Looking for a little inspiration? Here are 10 powerful women who made the best out of bad situations. Let's give them a round of applause:
Tamra Barney from The Real Housewives of Orange County seemed to have had a tough run of it: some drinking problems, rage issues, multiple divorces including a recent one with a controlling narcissist, a scatter brained adult son who she completely enables, and a young daughter who no longer talked to her.
But now she's coming around. She entered a bikini body building competition an started training. She decided to get her act together, join a church, and get baptized as an adult. She was going to, she said, make her mess her message.
Yay for self-improvement-- even from reality stars. Way to go, girl!
Where were you when Lemonade was surprise dropped on HBO without warning? Wherever you were, and however you saw it, it was definitely life changing. And, no surprise, it made Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
There's still speculation as to what Lemonade is actually about. Is it about Jay Z cheating on Beyonce? The infidelity Tina, Beyonce's mom, dealt with in her marriage to Beyonce's father? Is it about the plight and struggles Black women face every day? Whatever the message is (and it might be all of the above), Beyonce so beautifully and artistically brought a voice to the forefront that all of us needed to hear. She turned pain into art, and we are all the better for it.
As always, we're team Beyonce. #beehive
In 2012, Robin Roberts got myelodysplastic syndrome (a blood disorder) from her 2007 treatment for breast cancer. To treat it, she went through chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Robin said, "The process was brutal. I lost over 30 pounds and I couldn't walk." Before being diagnosed, Robin was a self proclaimed workaholic, leaving little time for a personal life. After her diagnosis, things changed.
She's written a book called "Everybody's Got Something" chronicling her journey. Robin explains, "It made me realize that our ability to impart strength and confidence to one another through personal stories of heartbreak and grief is nothing less than a miracle." Plus, she's taking time to eat lunch, inspire others, and enjoy life.
Our girl Hilary. Homegirl wanted to be president since kindergarten, everyone thought she was going to win, she even won the popular vote, and then it didn't happen for her. But that isn't stopping her from wanting what's best for our country and still practicing self-love and taking a little TLC.
She's been spotted hiking, buying books in used book stores in Rhode Island, and taking time for leisurely lunches with Bill. After all that she's been through, we're glad that she's finding some time to relax.
All the love to you, Hil.
J.K. Rowling is a classic rags to riches story. In 1993, J.K. Rowling was nearly homeless. Her mother had died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Her bio notes that she was, "living in a cramped apartment with her daughter, jobless and penniless...[in] a deep depression and admits she even considered suicide."
This did not stop her from going to the local coffee shop every day and working on the idea she had for a novel-- something she called Harry Potter. After being rejected by several publishers after completing the manuscript, she finally found a home for it in 1997. Now, Forbes estimates Rowling to be worth an estimated 1 billion dollars.
Moral of the story: never give up on your dream.
Oprah had a traumatic adolescence. "She was sexually molested first by an older cousin when she was nine years old, and then suffered repeated molestation by others throughout her youth." She was eventually sent to go live with her father and began immediately succeeding well in school--so well she ended up at the White House Conference on Youth.
Eventually, she became the first black newscaster (her dream job) in Nashville. However, she was quickly fired for being too emotionally detatched-- and moved to a Baltimore morning talk show. The show was soon transferred to Chicago, and it eventually became the Oprah Winfrey Show that we know today.
According to Bio, "Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world's only Black billionaire for three years running. Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week named her the greatest Black philanthropist in American history."
Oprah teaches us that no matter how you've struggled in your childhood, and even if you get fired from what you think is your dream job, if you keep persevering, there's light at the end of the tunnel.
Malala's bio states that, "as a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize."
Being the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for your work in demanding gender equality? Malala, we salute you.
In 2006, a Youtube Video voted Lizzie "World's Ugliest Woman." While that would have left any normal person in a puddle of tears, Lizzie used it as a teachable moment and, at the age of 17, decided to become a motivational speaker for the anti- bullying movement.
Velásquez, who suffers from a rare congenital disease that leaves her unable to gain weight, is now a published author on the concept of choosing happiness in the face of adversity.
We think Lizzie is the World's Most Beautiful-- inside and out.
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