Category Archives: Women Of Influence

Spain’s Got Talent!

Have you ever heard an opera singer belt out AC/DC’s song Highway to Hell? Well, here’s your chance.

Let it be said that good and safe singers might stay in their lane but great and adventurous vocalists aren’t afraid to hit the pedal to the metal and cruise in and out. All they see in their wake are wide eyes and jaws dropping.

Check this out and see what you think?

Emma Watson – Feminism and Freedom Rising

If you have not heard the speech Emma Watson gave to the UN, please take a moment to view the video. As Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations she captured the world’s attention as she spoke so intelligently and passionately about gender equality. Ms. Watson managed through brilliant reflection to open up the prospect of freeing feminism from the confines of stereotypes and invited men to be part of the movement through a new initiative called HeForShe.

This speech is not what you think it will be and it is because of that difference, her research and observations, that social media went wild and a room full of dignitaries rose to their feet. I have a renewed sense of hope for our future and I hope you will too after watching her speak.  I welcome the opportunity for men to reap the benefits of equality for their personal well-being which is often overlooked and as she noted, so needed. Their voices are valid and men should not be excluded. With a joint effort we can improve the lives of those we love and society as a whole.

It has been said that trolls are already populating the internet trying to discredit Ms. Watson – I suspect she will transcend anything their small minds can conjure. Even the video I uploaded became private so I suggest you go online yourself to find Emma Watson speech at the UN.

Celebrating Audrey Hepburn

Thanks to Google I was reminded about Audrey Hepburn, a talented actress, loving mother, wife and dedicated humanitarian. She was born May 4th, 1929 and destined to contribute mightily to this world. In my home office I proudly display a beautiful book called Audrey Hepburn – An Elegant Spirit which was written by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer. In my collection is the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie and a Breakfast at Tiffany’s purse which is now seldom used but enjoys a place on my closet shelf. My mother played Eliza Doolittle in a community play of My Fair Lady and so I came to know those songs very well.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;

for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;

and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. 

~Audrey Hepburn~

I think what truly drew me to this woman was captured in the title of her son’s book, she was elegant. When using the word, “elegance”, one naturally may think of beauty and Audrey Hepburn was an amazingly natural beauty. However, the elegance and class she possessed emanated from a giving heart and was accompanied by a strength developed from childhood.  Such positive attributes threaded into her work, talk and even in her sense of fashion. Along with Sophia Loren, Ms. Hepburn seemed to exude a certain Je ne sais quoi. It is tough to put a label on it but I know few women that can master being able to move simultaneously with such femininity and true personal power.

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness.

I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
~Audrey Hepburn~

Through her work with UNICEF Ms. Hepburn made significant contributions to support children and was recognized and honored for her efforts. There is nothing more compelling than to place yourself in a situation that has not been your life experience; give of yourself for the better-meant of others.  Traveling to places of such despair was likely heart-breaking on many levels but Ms. Hepburn made it her mission. Selfless souls like Audrey Hepburn find purpose in such experiences, and by using her time and name she helped elevate an understanding of child poverty.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,

one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
~Audrey Hepburn~

I only wish that when I looked around I could see more women with the grace, class, civility and love she possessed. I wish that the woman of today who strives towards empowerment understood that it is not found in the external trappings of life, but is nurtured through our own relationship with self. I wish that each of us could use our talents accompanied by a strong belief in the benefits of sharing because that’s what I believe Audrey Hepburn did so well,

SHARED          LOVED          LAUGHED          SMILED          HEALED

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