By Susan "Honey" Good
Hello, darlings! Today, I am sharing five women over 50 who inspire me because it's Monday... and we could all use a little #mondayinspiration!
1. Barbara Walters
I know it may be no surprise to you that this woman is on my list of inspiring women because I have written about her before. I even had a conversation with her when I met her by chance at one of my favorite New York restaurants. Admittedly, I was thrilled!
Barabara inspires me for several reasons. First, she fought to make a name for herself as a woman journalist. Not only was she incredibly brave to be so progressive for her time, but she also displayed a tremendous amount of determination and passion in order to achieve her dreams.
Besides the impressively long list of her broadcast journalism accomplishments, Barbara is, to me, a true representation of a woman empowering other women. And that, my friends, is the reason I started HoneyGood... to build a community of women after 50 who lift each other up!
2. My Mother
I've said it before and I'll say it a thousand more times, my mother is the most important woman in my life. I love and respect her unconditionally. She inspires me to fight for what matters just a little harder and love and care just a little deeper. She has some serious spunk that I hope that I convey to my children as she did to me.
My mother, Elaine, was born on April 14, 1921 under the sign, Aries, the Ram! This zodiac sign was an indication of things to come. She was strong willed, beautiful, bright, graduating from high school at the age of sixteen and popular. Her only bad luck was being born at the wrong time.
That did not stop her from leading a fabulous life. My mother did everything well; not because she was a perfectionist but because she had tenacity. She loved life! She was eager to explore all of its facets. She played Scrabble, completed the daily newspaper crossword puzzle, needle pointed, knit and crocheted. She played golf, skied, played every card game well, was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, traveled, had style and to this day has many of her childhood friends. Meet my fabulous Mother here,
3. Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice was the first African American and the first woman to serve as provost of Standford University, the first African American women to serve as national security advisor, and the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.
Besides all the important firsts that go along with this woman, she inspires me because of her confidence in her ability. She is not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes in. This is not a political commentary; I admire women of all political parties who stand up for their rights.
4. Sheryl Sandberg
Now, here is another extremely successful woman, so successful that she is currently the COO of Facebook and author of a book all about empowerment (one of my favorite topics), Lean In.
Sheryl, like myself, dealt with the unexpected loss of her husband. She inspires me in the way she handled her husband's passing with such grace. I also love the way she wrote her book to inspire women to reach their full potential. And for all of that, she certainly deserves a spot on this list.
5. Queen Elizabeth II
One word that describes Queen Elizabeth II is... disciplined. At 91 years old, Britain's longest reigning monarch is still horseback riding and walking her dogs, I hope to be as active as Queen Elizabeth well into my golden years!
It has been said that duty and family are very important to Queen Elizabeth. These are values that are so very near and dear to my heart, as well.
Queen Elizabeth's long and (largely) peaceful reign has affected how Britain is seen all over the world. Her leadership is truly inspiring.
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If you have something to say about women who inspire you, let’s talk! I want so much to hear your opinions + feelings. I also want you to speak up so that women our age remain visible. I think we have a responsibility to share our wisdom, don’t you? Share yours either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.