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Celebrating Inspirational Women: Dr.Maya Angelou

By: Cinthya Rubio, Marketing and Communications Director @ Our Hands For Hope

On May 28th 2014, at the age of 86, Dr. Maya Angelou became “a rainbow in the clouds“. Like most beloved leaders, her passing has created a movement of sorrow but has made us remember the many lessons she shared with the world through her beautiful smile, unforgettable voice, and wise words.

Maya Angelou

Most see her as a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, dramatist, filmmaker, historian, and civil right activist; amazingly enough she was also San Francisco’s first African-American female car conductor, single teen mother, waitress, and cook. She traveled the world and mastered languages such as Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and West African Fanti. She emerged from struggle and bloomed to become a beautiful, strong, wise and confident woman. It is exemplary people like her that give humanity hope, hope to transform ourselves and bloom as well.

Maya Angelou

Her words and teachings went beyond race, gender, age, sexual preference, and religion. Her desire for humanity to unveil itself to show compassion, tolerance, and love broke barriers in the minds of many and freed us from hate and ignorance.

“I am human being, nothing human can be alien to me”. We need to remember this at all times, we need to empathize with those around us, care about the well being of all people and not only of those we know.

To me, Maya Angelou was one of the most inspiring figures that crossed many generational gaps. When reading her poems, and listening to her words, it almost seemed as if she knew who I was, as if she could feel the inner struggles I fight with. The resonance with which each syllable is written was strong enough to create a change within me, and I thank her for that.

Her love for humanity was amazing, but even more so was her love for being a woman. She did not hide behind stereotypes, she did not shame her body, she embraced every inch of her womanhood and the power bestowed upon her. I end this tribute for the woman I wish I had met, the woman I look up to, the woman I will never forget.

Phenomenal Woman
By Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Who inspires you?

We have been collecting stories and celebrating the #InpirationalWomen in our lives. We’ve received great stories and would love to receive more!

Send yours toinfo@OurHandsForHope.com
Please keep your story to around 300 words or less.
You’re welcome to post directly onto our Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/OurHandsForHope
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ourhandsforhope @ourhandsforhope
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ourhandsforhope @ourhandsforhope
Hashtag: #InspirationalWomen

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celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

celebrate the woman in your life send story to info@ourhandsforhope.com

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Jeannie Zimmerman

This journey of working with women in Peru has lead me into so many new relationships and rekindled old ones. Dr. Rhea Zimmerman, now Komarek, was someone I met years ago when she was still in high school. I had not seen her in well over 15 years, but was reunited when we found out, through Facebook, we held a mutual love for the people of Peru. Rhea has just completed a movie titled, Love Bomb. We will be featuring more about it later, but for now, I could not be more excited she sent this wonderful article about her mom, Jeannie.

Terisa Co-founder/Owner @Our Hands For Hope

” The heart of the relationship, love and support.”

By: Dr Rhea Zimmerman Komarek (daughter of Jeannie)

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Photo Credit: Weddings by Scott & Dana

This photograph of my mom was taken last fall as she watched me walk down the aisle. The look of love on her face reveals the heart of the relationship of love and support I have received from her for as long as I can remember.

About one week before our engagement my mom was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, the breast cancer from five years prior had spread. Still, there she was, sitting with me, mid-chemotherapy, as I tried on my first wedding dress.

Last year this time as we drove to spend mothers day together she was facing all brain radiation. We did not know what was going to happen as we had heart to heart conversations about life, death, and choosing life again.

She has shown me courage and immense fortitude. She has shown me what it means to be a mom. The love, heartbreak, worry, joy, all of it. I am grateful for each new memory we get to share, so precious, and feel utterly blessed by her presence in my life. I’ll be treasuring this mothers day with her!

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Lynna Roberts

Two weeks ago we launched Celebrating Inspirational Women for Mother’s Day. We sent word-out through cyberland requesting stories and quotes of #InspirationalWomen. I have been touched by the love, honor, and gratitude in the words we receive each day. The following story is from Kelly Bilco, a woman whom I regard as an #InspirationalWoman. She has opened her heart and home to Our Hands For Hope as we embarked on the quest of moving into Washington area stores. Kelly wrote this beautiful and heartfelt story about her mom.

Terisa Co-Founder/Owner@ Our Hands For Hope

 “A woman of beauty, style, substance  and strength.”

By: Kelly Roberts Bilco (daughter of Lynna)

Lynna Roberts … A woman of beauty, style, substance  and strength. As a child bride of a soldier in the US Army, a young mom with three small children at the age of 22, Lynna found herself parenting much of the time alone and away from her own Mother and family members. Her rise to the challenge was just the beginning of shaping who she is today. Life wasn’t always easy and she was a rock and a constant in the midst of a lot of change. It took a great deal of skill to make a home beautiful with the little money they had.  Her home has always been her castle and it shows!  Her children were always dressed fashionably because of her amazing style and flair for flash and her knack for bargain shopping. At the beautiful age of almost 70, her  children grown with children of their own, (and a new great grandmother of two) Lynna continues to pour into the lives of everyone she comes in contact with. Always lighting up the room with her infectious laughter, offering a word of encouragement and hope. She continues to help others in so many ways. Decorating their homes, helping them with their fashion and beauty, and more importantly, always loving people and giving them what they need.  Her generosity is off the charts. After battling breast cancer this last year – she has been an inspiration and example to many. Always reaching out to the hurting and showing compassion and giving hope to the many people that have come forward with cancer stories of their own. She is such a light to all who come in contact with her. As the pastors wife of a church in Northern VA, she has the platform to mentor, teach and encourage women all around her. She has blessed so many with her beauty, light and love.

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Lynna Roberts exemplifying grace, compassion, style, beauty and substance…

Celebrating 50 years of marriage this past  January 31st,  you will see a glimpse of the beauty she exemplifies in this photo, as she lights up when the doors open and she sees a sanctuary of people who love and honor her! All there to  surprise her! She never had a real wedding or a wedding dress! Ready to walk down the aisle to celebrate 50 years of love and life… She exemplifies grace, compassion, style, beauty and substance… in every sense of these words.

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Heartfelt Quotes

We are collecting stories from people that want to celebrate the #InpirationalWomen in their lives. We have received some really great stories and hope to get more.

Send yours toinfo@OurHandsForHope.com
Please keep your story to around 300 words or less.
You’re welcome to post directly onto our Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/OurHandsForHope
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ourhandsforhope @ourhandsforhope
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ourhandsforhope @ourhandsforhope
Hashtag: #InspirationalWomen

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

 

 

Inspirational: Dream in Color

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