With March being Women’s History Month, I was asked to write a post about an inspiring female in my life (as part of the 261 Fearless Ambassadorship). I sometimes find this one hard as I feel like I have many inspiring females in my life not just one. Can I narrow it down?
So I thought about it a little more. Who really inspires me and why? Who motivates me? Who do I look to when struggling or facing a challenge? Who is that person? Or Who are those women?
Who is an inspirational female in my life?
As a child, I grew up playing soccer. Soccer in the back yard, summer team, indoor soccer, competitive soccer and recreational soccer when competitive soccer wasn’t available. Mia Hamm was inspiring to me as I saw her as a strong, talented and successful female when I was this little kid. I LOVED soccer growing up. If I wasn’t at the soccer field, there was a good chance I was playing soccer at home or training (fartleks, speed work and long runs).
She was a role model for me. To be completely honest back then I didn’t even know any Canadian female soccer players, so she stood out for me.
As years have gone on, I’ve come to seek out Canadian athletes mainly through the Olympics as I want to know who they are. I want to know who our future leaders are going to be. I want to be able to list off female athletes as easily as I can male athletes. Over the years Clara Hughes (Cycling & Speed Skating), Heather Moyse (Bobsledder) and of course Christine Sinclair (Soccer) have been inspiring. All Olympic athletes, all with a story to tell and all with determination and dedication to their respective sports.
They are inspiring because of their success in sport but also in their success off the field/ice etc. They have become motivational speakers, mental health promoters and visible in the communities/country making an impact on the younger generations of females in sport.
Over the last few years, I’ve had the luxury of working with success women in the sport, recreation and physical activity fields. I’ve learned from their leadership roles, their confidence and their passion. It’s made me think about how I want to be seen in a leadership role, how I want to be more confident and live my passion through my work. PS – I love what I do.
I’ve also been really lucky to work alongside many of my University classmates and friends who are doing amazing things within their work/positions. As they succeed, they inspire me. For those locally who read my blog, I’m talking about Dawn S, Kerry C, Gabby G, Rachel B., you gals inspire me.
Who inspires me currently: Friends & Other Moms. My mom, my friends who are mom’s, bloggers I’ve gotten to “know” online. Seeing them balance work, single parenting, children, passions, training for races, challenges and obstacles is pretty inspiring. It’s also inspiring to know I’m not alone in this parenting world and other Mom’s have suggestions to share.
Running bloggers who share amazing tips, things to try, food recipes to eat and support when you are down and injured. A few inspiring female running bloggers: Suz, Kyla, Heather, Helly, and Michelle.
Local female runners also inspire me. When they share their run social media or in a twitter chat, it’s inspiring, it’s motivating and exciting to see how they are succeeding. It’s also inspiring when someone asks to run with you because they know you like to run.
My runny buddy (mother runner), Krystol.
So, no I can’t say that I have one female that is inspiring to me. I simply cannot narrow my list down. I’m lucky to have so many inspiring females cross my path and motivate me along the way.
Who inspires you? (Male or Female)
Why do they inspire you?
Do you have a female blogger that inspires you? Share their blog below 🙂
10 thoughts on “261 Fearless: Inspirational Women”
Great post and thank you. You are inspiring to me in how you work, be a mom, and still have time to fit in being so active and healthy. Keep it up Anna even though I know some days are harder than others.
When I was around 4 I went to Kinderskills at Acadia and one of the instructors was Al King, who was also a student studying PE. He was awesome and so was Daryl, another student. I really looked up to them and not just cause of my height at that time. 😉
Marlene Connell was my teacher and my Ringette coach. She was an important role model for me and was great at helping me.
Kerry C, she taught me about running and I still remember the tips she gave me when I first started running. I wanted to be a runner like her one day.
My Nan, she was and is my biggest fan and has always supported me. I really am happy for her continued support.
Thanks Kyla 🙂 The Kinderskills program is amazing. I wish I had the time to put my girls in it. Hope your Nan is well.
I love reading about other working mamas who figure out a way to balance running and life! Glad we have met in the blogosphere Anna 🙂
I too love reading about other working mamas, we all have great tricks up our leaves to get through the days (good and bad). Hopefully we’ll meet at a run one of these days!!
Love this! Throughout my life I’ve been inspired by so many women. Currently, runners like Shalane or Kara, or Amy are all my professional inspirations but a blogger that inspires me is Suzy at Suzyhastheruns.com!
Thanks for sharing Suzy’s blog…I love finding new ones 🙂
I am sooooo glad you checked her out – she is awesome!!!
This is a great post Anna! I have so many inspirations that I really don’t know where to start. I think it’s interesting when someone tells me I’m an inspiration because usually that person has also inspried or motivated me at some point.
Here are a few of my faves:
Kara, Desi, Deena, (celebs).
Janae @ http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com
Everyone in the local running community here that I am so fortunate to be a part of! Including you!!!!!!!!!!!
I always find it weird when someone say’s that I’m inspiring. I think sometimes we find it hard to understand the things we do can be inspiring to others.
Nice post. I really have to think about who inspires me 🙂 I am inspired by different people at different times in my life. Hmm … hard one to pinpoint (for me anyway)