Southern Women: The Role Model

Hurdles are being flung at me one after another this week and it's only Tuesday. On weeks like this, I often have to remind myself exactly why I strive so persistently towards {my version} of perfection.

Simply put, it's a Southern thing.

Like most Southern women, I come from a line of dominant ladies who orchestrate not only their family's lives but also a career, a household and philanthropic obligations. It's no easy thing being a Southern woman, which is why I tend to believe we're always glowing.

There are two {southern} women who have inspired me from day one. 

My grandmother, lovingly known as Lady, and her twin sister, Billie.

Several years ago, we lost Billie rather suddenly. 

She was one of the most unique women I've had the privilege to know, even more, claim that I am related to. This time last year, we {her family}, along with many others celebrated her contributions to the game of golf as she was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame along side some of the greatest golfers of all time. 

Billie wasn't a professional golfer. Nope, she chose to remain an amateur because, for her, it wasn't about the money. It was most sincerely about the game.

In my lifetime, I'll considered the terms "Billie" and "golf" synonyms. She diligently spent her life making it possible for women of all economic backgrounds and races to get their turn on the green. She did this all while being the first woman to earn a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia and teaching for her alma mater for many, many years.

Now her memory will live on in the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

How can one not be motivated to make the most of their lives with role models like that?

As I face a tough personal decision, I think of her strength, her perseverance and am inspired.

That's the thing about Southern women, we're steadfast in every sense of the word. Being a Southern woman is something I consider a blessing. It has given me the influence of grace and faith which keep fighting the good fight.

"To be born a Southern woman is to be made aware of your distinctiveness. And with it, the rules. The expectations. These vary some, but all follow the same basic template, which is, fundamentally, no matter what the circumstance, Southern women make the effort." Garden & Gun