In the past day, I found out that two of my favorite and most inspirational women have passed away. Makes my heart a little sad, but also thankful for their positive influence and shining lives. This little blog is a faith blog, yet these women are not necessarily inspirational to me in faith - but in other parts of life, which matter too. Yet I've learned from these strong women, and so I feel moved to share a few of my favorite words they spoke and ways they lived and impacted their generation, now influencing ours.
This is my little tribute to two strong, beautiful, shining women who have taught me a few important things in life and who I will always consider inspirations in many ways.
Margaret Thatcher was the first woman Prime Minister in the United Kingdom, a woman who stood strong and firm for what she believed, helping to end the Cold War. She inspires me because she was determined, fearless, strong, and powerful while remaining effortlessly feminine and ladylike. Her leadership skills and passion for what is right will always be something I admire her for. I hope to be like her in these ways, someday.
A few words she spoke that I will always love:
Lilly Pulitzer moved to sunny Florida with her husband at the age of 21 and started selling juice at a stand in her husband's citrus groves. She noticed juice stains on her dresses and so she had dresses and shifts made from colorful, printed cotton. Her beautiful dresses got quite a bit of attention, and soon she started selling more dresses than juice! The Lily Pulitzer brand was formed, growing over the years and celebrities, socialites and even First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore the beautiful, unique, happy designs. Lilly is not only my favorite fashion designer, but I love her zest and passion for life. I read a few of her design and decorating books in High School, and at that time instantly decided I was destined to someday live in Florida and throw fabulous parties in my airy house, while sipping sparkly pink lemonade from a stripey straw while wearing bright, happy shifts and laughing all the time as I watch my family and friends run around on the white sandy beaches of my front yard (A girl can dream, right? :) If I had the money, I would wear Lily every day.
Mostly, I love her happy, positive perspective on life and her passion for living each day like it's a celebration!
this one just makes me smile ;)
I hope to be a woman of influence and inspiration in my own way and in my own passions and faith. I pray to be strong, inspired, and shine beauty and inspiration into the lives of anyone I meet.
Life is fleeting, my loves.
How do you want to be remembered?
Whether it be in little ways that impact our everyday lives like Lilly,
in bigger ways that impact history like Margaret,
or in even more important, eternal ways like women in the Bible?
What qualities do you want to leave as a legacy?
Rest in peace, Margaret & Lilly.
Thank you for what you taught me.
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