Some Women are…

Some people say women are difficult to understand. But I say women are strong and confident. There are women who are complex and mysterious, but sophisticated and independent. Some women are strong-willed and compassionate, and some are sweet and quite brilliant. Some are mothers, daughters, or sisters, but some are leaders or protectors. But women, most of all, are fascinating and inspirational.

The world celebrates International Women’s Day every year on March 8. It is a global movement for women and girls celebrating women’s lives and achievements. The day reflects on the courage and determination of ordinary women to raise international awareness and encourage other members of society to advocate gender equality.

To mark the celebration of International Women’s Day, I have collected quotes from famous and inspirational women in our world today and women in the past who made a difference. There are some funny quotes from some prominent women and men that will make us smile. 


Famous and Inspirational Women Who Made a Difference

  • Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?
  • Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
  • I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.
  • Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that ‘a quiet conscience makes one strong!’
  • Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.

­––Anne Frank (1929-45)
(The Diary of Anne Frank)
A young Jewish girl who
kept a diary of her experiences
of the Holocaust.

  • A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
  • It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
  • You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.

––Eleonor Roosevelt (1884–1962)
First Lady of the United States (1933-1945)
Delegate to the UN General Assembly
and advocate for human and civil rights

  • If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.
  • I do not believe that government should be in the business of telling women what they should do with their bodies.
  • We don’t want to promote any system that treats the fact that an individual is LGBT as a personality disorder. And anything that perpetuates that perception is harmful – not only to that member of the community but the entire community.
  • What’s important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.
  • You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.

––Kamala Harris
49th Vice President of the United States

First female Vice-President and first African-American
and first Asian-American Vice-President of the United States

  • I don’t cover my face because I want to show my identity.
  • Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself… By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities.
  • There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did.
  • We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls’ rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past.
  • When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.

––Malala Yousafzai (1997- )
Advocate for women’s rights
especially the right to education
.

  • Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
  • Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
  • If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
  • Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
  • To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

––Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013)
First Female Prime Minister of Great Britai
n

  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  • It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for a while their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
  • Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
  • Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  • We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.

––Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)
An African-American woman
Poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activis
t

  • I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
  • Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
  • You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right.
  • You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still ‘mom-in-chief.’ My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.
  • You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.

––Michelle Obama
American First Lady (2009–17)
First African American First Lady
.

Funny Quotes for Women

  • People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

––Alexei Sayle
British Comedian

  • If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

––Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)
Greek Shipping Magnate

  • You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.

––Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Prime Minister of United Kingdom (1874-1880
)

  • Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

––Jim Carrey
Canadian Comedian

  • I think women have a unique talent for being able to see the forest and the trees at the same time.

––Bozoma Saint John
American Businesswoman
Marketing Executive at Netfl
ix

  • There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.

––Chris Rock
American Comedian

  • In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.

––Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)
American author, politician, U.S. Ambassado
r

  • When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.

––Elayne Boosler
American Comedian

  • There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.

––Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994)
First Lady of the United States (1961-1963)

  • Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

––Judy Garland (1922-1969
American Actress

  • The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

––Phyllis Diller (1917-2012)
American Comedian

  • There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness and the nerve to never take no for an answer.

––Rihanna
American Musician

  • You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.

––Serena Williams
American Professional Tennis Player

  • Women don’t like advice. They don’t want you to fix their problems, they just want you to listen.

––Shawn Wayans
American Actor

  • Women lie about their age; men lie about their income.

William Feather (1889-1981)
American Publisher and Author

Ninagracia


References:

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Biography Online. (n.d.). 70 famous women who changed the world. https://www.biographyonline.net/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.biographyonline.net/people/women-who-changed-world.html

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Tiwari, A. (2021, December 8). Meet the world’s 10 most powerful women 2021, Roshni Nadar & Falguni Nayar also feature on this list. https://www.indiatimes.com/. Retrieved March 1, 2022, from https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/social-relevance/forbes-100-most-powerful-women-list-2021-556249.html

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Merry Christmas

The year 2020 has been tough. People around the world will celebrate Christmas filled with new hopes and dreams, and for the first time in a while, it will give us new strength to build our goals and calm us down from all the fears that have taken over our lives.

If we could only smile, just think of all the happiness it will bring into our lives.

Let us not forget too, the people who were with us on this journey.

It has been a long and challenging one year.

To all my followers, I genuinely thank you for your support.

Ninagracia.com made it through its first year.

Let’s get into the spirit of Christmas and celebrate.

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From all of us, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Take care and enjoy the pleasures of life.


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Song: Michael Bublé – White Christmas 

Gracie is Finally Here

Yes, Gracie made it to the finish line, and she’s here to tell you her story.

“Gracie…Shhh!” is a chapter book for children between 9 and 12 years old.

It is a story about friendship and the quest for the truth about magic and mythical creature.

The characters in the story are believable and behave in ways that are consistent with their age and background.

It has a light humour, gentle, and it is written informally like a friend telling the story to another friend.

“…as always, I was blamed for the storm. I created the storm, according to the little children.

I began to think about whether they believed that I have the power to cast destruction in our school.”

Pavlova, the Guinea Pig

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is finally here. After weeks of preparations, most of our time was consumed to buying so many gifts for friends and family.

Decorating your home and planning that great Christmas party is not easy. Before you knew it, the BIG DAY is already here.

After all these big fusses, what you want is throw yourself on the couch to rest your aching feet. 

You waited for so long for that holiday break from your busy schedules at work and family. Let us not forget too, that you have been dreaming that long and uninterrupted sleep-in for so many days.

Well, Christmas has its way of making us happy like the music we hear, the gifts we received, and the food we eat.

We are always getting spoilt with so many delicious foods, especially desserts, and excuses for skipping dessert is not welcome this time of the year. No one wants to be on a diet on Christmas!

So, who likes Pavlova, anyone?

No, not that kind of pavlova.

But,

This kind of Pavlova, our little guinea pig with fluffy brown fur. He wears a white crest on top of his head like a crown. . .

He can’t resist the sweet smell and the bright colour of strawberries



So, he stole some strawberries from the pavlova (the dessert)

PAVLOVA is my upcoming project for young children.

I still have no idea how the story about Pavlova will turn out, but I will update everyone on the progress of this book. I am sure it’s not going to be hard to come up with a story because he is such a cheeky little thing.

Alongside with my contemporary romance novel, Thinner than Water, this book is for people like us who still believe that love is a beautiful piece of art.

The story is packed with drama, intrigue, and struggles to beat the odds. It is still a work in progress, but you’re all welcome to have a peek on the development of this book.

For the meantime, let’s have pavlova. Yes, the dessert!

Merry Christmas.

Meet the Characters in “Gracie…Shhh!”

Sorry to interrupt, but I thought you may want to take a break from all these Christmas poetry and letters you’ve been trying to write for your loved ones to be featured here on “Get Creative With Me”.

For the meantime, why not grab a cup of coffee and take a sip and allow me to introduce to you my characters in my Children’s Book, “Gracie…Shhh!”

If you haven’t read the book section of my site yet, I introduced the three main characters.

DONALD, GRACIE, AND MAKENA

Here’s an excerpt from that book. Gracie has some opinions of her own about Makena and Donald.

Okay, move your cursor up to my Book Section, and click Children’s. Come on, it’s not that hard. It’s a good exercise for your aching finger, you know (ha! Ha!)

I understand if you’re feeling tired. Christmas shopping is taking up all our energies lately. So, let me take you there. Come on, let’s go.

My Favourite Chapter

“Those with vivid imaginations still believed that I could do anything beyond the gates of fairyland. No matter what I say, they all have concluded that I have the power to do anything or change anything if I wanted to.”

                                                          Excerpt from “Gracie…Shhh!”  

You can read it all in Chapter 7. Yes, it’s Chapter 7, my favourite chapter. I wasn’t sure how I would write this chapter and at the same time, give everyone the pleasure of reading and enjoying the story.

Who would believe that magic still exists in today’s world? No one. Certainly not me. Oh well, maybe sometimes. Those children in Gracie’s school believe that there is magic, and Gracie was the lucky one to receive the magical power.  If that isn’t enough to drive Gracie to the edge, imagine what she did. It will surprise everyone.

I surely enjoyed writing it, so I hope you will enjoy reading it. Here’s a little peek of what’s in Chapter 7. All the rest of the story will soon be available for everyone to read. Not long to go. Promise!

Chapter 7

Abracadabra

 . . . . . . So much weird stuff was going on in our school. I was continually being called Fairy Godmother. The older boys called me Cherub Babe. Gosh, that was new. The younger children called me Elfie. Some of them tend to stare, and some don’t even blink. They love touching me too, like rubbing their hands on my arm hoping to get some of my power. Most of the time, I tried my very best to stay calm and not get upset, but our playground was beginning to turn into a circus ground.

That’s it, no more. It is time to put an end to their craziness. It must stop, and I mean now. I was determined to do it because everything was becoming unrealistic and getting completely out of control. It’s time to set the record straight.

But first, I should have some fun first.  I will show everyone my magical power.

I was so determined and fired up to put an end to all those crazy stuff, so I dashed at the playground where everybody grouped themselves. The wind was cold and fresh on my face, but it didn’t stop me from doing what I must do that day. Some patches of dark clouds were moving closer to each other, followed by the brief sizzling noise of lightning, but the playground was packed.

“Hey Gracie,” Makena called out waving her hands. “We’re here.”

I went straight to her. My face was crumpled, and my lips pressed together.

“What’s the matter Gracie, you look angry?”

I gave her a sharp look. Then, I purposely pointed my pencil to her and uttered some magic words, “Naughty-ish-tian mitoto!”

For a moment, I saw Makena’s face completely confused. Then, I waved my pencil in the air and yelled out, “Ta-dah!”

BOOOOM…!!

Something just happened. I lost my balance, and I was frightened for a moment. It was unexpected. I thought a bomb just went off, but it was a sharp, loud rumble of thunder, and I was taken wholly by surprise.

“Are you kidding me?” Makena blasted at me. “Did you just do that?”

“I think she just did, Mak. She just threw a magic spell on you,” seconded Donald.

I turned to Donald, and with a fierce look, I spoke, pointing my pencil to him. “Am I talking to you Ducky?”

“What’s with you, Gracie?”

I yelled, “Answer me!” waving my pencil in the air. But to my surprise, a flash of lightning just bolted out from nowhere, flashing across the sky.

“Whoa! Chill out, Gracie!” Donald took a couple of steps backward, shaken and scared.

Suddenly, a showcase of lightning flashing from different directions began to appear in the sky. The wind howled, shaking those leaves struggling to hold on from its bough. Everyone was astonished, surprised, bewildered, dumbfounded. Call it whatever you want, but all eyes were on me.

Remember that naughty boy who liked playing pranks on everyone? Well, I marched directly towards him. My face was still crumpled, and I fixed my eyes into him. And with a whisk of my magic pencil pointed at him, I spoke with a loud voice, “You are going to stop playing tricks on everyone!” Then, I yelled, “Understood?”

BOOOM!!

Thunder roared up in the sky again. Poor boy, fear overtook him. He nodded his head and then he ran off so fast away from me. He almost tripped on the ground.

Wild events were beginning to take place when a teacher came out to the playground telling everyone to go back inside because the weather was getting worse. I panicked. I thought I got busted for doing those pranks. So, as I turned, I accidentally pointed my pencil to her. Unfortunately, a strong gust of wind blew towards her direction. Her skirt went right up to her face. That was unexpected, and it blew my mind too. I wasn’t sure if she was shocked about what I did to her. But all I could see on her face were traces of embarrassment, more than likely because we all saw what she was wearing underneath.