*Strong (strawng, strong)—adjective
- Mentally powerful or vigorous
- Especially able, competent, or powerful in a specific field or respect
- Of great moral power, firmness, or courage
- Powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding
- Of great force, effectiveness, potency, or cogency; compelling
- Solid or stable; healthy; thriving
- Well supplied or rich in something specific
- Distinct or marked; vivid
- Elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action
- A pleasing or attractive quality or endowment
- Favor or goodwill
- A manifestation of favor
- Mercy, clemency; pardon
- The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them
- A virtue or excellence of divine origin
- Moral strength
*Dictionary.com Why the name—Strong Women of Grace? What’s the purpose of this blog?
I watch so many women–particularly in leadership positions— struggle to find this balance between being influential, decisive, courageous and “out there” and doing all that with humility, dignity, wisdom, kindness—or grace. Of course, I would not start this blog if I haven’t lived that struggle myself. What needs to happen inside each of us to live both these definitions—simultaneously and with ease? What has brought this to my consciousness now?
I am experiencing a period of extreme change in my life with an extensive amount of loss. Five years ago, I made a life-altering decision to leave a much-valued corporate career of 24 years to take care of elderly parents. My mother passed away two years later; my husband of 17 years left a year after that. During the same time period, I lost three friends/colleagues to breast cancer and four beloved pets.
Coming to terms with the divorce over the last two years, I set out to re-engage my career which led to three job changes and two household moves in an “interesting” economy and housing market. So I’ve lost a prized career, a beloved mother, a husband, three dear women, four furry friends, and a home I designed in a neighborhood I valued. Tragic or transformational? How can I grow through this time period and find wisdom and strength with grace? What have I learned already? How can I help others? This is my journey. Oh, and by the way, my beloved mother………her name is Grace.