It’s been a typically crazy weekend in the DeLeo house, lots of sports, sleepovers here and away, and I’ve also had two special friends visit with their kids. Coincidentally, both these friends are called Heather and they’re two women who constantly inspire me so I thought I’d tell you about them.
Heather One came for dinner Friday night with her three kids. She’s the sort of person who makes me feel exhausted even writing down what she achieves in a day. She’s the solo mum of three kids—twin girls and a boy—and has been parenting alone for the past eight years. She works full time in a very demanding job, grows an incredible vegie garden, has her own chooks, keeps bees, and is always planning the next enriching experience for her children.
On top of all that this Heather has lost 65 kilos (no that wasn’t a mis-type, 65 kilos!). In the last year Heather has become half herself and it’s given her a whole new lease on life and a whole new level of energy. Heather inspires me because she’s always ready to meet a challenge head-on. She’s self-reliant, fiercely loyal, and she makes the most of every single day.
It was stinking hot on Sunday afternoon and Heather Number Two popped around with her two beautiful daughters for a swim. Heather has been deaf from birth and communicates through sign language and lip reading. Her husband is also profoundly deaf, but both their children have perfect hearing.
Heather Number Two inspires me for the way she navigates in a world of constant challenge. She’s brought up the most well-mannered, communicative and happy children and despite struggling with everything from work to socialising in a hearing world, is always positive and engaging.
Friends, especially my girlfriends, are incredibly important to me. I couldn't imagine a life without sharing hopes and fears with people I trust, but I'm also constantly inspired by the way my friends make the most of their lives. I love a fictional heroine who works through the challenges life throws at her, but I'm always heartened by the fact that there are so many women like that in the real world too.
I'd love to hear about a friend or someone who particularly inspires you.