Strength in Questioning | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Aria, Your strength comes in asking questions. So many questions. When I first met you, I was surprised by your curiosity. You asked questions to discover, asked questions to learn, and asked questions to build bridges. You wonder. You ask. You question.  You question everything. And therein lies your strength.  Because you’re always curious. […]

Strength in Vulnerability | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Merina, Your example of strength comes in your powerful ability to be vulnerable. Our relationship hasn’t always been an easy one, though I think we both wanted to be closer from the beginning. Something about the series of events that crashed our worlds together made it seem like we should be instant friends, but […]

Unstoppable Strength | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Theodosia, You are strong. You are strong and fierce and capable of so much. You’ve not been around on this earth for long, but already you understand the importance of knowing how your physical, mental, and emotional worlds work together. I watch you as you allow yourself to feel things… Big things, small things, […]

Strength in Kindness | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Delia, You are truly one of the kindest people I know. Before you scoff, though, let me explain. Sometimes we think of kindness as a weakness. You’re not weak. Sometimes we think of kindness as pandering. You don’t pander. Sometimes we think of kindness as assuming we know better than others. You never assume. […]

Strength in Persistence | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Faye, The phrase Never Give Up seems to inspire you, but doesn’t do you justice. You are persistent. You are strong. And you are crafty in the ways you never give up. In the few years I’ve known you, I’ve watched as you have been knocked down again and again. Life has hit you […]

Strength in Words | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Ricki, Words are strange. They mean nothing until they mean everything. We don’t think about the words we say until it’s too late – until they’ve harmed someone or ourselves. We try and communicate one thing but our intent and our impact miss each other by a mile. Your strength comes in your words.  […]

I Am | Letters to Strong Women

I love being a mom. Those babies of mine are my whole world. But motherhood isn’t all that I am. I love being a wife. My spouse is everything to me. But being a wife isn’t all that I am. All that I am is so much more. All that I am is so complex, […]

Strength in Service | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Ellie, You are one of the strongest women I know. Your strength comes in the way you serve. The thing about service is that we’re so often taught to lose ourselves in the service of others. You approach it differently. You care for yourself first. You always make sure you’re safe and healthy and […]

Strength in Seeing | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Wilma, Strong women lift each other in unique ways. We inspire and empower and teach each other, but there’s an important piece that starts each moment of lift. Someone must be seen. Your strength comes in the way you see others. You never seek to help people the same way – it’s always unique […]

Strength in Choice | Letters to Strong Women

Dear Emma, Your strength is found in your ability to make a choice. I know you. I love you. And I know how difficult it can be for you to make a decision. I watch as you agonize over decisions, hoping to make the best choice for all parties. You approach decisions with compassion and […]