International Women’s Day: Life Lessons Every Woman Needs To Learn

Happy Thursday – but more importantly, Happy International Women’s Day! Today is an important day for women everywhere. According to the IWD website, this year’s theme is #pressforprogress. With global activism like #metoo and #timesup heralding a new time for women, this theme has come at the perfect time. It’s time to be gender inclusive, motivate and unite friends and family and get communities involved. Gloria Stienen once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”. I’ve collected a handful of super important lessons from the super important women in my life and wrote them out for you. These are important for every woman, in every walk of life, to know and take to heart. Take today to celebrate the uniqueness that is being a woman and to lift all the women you see today (and every day) UP.

International Women’s Day: Life Lessons Every Woman Needs To Learn

International Women's Day: Life Lessons Every Woman Needs To Learn

Lesson 1: Don’t forget to focus on yourself.

When I first became a mom, I neglected myself, because anything that didn’t revolve around my son felt like a selfish endeavor. It wasn’t until I had two more kids, that I realized I was a better mom and wife when I felt good about myself. This could be through my appearance, cooking a certain meal, or going to the gym, etc. Just taking the time to focus on something I love doing or that is good for me. It turned out these “selfish” endeavors were really a gift to everyone because I was at my best with them when I took the time to care for ME. Now I relish in the time I set aside to put on makeup. Not because I’m making myself presentable for others, but because it’s one of the very few times each day where I am focused solely on me. 

  • Laura W.

Lesson 2: Invest in people who invest in you.

I would say one of the biggest things I’ve learned is to invest in people who invest in you. I spent a lot of my early college years trying to be friends with people who didn’t want the best for me, and ignoring those who did. It’s such a waste of time and energy! Start chasing friendships and relationships that make you feel extraordinary – even if it’s your mom. In the long run, I was a lot happier and spent a lot less time doubting myself.

  • Ashley L.

Lesson 3: Travel alone at least once in your life.

A big piece of advice I always talk about is how important I think it is to travel alone at least a few times in your life. I am not a solitary person – I thrive when I’m surrounded by people, but traveling alone made me so self-sufficient and confident. You really learn about yourself, and what you’re capable of, when you have no one else to rely on! And in order to give love and support to others, I think we need to know how to love and support ourselves first.

  • Ashley L.

Lesson 4: Be honest about who you are.

I think this was a big one for me when I was in college, too. It’s so easy to want to blend in and like stuff you may not actually like because it’s cool, or your roommates will like you better or that guy in your chemistry class will be more into you etc etc etc. But that only sets you up for disappointment because it’s not who you really are. Start RIGHT NOW in being completely honest with who you are and what you like. You will attract others who like those things and will be SO MUCH happier with those people than the people you had to fake it with.

  • Me


International Women's Day: Life Lessons Every Woman Needs To Learn

Lesson 5: Never be ashamed of your scars or your past.

One of the biggest life lessons that I’ve learned over the years is to never be ashamed of your scars or your past. It’s easier said than done, of course. In this day and age, there is so much pressure to be perfect and to put on a brave face and to not talk about the wars we have fought. I used to be so ashamed of my scars (both physical and emotional) from the year I spent fighting pediatric cancer. I was afraid that people would think less of me if they found out what they were from. I hid them. I was embarrassed of them. And I let those feelings turn into self-disgust and resentment. Instead of appreciating my body for the things it had survived, I hated it. Instead of being proud of the person my experiences had helped me become, I hid away. It was unhealthy and it was unnecessary for me to feel that way, and it is unhealthy and unnecessary for you to feel that way, too.

Guess what? Your scars make you who you are. They are your badges of courage. They have built you up into the person you are today. Do not let anyone make you feel less for carrying them. Do not feel ashamed to show them. And never believe that you are less because of them.

I would never have become the person I am today if I didn’t fight the things I fought or worked hard at healing from my battle wounds. There are days when I still struggle to be proud of them, but instead of letting them get me down, I use them as motivation to keep going. I am a tiger and my scars are my stripes. Hear me roar.
  • Chelsie C.

Lesson 6: Support other women, always.

I think the only way we’ll really progress in life is if/when all women get down with supporting other women, always. I cannot even tell you the number of times I’ve personally experienced and/or witnessed blatant bullying, from grown-up women to other grown-up women. Once we learn how to be genuinely kind and supportive for no other reason other than we each DESERVE kindness and support in this world, we’ll see true progress. Don’t assume everyone is a threat to you in some way – approach every situation with the possibility of new friendship, new opportunity, new sisterhood. I swear it’ll make the world a better place!
  • Erica G.

Lesson 7: Quit with the comparison game.

At the end of the day – YOU have to live your own life. Nobody else is going to make the most of it for you. Things are never, ever what they seem from the outside looking in, and chances are if you saw what really lies beneath the surface, you would choose your own life every time. Social media, especially, is just the tip of the iceberg. Life goes by so fast, you should savor each precious moment. Don’t let comparison rob you of all that is yours to cherish, celebrate and experience. The good and bad, the ups and the downs, the joy and the sorrow. It’s what makes you who you are and it’s what creates the family you love so much.

  • Karin S.

Lesson 8: Don’t let people talk over you.

As someone new to the professional adult world, the most important thing I’ve learned as a woman is to never let people talk over you. A lot of the time, male colleagues will think it’s okay to interrupt you in meetings and start talking over you. It is so not okay! Your thoughts and opinions are just as valuable as theirs. Sexism in the workplace is unfortunately still a huge thing. So my advice? Don’t let them talk over you. Let your voice be heard. When they try, simply say, “Excuse me, but I wasn’t finished speaking.” This can be hard, but I promise it’s worth it. It shames them for interrupting you and earns you respect from your fellow female colleagues. Win-win, baby. Ending sexism in the workplace starts with US, ladies.
  • Chelsea K.

I hope you guys take this to heart today. Let yourself be a strong voice in your community and help me and the other strong women around you squash gender inequality. We are strong and smart and a force to be reckoned with. I’m insanely proud to be surrounded by such amazing females. 

International Women's Day: Life Lessons Every Woman Needs To Learn

Comment below what you plan on doing to celebrate this important day in the comments below. I encourage you to pick one thing today to focus on and encourage those around you to do the same!

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Taylor Mobley


  1. Natalie | 8th Mar 18

    Love this post! Happy International Women’s Day!

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Mar 18

      You too, Natalie!! I hope you celebrate today!

  2. Neely Moldovan | 8th Mar 18

    I love the invest in people part! So true!

  3. Kyla Matton Osborne | 24 Carrot Diet | 8th Mar 18

    Happy Women’s Day, Taylor! It was great reading this post at the beginning of my day, as it’s a very positive start. What really spoke to me is being true to yourself. Not just being genuine, but doing things to nurture yourself and investing in the people who invest in you. I think I instinctively did a lot of these things when I was younger, but I lost track of them as I got older. Reclaiming them is an important part of finding my inner strength again.

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Mar 18

      YES! Girl you got this!!! I am so happy this spoke to you – you can reclaim those parts of you <3

  4. Leslie@Peaches&Willow | 8th Mar 18

    Invest in people who invest in you is something that has taken me a long time to understand but its so important. It’s actually key to being happy and successful. Those who invest in me and cheer me on are my forever people. They fill me up! That’s the kind of friend I want and I want to be!

  5. Stefanie Schoen | 8th Mar 18

    oy- i think the last one about quitting the comparison game is the hardest one for me. Especially being so involved in social media…. I have to remember that everyone has their own journey!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Mar 18

      You are SO welcome!! That is absolutely true. Everyone has their own journey and is on their own path.

  6. Becky @ Disney in your Day | 8th Mar 18

    I love what you said about traveling alone. I have done it a number of times and it really is an amazing way to learn about yourself. I studied abroad for 4 months in England, and while I made friends once I got there I didn’t know anyone going over. And I take solo trips to Disney every so often – many times I look forward to these trips the most because I get some “me” time!

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Mar 18

      Right? Traveling alone is one of those things that makes a difference in who you are I think!

  7. Courtney | 8th Mar 18

    These are great! Happy International Women’s Day!

  8. sharon wu | 8th Mar 18

    happy international women’s day darling! thanks for sharing these lessons with us. they are great to keep in mind for sure!

  9. Tami | 8th Mar 18

    Love this post and these lessons! Happy International Women’s Day! <3

  10. Seppy | 8th Mar 18

    What a great post!! I love ALL the lessons!!

    Lesson 2 stuck out to me because I completely agree – don’t waste time on people who don’t make the time for you, even if it’s to just listen and be there for you!!

    Seppy |

  11. ShootingStarsMag | 8th Mar 18

    Definitely great tips. I think I’ve always been pretty good about not giving into “peer pressure” and the like, but it’s not always easy for everyone. And we should definitely help other women!

  12. Kait Elizabeth | 8th Mar 18

    I LOVE all these tips!!! They are so good. Hugs, Kait

  13. Kileen | 8th Mar 18

    Great post girl! Totally agree with not comparing and believe in the phrase that comparison is the thief of joy!

    cute & little

  14. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 9th Mar 18

    HEY NOW. Obviously couldn’t agree more with all of the above. BRILLIANCE, per usual.

  15. Carolyn | 9th Mar 18

    I’ve done #3 and thought it was a great and helpful experience as far as being independent and what not. I would recommend it to people too! Great life lessons here girl xoxo

  16. Parul | 9th Mar 18

    I love the fact that you mentioned traveling alone. I haven’t done it yet and this is something I really want to do this year.

  17. Deborah | 9th Mar 18

    Happy International Women’s day! I agree with you on all of these points!

  18. Taylor Aube | 11th Mar 18

    I love this post! Being a woman has never meant more than it has in 2018. We are daughters, sisters, mothers, businesswomen, doctors, lawyers, scientists, and beyond!

  19. Talisa | 12th Mar 18

    I don’t yet have the bravery to travel solo, but from friends I know who’ve done it, it truly is an exhilarating experience, especially for us women. One day, maybe!😊

  20. Denise Kokinis | 12th Mar 18

    Such a great post and such an important one as well! I traveled solo in Japan a few years ago and it was totally worth it! I love so many of these other lessons as well, and I think they are so important for women to keep in mind and utilize moving forward!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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