This weeks’ Resilient Woman guest shares a common life journey. It’s a story of courage. Courage to press through cultural norms and seek a college degree. Growing up, Kristine accepted the fact that she had what it took to get her degree and so she did. Read on as she shares her perspective.
Thank you so much for asking me to participate. I am so glad I decided to finally try blogging and I have actually enjoyed Twitter more than blogging. I’ve met so much great and inspiring people like you thru Twitter.
TWH- Aww. Kristine thanks for the kind words. I am glad our paths crossed, for sure. Love the excitement you share when you travel with your family. One can tell you all are having a great time.
So, when it comes to today’s society…
TWH- What is your definition of a Resilient woman?
When I think of a strong woman, I think of my mom, who despite poverty and life’s hardship, has managed to raise her 3 kids (of course, with some help from my dad) into responsible and loving adults. A strong woman works to achieve her dreams regardless of how much negativity and obstacles there are.
TWH- A Resilient woman possesses these qualities. Explain
A resilient woman is determined – once she sets her goals, she will find ways to achieve those. Plan A may not work, but a resilient woman will always have Plan B or Plan C. A resilient woman is passionate. She gives her 100% or even more on what she does.
TWH- Could you name a few situations that highlight or showcase a Resilient woman in action? I see myself as a resilient woman in action since I was little. Growing up in the Philippines where there were the rich, the poor and the really poor, our family was in that poor category. My parents were farmers and it was uncertain whether they could afford to send me to college. I was able to get scholarships starting from elementary through college so I could go to a private school. I may have had very little lunch money back then, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing higher education. That college degree has helped me and my family so much. It even helped in achieving my dream of moving to the US.
TWH- What barriers if any may a Resilient woman encounter?
When I look back to my younger years, where my parents worked hard to provide for our needs, I think about those people who would question why my parents would want to send me to private school even though we were poor and struggling. My parents knew that quality education was important, and despite any negative remarks, they helped me pursue my dream of finishing college. There is so much negativity that a resilient woman has to overcome.
TWH- Is society recognizing the resilient women today and if so how?
Society has been better for moms like me. I have seen some of my resilient women friends who have benefited from flexible working arrangements. I have also seen a lot of women advance in careers that use to be male-dominated. In my previous public accounting life, we have seen an increase in the number of women partners/executives. At my current employer, we have several women executives who are excellent examples of resilient women and I’m fortunate enough to be one of those managers. I am fortunate to have an employer who offers great benefits including being flexible on our family travels and vacations.
TWH- Who is your example of a strong woman? If more, it’s okay to share that too. There are so many strong women in my life, who have inspired me in raising my two future strong and resilient women too. First, of course, is my mom, who has shown me that with hard work and determination, you can be successful. My grandmothers and my mother-in-law are also very strong women, who were raised in the time where educating women was not a priority, but they still managed to earn a living and support their families.
TWH- Do you feel there are limits to being a strong woman?
There are a lot of barriers but I don’t think there are limits. I believe the opportunities for a strong woman are endless. I’ve personally experienced that having a family/having kids should not hinder any career advancements. Work-life balance is challenging but achievable.
TWH- If you could help guide someone to being a strong woman, how would you help them? Being a mentor is important. I’ve had several mentors in both my career and personal life.
Thanks so much, Kristine for sharing your thoughts on the Resilient Woman series. I believe many can identify with the desire to excel in life, regardless of background. Your thoughts are certainly motivating.
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