Real Talk


January 31, 2016

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Strength, I’v come to realise that there are not enough words to articulate wholeheartedly what defines strength. Strength can only be defined by the individual who in that moment describes to you what strength is to them. Whether its an event that takes place in an individuals life there’s no right or wrong just a story of endurance and courage.

For me personally strength is the women who surround me. The women who keep the world moving everyday, they are selfless, compassionate, courageous, humble and loving. For me they are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and great friends. They are my inspiration everyday, and from whom I learn so much from.

Strength I believe is to continue to be brave. Strength is providing a home whilst you seek your own shelter, strength is experiencing an immense amount of pain, physically and mentally, and still finding it in you to carry on for yourself and for others. I myself have gone through things which have tested me beyond words, and the only comfort sometimes can be time, and faith in knowing that things will eventually get better. They always say that no matter what you’re going through someone somewhere else is going through things that you will never ever come to know, and 9 times out of 10 this is the truth.

We all struggle we all go through hard times, but it’s our reaction and attitude to these situations that truly define our future; and that’s what I really believe. Strength is all around us whether we realise it or not by the people we choose to surround ourselves with (hopefully you all have positive influences, if not then take a closer look at your inner circle and be wise). Be present, be inspired and motivated to keep on going even when faced with the hardest of battles, and at the end of the day be brave, be kind and lend a hand because although we may not vocalise it, we all need someone to hold us up sometimes. Have a moment to realise all that you have achieved and all that you are, and all that you have yet to receive (won’t he do it). Celebrate how far you’ve come to still be standing here (reading my blog, I’m very grateful) against all the rubbish that I know you’ve probably had to put up with.

I’m proud of myself,  and I hope you’re proud of yourself too; sometimes we just need to say that out loud and really believe it.

As I mentioned above, the women in my life are my strength and daily inspiration and who I  choose to celebrate today. I have a small circle of loving friends who I’m extremely thankful for (you know who you are), however I wanted to focus on three people on this occasion as they so rightly deserve to be celebrated and acknowledged. Mum, Adina, and Fiona you three are the strongest and most loving individuals. You all have the biggest hearts, and the kindest souls and I appreciate you beyond words! I admire your strength and courage and I celebrate everything that you are. 

On the topic of strength I wanted to showcase other phenomenal women throughout history which Im sure many of you have already come to know. They’ve touched me in their personal stories and achievements within their lifetime, their accomplishments have inspired me dearly and I hope it does for you too.

Strength- What This Means to Me- Laila Eve:Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn- (1929 – 1993) British actress and humanitarian. Hollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s, starring in classic films such as Roman Holiday, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn later retired from acting and served as ambassador for UNICEF. During Audreys early years she endured growing up in the Netherlands where the country was overrun and fell under Nazi occupation until liberation in 1945. During the war Audrey suffered anaemia, respiratory problems and edema (swelling of the limbs) As a young girl Audrey had the unfortunate event of  witnessing her uncle and mother’s cousin shot in the street by the Germans. The harrowing experiences of war left a profound mark on Audrey; it was the main reason for her later commitments to the UNICEF children’s charity.


Strength- What This Means to Me- Laila Eve: Malala Yousafza

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Malala Yousafza was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. – (Via:biography)


Strength- What This Means to Me- Laila Eve: Wilma Rudolph

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Wilma Rudolph (1940- 1994)- In 1960- Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games. Born premature on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem Tennessee, the 20th of 22 children to parents Ed and Blanche Rudolph. Wilma was a sickly child Stricken with polio as well as problems with her left leg resulting in her having to wear a brace. Despite this it was with great strength and determination, along with physical therapy that she was able to overcome the disease and  physical disabilities. Through hard work and positive attitude Wilma went on to become a gifted runner against all odds. She became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome, and later worked as a teacher and track coach. Nicknamed “Skeeter” for her famous speed Rudolph is remembered as one of the fastest women in track and as a source of great inspiration for generations of African-American athletes.


Strength- What This Means to Me- Frida Kahol

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Frida Kahol- Frida Kahlo is a Mexican painter; July 6, 1907 -July 13, 1954. Her life was marked by physical suffering starting with polio contracted at the age of five. Frida considered herself a surrealist and goes down in history as one of Mexico’s most famous artists and also a popular feminist icon. Celebrated for her passionate indomitably in the face of life’s trials, she’s best known for her daring self-portraits depicting the suffering she experienced in her personal life.

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