Did you know that today, March 8, is International Women’s Day? A friend of mine recently inspired me with how she will be celebratingby giving thanks to the amazing women in her life and by celebrating herself. How appropriate and what a great idea! Despite your gender, if you celebrate women internationally, THANK YOU!  

My friend asked the question, “If you could tell your younger self anything, what would you say?” And so here goes:

Dear Little Crystal,

Be true to yourself and live your God-given purpose. Be honest and courageous, proud, confident, and unapologetic. Keep your body, mind, and spirit strong. Love wholly and forgive fully. Don’t let anyone shut you up or down. Maintain boundaries for bullshit and remember you can do hard things.

Much love,

Your Bigger, Wiser Self

And as a follow-up, “If you could encourage yourself in any way today, what would you say?”

Dear Me,

Be kind to yourself, progress is progress, and don’t ever forget your own best advice. I love you!

Love Me!

P. S. Today I’m celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality. For more information go to InternationalWomensDay.org.

45 thoughts on “#ChooseToChallenge

  1. Thanks Crystal 🙂 amazing words to yourself! Self-love is just as important as self-care! I find we (particularly women) don’t do as much of this in our lives, thanks for your kind and also inspiring words! 🙂 enjoy your day!

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      1. I love that reminder! I work hard to speak to my current self they way my little self should have been spoken too.
        Thank you! Aren’t we so blessed to be, have, and know amazing women in our lives!?! ❤


    1. Thank you, Bryan. 33,000 girls are forced to become child brides everyday. 132 million girls are not in school. I’m grateful for my comfortable life, but our world still has such a way to go.


    1. Appreciate your support, Nico! I’m liking this day. On Valentine’s Day, I always feel bad for my single friends who want relationships. On Mother’s Day, I feel bad for those who have lost their mothers or who have lost a child or who couldn’t conceive. This day just celebrates women. It’s nice.

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      1. Yes for sure! I used to post for Mother’s Day and do more for Valentine’s Day but I felt the pain of others you’ve mentioned and wasn’t sure how to express it. Peace and wonderful blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Today someone reminded me: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

      I’m still working on the harmony part but trying to be my own best cheerleader.

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  2. Happy Women’s Day to you, Crystal. To everyone, actually. Well, a day late, or way, way early. Either way, impeccable timing, Keith.

    Speaking of timing, I wonder what message Crystal 2031 is preparing for Crystal 2021.


    1. I love wishes for happiness on any day, Keith. I was thinking about the advice my younger might’ve had for me. I was something of a gymnast, and I remember visualizing my backhand springs and flips. I think she would tell me to never stop visualizing what I want. Now to think of advice for 2031 Me.

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      1. Also think about what 2031 Crystal will tell you.

        “You despaired this never would be resolved, yet it did, and much sooner that you though back in March 2021.”

        “Those were made just for you, yet you didn’t know this at the time. You really should’ve tried one.”

        “Throw away your alarm clock. Like, yesterday. You have no idea what they’re about to do!”


  3. Thank you for sharing and Happy International Women’s Day!!… you can be proud of who and what you are and you go, girl!!… “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” ( Joel Brown)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)


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