Somebody asked me a few weeks ago why I was planning the Inspired Women’s Conference and what I was going to get out of it. I believe honesty is the best policy and today I want to share with you why this conference is important to me.
I grew up with two parents who believed in me. Not like you might think though, they weren’t planning my grand future. They weren’t hoping I’d become a doctor or a lawyer, although they would have supported me either way. My parents wanted me to grow up to be a caring, confident and loving woman. They wanted me to be the best version of myself. They never asked me to be like anyone else, they never compared me to anyone else. I was also fortunate to have other inspiring women in my life, not just my mom. I had grandmas, aunts, cousins, friends, friends moms and the list goes on and on. Each of those women gave me someone to look up to, someone I wanted to be like.
Not all women have my story. Many women grow up with a lot of expectations placed on them. There is so much pressure put on women to be the best mom, the best wife, the best daughter and the best employee/boss. Women carry so many roles, as do men but this conference isn’t about them, and sometimes we can feel like we are just surviving in all our roles but not really succeeding at any of them. Often the world can bog us down. Hurtful words are never forgotten and we carry them with us. One person will make us feel guilty for giving up our careers to stay home with our kids while another will make us feel guilty for working too much. Often it may feel like we can’t win.
The reason I am hosting this conference is that I believe every woman deserves the same encouragement that I was fortunate enough to grow up with. I believe we can rise above whatever our pasts are, I’ve seen many women do so. We can rise above our circumstances and the lies about ourselves that we carry with us. If we can come together and learn from each other then we can go out into the world and help other women do the same. We all have a unique story, or gift, to share and on Saturday October 20th you will get to hear from six inspiring women who are no different from you. You are an inspiring woman, even if you don’t know it yet.
I’m not gonna lie, I was scared to take the steps needed to put this conference into motion. What if I failed? My mom encouraged me to go for it and often reminds me of one of her favourite quotes.
“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”
I would love to see you there. I would love to support you and have your support. I would love to see you encouraged to go back to your daily life and live it as the inspiring woman that you are. Even better, all proceeds from this event will be going to the Algoma Pregnancy Centre. A centre committed to educating and supporting women!
I need to confirm numbers a week from Monday! Teenagers welcome!
You can buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/inspired-for-women-by-women-tickets-46819207510?aff=ebdssbdestsearch