a brand asked me to celebrate and support the women who make my life special and shout out for them. More than anything else, it reminded me that Women Need to Support Each Other. And not only on International Women’s Day but on a regular basis.
A Woman’s Definition on Real Beauty
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
Those were the words form the fameuse Audrey Hepburn and yet, she pretty much nailed it.
Beauty is not about expensive clothes and the best makeup, or any fancy experience that some of us might have in their life.
Beautiful women are the ones that give without expecting anything in exchange. And it can be as little as a warm smile or a text. It doesn’t need to go too far as long as you mean it.
Bringing a smile on another lady’s face is not that difficile and much needed in a society where it is becoming more and more about appearances and goods you have over living in the moment and true feelings.
Not Always Easy…
And today, I put my hand up and admit it. I am guilty of it too. I wake up in the morning and think about what things I want to achieve and do. It is all about me and my little bubble.
So easy to do, but when do I stop and think about others? The ones who are always in the background and make my Frenchie bubble this colourful burst of joys, laughs but also tears. There are some, even if I rarely share them…
But I see all those women around me, this makeup on, this fake lashes precisely put on their faces. All the time they spend on themselves each day.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. How about balancing our act and supporting other ladies more often?
This year, I want people to see a better moi. A woman who can stop and say merci.
But also check more often on her gang. Because when my fellow mama living in a foreign country has not called me for a week, it is because she is super busy and handling it all like a chef.
So tonight, I will text her and ask if she had a good week. Just for the sake of it. No matter if she had a good one or not.
All that matters is that she knows I think of her and if she needs help, I am here.
Saying Thanks To Those Who Are Always Here
Reminding our friends of how amazing they are should become second nature and not something we would do when and if we have time.
5 minutes is all it takes, to make you more beautiful from the inside and the person on the other end. Because undoubtedly, you will make her smile and more importantly, she will feel LOVED.
Women Need to Support Each Other on a regular basis and not only on the 8th of March.
Let’s Celebrate Other Women’s Wins
We need to fight the nature that makes us envious and sometimes bitter. Let’s celebrate other girls and women’s wins. Saying ‘Well done’ instead of jealousy will not only make us better, but it will also make us feel good and stronger.
I never really thought too much about this. Raised with the Spice Girls in the 90s (yep and I am a huge fan of the girls!!), the words GIRL POWER was part of my vocabulary.
Yet, I am not sure I always really apply it to its full extension.
The clichés want women to be bitchy and sometimes competitive… Take Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle par exemple. The press wants us to believe that they are the queen enemies. It is so tiring to constantly see how the media compare them and bring on some fights to sell their papers…
Have you seen the new series of the Bachelor UK on Channel 5? Wow! Some of those girls are roaring! No kidding!
Sadly enough, I must admit that it is sometimes more than a bad stereotype. I did it myself and I saw it. Among friends, in my family. And it was always ugly and made me feel like S**T. That’s it!
In my 20s, I was over jealous of certain girls. The idea that Grumpy Boyfriend would lay his eyes on some of those gorgeous ladies would drive me mad…
A New Me, A New You
But I am grown up and all that superficial jazz doesn’t matter anymore. Whoever wants to keep behaving this way will be out of my life. No time for negative vibes.
You want to know a secret? Supporting other women and treating each other with love and respect feels damn good! No joke! It makes me think that I am a better person! And it is a goal I am constantly striving to achieve this year. Not only because I want to feel good but because I want Baba to look at women with respect!
I want him and men, generally speaking, to think that we are more than this! We are strong together, empowering each other.
So be that amazing woman today and tomorrow… and each week!
Give back to women who lift you up and make you happy.
Take 5 minutes and call a friend, check on how she is doing. Like a small business that a mum entrepreneur is leading? Go on her website and leave her a fab review. You will help her little world.
Book a coffee with an old friend you have not seen on for a long time and no kids! Just the two of you so no distraction 🙂
Going to a toddler group and you see a new mama for the first time? Go and talk to her and make her feel welcome! The truth is she might be a bit afraid (making mum friends is hard!).
Give your colleagues a compliment on their outfit or their makeup. With a warm smile, it would get you far!
Women Need to Support Each Other EVERY DAY for a better us, a better you.
Off to be one of those ladies right now! I need to call a fab lady I have not chatted with for too long! It is catch up time! Because this friend deserves it.
Happy International Women’s Day and Girl Power (and mama power too!) forever!
I hope it will be inspiring and full of smiles 🙂 Bon Weekend too!
A very interesting blog post and yes agree with your comments that we do need to support other women. I go to Aquafit and we often have new women attending and I always make it my business to say hello and have a chat. When I first attended a couple of years ago I felt a bit isolated for a few weeks as everyone seemed to have their own friends.
Fabulous post as always – brightens my day reading them
#GirlPower at its best – support is so important as is thanking those who are there through all adventures
Fab post and I agree women should support each other . I have friends in need and just a chat or listening helps a lot. Love your photo’s
As women we should always stand by each other, support one another and help build each other up
So important to stand by and inspire each other, and big up each others,strengths. Brilliant post xx
Great post everyone needs someone to encourage and support them.
Thank you for these thoughts. This is something that’s not easy for me as I have many difficult relationships with the women in my family. I must try harder.
I agree wholeheartedly.
Great post and I agree women should support each other!
I think we should all be supporting each other and that gender doesn’t come in to it. We should all be building each other up, and the only time you should look down on someone is when you are reaching out your hand to help them get back up
What a fantastic blog post, you truly are an amazing woman, reading your blog and seeing your photos of Baba always cheers me up.
Couldn’t agree more!
great post! i think everyone should be like that with each other, even if its just saying hello in the street to cheer someone up!
Great post and some nice pictures thankyou
I am blessed to be surrounded by supportive people and women to, especially 3 dear friends in the past year since my husband unexpectedly passed away. Life is about pure real love and connecting. Not materialism and doing. We are human beings not human doings
Great sentiments expressed in this blog post. Sadly I think certain “influencers” have encouraged young women to be shallow and acquisitive.
It is exciting to be in this era when women are so empowered, it was only a generation ago when we didn’t even get equal pay.
Beautiful inspiring words and very true, We really do need to support each other.
I agree that we should support each other I am very kind supportive and give love to my friends and family however I don’t always find its a two way thing and often feel lost and isolated when i need support sad but true . I think people view me a giver rather than a taker or someone who needs support in times of distress, And there is little support out there from agencies despite the lips service played to it
Great article and totally agree that we do need to support the women around us but also accepting support and friendship when offerred
Completely agree with you, we’ve got to look out for each other x
A really important article
it is important, but does seem lack of looking out for each other these days, compared to few years ago, people seem too suspicious, hard to even get conversation out of the younger generation these days
Great read as always, thank you!
What a joyful and inspiring post. It’s certainly given me lots to think about. Thank you
Interesting read & I think woman should always support each other
So important to stand by and inspire each other like you x
Its hard when we have so much going on in our lives, but being non judgemental allows you to open up to other women who may need help. Also not being afraid to ask for help which is difficult for many of us
This is a really sweet post, it is definitely important to look out for one another and keep lifting each other up
love reading your posts, thank you for writing them
Brilliant post. Very inspiring words for all women.
Could not agree more. This is a great post.
Inspiring blog! Women need to support each other!
Great read! Us women should always support each other x