Lasses. Ladies. Gals. Beautiful creatures with the XX chromosome set. Friends.
I have a favour to ask you.
Will you help me spread some love? Will you help to spread some sparkles as we begin move through 2016?
A little while ago I decided to send some thank-you letters: thank-you letters to the women who have inspired, encouraged and supported me in my journey so far.
I wrote to these beautiful women my words of thanks, and then asked that they too passed forward their thanks.
I sent the letters late last year, and they have been so, so warmly received.
Here is one of the letters that got sent:
Letter to a Lass
With 2015 drawing to a close, and an exciting 2016 on the horizon, I thought that it seemed like the right moment to send you thanks.
It’s been nearly two years since we connected online, and I feel like you’ve been with me from the off. Similarly, I feel like I’ve seen you achieve so much over the past 24 months. An ironman? Lady, you are incredible!
I wanted to say thanks for all of the support and encouragement that you’ve given me. You’ve clapped my back when there have been moments of victory, and you’ve coaxed me to lift my chin and look forward when the going has been tough – training and otherwise.
It is women like you who have inspired me to wholly immerse myself in what it means to be a female athlete.
When I set up the blog ‘Like a lass’, it was with strong, courageous and loving women like you that encouraged me to don the tagline ‘Like a lass’. You’ve helped show me just how powerful this statement is. ‘Like a lass’ – you are flying that flag so high, and I feel lucky to have such a strong role-model and source of light.
Whenever I see pictures of you running with your kids or on the turbo, it boosts me. It warms me to see you striving for and achieving your goals. You are an incredible lady – your career, your family, and your sporting achievements.
I wanted to take the time to say thank you. It is truly remarkable the bonds that have been forged between like-minded women, sharing our highs and lows with one another. For all of the lasses that are in our world, being ‘like a lass’ is a very precious gift to both give and receive.
I am keen for 2016 to take off on a note of love, warmth and positivity for the strong women in our lives: in sport or otherwise. I am sending my thanks to the women who have shown me endless patience, support and encouragement. I want to spread this message loud and clear.
So, I am reaching out to ask if you will help do the same. Will you help pass on this incredible feeling, as part of a movement of passing forward our deepest gratitude for the women who have helped us on our journey so far?
The idea is simple. Write a letter of thanks to the women who have shown you this grace and support, and then ask them to do the same.
If each card or letter could have the hashtag #likealass, we can see just how far-reaching our love and unity is.
It is so easy to receive support and encouragement, but to never fully acknowledge the gift that you are receiving. I would love for each and every single woman to know just how much she is appreciated.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for me, for enriching my life, and for quietly guiding me forward in my journey. I do hope that you will help me to pass this message forward, and to help turn these local ripples into crashing great waves of love and gratitude.
With deepest thanks and warmth,
Here are some of the responses:
So, ladies, can you think of any reason in the whole entire world why you wouldn’t want to say thanks to those special women, to spread that love and positivity?
No, me neither.
Chaps. Dudes. Bros. Jump in and get involved too. This is about spreading love as widely as possible. This is about elevating people.
This is more than just a single act of thanks.
Remember, positivity breeds positivity.
Each gesture has a ripple effect. Let’s get those waves crashing ladies.
With all my love.