My cousin Paula shared this with me. She is an amazing woman full of inner strength, best way to describe her “Love glue holding together a beautiful family of 6”.

Written by Maya Angelou

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see
her in an hour….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
A youth she’s content to leave behind….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
A past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old
age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
One friend who always makes her laugh and one who lets her cry….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
A good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her
family….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that
will make her guests feel honored….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE
A feeling of control over her destiny….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
How to fall in love without losing herself….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
How to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without
ruining the friendship….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
When to try harder and WHEN TO WALK AWAY….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
That she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or
the nature of her parents….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
That her childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
What she would and wouldn’t do for love or more….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
How to live alone, even if she doesn’t like it….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
Whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it
personally….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
Where to go — be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming inn in
the woods — when her soul needs soothing….

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day, a month, and a year….

AND REMEMBER:

Good friends are like stars … you don’t always see them, but you always
know they are there!!!!!

Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.