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Be Proud, You're A Woman!




March 8 - today is International Women's Day. This event is held annually to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. The first celebration was held in 1911 and thousands of events happened to mark the economic, political, and social achievements of women. Source: www.internationalwomensday.com


I've always believed in the butterfly effect. It's derived from a theory, "the sensitive dependency on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic non-linear system can result in large differences in a later state". I had to ask Wikipedia for the exact definition and it seems so technical. 

But I'd like to put it simply by saying that no matter how small your contribution is.. to yourself, to your family, to your society.. this can have a larger impact and can already make a big difference, maybe not right now but in the future, maybe not in your society but on the other side of the world. Do you believe that too? 

I probably did not have any profound economic, political, and social achievements. I did not create something very significant for the entire world to see. And I may just be a dot in the galaxy but I can say that in my own little ways, I have done my best to be the woman that I should be.. and not the woman that the society wants me to be.

I used to compare myself to people I know who have achieved so much in their lives -- they were able to pursue post grad studies, they were able to travel outside the country, study and work abroad, they started their own business, they built their own empires and contributed a lot to the society! I must have sounded so pathetic before.. thinking about all the what ifs and if only.


I, on the other hand, became a wife and a mother at 22, such a young age you may say. Before that, I graduated from college with flying colors, moved to a new city to work a month after, never really had the chance to pursue post grad studies, never traveled outside the country, never tried bungee jumping and skydiving and the list goes on and on and on of the things I've never done. But hey, I'm a wife and a mother... isn't that the hardest job in the world?

I mean yes, you wouldn't really want to consider it a job, kind of. Plus I'm a full time career woman and a part time blogger. I juggle all these things day by day. I'm a woman who does all these. To this day, I somehow still can't believe how I made it through.. but I did. I had courage and determination to move forward and those alone can inspire change. 

As a wife and a mother, I've never been so fulfilled.. in my life. I raised a human being with all my effort and might. I was able to stick with my husband through thick and thin. I was able to build a blog and let my voice be heard through one of the world's most powerful tools. I watch the world go by and let my experiences mold me to be a better wife, mother, blogger.. and a better woman.

I stand tall and never let anything bring me down. WE, WOMEN, stand tall and will never let anything or anyone in the society define who we are and what we are. And because of that, be proud.. because you're a woman!

23 comments

  1. I think you have accomplished a lot! I've traveled a lot and done a lot of exciting things, but I've not married and I don't have a child. We have both accomplished a lot but just in different ways!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Thanks Corinne! You're right, people can achieve a lot of things in so many different ways! :)

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  2. You're awesome and you have accomplished a lot.
    I find myself comparing a lot, but lately I've been happy to be a full time mom and a full time worker. That's hard!!

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    1. Thanks Tamara! You've accomplished a lot yourself. Being a mom, professional photographer, and blogger! :)

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  3. Doing so much with your life, girl you are a super women..
    Happy women's day
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  4. ive never been a wife nor a mom but i agree with you, they are def one of the most difficult and crucial jobs ever. happy womens day sis! for some strange reason i only found out about this occasion last year lol didnt know that it existed since 1911 :D

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    1. I never knew either, I just found out through our company's communication email. LOL. Thanks sis! Though you've never been a mom or wife, I'm sure you've accomplished a lot of things in your ways.

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  5. happy women's day sis! you've got the greatest achievement a woman could ever have. being able to give a chance for a new person to experience life. not everyone is given that chance and you're so lucky to experience that. you did a great job!

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    1. Thanks Angel! Isn't it amazing? :D The greatest achievement indeed that I think won't be surpassed by anything.

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  6. Hey Rea, I feel the same way sometimes. I have not traveled very much, I didn't go for a post graduate degree, and I don't feel like I've had any big accomplishments in life. I also, got married and 22 and I became at mom at 26, but I'm happy with my life and my family. I figure I have time to travel with my kids when they are older and get a degree if I need one later in life. Hopefully, my blog will grow over the years, but I'm already glad with how much I've learned while blogging. Great post!!!

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    1. Thank you Sonya!! I'm glad to know that you're happy with who and what you have right now. You're right, we can always travel with the kids and it'll be more fun. If you're a mom, that's already a big accomplishment so kudos to you!

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  7. I have to say that you have created something profound for the world to see: your child! Isn't raising children the most important thing we can do! You are a rockstar: graduate, full-time job, part time blogger, and full-time mom and wife. You are doing it all. ALL!!! Congrats!!!
    xo ~kim

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    1. Thank you for reminding me Kim! I have to remind myself from time to time that I have big responsibilities. I'm thankful that I'm able to keep up and juggle all of them, thanks for being supportive! And Happy Women's Day to you and Chloe! :D

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  8. Aww! I'm so glad that you stopped comparing. I honestly think the family as a whole has suffered so much over the last several decades because everyone wants to be so great among people and be known. I think some things can be accomplished without neglecting your family and leaving them to fin for themselves so to speak. With all of the people I see in the world constantly looking for validation from the world, it seriously makes me smile when I see a mom and a dad doing what you're doing to keep family first. Just think, now Reiko won't have to grow up seeking validation from the world because he will have the foundation of love and approval from his parents. In the end Rea, it's the things that we do in private that no one can see that yields the greatest accomplishments! xo

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    1. This is such a wonderful and heartwarming comment Brittnei! Thank you so much!! Your words are so sincere that I seriously bring them with me and close to my heart. My ultimate lifetime goal is to always be a better mom and wife and to put my family first. It's true when they say that comparison is the thief of joy. You're an awesome mom, wife, and follower of God and you inspire me so much! :)

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  9. You should be proud of your accomplishments indeed :) the older I become the less sure I become of wanting to juggle a (full-time) career with a family and all that jazz. I don't know. It feels like growing up.. and growing up... is something I am trying to postpone. It doesn't seem like fun haha. I hope you enjoyed our gender-celebrating-day :P

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    1. It's nice to grow up, although it's also nice to just stay young and think about nothing! Haha, if that's even possible then why not?! Thank you Natasja! I'm sure you have several accomplishments that you're celebrating too! :)

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  10. I know I would like to leave a larger impact on the world in general, but I love the fact that as a SAHM, I'm leaving a great impact on my children right here. I am proud to be a woman, and now that I'm the mother of two girls, I hope that they will be proud women too! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style.

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    1. I'm sure they will be proud women too just like you April. Yes, you are leaving a great impact on your children.. :) And I admire you for being a SAHM, I wish I could be one when I'm ready so that I can be with my son everyday.

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  11. You have definitely accomplished a lot--being a wife and a mother are huge! I think it is hard to not compare ourselves to other people, but we can only measure our accomplishments against what we want in life. Beautiful post, stopping by from #LOBS.

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    1. Thank you Bev!! It's truly hard especially during trying and hard times but in the end, our accomplishments, no matter how small, will still reign victorious! :)

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  12. such a passionate, inspirational post. thank you!

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