Celebrating incredible women

The power of a woman may have a softer edge, but it still breaks down barriers.

The fragility of life has remained my constant reminder to cherish precious moments, to express gratitude, and to live life positively and fully.

So, Leigh Neely, Kendra Akers, Deb Matlock, Aubrey Akers, Shaena Chastain, Jacquelyn Singer, Rheya Tanner, and Mary Ann DeSantis—my Akers Media female colleagues—you all rock! You are inspiring, amazing, special, and it’s a joy to work with you in an upbeat environment where we are valued. 

With this being the month for Mother’s Day and Lake & Sumter Style magazine’s annual tribute to businesswomen, I’m thankful for many women who have enriched my life, including Julie Barrett, Donna Barrett, Julia Gray, Emily Wubbena, Maria Campbell, Kim Harpel, Cindy Jackson, Pam Fennimore, Linda Watts, Danielle Stroud, Irene O’Malley, Sally Neeble, Cindy Tyner, Brenda Raney, Janice Chavers, Elisha Pappacoda, Roxanne Brown, Barbara Green, Jackie Green, and countless others. I admire each one of you for who you are and what you do. 

Throughout my life I have been moved by motivational quotes from women around the globe who have touched my heart with their humility, compassion, and ability to overcome adversity.

Here are a few of those quotes: 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa, who is known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron, author and filmmaker.

“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.” – Princess Diana, reflecting on her work with AIDS sufferers and anti-landmine campaigns.

“To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?” – Katharine Graham, former Washington Post publisher.

“Anything is possible if you have enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling, author who broke through poverty to become a multimillionaire writing the Harry Potter series.

“Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932. 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, author and civil rights activist.

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