Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
— ― A.A. Milne

I can’t remember the countless times that Becky and I have said similar to one another.  Two women with their own businesses — both of us have a lot of willpower, faith and hard work and two hard businesses to run and we are always reminding each other to remember what each of us brings to the table.

I think being a woman in general, we have expectations from others that we ourselves feel like we need to fulfill regularly and then add a business to the mix and more responsibility and more expectations – sometimes it just feels, well, impossible.  But with that said, the beauty of women, is that, when you have the right women there to support you, you are made to feel that the impossible is possible, that the expectations can be put in order and that all is doable. I have that friend in Becky and my favorite thing is sometimes when we talk, she’ll just look at me and say, “Rupa, sometimes do you just feel….” and I’m already shaking my head ‘YES, girlie, YES, I DO!!!” ’cause I already know how to finish her sentence and somehow, just with that, it sometimes just all feels better.

So here’s to the strength of a woman, the knowing of each other’s thoughts and the friendships that can just be even when we haven’t chatted in a while – because we know the next time we pick up, it will be like we just saw each other yesterday.

And Becky, thanks for making me always know that I am braver than I believe, stronger than I may think and smarter than I may realize.