Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all of the amazing, wonderful and empowering women in my circle. I wanted to especially wish it to these two who have been by my side my whole life, and to our parents. I always wished I had brothers growing up because I thought sisters were just there to nag you and steal your clothes. I know now having a family of all girls shaped me to be who I am.
My sisters and I were raised to be whoever the hell we wanted to be. My father embraced every struggle and stage of being a girl-dad. He did my hair, but also taught me how to shoot a basketball. He would walk in Limited Too with me but also was the only dad to run with his girls at Running Club. I still remember the day he challenged me to run 2 miles, and we did it together. I was raised by a very successful, brilliant working mother who always found true joy in her work. Growing up, I didn’t totally value this because it meant long days after school in day care. As I got older, I realize now it’s because of her I never doubted my ability to become that same working professional - holding my own in good ole clubs - and I wouldn’t go back and change it for anything. Because of her, college was on my radar at such a young age that a graduate degree and a fulfilling career were inevitable.
My parents molded us into 3 fierce, opinionated and very different women. The only requirement my parents have ever had in what we do with our lives is that we be damn good at it and do it with everything we have. My older sister is an Ivy League educated actor and a teacher with her MFA. I chose to get a law degree and work in sports. My younger sister has dedicated her life to nonprofits and animals. Because of my parents, we took our upbringing and turned it into whatever we wanted to. My sisters are passionate, hard working and empathetic. They are strong-headed but well rounded. They are aggressive in their beliefs but love with all they have. We benefited from and were molded by an upbringing that never forced us into a box. We were always given permission to live life on our terms, and on our own time. So on this #InternationalWomensDay, I am celebrating that. #McManibabesForever