“The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” -Anne Frank

This has to be one of my most favourite quotes. Isn’t this so true of us women? We are supposed to be these delicate, frail creatures and yet, as history has proved time and again, we are capable of such strength and grace under pressure. Nothing comes easy for us, and yet when given even half a chance, we prove our worth and break all barriers put before us. And we do so in style, if I may add. This International Women’s Day, I take this opportunity to reflect a little on my life and journey so far.

I have enjoyed every minute of my feminine life. I have enjoyed, and lived out to the fullest, every role, every phase that life brought along, and I hope I have lived them with grace and gumption. I have loved being a daughter, a sister, a wife, a daughter-in-law, and a mother. I look forward to whatever else life has in store for me in the future.

Of course, what is life without the occasional challenge. It is full of unforeseen and unwelcome twists and turns. How we react to these is what sets us apart as individuals. I believe in universal energy. I deal with stress by connecting to my higher self. By switching off from the everyday world of strife and tension and listening to my subconscious, I find the answers to my questions. To be honest with you, I’m more spiritual than religious, and that is the secret of my strength, courage and joie de vivre.

I got married early and had my kids early. When they were young, they were my most important priority. Motherhood is special, and for me, being their Mom has been the best experience of my life. At 23, and 19, they are not exactly children anymore, but they will forever be my baby boys. It wasn’t always easy. Their teen years were not a cakewalk for either them or me, but we got through it. I think it is important for us as parents to have an open mind and an open ear for our kids. My mantra has always been to listen, listen and always listen. Don’t judge, don’t control, just hear them out. This approach has worked wonders in building my relationship with my boys. I can never say that my sons don’t have time for me because they always do. They know I love them and I will never judge them, and so we share a very close and loving bond.

Today, my sons are all grown up and it is time to focus on me. I love to travel with my husband and see the world. I love to soak in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of foreign lands, learn of their culture, and open my mind to ways of life that are different from mine. Above all, I love writing this blog. Wellness, skin care, health, fitness have always been my passions and it is such a joy to share what I know with all you lovely people. It makes me happy and I hope it does you too. Stay real, stay you and stay phenomenal.

Happy Women’s Day!

What do you love most about being a woman? Write to me below or using #stayrealstayyou on Instagram @shagunkhanna