As women, we receive a lot of advice. And sometimes those well intentioned suggestions are at odds with each other.
Put your family first.
Listen to your mother.
Listen to your heart.
With each passing year we become a little more confident in the path we choose. Because real wisdom is knowing what advice is right for you. We wanted to celebrate women for the advice they took (or didn’t) and the rich life that unfolded as a result. Here are their stories.
Chloe: “I’m trying to live LAMF (like a mother f*cker). If I hadn’t gotten sick, I would never have known my body like I know it now. I was a runner, running 6 days a week then one day I woke up and could barely stand up. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s an ongoing battle with good days and bad days, but I’ve managed to keep it under control. Today, I’m working on producing my first film. I’m also a competitive equestrian. I won’t let this disease hold me back.”
Cat: “I’ve never heard my dad or my mom say that they love me. My parents were never the lovey-dovey type. I’d always ask my sisters, ‘Gosh, why don’t they ever tell us they love us and that they’re proud of us?’ I was scared to say it first. What if they don’t say anything back, you know? So, about five years ago, my mom came over for dinner. When I went to say grace, I got up the courage to say, ‘I am thankful for my mom and my mom’s care. And I just want you to know I love you.’ And you know, it’s like the world just came off her shoulders.”
Alexandra: “I got married at age 21 against the advice of my family. We ran away and got married alone. It was hard, but I learned from an early age that I had to follow my own heart and do what I believed in. I’ve been happily married for 27 years. My best piece of advice? Follow your heart and you won’t be let down.”
Gillean: “Growing up, my father told me I had two options: I could become a nurse or a secretary. The creative side of me was reeling but I didn’t know what else to do, so I became a secretary. Fortunately for me, I met someone who asked me to type his film script and everything changed. I ended up doing more things in the film world. The amazing thing is that I took my father’s advice, but then managed to follow a unique path. My parents never really understood what I did, but that’s ok. I went against the grain and am so happy that I did.”
Carol: “I like to think of myself as a sassy grandma, thanks in the most part to my seven grandchildren. When they were younger, I used to teach them things, but now that they’re older, the roles have reversed. We share a real camaraderie, and I’m excited that they are our future.”
Peggy: “I’ve traveled around the world 6 times. I’m actually in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest continuous land journey ever done by man or woman. It took us two years to complete this crazy journey, and my partner almost died along the way. I’m so glad I listened to my heart. If I hadn’t trusted myself, I wouldn’t have had so many incredible adventures.”