Women’s History Month: Saluting Maya Angelou, My inspiration to write

This Women’s History Month, we honor the legacy and words of important women in history, in business, literature and prose, culture, politics and more.

Among these women is the late great poet, actress, author and philanthropist, Maya Angelou, who I admired and sometimes, model my path after.

Maya Angelou’s words have always resonated deeply with me, but none more so than her reminder of life’s brevity and the importance of sharing our gifts with the world.

 In her quote, she encapsulates the essence of what it means to live a purposeful life—to leave a positive impact on others, to uplift and support those around us, and to make the most of every fleeting moment.

It was this profound wisdom that ignited a spark within me, urging me to embark on the journey of writing my memoir—a story not just for myself, but for my family, for future generations, and for other women seeking empowerment through sharing their own narratives.

As I reflected on Angelou’s words, I realized that each of us carries a unique story within us—a tapestry woven from the threads of our experiences, our triumphs, our struggles, and our dreams. 

And yet, too often, we underestimate the power of our own stories. We shy away from sharing our truths, fearing judgment or vulnerability

But Angelou’s reminder serves as a beacon of courage, urging us to embrace the value of our own narratives and to recognize the impact they can have on others.

So far, it is becoming an experience of self-discovery, as I delved deep into the recesses of my memories, excavating the moments that shaped me into the person I am today. 

With each word penned onto the page, I felt a sense of liberation—a shedding of the layers that had obscured my true essence for far too long.

But beyond my own personal journey, I realized that my memoir held the potential to be so much more. It was a legacy—a gift to my family, a glimpse into the rich tapestry of our shared history. 

It was an offering to future generations—a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a source of inspiration for those who would come after me. 

And it was a beacon of hope for other women—proof that our stories matter, that our voices deserve to be heard, and that through sharing our truths, we can spark transformation in the lives of others.

Anyone who knows me that I love to encourage others, to be kind, and to make the most of every single moment

And in doing so, I discovered a newfound sense of purpose—a realization that my story was not just my own, but a part of something much greater than myself.