A week ago, a bunch of fabulous people gathered to honor some incredibly amazing women and I was blessed to be in attendance. The FIERCE awards are an annual event created to recognize and honor women that have inspired, encouraged and/or beaten odds that most would think were unbeatable. Women that are quite often working diligently and quietly in the background without seeking recognition. Women that are changing the world around them. This is the night that lets people stand up and say .. You are Fierce and You are an Inspiration. If you’d like to read about all of the nominees, you can do that here.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of being surrounded by such strong and powerful women, without all of the usual catiness. It is a night filled with awe and emotion as we celebrate these ladies that have made a real difference. As their stories and tributes were shared, it became clear that we were all a part of something amazing. It was such an honour to be able to share those moments as a group. We laughed, cried and remembered lives that were lost this past year. We celebrated with many standing ovations and were thankful for our supplied tissue packages. It was an absolute joy to be able to recognize people who truly deserved it.
I am thankful that I’m able to call many of the nominees and presenters, friends. 2 of them are extra special to me though, as they are my best friends. They are the ones receiving the awards, but I am the one that is blessed by having them in my life. THEY are MY prize.
Last year Shandra won the Phenomenal Female award. She endured things that would’ve taken many of us down and still managed to be a light to a lot of people around her. I highly recommend you read her story, in her own words, here. Shandra continues to grow and change and is about to begin a new and amazing journey that is going to make a difference in the lives of many. You can follow along with her life and story on her blog … I promise you, it’s worth the read.
This year Tracy won the Empower award. She spends almost all of her time building up people who are quite often ignored. She is the first person to volunteer help when it is needed. She is a problem solver like no other and she will always stand up and fight when needed. When it became known that Tracy had been nominated for the award, many people stepped forward with stories detailing how she had affected their lives. She truly is changing lives, and it’s pretty cool to watch.
Do you have women in your life that amaze you with the things they do, and the stuff that they’ve worked through. Friends that work hard at making changes in the lives of others while expecting nothing in return. If you are as blessed as I am, I encourage you to consider nominating those women for a FIERCE award next year. Let other people see what you already do. It truly is an event worth sharing with someone you love.
Until next year, I encourage you in your journey. Be strong. Be present. Be determined. Be amazing. Be FIERCE.