May 4, 2011

The Difference A Woman Can Make [CLOSED]


When asked to talk about a woman who helped me, I was silent. Did they really mean just one woman? Maybe I can talk about two women who have helped me. Hmm, what does ‘helped me’ mean? Should I talk about women from my past who helped shape me into the woman I am today or do I share about the sisterhood of my online-cum-in real life women friends who enrich my life in many ways.

I was torn. Because I have been fortunate. Fortunate to have women in my life who have loved me, encouraged me, laughed with me, cried with me and shaped me. From my youth to even today, there are women who impact my life and make me a better person. Some are much more involved and others may have no idea what their presence in my life means to me.

I remember Mrs. Hicks from my nursery school, who showed me what calm in the midst of chaos looked like. Who invited me to her house to learn how to swim because I was the only one who couldn’t. I was 6.

Then there were the women of the JWVA group my mom and grandma belonged to who doted on me and loved me and hugged me because my mom was a single mom and they wanted me to know they were my village.

I could talk about Mrs. Anderson, who lived next door to my grandparents, and share stories of learning how to cook and bake at her knee. And always enjoying the fruits of our labors. I can still imagine myself sitting at the breakfast bar in her kitchen. It was how I learned that everything tastes better when it’s made with love.

Of course there is my grandmother who is often the subject of blog posts. I could easily add in her sister, my Auntie Emma, who showed me what it was to love someone like your own.

I know I’m leaving women off, and I’ve merely mentioned the women who helped me before I moved away to college. And there are so many more, I honestly could just list them and easily they would number into the 20s or 30s. How is that possible? That so many women would help me along the way.

It’s because we’re nurturers, sharers, cheerleaders, huggers, lovers and listeners. Around the world everyday, women are finding ways to help other women and young girls grow up stronger. It is women who will nurture the next generation, just as there were those who nurtured, and continue to nurture, my generation.

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday and well wishes came from women who have enriched my life in many different ways. Now it’s my turn. I am giving one reader a lovely handcrafted papier-mache Pineapple, signed by the Haitian artisit. Why a pineapple? The pineapple is a worldwide symbol of welcome and hospitality. Every day I welcome you to my blog and enjoy and appreciate the time you spend with me.


Giveaway: Heart of Haiti handcrafted papier-mache Pineapple, signed by the Haitian artist

How to Enter: Leave a comment sharing who are the women who have helped you. Easy as that!

Extra Entries: If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook or subscribe to my blog via RSS or email, let me know in the comments.

Details: This giveaway is open until May 8th at 11:59pm PST and is open to US and Canadian Residents 18-years of age or older. Winner will be chosen by random and must respond within 24-hours. Please provide a valid email address upon entry. No duplicate entries, please. Thank you for entering!

If you would like to see other terrific artisan-created crafts that would be perfect for Mother’s Day you can view the Shop for a Better World/Heart Of Haiti collection online at Macy’s. To save 15%, shop the Heart of Haiti collection between now and 5/2 and check out using the following promocode: CLEVERGIRLS.


Disclosure: I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own. The giveaway provided is my own and not provided by Clever Girls Collective. I wanted to give something back to my readers. I purchased the papier-mache pineapple with my own money and will pay for shipping to the winner.




shifra May 4, 2011 at 7:41 am

I have so many blessings of so many women….Sara, you are on the list. I have to say my husband’s grandmother tops my list today.

GRAMMY: Your actions and words are thoughtful and intentional. You are graceful in all that you do. You support me no matter what. Your love is unconditional. Thank you. I love you! G-d Bless You!

Of course I subscribe to Facebook, and emails. I think RSS too, but I’m not sure! 😉

Toni May 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

I can’t even begin to give thanks to my mother or my mother in law – I’m extremely lucky to have them both in my life.

Toni May 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

I already follow on twitter @ItsToni

Dian @ Grocery Shop For FREE May 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

My mom has always been my hero, still is at 83 – she looks and acts like she’s my age! She is an awesome Woman of God!

Dian @ Grocery Shop For FREE May 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I follow on Twitter

Dian @ Grocery Shop For FREE May 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I follow on Facebook!

Renae @ How to Have it All May 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My mom of course! I love my mom dearly. She has taught me so much about life and is always there for me. She is my best friend. Unfortunately I don’t live near my mom and I miss her a lot. She was just here for a 2 week visit and it was heartbreaking when she left.

Thanks for the giveaway Sara!

Renae @ How to Have it All May 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I follow you everywhere! No, not like a stalker!

V Demetros May 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

My best friend, Gwen, has been there with me since the first day of high school so many years ago. Always there to listen, always encouraging and accepting. We should all have someone like that in our lives to help us become better people in the end. She showed me what real courage was as she battled breast cancer a few years ago and helped me realized what is truly important in my life and what is not.

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