I took a nap with Taylor this afternoon. I'm not usually a nap person but lately I've been getting up at the crack 'o dawn to get my bum to the gym, so by 2 p.m. I'm exhausted.
Anyway, today during naptime I had the strangest dream. I was at a party with friends and family and everyone was laughing and playing and having a great time. At one point I needed a break and found a quiet corner to sit down. As I sat I overheard a conversation that took place between two women sitting next to me. I glanced over and had to do a double-take - sitting there next to me was Stephenie Nielsen (a.k.a. "NieNie") and her sister.
(Side note: If you've never read her blog, I suggest you start. She's an amazing woman, to say the least.)
So at one point her sister got up and it was just the two of us sitting there. I wanted to say something to her but wasn't sure what to say without sounding like some weirdo. Eventually she broke the silence by complimenting me on my sweater. I said thanks and then told her that I read her blog regularly and thanked her for being such an inspiration to so many women. We then sat and had a long conversation about everything - life, love, fashion, anything we could think of. I told her that I wanted her to know that she is so much more beautiful than she thinks she is. We had this wonderful heartfelt conversation and toward the end even exchanged books with each other. I gave her one of my favorites that I thought she would like, and she gave me one of hers. Shortly afterward I was abruptly woken by a little monkey who was laying on my chest and smiling at me. For a brief second it felt like I was still holding the book Stephenie gave me.
I woke from the dream feeling such a strong connection to women throughout the world. We all go through separate trials and hardships, but somehow have this strong bond of womanhood that connects us all and helps us to feel strong. I'm so grateful for all the amazing women in my life, the women I read about and gain inspiration from, and the women throughout history that have carved the path I now walk as a fellow woman, wife, sister, mother, and daughter.