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I am not about politics, I am about possibility…

I am not a feminist – actually, I am not even sure what that word means anymore.  I am a woman.  I am a Mom.  I am not about politics, I am about possibility.  I am raising two sons and a daughter.  Because my two sons are blind I have been on  a sixteen year mission to find successful blind role models for them so they know all the possibilities for their lives.  It has proven quite challenging to find these folks but we are having great success.

My own journey was not as blessed with lots of role models, and I never actually realized that until recently.

I am 44 years old.  I grew up loving all sports, especially soccer.  I grew up a leader on my teams and in my family (I have four brothers).  However, no where did I see women in professional sports or involved in major leadership roles.  I did see a few females on news shows, but as an active “tomboy” I had little patience to watch the evening news.  I saw women as great moms, inspiring teachers, and a few that had jobs outside the home.

My daughter is 11 years old.  I don’t use the word “tomboy” to describe girls like her, like us, anymore.  Because of lots of work from lots of people, I simply call my daughter an athlete. She is a dedicated, passionate athlete that is also top in her class and one of the nicest kids you will ever meet.  She believes she will play for the US National Team and believes she will play in a World Cup. Is she talented enough? Not sure – but I don’t care.

The thing is, my daughter is growing up in a time where she can sit with her friends and family at a local restaurant and watch her favorite team, made up of all women, on a major tv network.  She knows some of the players are Moms, some are funny, some are quiet, all are dedicated to their game.

US Women’s National Team World Cup Champions 2015

My daughter is growing up in a time where she can turn on the tv and see that a woman is in the running for President.  She  knows this woman is also a Mom and a Grandmom.

US Senator Hillary Clinton clinches the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States 2016

My daughter is growing up in a time where a woman is the most popular tv talk show host… and she is kind and funny too.

#1 rated TV talk show host Ellen Degeneres

My daughter is growing up in a time where her own Mom is able to work from home managing an organization with a global impact and is involved in coaching her teams and volunteering at her school.

Me speaking at a recent Rare Disease event at PENN Center for Orphan Diseases with Global Genes

My daughter is a little shy, very funny, super smart, and always looking for a sport to play.  She has big dreams and lofty goals, and she works hard every single day to achieve her personal greatness.  And while my daughter does not dream of a political career or hosting a tv show, her perspective, thanks to all the women she sees succeeding on multiple platforms, is that no matter her dreams, they are all possible.

My daughter is grateful to all that are paving the path for her (I know this because she keeps a little notebook of quotes from successful women that she pulls from news articles).  And as her Mom, I am so very grateful that I get to watch my daughter dream big, really big, with no hesitancy of what is possible for her.

My daughter the soccer nut.
My daughter and me – not always on the soccer field 🙂
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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is a visionary leader who empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to unlock their hidden potential and gain a competitive edge. Kristin, a TEDx speaker, best selling author, nonprofit founder x2, business owner, and acclaimed filmmaker, leaves audiences on their feet cheering and wanting more of her energy and influence.

Kristin has spent her lifetime studying people that succeed without sight and discovering those repeatable systems and strategies that cause a  competitive advantage. 

As a single mom with a signature smile that has raised three children (two of which are blind) to surpass all grim expectations and out- achieve everyone around them, Kristin leaves a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to experience her powerful presentations.

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