WomensDay2015_2We women are so busy we rarely have the time to slow down long enough to appreciate and acknowledge the women in our lives who we admire, who inspire us and who we just plain adore. Which is why I love to celebrate days like International Women’s Day on March 8th — it gives you permission to say what your heart feels but you don’t always express.

Since 1911, International Women’s Day has been a time to shine the spotlight on women – to celebrate our achievements collectively, to honor the progress we’ve made, and to acknowledge the courage and determination of our ‘sisters’ –- mothers, daughters, friends, teachers, mentors, leaders.

Take a moment to pause and think about the women in your life who have shaped you, supported you, cheered you on, guided you, inspired you and been there for you over the years.

What would you choose to say to these women on this day?

How could you honor their contribution to your life?

And do so in a way that honors you too?

No need to stress yourself out with grand gestures. Try one these simple but mighty acts in honor of her, and yourself.

  1. Admire Her Feminine Power with Flower Power. Rutgers University did a study on the power of flowers, and found that having flowers around has a long-term positive effect on our moods — flowers make us feel less depressed and agitated and give us a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. Since most women are overwhelmed, sending flowers to remind your special sister of her power and beauty is an easy act to take. Plus the flowers will keep reminding her of her feminine power even after March 8! Include some words about the flowers you choose and how they reflect what you admire in her. Did you know that different flowers have different meanings? Click here for a list.

  1. Honor Your Sisterhood. For women you have known a while, recount a few of the special moments you have shared, thanking her for her sisterhood. Gather up a few photos and email them, reflecting on meaningful memories. Head over to your florist and order her flowers, one for each year you have shared your lives. Really get into the theme of the day and send her purple flowers. #PaintItPurple is a theme of Women’s Day, purple symbolizing justice and dignity — two values strongly associated with women’s equality.
  1. Reflect the Difference She’s Made in Your Life. We often think people know the tremendous impact they’ve had on our lives, but most women feel like they are never doing quite enough. Be a mirror to reflect that you cherish and appreciate how much she matters. Call her up on the phone, or take her to lunch and tell her specifically how she has made a difference in your life. Being specific makes the appreciation and love get through, so open your heart to her and share. If it’s hard for you to be vulnerable and speak from your heart, let flowers and a note do the work for you. Flowers open hearts.
  1. Gather Your Tribe of Fabulous Women. Invite the women you love to gather together in conversation, in your home, potluck style. Additionally, ask each woman to bring one bunch of her favorite flowers and a vase. Put the flowers all around the room as you talk, eat and connect, and then as a parting memento of your connection, have each woman take one stem from each bunch, so she leaves with a bouquet made up of all of the different women’s flowers, taking the sister connection home with her!

Give yourself permission to pause and celebrate the women in your life, including you. You will feel so much happier the rest of the week, month and year because you did.

How do you plan to celebrate Women’s Day?