Women; they amaze me.
The Divine Feminine, beautifully woven deep into the thread of humankind.
Since time immemorial, in cultures that span the globe, women have been gathering together to support each other on their journey. As a connected lineage, they have created a collective source of love and strength.
I am the mother of two beautiful little goddess’s aged five and two. Motherhood has been a beautiful, exhausting, amazing, heart-breaking and transformative journey so far.
With the birth of my second child I often get asked, ‘how do you do it?”, usually followed by “I don’t think I could cope”.
This is because I am raising a child with special needs.
I’ve often asked myself the same question? How do I cope? The answer to this isn’t always easy, but it is simple.
Firstly, I cope because I connect with that fierce warrior within, the kind that makes you fight for what you believe in. And secondly—this is the big one—I don’t always cope.
That’s when the incredible support of other women in my life saves me. Even when they’re not there physically, I carry them with me wherever I go. I only have to reflect on all the amazing mothers and women who have walked the road before me.
I think of all the Mums who have raised children who required extra care. I think of the women close to me whom I admire.
I think of my own sisterhood.
I think of my own Mum who survived an aggressive form of breast cancer whilst I was pregnant with my second child. I watched her lose her hair, lose her weight and endure all the other things that come with cancer, chemotherapy and one’s mortality; but she never (not even for a moment) lost her grace. She’s a powerful woman, in a very gentle way.
I think of women like Frida Khalo, who remind us that “at the end of the day, we can endure more than we think we can”.
I think of women like Elizabeth Gilbert who creatively inspire us to lead a life of Big Magic, and who wrote that “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because sh*t worked out. They got that way because sh*t went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes”
I think of women like Marianne Williamson, who lead us ‘to be passionate free thinking women, who raise passionate free thinking children’ and who evoke a sense of change throughout the world for the divine feminine in us all.
And I love her bold reminder that ‘A True Divine Goddess is not just beautiful, she’s fierce”.
I think of Susanne Kennedy telling us that “The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak and sing with us when we’re strong.”
I think of all the women warriors out there in the world who continue to shine in a gentle and fierce way.
And if your light has been dulled through stress or hard times, you won’t have to look far to find an amazing support of women close by. Through time and space, across oceans and mountain tops ~ our love is yours, and your struggle is ours.
Here’s to good women—may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them!
Author: Natalie Roberts Mazzeo
Editor: Erin Lawson
Image: Courtesy of the authoe