International Women's Day - Strong Series

Let’s be honest, if you would have asked me four years ago what International Women’s Day was, I would have either shrugged my shoulders or did a sneaky Google search to save face. Today, this is a day that you don’t want to miss. Women are making big waves, and we are unapologetic about it. I come from a long line of female entrepreneurs, house cleaners, migrant workers, and slaves. Their resilience is embedded in my DNA, and it shows daily.

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.
— Ruby Dee

The truth is that strength is in each of us, but that fact is that we don’t always feel like it.

And that’s why I queried 15 powerful women located throughout the United States to find out what makes or keeps strong. Scroll down to read and don’t miss out on the event recommendation.

Check my Instagram Stories for daily highlights featuring the women below! The celebration will continue over the weekend.



"Sleep makes me strong. Plenty of it. Taking good care of my body helps give strength and endurance for the full day ahead." - Dana Marie

“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make.” Proverbs 3:5 - Anita DeLoach

“I’m a survivor of violence, so I could not do what I do without my community of friends and family, as well as my faith that there’s a purpose and plan for my life.” - Jenny De Witt

"Nourishing hearts, minds, and stomachs!" - Chef Emily Ellyn

"My faith in God is always a reminder to stay strong in the hardest of times." - Marcia Bradley

“My grandmother has always charged full steam ahead in the face of adversity and taught me that true power comes from ones' ability to navigate the most difficult situations”. - Virginia Chamlee

“I want my girls (and all girls) to know that they can be somebodies- not just somebody’s.” - Sara Blache

“My faith in Jesus and knowing I’m standing on the shoulders of all the strong women who persevered before me.” - Jardan P.

" I am hardwired to create until I have nothing left to create." - Paulina Wisniewski Lazzeri

“What makes and keeps me strong is knowing my self-worth and having a constant desire to make myself proud!” - Katrice Shorter

"I am strong because I've been empowered by the strong women in my life, as well as those who came before me."  - Kimberly Devitt

"I am strong because I have defeated so many obstacles and am still here." - Nikki Jasmin

"My passion for natural hair and the belief that Reeta's Organics is building a legacy that will one day strengthen our communities keep me going.My faith in god keeps me strong." - Syreeta M. Scott

“...My community keeps me strong. Having powerful like minded individual around me who see the best in me helps to accomplish goals, overcome fears and get through any moments of doubt and uncertainty.” - LaQuelle Mills

“My strength is 100% from God. I grew up with women that prayed for me, taught me to be kind, and to always get back up again!” - Frances Titus 

“I am strong because God engineered me to be this way. My trust in Him helps me activate the strength I need every day.” - Major

event of the month


Name: 3rd Annual Women Lead Orlando

Host: The Dinner Party Project (Dana Marie Roquemore — scroll up to see her face!)

Date, Time & Price: Friday, March 29 | 6 p.m. | $100; purchase tickets here

Deets: This is a one-of-a-kind evening with some of Orlando's most influential women. Join the party for a four-course dinner, cocktails by Tito's Vodka, wine pairings, and Credo coffee. Expect curated conversations around what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field and what that looks like for the trailblazing women of the City Beautiful!

Address: 1010 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805

Major Note: You were built for community. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable enough to make true female friends.

The hope is that you can glean from their responses whenever you need the extra push. Want to speak your truth? Comment below or here on Instagram.

Find a woman today and celebrate her.

Be bold,