Excuse me as I get a little bit heavy here...
When I think of influential women, I definitely don't put myself in this category. I look up to those women that have a strong faith, and beautiful words, and lovely photo's. Those mom's who seem to have it all together with clean houses and organized lifestyles. Perhaps I am selling myself short, but I look to these women as a source of encouragement and feel influenced by each and every one of these them.
Recently, I joined the influence network, as a way to network with said women, and also better myself. Just as the title states, to network and be influenced. Influenced in faith, marriage, mothering, managing money and everyday life as well as my passion for blogging and anything handmade. A place to bounce ideas off other people and to feel a sense of community. It has been one of the best things I have done, and while I probably don't put myself out there like I should, I am undeniably the person in the corner just "taking it all in." And taking it in I am.
What you should know about me and the reasons I joined Influence, besides the obvious, that I am a mother, wife, and friend is that I am hard on myself. My own worst critic. I often get questioned or even teased about my love for blogging by my non-blogging friends, and I really can't give a solid answer on why I blog. At least not on the spot, but I can sit down and write out my feelings to my heart's content and after I push publish, I feel lifted, satisfied, and hoping that I can influence others. With the influence network, I often feel encouraged and supported by others, and can relate to other bloggers going through similar struggles and triamphs and our common desire to just put it out there.
You should probably also know that I am lost when it comes to faith and any direction there of. I have been on this "faith" quest now for a few years and I am still just out of the loop. Growing up in Catholicism, I never felt any "real" connection to my church, or to my faith. Deciding to take my faith in a new direction was quite the decision, but one I feel strongly about for my family. It has been a struggle and I probably haven't dedicated as much time to it as I should, but my heart is longing for this void to fill and to strengthen this relationship. Again, right on cue, influence helps provide me with these amazing women of faith, encouraging words, good reads and classes, and a sense of direction. I was blown away from Ellen Parker's 1 hour class than ever in any religion class or church service. And to acknowledge that is the first step.
I should also probably mention, that I am a handmade shop owner and enjoy using this as a creative outlet. Again, influence has taught me more about the "business" side of things than I ever imagined possible. From branding, social media networking, growing, and having the support from other business owners has been huge and has kept me inspired and happy.
As I continue to strive to become more influential like the many women that influence me, I feel I have discovered a good reference point to grow. If this sounds like something you would like to join or be a part of, you can join here, I promise it is worth it!