"You can always tell who the strong women are. They're the ones building one another up instead of tearing each other down."
There are so many reasons why I love that quote. In fact, I love it so much that I want it writ large on my wall. As much as I'm more than a bit of a tomboy, I'm also a complete woman's woman and I'd support 'my ladies' through thick, thin and everything in between. Happily for me, I work in the wedding industry where this girl-power, go-getting attitude is the brilliant norm.
Recently, I've been lucky enough to bag invitations to a couple of truly fabulous events, both aimed at people looking to develop their wedding business and I've certainly come away re-energised, re-invigorated and re-focussed.
But, as you might have gathered, this post isn't really about me, it's about the strong women. It's about the women that build each other up. From Kiki, the kind and oh-so-inspiring founder of The Hub and Kirsten & Emma, the two wedding industry powerhouses behind The Wedding Sessions to the endless list of amazing women who fill my working life, the bloggers, designers, creatives and retailers, they're all indescribably passionate about helping women achieve, connect, move forward and feel proud about what they're doing.
They're also providing a support system for an industry that counts among its talented number a lot of lone workers. As much as I love what I do, sometimes sitting tapping into a screen, hoping that people are liking what you're doing is a lonely way to make a living. When you're having a tough day, there's no-one to talk to over a cuppa and when you're having a good day, you sometimes forget to celebrate in the rush to move on to the next thing. That's why you need a support network. You need people to talk to, people who'll listen, people who'll advise and people who'll care.
The wedding industry is full of spectacular, extraordinary people. Yes yes, they're creative, talented and super committed but they're also utterly supportive. I've never met anyone who doesn't want to help or who doesn't bring something new to my own personal party. The fact I've been in this industry for over 12 years now is quite simply down to everyone around me.
So, the next time you see an event like The Hub or The Wedding Sessions mentioned online and you think 'oh I'd love to go to that', sign up. Sign up without question. It doesn't matter that you don't know anyone else going or if you're just not sure about putting yourself out there. Go, be a strong woman and you never know who you might help to build up.