Did you know that today is International Women’s Day?  It’s a day that focuses on the celebration of womanhood and promotes a focus on women-specific economic, political, and social issues.  Three cheers for the ladies.


So in honor of today, I wanted to do another another Name Your 5K Giveaway!

What’s this giveaway all about? Well, quite simply, I’ll buy you an entry to any 5K.  Then, you walk or run it and kick race booty.  Easy enough, right?


To enter, simply leave a comment describing an important woman in your life.  The woman can be someone you know personally or a well-known figure that you admire.  My women is Molly Barker,  the founder of Girls on the Run, a non-profit character development program for elementary and middle school girls.  Since she founded the program in the late 1990s, over 1/4 a million girls have gone through the program. I’ve volunteered with GOTR for four ‘seasons’ now and love the powerful and positive impact the girls have on my life.  Molly is also my partner-in-crime for The Naked Face Project!

Molly Natural

Happy International Women’s Day!


Something else to celebrate: this simple and tasty lunch.


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Veggie burger, carrots, an apple, and trail mix.


Off to car hunt with DadHTP!  Hopefully we can find him a new set of wheels.



  • faith @ For the Health of It March 8, 2012, 12:43 pm

    My college roommate is one of the most important people in my life. She was ALWAYS there for me and taught me what it meant to be a good friend – I always hope I be as kind to others as she was to me!

  • Kelly March 8, 2012, 12:44 pm

    The notable woman in my life in my mom. She totally rocks. She taught me everything I know about cooking. At my age, she wasn’t much of a cook, but she taught herself everything from books, recipe cards and trial and error.

  • Stephanie March 8, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Such the typical answer, but my mom! I’m not sure how I would’ve made it through my life so far without her strength, kinda words, encouragement (and a little tough love 😉 ) to guide me!

  • Erin March 8, 2012, 12:47 pm

    An important woman in my life is my boss. She’s always upbeat and super considerate about any scheduling conflicts that come up. She even let me leave work early one day to pick up a sick cat I was fostering. It’s so nice to work with someone so understanding.

  • Nikki March 8, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I have to go with my Mom. She is the most selfless and hardworking woman I know and she deserves so much credit!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 8, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I admire my great aunt avis! She passed away at 95 last christmas, but she was an amazing woman. After her husband died in the 40s, she took over the newspaper in her local town. She graduated from University of Missouri and served on several boards with the school. She also served on the board of my family’s energy company. She was very impressive and did all of this while being a great dresser! haha.

  • Sarah March 8, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I can’t pick just one women. My three sisters are the most important women in my life. They are always there to listen to me complain, give me good advice, and they support me through everything. Without my sisters I’d definitely be lost.

  • Stephanie March 8, 2012, 12:52 pm

    An incredible strength in my life is my Grandma. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and is seriously kicking its butt! And amidst it all, she remains positive, active, and (almost!) medication free. She is a huge inspiration.

  • Jess March 8, 2012, 12:54 pm

    My mom! She homeschooled me through junior year of high school. She is a wonderful example of a strong, funny, caring, and naturally beautiful woman. Love her!

  • Devon March 8, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I’m going to switch it up a bit on this one and say my little sister 🙂 She works with elementary school aged students with severe special needs. She dedicates hours on end to these kids and needs an outlet to take care of herself. We love to do triathlons together, but she hasn’t had the time to train recently. I would love to win a free entry so I can make her get out and run with no excuses 😉

  • Rachel F. March 8, 2012, 12:55 pm

    How could I not pick my mother? My mom’s mom died when she was just 14, and she had a wicked stepmother to boot. She formed herself into an incredible career woman, so that she had something to be proud of. When I turned 12 she decided that the only thing she wanted was to be the best mother to me and my younger brother. She quit her high-powered job, and dedicated herself to being the mother she had wanted so badly. She is so incredibly inspiring to me as a professional and in her personal life, just writing this made me tear up.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 8, 2012, 12:56 pm

    An important woman in my life is one of my managers at work. It’s funny to look back a year ago when we had the hardest time working together, to now when we are one of each other’s biggest supporters. In my opinion, she is one of the strongest women I know and amazing at standing her ground and sharing her opinion. There’s a lot I could learn from her.

  • heather March 8, 2012, 12:58 pm

    My sister is pretty awesome. You can find her blog at inspiredbydooce.blogspot.com. She makes me laugh, is thoughtful and considerate, and just the greatest big sister out there.

  • Aditi March 8, 2012, 12:59 pm

    How could I not pick my mom? She is an amazing woman who taught me that hard work and perseverance can get you through anything.

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down March 8, 2012, 1:01 pm

    My fav woman is my mom. I never realized how much she taught me till I moved away and lived on my own. I can cook, clean, bake, grow things, fix things, manage my money, and many other invaluable things. Things not all my peers can do. I also can’t wait to put to use in my life many other things she’s taught me-garden, canning your own produce, and being a mother.

  • Army Amy* March 8, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I have to give major props to my best friend, Mary Beth. She recently got a doctorate of nursing (!) on top the two degrees she already had. She recently started a new job as a nurse of anesthesia even though she’s in her 3rd trimester of her first pregnancy. Not to mention, she’s been my rock during my husband’s deployment this year. Seriously, this girl is amazing!*

  • Liz March 8, 2012, 1:04 pm

    My older sister Michelle is an awesome woman who inspires me on a daily basis. She has such a wonderful outlook on life & is continually evolving. I love her with all my heart & appreciate all the unconditional love & support she consistently gives me.

  • Sunny March 8, 2012, 1:04 pm

    My mom or grandmother are my favorite women, they gave everything to their children to make sure they succeeded while still being a role model and working everyday.

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi March 8, 2012, 1:05 pm

    I actually have 3 women I know personally that have inspired me in my life. To choose just one is hard but I’ll go with Nancy Neal, who began as my therapist but also has become somewhat of a spiritual guide as well.

  • kristina March 8, 2012, 1:06 pm

    I honestly dont know if I can choose just one. Obviously my mom (hard working, gives everything expects nothing, loving, caring, etc. etc. I could go on all day), my Nonna (caring, welcoming, makes a mean pasta sauce!, and so many more things that I can’t even begin to put in words), and I’m going to go out on a limb and actually say myself. I surprise myself with how strong, smart and wise I am every day. I’ve grown into someone who I can truly start to love every bit of, and look forward to the next adventure of my life!

  • Rachael March 8, 2012, 1:06 pm

    My Nan is one of the most inspirational women in my life.
    When I was a kid she was a leader and tester in our State for Guides (Girl Scouts). All the Guides were terrified of her, because she was one of the toughest leaders, but in doing so she inspired us to do and to be our very best.

    She fought and survived two cancers. And at 93 she still lives alone in her home (not a seniors home, her own home).

  • mego @watchmegorun March 8, 2012, 1:07 pm

    My mom- she has unwavering faith in me and encourages me to Chase down all my wildest dreams. She tries to come to every race I do to be my own personal race photographer too 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 8, 2012, 1:11 pm

    My mother is an amazing woman. SHe is strong, an angel, and a woman who has given birth 10 times!! She is incredible.

  • Sarah March 8, 2012, 1:12 pm

    My mom is the best – most kind, giving person!

  • ErikaMC March 8, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Like a lot of others – my woman is my mom and for so many different reasons. Most recently it is because I am a new mom (6 month old baby boy) and have turned to her for a lot of advice and remember how she was as a mom and trying to be the same.

  • Katie March 8, 2012, 1:14 pm

    My hero is Alice Waters, chef at the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkley! She brought the slow food/farm to table movement to America and she lobbies for improving school lunches across the nation. She’s simply amazing!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston March 8, 2012, 1:14 pm

    My mom for sure! And now that I could give birth any day now, it’s been so fun to text with her daily with her excitement of baby coming!

  • Laine March 8, 2012, 1:15 pm

    I admire my sisters! They each have 2 kids, and they take wonderful care of them and their families and they have chickens! I love them and the nieces & nephews they have given me.

  • Katie March 8, 2012, 1:16 pm

    My mom – always, my mom. She’s a strong runner, an amazing cook, and an amazing woman, one of the most compassionate, talented people I’ve ever met. Probably the most.

  • Emily March 8, 2012, 1:16 pm

    my notable woman is my mother. She is always there for me, even though she lives hundreds of miles away!

  • Meg March 8, 2012, 1:17 pm

    My mom is, by far, the most important woman in my life. She’s a breast cancer survivor of 12 years and I’ll never forget the year she was diagnosed–I was 17 and she had just turned 50 years old. We had so many long talks about her treatment options and ultimately, she decided to have a mastectomy and not have reconstruction. She quickly learned she didn’t care for the prosthesis, either. It still moves me to tears how courageous she is, walking around proud and tall, noticably without a breast, but cancer-free.

  • Jen March 8, 2012, 1:17 pm

    My sister! She is so smart and always an inspiration to me, even though she is younger than I am!

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 1:19 pm

    My mom is the most important woman in my lift. My mom and I are really different and I have learned to appreciate her softer approach. While my dad and I are both “take charge” personalities, my mom has taught me the importance of listening. She is ALWAYS there for me – unquestioning, without judgement.

  • Courtney @ Pursuit of Healthiness March 8, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I’m running a 5k at the end of March to get ready for my first half marathon! The woman that inspires me is my mom. She has a powerful job and really makes a big influence on underprivileged children all over the world. She’s met presidents, celebrities, athletes, even Oprah but the thing that makes her love her job is that she helps so many children and makes the world a better place. And she’s a great mom to boot!

  • sarah @ sarah learns March 8, 2012, 1:21 pm

    i know so many people say this, but my woman is my mom. she has always put her family ahead of herself and has gotten us through unthinkable times.

  • Robin March 8, 2012, 1:21 pm

    My mom. She raised three kids on practically nothing. She worked full-time, but she always had balance in her life. We live so far from each other now and I miss her!

  • EL March 8, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I am going to have to say my Mom too! She made parenting look easy and is the best grandmother ever.

  • Anna March 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

    My grandmother is the most amazing woman I know. She is 92, looks like she’s 62 and has more energy than most 22 year olds. She was a nurse in World War II and was honored by President Obama on Veteran’s Day. She was living a healthy lifestyle before it was popular and she is living proof of its benefits.

  • Lucy March 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

    My woman is my grandma. She has done a lot of great things in her life and I am so glad that I get to learn from her. Happy International Women’s Day!

  • Jessie March 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

    An important woman in my life is my best friend Meredith. She has taught me so much about being optimistic, and joyful in all circumstances. She gets me. She is an amazing wife, friend, and christian. She trusts in the Lord in all things and I am very thankful for her!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith March 8, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I am copy-catting you and saying Molly Barker. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be part of this amazing organization!

  • Elizabeth Brown March 8, 2012, 1:27 pm

    I admire my oldest sister, Becca. She has improved herself and the lives of everyone around her for years. I want to be like her when I grow up!

  • Julie March 8, 2012, 1:27 pm

    My mom! She is the strongest person I know.

  • Ashley March 8, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Hillary Clinton. She definitely inspires me! I would love to win the entry because just yesterday I decided not to sign up for a race because it was too costly for me right now. Oh the life of a student…

  • Jenn's Adventures March 8, 2012, 1:29 pm

    My Mom is by far the [most] important woman in my life! I am blessed with amazing girl friends, but my Mom.. our relationship is so unique and I am so blessed to be so close to her. I strive to be like her — patient, strong, independent, and so many more amazing traits.

  • Catherine March 8, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I should say my mom, because that woman is awesome.
    But honestly, being 22, one of the most important and influential women in my life has been J.K. Rowling. I began reading the Harry Potter books when I was 10 and this past summer (12 years later) I watched the final movie.

    I grew up with Harry (it didn’t hurt that the characters and I were roughly the same age. That first book introduced me to the epic tale years before I’d see The Odyssey or anything like that. More importantly that woman taught millions of kids just like me the importance of being good, loving and sticking by your friends, and how being brave can take many different manifestations.
    Thanks for the magic.

  • Brittany March 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    My mom is probably the most important woman in my life. She fought tooth and nail while my sister and I were young to make sure we had everything we needed to get to where we are today. She was (and and still is!!) so strong, and I admire her for that. I hope to be at least as strong as her when I have kids one day, so they can see the kind of passion for family that I’ve always seen in my mothers eyes.

  • Lauren March 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    My mom. She’s the best.

  • Kelly March 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    My female teachers growing up. Even though I didn’t learn how strong I could be until years later, they really taught me not to take crap from people and stand on my own.

  • Jessica March 8, 2012, 1:31 pm

    By far the woman who helped shape me most is my grandmother. She supported me no matter where I was or what I was doing with my life. She was incredibly thoughtful, always thinking of others, even if she’d never met them. She used to plant flowers on the side of highways, because she thought someone on a long trip might need something beautiful to look at.

  • Lyn @ Life Lyn Style March 8, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I am blessed with many great women in my life. I’d have to say my friend Chaya. She’s always there for me and I admire her parenting abilities.

  • Kelly March 8, 2012, 1:35 pm

    My 83 year old grandmother – AKA – Memere…..I was raised by a single father and she was my rock! Plus she still plays a mean game of card! 🙂

  • Alison March 8, 2012, 1:36 pm

    My mom has always been the #1 woman in my life, she always has a million things going on, but is always there when I need her. I also really admire Michelle Obama…she has taken her position of power and done some really awesome things to get America active and healthy.

    Yay! I have a 5k I have been meaning to register for (Color 5k)! It would be awesome to win.

  • Anissa March 8, 2012, 1:36 pm

    My friend Heather passed away last summer 6 days after being diagnosed with panacreatic cancer. She ran a triathalon just 3 months prior. She was a mother, a wife, a volunteer to what seemed like a million organizations, and a great friend to so many people. Whenever I feel like I can’t accomplish something, I think of her. I tell myself, “do it for Heather.”

  • Angie March 8, 2012, 1:40 pm

    My mom, of course! She moved from Chile to Hawaii when I was a baby and raised me as a single mom until I was 5. I’m not sure how she did it, but I do know she worked extremely hard.

  • Rebecca March 8, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Ooh this is an easy one for me. 🙂 One of the most important women in my life is definitely my mom. She’s the VP of a non-profit that helps people find jobs and provides day services for elderly people and people with disabilities. Aside from how inspiring she is with her career she is also one of the kindest most caring people I know and I’m so thankful to have grown up learning from her!

  • VCK March 8, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I look at many of my women friends and note their accomplishments. One in particular earned her PhD and is working hard in her field as a mom, with another on the way.

  • Hannah March 8, 2012, 1:46 pm

    My mom is, hands down, the most inspiring and amazing woman I know. She has been a constant rock for me despite all the ups and downs of her own life. She used to be an avid runner and even ran a marathon but when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis she had to give her dreams of continued running because of weakening muscles. When I started running a year ago she never showed any sort of envy over my new found joy but encouraged me with her own running stories. This past month I ran my first half marathon and knew she couldn’t have been more proud of me and my accomplishment. She insprites me every day to be a better, more selfless person and I know I wouldn’t be the same woman I am today without her. Plain and simple, she rocks.

    • Hannah March 8, 2012, 1:46 pm

      *Inspires, oops! 🙂

  • Natalie March 8, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Definitely my mom. My parents divorced when I was in elementary school, and my mom took care of my sister and I. I remember many years where my mom was working two jobs just so she could afford to keep us in the house we’d grown up in. She sacrificed so much of her own life to provide for ours. She’s my hero.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 8, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I have two: (1) Ellen Gustafson, founder of FEED and the 30 Project and (2) My mom 🙂

  • Claire March 8, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I have to go with my mom, too! She is the first and best example of what selflessness is.

  • Sara March 8, 2012, 1:49 pm

    The woman in my life is my sponsor, Teri. She has been the mother I wish I had growing up. Through her unconditional love for me, I was able to find my way to loving myself. She promotes all over mind, body, spiritual health and balance in everything. More recently, I watched Teri walk through the sudden loss of her husband to cancer with grace, dignity and transparent humanity. She is now there for me as I walk through my father’s cancer. She gives me hope for myself and all women.

  • Dori March 8, 2012, 1:50 pm

    My mom is the most amazing woman. Her husband died when my brother and I were very young and she did a really phenomenal job raising us by herself — we were both REALLY good kids. She’s also been through a lot — her younger sister died when she was 14, she got breast cancer at 37, had a crazy downstairs neighbor majorly harass her for years for no reason, and is currently dealing with her older sister’s kidney cancer and her mother’s kidney issues as well. Through all of this, she is such a caring, generous mother to me and my brother and is such a popular teacher where she works that every parent begs the school to have their kids be in her class!

  • Lu March 8, 2012, 1:50 pm

    My mom is the woman I admire the most in my life. She is an incredible therapist, motivational speaker and mom/grandmother. She was born in a barn, in a third world country, 67 years ago. Her mother was 15. She’s a survivor, and she constantly overcomes obstacles with grace and optimism.

  • leah March 8, 2012, 1:54 pm

    My Nana is a woman in my life that I admire. She is going to be 97 this year and is still quite fiesty! She lives in a apartment community where they have different activities nightly- including Wii bowling where she has been given the nickname EagleEye!! She was born 1915 and lived through the depression, and worked hard for everything she has and didn’t retire until she was 85 because she just loved working with the public daily (she worked in a old fashion mens clothing store). I hope to be as with it as she is when I’m 97!

  • Becky Clark March 8, 2012, 2:00 pm

    I would have to say my mother. While raising us, she worked, got her Master’s Degree, and was still a wonderful mother!

  • Hillary March 8, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Mine is my great aunt. She has since passed away, but she was such a role model in terms of being a strong, independent woman. She was the glue that held our family together, and she made it clear to all of us how important family ties are in our lives. A lesson I’ll never forget!

  • Ambre March 8, 2012, 2:01 pm

    An important person in my life would definitely be my best friend, Desiree. She’s always there for me with advise, for me to vent to, or just to gossip. We used to hang out all of the time, but she moved up to Pennsylvania this past May. She is very important to me because she helped me with my weight loss and helped me become a healthier eater. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

    Great giveaway! 🙂

  • Jacqueline March 8, 2012, 2:02 pm

    My mom. Obviously. 🙂

  • Michelle March 8, 2012, 2:02 pm

    My friend Karen. She’s a step in life in front of me, and so down to earth and basically “me” in a decade its so great to be so close to her and be able to pick her brain about things that terrify me (read: having kids while being a military wife – OM effin G cue freak out).

  • Olivia March 8, 2012, 2:03 pm

    My important woman is my mother. She is the strongest person I know because she constantly works hard to take care of everyone else around her before herself, while juggling a full-time job and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Emily March 8, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I realize she’s not actually a woman but she will be one day – my daughter Elizabeth. What a responsibility I have to show this young girl how to be a strong woman, a task I think about daily. She’s wonderful, independent, dramatic, and adorable.

  • Lindsey March 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    My aunt. She works around the clock to help other people, and is still the best mother I know. Props to her!

  • Kristin March 8, 2012, 2:11 pm

    my mom of course! she’s a strong women and taught me how important working out and staying healthy is

  • Nicole March 8, 2012, 2:17 pm

    My mom is a very important person in my life. Without her, I (literally) wouldn’t be where I am today. She always inspires me to be a better person. I also admire a woman named Bea, who was my host mom in Ghana, West Africa. She is a truly remarkable person and exemplifies true strength and beauty.

  • Jen March 8, 2012, 2:18 pm

    My co-worker Susan – she inspires me to be a better teacher!

  • Katie B March 8, 2012, 2:21 pm

    My important woman is my lovely older sister. She has 4 children (4yo, 3yo, and 1yo identical twins), but still finds time to run and complete triathlons. So inspirational and amazing!

  • Brooklyn March 8, 2012, 2:23 pm

    My mom! She’s the person who has always been there whenever and where ever 🙂

  • eliza March 8, 2012, 2:25 pm

    My older sister. She is so confident in herself.

  • Emily March 8, 2012, 2:25 pm

    I admire my 4th and 5th grade teacher. I’m not in touch with her, but 20 years later, she still has an important place in my heart. She challenged me academically more than I had ever been challenged before, she encouraged art and dance, copious amounts of reading, and I’ll never forget her telling another student that I was beautiful. Three cheers for Mrs. Wilson!

  • Tamora R. March 8, 2012, 2:27 pm

    My previous supervisor is an amazing and inspiring woman! She taught me how important it is to be caring and understanding at work and in my personal life. She is also passionate, earnest, positive even in the face of difficulties and genuinely a joy to be around. I miss working with her, and will always remember her and what she taught me. 🙂

  • Carolina March 8, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Definitely my mom, who pushed me to be the woman I am today.

  • Maura @ Running to Saks March 8, 2012, 2:29 pm

    My mother. She (along with my Dad, have to give him credit too) has made me the women I am today. She encouraged me to always pursue my dreams and after a biochemistry degree, dabbling with med school and research, I’m happy to now say that I’ll be heading to my top grad school to pursue a degree in nursing (which just so happens is her profession too!)

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 8, 2012, 2:34 pm

    My grandma, most definitely, and for so many reasons. At 91, she’s still so healthy – living on her own, driving, and even going to her exercise class. My grandpa was killed by a drunk driver when my mom was 4 and my uncle was only 2, leaving her to raise her kids alone. She never remarried because she didn’t want another man raising her husband’s children. Instead, she had her degree from junior college (which was so remarkable for a woman back then!) and went to work, providing for her family. I could go on and on about how much respect I have for her, but I’ll just end it with saying that if I grow up to be half the woman she is, I’ll consider myself lucky. She is amazing.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love March 8, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I am from Moldova, but I live in the states now, so anyway in Moldova Women DAy is a very VERY big holiday, usually women will receive flowers and gifts, so I still celebrate in hear I got many phone calls from my family and friends! Anyway, the most importamnt women in my life are my mom and grandma the are very kind and I can say that besides the fact the I am on a different continent I feel their unconditioned love every single day – thank you!

  • Kristy March 8, 2012, 2:41 pm

    My friend Crystal. She is one of the strongest women I know. Despite crazy family issues and many other obstables, she continues to stay strong and perservere. She is an amazing wife and mother of two, and is truly an inspiration to me.

  • Annie March 8, 2012, 2:43 pm

    The woman I admire is Ellie. She has two kids, she works overnights so she can go to school, and limits her sleep so she can have quality time with her kids. I know her schedule is not ideal, but in eighteen months she will be a college graduate and she will be proud of what she has accomplished. I am already so proud of her.

  • Neely March 8, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Corny as it sounds my mom is the most important woman I know. She has been through so much and nearly died 6 years ago. But shes stronger than ever, and at 61 can kick my booty in a Pure Barre class.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma March 8, 2012, 2:49 pm

    I have a few: my event mentor for her constant guidance, my yoga teacher for her sass and strength and my mother for always giving me the kick in the rear when I need it.

  • Jenni March 8, 2012, 2:50 pm

    A woman who means a lot to me is my best friend, Julie. She has helped me to grow up so much in the last couple of years. Even when I ended up down a dark road, she was there to lead my back when I asked for help. I love her to death.

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life March 8, 2012, 2:54 pm

    A woman who is important to me is my grandmother. She is strong and funny…hilarious, even! And we have a special connection because we’re so alike in many ways.

  • Brittney March 8, 2012, 2:58 pm

    My sister Kimberly. She is my rock throughout life. I rely on her phone calls to give me guidance and support or a good laugh.

  • Brittney March 8, 2012, 2:58 pm

    My good friend Melanie. She has overcome a tremendous amount of adversity in life and still remains a relatively positive, happy person, grateful for what she has. She chrone’s disease, had fertility issues, and was recently diagnosed with alopecia (losing all her hair) due to hormone problems post partum. She also put herself through college, struggling at times to pay tuition and get through, but she did it. I really admire her ability to stay positive despite the struggles she has been through.

  • Courtney March 8, 2012, 3:00 pm

    An ex-boyfriend’s mother–she’s the most amazing lady I know, and we meet up at least once a week. I idolize her for her compassion and perseverance.

  • April March 8, 2012, 3:08 pm

    My mom is my inspiration. Her mom just up and left her and my aunt when my mom was 2 years old and my aunt was 2 MONTHS old. That left them without a constant female figure when they were kids, though my grandfather (their dad) did everything he could to be two parents to them. So my mom didn’t really know how to mother a daughter but she raised me into who I am today with little to no idea of what in the world to do. She just did her best and had her friends help when she needed it.

    She passed on her, “Well, I can’t not do it!” attitude to me, which I am grateful for every day.

  • Kristine March 8, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Of course my Mom…..words can not justify how much I admire her or how influential she has been in my life! She is just so special to me and I am blessed to have her in my life on a daily basis

  • liz March 8, 2012, 3:13 pm

    my mom-because she is selfless, caring and so creative. And because she has put up with me all these years!

  • Michelle S March 8, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Gonna have to go with my mom on this one. Her graceful strength inspires me everyday. She is a true blessing to me!

  • Heather March 8, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Definitely my mom! I so admire her willingness to always put her family first and help out with anything, no matter what!

  • Cecilia March 8, 2012, 3:33 pm

    I have a friend, and she is the most inspiring woman and person I know. She is so comfortable in her own skin, she makes no excuses for who she is, and at the same time she cares so so much about everyone around her. She just wants the world to be a bright and happy place, and she makes that happen.

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    Not sure if u know this already but your new project has been featured in a newspaper in the uk!!



  • Sinead March 8, 2012, 3:37 pm

    My MOM is the the most important woman in my life! She has a very stressful job running a home day care, yet she is ALWAYS smiling and laughing and reminding everyone, in her hilarious Irish accent, to enjoy life. She’s a great daily inspiration!

  • Heather March 8, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Wow…I am actually blessed to know so many amazing women. I would have to say that my sister-in-law is one of the most amazing women I know. She balances being an amazing mom and a wonderful teacher. She also still manages to run and manage the household (my brother-in-law works crazy hours). I look up to her and hope I can take after her when we have children.

  • hannah March 8, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Caitlin your in the British press today with your Naked Face project -http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2112171/No-make-blow-drys-hairy-legs-How-women-going-au-naturel-60-days-rediscover-inner-confidence.html

  • Danielle March 8, 2012, 3:47 pm

    My roommate and best friend, Hannah, is ah-mazing. Not only did she lose over 30 pounds this past summer (eating right and exercising), but we ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon together just a few weeks ago. She motivates me to do my best and I could not ask for a better friend!

  • Jenny March 8, 2012, 3:48 pm

    My mom is probably the MOST important woman in my life. I know it’s a common answer, as well it probably should be, but yesterday I read this article that made my blood boil (http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/wisconsin-bill-claims-single-moms-cause-child-abuse-011200419.html) and today you’re asking, so here’s why:

    For years I’ve taken my mom for granted, but I read that article and I was floored. My mom left my biological father when I was just a year old. He was a thief and an alcoholic, and I thank God every day she had the strength to walk away. She raised me, clothed me, fed me, housed me, all the while showing me nothing but love and support, and she did it all on her own, because it was better for both of us than staying married. She even had her own demons she had to deal with, but here I am today, living proof that she is an amazing and selfless caregiver. So yeah, my mom.

  • Jamie March 8, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Without a doubt, my mother is the most important woman in my life. My parents had a rough divorce and money was tight for many, many years. She always kept herself afloat and managed to provide a roof over my head and food on the table even if she was struggling herself. I don’t know where I’d be without her!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 8, 2012, 3:56 pm

    The two women I coach cheer with. Neither of them every thought they’d be involved with cheerleading but when their daughters got involved and the volunteer mom head coach was awful (not me, I was a teenage jr. coach at the time), they stepped in and got involved. The started coaching and got involved at the board level and have done so much for the organization. It’s all volunteer and they spend a lot of time on top of their full time engineering jobs making the season awesome for the kids!

  • Jessica March 8, 2012, 3:57 pm

    I had a professor in college who made a huge impact on me. I majored in computer science (and now work was a software developer); it’s an extremely male-dominated field. I was the only girl in my first “real” computer science course in college, which was intimidating. Luckily, my professor was the amazing Carol Miller. She taught the course so clearly and comprehensively; I don’t think I would have stayed in the major if I hadn’t learned such solid fundamentals in her class. But beyond that, she pushed me to get involved in the computer science department at my school. At her encouragement, I became an officer of two organizations on campus (including the Women In Computer Science group) and later became her TA. These activities really helped me feel more connected (and less out of place) in the computer science department, which I think I needed!

    Carol’s classes were also unique in that she peppered them with tidbits of computer science history — not many people know that there are numerous female pioneers in computing!

  • Leah March 8, 2012, 4:14 pm

    My mom (sappy I know) because she is me health and exercise motivator. She is healthier now than when she was my age and has a ton to teach me about eating healthy and taking care of myself!

  • amy March 8, 2012, 4:24 pm

    my friend amanda, whose birthday is today….she has put a smile on my face many times!

  • Lisa March 8, 2012, 4:40 pm

    I have to say I have 3. 3 very important women in my life who are there for me regardless of what it is. It is my mom, my sister, and my sister in law. We may not always see eye to eye (gauged ears!), but they are always there. They teach me how to be a great person, how to live life to the fullest, and how to not get down on myself. I live 350 miles away from them, and when I have a bad day, they just know it. All of them call and check on my throughout the day. I am so very blessed to have there wonderful woman in my life.

  • Kathleen @ Onward;Inward March 8, 2012, 4:41 pm

    One important and influential woman in my life is my best friend Erin. She’s had more than her fair share of challenges and setbacks in life, but she is ALWAYS positive, adventurous, and fully in love with being alive. Whatever I’m going through something and veer towards the negative, I think of her and remember to smile through the pain.

    Note: If I win this, I will register for a 5K in late April when I will be 26 weeks pregnant! Sounds like a fun challenge 🙂

  • Peggy March 8, 2012, 4:43 pm

    My mom! She’s the kind of woman who can do it all–she’s professionally successful, races triathlons, and has large groups of friends. She’s an inspiration (and a great mom!).

    I haven’t raced a 5k since college (scarred from 8 years of them–high school and college xc) but it might be time to take on the challenge…

  • Amanda March 8, 2012, 4:47 pm

    One of the most influential women in my life is my former dance instructor, Sandy. She taught me about grace, pushing yourself to do your best and discipline. I danced under her instruction for 13 years, and I owe much of my personality to her.

  • Sarah March 8, 2012, 4:50 pm

    I don’t even know where to begin to describe one of the strongest and sassiest women I know…my 91 year old grandmother, namesake and best friend who looked simply fabulous alongside my bridesmaids as my matron of honor last August. She is a cancer survivor, widow, mother of 4 and grandmother to 11. Her positive outlook, prayerful approach and ability to kick back and enjoy a mug of iced cold beer with the rest of them is admired by all she meets.

  • Mel March 8, 2012, 4:54 pm

    My friend, Leah! She is always cool and collected and makes me feel better when things go awry.

  • Danielle March 8, 2012, 4:55 pm

    My mom! She raised 5 children while working full time and was always, and still is, a fabulous role model and active participant in each of our lives.

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  • Leanne March 8, 2012, 4:56 pm

    My aunt arlene is an independent woman! She is driven to succeed in life. She is passionate about everything she puts her mind and heart to. Truly an inspiration to both my mother and myself.

  • Katie D. March 8, 2012, 4:57 pm

    My mom is…amazing. She raised me and my three siblings, is a breast cancer survivor, and is one of the most generous people I know.

  • Julie March 8, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I know so many influential and kind women, it would be hard for me to pick. But the most influential would have to be my mom.

  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides March 8, 2012, 5:06 pm

    My woman is my grandma. She is truly one of the most amazing souls on the planet who knows only love and compassion. I don’t think I could exist in this world if it weren’t for her.

  • Courtney March 8, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Someone I admire is a woman I work with. We are very good friends both at and outside of work. We have become very good friends and I know I can depend on her for anything

  • Angela March 8, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Kind of random, but I really admire Monica Culpepper, who is currently on survivor. I got to know her when her son was in my 3rd grade class a few years ago. Watching her on the show reminds me how mentally and physically strong she is, and so nice as well. What a role model!

  • Miss N March 8, 2012, 5:19 pm

    My mom – don’t know what I’d do without her. 🙂

  • Libby @ PracticallyPatientlyParenting March 8, 2012, 5:20 pm

    One of the many, many women that I admire is a certain professor from college that told me that my post-grad unemployment would be the perfect time to experience all the odd jobs that people forget to try in life… she knew that English majors have a hard sell!

    That advice got me to try things and apply for jobs that I never would have, otherwise!

    Bring on the 5k, I’ve got mine ready!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz March 8, 2012, 5:22 pm

    My grandmother is the most amazing woman I know. She started a wonderful family who instills in the same values and morals into their own families that she taught them. On top of it, she is smart and continues to learn every day. She is the most caring person and makes each one of us feel like we are her “favorite.”

  • Lindsay March 8, 2012, 5:25 pm

    The most important and commendable woman in my life is my mom. My mom had a VERY difficult childhood. She was born in the UK and was left by her mother when she was 2 years old. My mom met my dad and they moved to the US and she had my brother and I. She then while working full-time and taking care of ourhouse, got a bachelors degree (she had two majors and graduated with a 4.0) and masters degree. I am so proud of her and if I could give her one more thing, that would be my health and prorperity! 🙂

  • Charlene March 8, 2012, 5:27 pm

    My mom – I know it’s cliche to say it about one’s own mother, but she’s the most amazing woman I know and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. She’s always known what to say in all types of situations and how to be there for me as a mother and even as a friend. She’s been my BFF since the day I was born.

  • Shannon March 8, 2012, 5:28 pm

    My mom is the most amazing woman I know. She is so caring and compassionate and would do anything to help others. She has been a great role model for my sister and I!

  • Leslie March 8, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I think my sister-in-law is a pretty amazing person. From the moment I met her we clicked; she became the older sister I never had. She is always there to listen, look over my papers for grad school, and support me in other ways. This past year her mother was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a few months later. It was a sudden experience. But I cannot believe the strength my sister-in-law possessed in getting through the experience, managing her job, graduate school, flying across the country to help take care of her mom, and meeting the needs of everyday life. She is extremely strong person who has been a great role model.

  • Sammi March 8, 2012, 5:35 pm

    I love my mom. She is strong, resilient, and works hard. She is also loving, respectful, and always taking care of others. It wasn’t until I left for college that I realized how much I need her, and now that I have been away from home for a while, I love the precious moments we get to spend together. If I won the 5k race, we would probably actually run it together, since she is the one who got me into running in the first place. 🙂

  • Lacey March 8, 2012, 5:36 pm

    It is absolutely my mom. I have three brothers & growing up she was a SAHM. When my youngest brother was a hs senior she started working & went back to school. About a year later she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I never realized how strong my mom is until this experience. She continued to work & go to school full time while enduring chemotherapy, mastectomy, & radiation. Her treatments last about a year but she never gave up & never “quit her life” as she said. Her busy days kept her mind off the disease. She has been cancer free for 6 months & is absolutely the best woman in my life!

  • jennifer hohn March 8, 2012, 5:42 pm

    my college advisor – Ana. She saved me – in so many ways. She is the biggest groundbreaker I know, strong, confident, aggressive (but graceful!), and incredibly open-minded. I’m proud to know her and even prouder to have her officiating my wedding this summer!

  • Emily March 8, 2012, 5:45 pm

    I heard about National Women’s Day on the radio this morning – thanks, Classical KDFC!
    As I’m sure many others have already commented, my mom is the most important woman in my life. She is willing to sacrifice anything for any of the people whom she loves. She’s my “model of womanhood”, if you will. 🙂

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 5:48 pm

    My beautiful Mom! She is the most patient, self-less, loyal, and non-judgmental person I know. She’s my inspiration!

  • Lisa March 8, 2012, 5:54 pm

    My mom. Such a strong woman! Living with one physical disease, 3 mental illnesses, and just recently kicked ovarian cancer’s ass. She somehow still manages to walk around with a smile on her face; I don’t know how she does it. Great giveaway!

  • Alex March 8, 2012, 5:55 pm

    The important woman in my life is a 16 year-old named Maggie and her sister Ruthie. Maggie was killed in a car accident on Sunday of this week. She was kind and caring and her sister Ruthie has been incredibly strong through everything done in her honor. These two girls have inspired me so much this past week. I know them because they go to my high school. (I hope you don’t mind a 15 year-old entering in this (: )

  • Nicole N. March 8, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I have to pick my mom too, our family has been dealt more than its fair share of rare medical issues and and she has not only handled these family crises with more grace than most people could muster but also become incredibly well informed about these conditions that most doctors are puzzled by. She fights for the proper care and makes sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed in each of these people’s care.

  • Molly @ RDexposed March 8, 2012, 6:00 pm

    My sister! She has the kindest soul and is so patient with everyone.

  • Carolyn March 8, 2012, 6:03 pm

    So many to choose from. I guess I”d have to say my former teacher/youth group leader. such a strong, selfless person who always seems to bring the best out of everyone around her

  • Debby H March 8, 2012, 6:14 pm

    MY MOM!!! She stuck with my dad thru his alcohol, and infidelity. She is a stron gwoman of faith and I love her dearly.!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Samantha March 8, 2012, 6:14 pm

    My aunt is extremely important to me! She’s found the perfect balance of friend, confidante, mentor, aunt, etc. She’s one of my best friends and I trust her unconditionally. Not only does she give great advice and listen to me when I think I’m losing my mind, but we always have a blast whenever we’re together!

  • Elana March 8, 2012, 6:16 pm

    My mom! She raised my brother and I as a mainly single mom and has always been my biggest supporter.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery March 8, 2012, 6:19 pm

    An important woman in my life is my therapist from two of my inpatient treatments for my eating disorder. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know that I’d be here typing this today. She encouraged me, inspired me, instilled some hope and confidence in me, and validated what I went through. She’s beautiful inside and out.

  • em March 8, 2012, 6:20 pm

    This is great because I just signed up for a 5K!

    This is a cliche answer, but definitely my mom! We talk every day and she’s such a great role model.

  • Sarah L March 8, 2012, 6:21 pm

    My mother is the most important woman in my life. She’s an example of strength with compassion. She’s constantly trying to improve herself and to better understand others’ situations. I always feel better after a long conversation with my mom.

  • samantha March 8, 2012, 6:22 pm

    As others have said, my mother is the most important woman in my life. From the values she’s instilled in me, to helping plan my wedding, to showing me what it means to be an awesome mom to my son, I can’t imagine my life without her!

  • Cari March 8, 2012, 6:32 pm

    a super important woman in my life is my mom– she’s always been such a good role model for me, and i can honestly say that now she is one of my best friends 🙂

  • Holly March 8, 2012, 6:34 pm

    My mom – she passed away after a year long battle with cancer. She was wonderful, and influenced so many people throughout her life. It was amazing to see how many people she went to elementary school with came to her wake – some she hadn’t seen in 50 years!

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year March 8, 2012, 6:41 pm

    My mother is such an important person in my life. She’s always there for me, she always thinks about me. She puts me before herself, she’s always there to help with the baby. I’m so blessed to have her in my life.

  • Kristyn March 8, 2012, 6:43 pm

    My mom. Although its cliche, it’s still her. When I was in middle and high school we would argue constantly about stupid things and about bigger things. I would always get upset and storm away. My dad always used to say that one day that would change and one day I’d see that we argued because we are just so much alike. When I went away to NC for college, I received something from my mom in the mail everyday, be it a card, or a package, and that’s when I realized how much I took her for granted. We really don’t argue anymore, and I am always trying to be a better person because of how inspirational she is to those in the career she works in. I want to be that strong woman that she is as I continue this path in life. 🙂 three cheers for my mama!

  • Jo Anna March 8, 2012, 6:50 pm

    My sister. We just ran our first half marathon together in honor of my nephew that we lost when he was just a few days old. She has faced this loss with grace and I am in awe of her bravery.

  • brittany March 8, 2012, 6:57 pm

    my special lady is my roommate from study abroad, alyssa. when i was slated to run a half marathon with my cousin (after i had just lost 25 lbs), my cousin’s grandmother suddenly passed away. i was writing for woman’s day and this half marathon was particularly momentous for me, and i was now left running alone after months of training. my roommate from chile stepped up and ran the race in my cousin’s place, staying at MY pace and cheering me on the entire time. she helped me realize my dream of running 🙂

  • Bobbie March 8, 2012, 7:00 pm

    My woman is my friend Rosalyn. She recently became the owner of our local Stroller Strides. She is dedicated to encouraging mom’s to get healthy and work out with their little ones. It’s a great program lead by an amazing woman.

  • Liz March 8, 2012, 7:11 pm

    There are so many amazing women being recognized! I loved reading the comments – although it is making it very hard to pick someone to write about. I’d have to go with my mom though as THE MOST important woman. I’m not sure if there are enough words to describe her strength, or even if she knows how strong she is. My mom inspires me constantly and I will be so lucky to be like her.

  • J @ Ess and Jae V2.0 March 8, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Hey Caitlin – you, Molly and the Naked Face Project made it to the Daily Mail (online) out of Britain today. You’re near the front page with the Queen and Kate!! Congratulations.

  • Eileen March 8, 2012, 7:13 pm

    My life has been thoroughly changed by my best friend, Elise. We did a scholarship pageant together and now since we both are princesses, we volunteer 3-4 times a week at different events in our county. The events are optional, but it is truly an amazing opportunity and experience when you get to help people and make them smile. Elise makes time to go to almost every event along with doing 2 sports, taking all honors classes and still having time to spend with her friends. She is never sad and always looks at the positive in life. She is so compassionate and patient with others and she inspires me to be the best I can be. Without her, I don’t think I would be so passionate about volunteering and so motivated to follow my dream of becoming a registered dietician so I can help others lead happy healthy lives. She is like my sister, keeps a smile on my face, and says she wants to change the world, but the truth is, she has already changed mine! 🙂

  • jen March 8, 2012, 7:24 pm

    my mom 🙂 the older i get the more i realize how wonderful she is.

  • Kerri March 8, 2012, 7:26 pm

    My person is my dear, sweet cousin, who is getting married this week. She finally found THE ONE, after a few wrong ones, and I’m so proud of her for staying strong, and I wish her nothing but happiness!

  • Kayla @ The Best Things March 8, 2012, 7:26 pm

    My mom! It’s her birthday tomorrow too! She’s stronger than I could ever hope to be for my family.

  • Rachael March 8, 2012, 7:39 pm

    My mom! She has been through a lot in her life, and raised my brother and I as a single mother for most of our childhood. She is such a strong woman and I hope to be like her when I have kids some day!

  • Misty Fogg March 8, 2012, 7:44 pm

    My mother of course! She always let me explore and become the independent woman that I am. She never tried to intervene or push to hard, instead just offered her support, love, and guidance.

  • MaryBeth March 8, 2012, 7:49 pm

    My mama! She is the sweetest, kindest, most caring woman I know! I have learned so much from her! She has given so much to her kids and to our community (she volunteers for a breast cancer organization in our city). She’s the best! 🙂

  • Stacey March 8, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Of course, my mom! She’s the best because she’s really organized & keeps her house really clean, but cannot bring herself to wrap the vacuum cord back up perfectly. lol

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 8:07 pm

    I would have had a different answer yesterday and probably tomorrow-but today, my answer is Jessica Simpson. I just read an article about her telling off this sexist butthead on Fashion Star-the way she handled the situation with humor, grace, and truth was admirable. (Link is here it was pretty funny: http://tv.yahoo.com/news/jessica-simpson-fights-back-on-%E2%80%98fashion-star%E2%80%99–video-.html)

  • Crystal March 8, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Who better to be thankful on International Women’s Day than my Mom. Words don’t do justice to the amazing mother, daughter, and friend that she is to those lucky enough to be around her.

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 8:10 pm

    I would have had a different answer yesterday and probably tomorrow-but today, my answer is Jessica Simpson. I just read an article about her telling off this sexist butthead on Fashion Star-the way she handled the situation with humor, grace, and truth was admirable. The link is here, it was pretty funny: http://tv.yahoo.com/news/jessica-simpson-fights-back-on-'fashion-star'–video-.html

  • dana March 8, 2012, 8:14 pm

    my Mom!

  • lani March 8, 2012, 8:17 pm

    My mom is the woman who has most influenced me. She is one of the most intelligent, capable, and inspiring people I know–and not because she is my mother. 🙂 She has inspired many of my friends as well. Plus, she’s cute!

  • Jess @JessCantCook March 8, 2012, 8:35 pm

    There are a lot of important women in my life, but recently my friend Bekah has been a true source of inspiration for me. She is always positive and loves life. She reminds me to take pleasure in the simple things 🙂

  • Abby Z March 8, 2012, 8:43 pm

    My mom, hands down. She is the most loving person and truly the best mom ever. I owe her everything because she taught me how to make a wicked good oatmeal cake!!

  • Blair March 8, 2012, 8:51 pm

    My mom! Now that I’m a couple years out of college and in the working world myself, I can appreciate her business savvy skills so much more. She’s a networking pro who not only makes tons of connections, but remembers and keeps in touch with all those she’s worked with in the past. Every time I’m at a business event with her (such as this morning!), I try and soak in as much of her skill as possible because I’m so impressed

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets March 8, 2012, 9:04 pm

    My mother. She is the strongest person I know. My whole life she was my biggest cheerleader. To this day she and I talk everyday for hours, we laugh and sometimes she is my listener when I’m upset and crying. To be an only child I am so happy I grew up being her center of attention, that means I got all her love and she is the one I look up to. I hope to be a mother like her.

  • Kristin March 8, 2012, 9:25 pm

    An important woman in my life is my mother. She has taught me to be a strong, hardworking and giving woman. Words can not describe how much she has done for me and my 2 sisters. She is one of the hardest workers I know!

  • kelsey March 8, 2012, 9:36 pm

    An important woman iny life right now is my boss, Kim. she is so inspiring for how well she fits everything in in her life: being a mom, working out, volunteering, and taking extra time to help us out at work!

  • Allison G March 8, 2012, 9:37 pm

    My mother. I admire her strength and determination.

  • Julie March 8, 2012, 9:42 pm

    It would have to be my mama–she makes me want to be an amazing mom!

  • Nancy March 8, 2012, 9:42 pm

    I’m torn. My first thought is my Mom – whenever I think I had it hard or want to whine, I think about how amazing she is that she raised 6 kids (I only have one) and made it look like the easiest thing ever, never stressed, never worried that we didn’t have something. My second thought is how important my daughter is and how because of her I am a better, more humble person. She has taught me to enjoy life, have fun, go to the park and just swing (all day if allowed).

  • Corey L March 8, 2012, 9:44 pm

    An important woman in my life is my adopted grandmother, Judy. She babysat me for the first five years of my life, and has been an important part of it ever since. She taught me a lot growing up, and I still love seeing her and spending time with her today.

  • Michelle M March 8, 2012, 9:51 pm

    My mom is always there for me and we travel really well together! She just got her SCUBA certification so that we can be dive buddies 🙂

  • Amy March 8, 2012, 9:51 pm

    An important woman in my life is my former boss. She just had the best way of phrasing things. She told the worst news I. The best way. She also gave me perspective on how to most effectively deal with my students and their families ( I am a teacher). Because she modeled positive behavior I feel that I am a better teacher because of her. She reminds me of the song by r. Kelly worlds greatest. I could go on and on. Thanks for doing this Caitlin. I miss her. She retired last year but her legacy lives on

  • Stefanie K. March 8, 2012, 10:00 pm

    My mom! She is always there for me and supports me in any way she can! She encourages me to pursue things that make me happy!

  • Dari Marie March 8, 2012, 10:03 pm

    One of the most inspirational women in my life is my friend Kelli. When she’s not roaming the country, winning international competitions for business (Not sure how that works), she’s working tirelessly to inspire others to be their best selves, teaching at-risk youth how to succeed, or even just cooking her friends dinner for something we like to call “Domestic Sunday.” She is constantly striving to better herself, to succeed and to inspire others to do the same. Love her!

  • Christin March 8, 2012, 10:03 pm

    My Nana… for many reasons. She is a pillar of strength and an example of Grace for everyone who knows her!

  • Stacy March 8, 2012, 10:12 pm

    I admire my mom. She was a single mom and raised two kids while teaching people to become teachers full time. She worked as a Dean and started her own business doing workshops on the weekends, just so she could have extra money to provide for her kids!

  • Fallon March 8, 2012, 10:25 pm

    The obvious choice is my mother. She continues to be a positively inspirational woman, and I wouldn’t be where I am without her. The second choice is a group of women, of which I am recently lucky to be a part of. The writers of CurvyGirlGuide.com are amazing on so many levels. They teach acceptance and self worth and how to make awesome food, among other things. Truly wonderful group of women, and great writers, all of them.

  • Gillian March 8, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I am lucky to have a very close relationship with my mom – she’s been a great mom and a friend, and always the best to bounce ideas off of or give a quick pep-talk when I’m not feeling 100%.

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Can it be a woman who was in my life? I miss my Aunt who died of cancer several years ago. She taught me to be an animal advocate and was more beautiful inside and out than she ever knew. I wish she could have loved herself as much as she loved her family and as much as we loved her.

  • Lea March 8, 2012, 10:54 pm

    I know this is cliche, but my mom is the most important woman in my life. I consider myself so lucky to have such a wonderful, giving and supportive mom. She has always been there for me and has supported every decision I’ve made in my life (no matter how crazy). She always puts others before herself, and is one of the kindest, selfless human beings I have ever met. I feel so blessed everyday to have such a wonderful role model my life.

  • Cassidy March 8, 2012, 10:57 pm

    My fencing coach from high school — Barb. She kept our fencing program afloat for decades, and touched countless lives. When she passed away after putting up a good fight against Ovarian Cancer, her funeral was standing room only. I often think about her advice from fencing: “Keep your toes pointed forward.”

  • Wendy B. March 8, 2012, 10:59 pm

    My Grandmother. She was an amazing woman who made you feel like there was nothing you could not accomplish. She did so much for others. She made you want to be a better person. She is greatly missed.

  • DD March 8, 2012, 11:01 pm

    My sister in law is a mom of 2 little ones, a wife, and a full-time pharmacist (and manager of her pharmacy). I don’t know how she comes up with enough hours in the day!

  • Laura March 8, 2012, 11:04 pm

    My friend Sarah, who died last year of cancer. She was a ray of sunshine, positive and upbeat, no matter what. Sarah was smart, funny and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I miss her all the time, but I try to honor her memory by always being optimistic.

  • Taya March 8, 2012, 11:30 pm

    I love 5k giveaways!

    My Grandma is one of the most inspirational people in my life. After my grandpa was in a near-fatal car accident 26 years ago, grandma picked up two full-time jobs, became head of the household, and has been taking care of him ever since! He’s paralyzed on his right side and has a lot of brain damage, and she’s never left his side. And she’s an amazing grandma, too! So much strength!

  • Jen March 8, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Myself. I had the strength to leave an abusive relationship for the sake of my four-year-old daughter, and I now raise her in a safe, stable, and loving environment as a single mother.

  • Kyla March 8, 2012, 11:34 pm

    My grandmother! She is a role model in every way possible. She exercises daily, eats well, is active, and also has an incredible heart. She just recently spent a month with my aunt who is going through a divorce to help her adjust.

  • Amanda March 8, 2012, 11:49 pm

    If I had to pick an important woman in my life, it would be my friend Nicole! She has taught me to care for myself and that I shouldn’t be anything but happy! I am going on an 8 year relationship and realized I have never been really happy. I have settled and stayed in it to make everyone else happy. She has helped me to realized that you can’t be happy in any situation if you are not happy with yourself.

  • TiffanyS March 8, 2012, 11:50 pm

    I’ve lost both my grandmother’s in the last five years. My boys will never get to meet their great grandmothers. This makes me sad. We spend a lot of time with my mom. She has been through her own battle with cancer, a messy divorce, and losing many peopel close to her as well. She is a source of strength for me.

  • Melissa March 8, 2012, 11:59 pm

    My sister Rosa is always there for me. She is an inspiration and my very best friend.

  • Kristen March 9, 2012, 12:20 am

    Alda Cacciatore. She is my Nana, who in her sixties, swam in the Senior Olympics, and would wake me for walks and to play tennis before the sun came up. She was an amazingly loving woman, and I am sad that she passed before I could share many life events with her. When I feel like quitting while running, I think, “I can do this because she did.”

  • Caitlin March 9, 2012, 12:30 am

    My mom is an amazing woman who has always gone above and beyond to take care of me, even though I am an adult now. She inspires me so much. She recently went back to school to finish a degree in nursing, and graduated magna cum laude. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I am so proud and lucky to call her my mom.

  • Cecily March 9, 2012, 12:48 am

    My woman is my grandma. She’s fought colon cancer and won (& is now over 10 years cancer free!).
    She’s currently battling Alzheimer’s. Even though she may not remember what day it is, she always remembers how much she loves all her family. I hope I can be half as strong as her someday.

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted March 9, 2012, 1:34 am

    Hm, not sure I can pick one woman! I guess I’ll go the easy route and say my mom!

    Are you familiar with the Girl Effect? I love their campaigns:


  • Maija March 9, 2012, 3:04 am

    this might be a goofy response but it is totally serious- my woman (aside from the obvi sister, mom, grandma, aunt) is Diane Von Furstenberg. The clothing designer. I remember watching an episode of the MTV reality show The City once and she was talking with the star Whitney. Whitney was having boyfriend troubles and Diane whips out this saying comparing distance and love to fire and air- love is like air to a candle flame, if the flame is strong enough, air will make it stronger but if the flame is too weak, the air will blow the flame out. Like distance for strong love will only enhance it, but if the love is too weak, distance will destroy it. I have since read a lot of interviews and taken a lot of inspiration from her as a person because she is so freaking wise. She is very well rounded and inspiring and I actually really look up to her!

  • Jenn March 9, 2012, 7:49 am

    Rita was my middle school/high school Sunday School teacher. She was amazing! She connected with us girls and not only taught “Sunday topics” but also life and marriage topics. I will always be thankful for her candor, mentoring, and guidance in my life when I was so impressionable.

    5K would have to be our Matthew 25 race here in Fort Wayne, IN. Great charity!

  • lex March 9, 2012, 8:11 am

    My friend Tiffany is one amazing woman. We first met in business school and since then, she has spent the last 3 years in Nigeria working with the agriculture sector to promote small businesses and good trade practices there. Often I wish that she would come back to the US (actually, every time I read about bombings in Nigeria, I think that), but she is so committed to her work. She is an inspiration to me!

  • Jess March 9, 2012, 8:28 am

    Mine is my mom. First off, she’s just awesome. And second, she always modeled healthy living and eating behaviors before it was trendy or cool and not because she was trying to lose weight. She ran or biked or swam because she liked to, not because she felt like she had to. And she always served healthy dinners and rarely let us eat fast food. I credit most of what I know today about healthy living from the awesome foundation my mom put in place when I was growing up.

  • holly March 9, 2012, 8:52 am

    My aunt. She never had children, but has treated my sister, cousins and I as her own. She’s been like a mom, best friend, counselor, teacher and provider to all of us. We love her dearly.

  • Jess March 9, 2012, 8:58 am

    My mom. She’s the kindest, most giving person I know.

  • Mac March 9, 2012, 9:44 am

    My sister…she’s strong, goes after what she wants, sticks to her spiritual guns, and is an awesome mom.

  • Rae March 9, 2012, 10:39 am

    love it! My best friend-she’s srtong, smart, and her own person, she doesn’t care what people think of her.

  • Kristina Neuhart March 9, 2012, 11:36 am

    My mother in law is such a powerful woman. She beat cancer and has faith even in the hardest of times. She believes all people are beautiful and encourages me to become a better person with every decision I make.

  • Alex March 9, 2012, 11:54 am

    That woman is my mom, and ironically, yesterday was her birthday!

    “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” -Washington Irving

  • Jen March 9, 2012, 1:12 pm

    My ex-boyfriend’s mother. My own mother has struggled with a prescription drug addiction since I can remember and I don’t feel that she made the best effort to raise me. When I started college and got this boyfriend, I became very close with him and his family. His mom taught me so much about things like generosity, how to care for your family and others less fortunate, patience, basic manners – like writing thank you cards. I feel like she taught me to be a proper woman. And she encouraged me to listen to my heart, finish school, and be incredible in life.

    Unfortunately, she was tragically murdered a few years ago by a gunman in her school (she was a well-loved 2nd grade teacher). I think of her often and hope that she’s somehow able to see how much her presence meant to my life.

  • Katie March 9, 2012, 2:12 pm

    My sister! She’s 2 years younger than me, and has two little girls…..I’m due on June 8th with my first (a boy!) but just being able to watch her transform into this amazing mom has been so cool, especially since I’m the older sister! Our roles have reversed almost 🙂

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 9, 2012, 3:37 pm

    my mother is one of the most important women in my life. she has a strong faith, works hard, and is so beautiful.

  • Ashley March 9, 2012, 3:55 pm

    My person is my mom. She’s shown me how to balance being a mom, wife, & career woman all at once. Shed truly my hero!

  • Freja March 9, 2012, 4:54 pm

    My mom is the most important woman in my life. She has had a hellish life but still manages to see the beauty in her life. She inspires me to do great things with mine.

  • Lindsey March 9, 2012, 9:20 pm

    Easy, my sister. We’ve been through a lot together and somehow we’ve made it out stronger.

  • Meredith March 9, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Probably like everyone on here, I have to say my mom! She’s an amazing woman and she’s helped me through so much. It seems like an impossible task to help me go through things (like tragic death) when she is having to deal with it herself at the same time. The fact that she puts me before herself really shows and she’s an incredible woman in many, many ways.

  • SarahC March 10, 2012, 7:53 am

    My mom is a rockstar! She’s strong, beautiful and caring, and I hope I can be as good of a mom as her one day.

  • Brigid March 10, 2012, 9:38 am

    My college roommate is one of the most amazing women I’ve ever known. She’s crazy smart (perfect score on her SAT/Ivy League frad student smart), funny, a great cook and baker, and at 27 – with no famoly history or unhealthy lifestyle indicators – she was diagnosed with and overcame breast cancer by having a mastectomy. She is full of so much strength, and I love and admire her so much.

  • Angela March 10, 2012, 11:40 am

    Lacy Asbill, co-founder of Moving Forward Education and my boss. She runs an incredible program that does more than just help children study, but also provides them with the mentors they need to build self-esteem and deal with difficult topics. I am so thankful each day to work for such an inspiring woman.

  • Alison March 11, 2012, 7:18 pm

    I am the youngest of 6. 4 boys 2 girls…i would have to say my mom is my rock and strength in life…she is going through cancer for the 4rest th time and she is still the most selfless person..her son who is 44 years old has 5 kids is living in her house…he does nothing to help her..but yet she lovingly drives kids to band practice picks them up from school..will come to my house to get away and will still try helping me and gets upset if i dont let her. They have given her a year and it breaks my heart that my older brother is so selfish and takes advantage of such a wonderful woman. I hope that i can be the wife, mother and woman that she is. She is in everyway my superhero…she is superwoman!!!

  • Alison March 11, 2012, 7:23 pm

    And to add she home schooled 4 of us…she has always bent over backwards to give us what we need. And she always will no matter how her children(grown children) treat her…she is amazing!

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