When I was asked to participate in the Yahoo Women Who Shine program I really thought long and hard about what woman I know really shines and lives up to this title. My friend and fellow blogger, Sadie Lankford came to mind. Sadie blogs at Slap Dash Mom where she shares recipes, fitness tips, parenting ideas, and much more. It is her personal writing style that draws her readers in and it is her honesty and openness that keep them reading.
Sadie shines because she is a strong woman who has overcome adversity and struggles in her life with positive attitude and gratefulness for the blessings she has. Being homeless just a few years ago has taught Sadie to be thankful for all she has and she teaches this positive message of giving, kindness, and charity to her 3 young daughters. She is raising her 3 young daughters, with the help of her partner of 4 years, Rachel, to become strong, independent women. She is always ready to lead a helping hand to anyone in need. She spends her days volunteering at a local women’s shelter, an animal shelter, and a local inner-city school. Helping in any way she can from fundraising to other hands on projects to help better her community. Sadie is also very active on the school PTA and was a Girl Scout Troop leader. Four years ago Sadie gave the ultimate, selfless gift- the gift of life. She was a surrogate mother for a family desperately wanting a child of their own. That is just how Sadie is. She will give and help anyone who needs it. Sadie fights for equality for everyone and supports LGBT causes.
Sadie has a “say it like it is” attitude and that is what draws her readers in to connect with her on her blog. She doesn’t claim to be a perfect mom and helps other moms feel like they are “normal”, too. That is what really made me first connect with her and her blog. She still struggles in life but takes each day as it comes and shares a great lesson of acceptance, positivity, and generosity with all that are lucky enough to be touched by her.
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