Tuesday, October 16, 2012

When We Strengthen Women We Strengthen The World (Night out with Katherine Nelson)

 Last week I was having one of those days. Not one of those days where your favorite shirt rips or your lose your keys, I was having one of those days that knocks the breath out of you and you wonder how you are going to get up the next day. By two in the afternoon I had used every ounce of emotional strength I had and I laid down and cried myself to sleep. When I woke up, the last thing I wanted to do was get dressed and leave the house, but I pulled myself together and I drove to Salt Lake City to attend a small private concert given by Katherine Nelson, I am so glad I did. I couldn't have asked for a more uplifting, healing, inspirational experience.
 I walked into that concert feeling like I had the hardest life in the world. I walked out feeling strong, able to conquer anything and able to help other women conquer anything. Katherine might seriously be the most beautiful person I have ever seen up close. She is beautiful and genuine and she sings the music that women need to hear most. She sings about being brave, hurting and healing, she sings about the wonderful joys of being a mom. As women, we all too often forget how important the things we do are. We think they are so little and maybe they are to us, but to the sweet children they care for, they are so important, we are important. I have said so many times in my life that I want to change the world, I don't think I will ever change the world as a whole, but I know that I have changed the world of the sweet 4-year-old who calls me mommy. That is what Katherine helped me remember.
(Whitney, Me and Tara)
In between songs, Katherine shared some of her life experiences with us and I marveled at our similar we all are. We as women may have very different challenges, but we are not all that different. We all want the best for our children, we all want to be happy, we all want to be heard. Women need each other, I think more than ever before. Women are incredible. There is nothing we can do when we work together. "When we strengthen women, we strengthen the world." -Katherine Nelson, never were truer words spoken.
 (Me and Cobi)
 I am so lucky to be apart of the most amazing community of women. We are moms, cooks, nurses, our children's biggest fans and each other biggest support. These women are proof that when women choose to build each other up and support one another instead of tear each other down, we can do anything. 
 (Me and Isabelle)
 If you are feeling down, or even if you are feeling amazing, I can't recommend Katherine's music highly enough. Music is powerful and Katherine's is extremely so. This is the kind of music that I want my little girl to listen to to, that I want her to live by.
 (Me and Katherine)
Katherine made us laugh and cry that night, she is an incredible person and musician. She knew how to reach out to every single one of us through her words and her music. I left the concert that night smiling and feeling so blessed for all that I have. We are all so blessed to be women and to have each other. As Katherine said that night. "Women need men, but we really need other women."

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