To all women who made a difference in my life

Every year, we celebrate March 8 as International Women’s Day.

For this month’s blog collaboration, I am paying tribute to all women who made a difference in my life:

Image by Jane Love

My mom – Thank you for being supportive, caring, loving, and understanding. I wouldn’t be here where I am today if you didn’t support me and my dreams. Thank you for being the light of our family, for being strong and positive, and for having the faith that never withers.

My sisters – Thank you for the love, support, and for the patience, and for being my best friends. I know I’m not perfect and I have shortcomings as well but thank you for understanding me and giving me adorable nieces and nephew.

My aunts – Thank you for the support, care, and concern, and for helping my mom raise me and my sisters when we were younger, for all the presents, praises, and appreciation – thank you.

My female and female-at-heart friends – Thank you for the friendship – for all the fun, laughter, tears, stories, memories, and experiences that we shared. We may not see each other often, but I know our friendship will stay the same.

To all married women – Thank you for all your sacrifices. Being a wife and a mother at the same time is not easy, but the satisfaction you get when you see your husband and kids happy is priceless. You’ve proven to the world that women can do everything for her family no matter how hard it is. Thank you for keeping your marriages and family strong despite some challenges.

To all working moms – I was raised by a working mother so I know how she juggled her time working and looking after us. Thank you for inspiring all women that having kids doesn’t put an end to your careers. You are not working only for yourself, but for your family as well.

To all housewives – I know giving up that job or position you’ve worked hard for in years is not an easy decision, but you had to choose between raising a kid you’ve also prayed hard for and a job that won’t hug you, kiss you, say ‘I love you’, or wait for you at the door at the end of the day. Thank you.

To all single mothers – Raising a child without a husband or the support of a husband or even a family is not an easy feat. But I admire you for holding your head up high despite some people putting you down, mocking you or criticizing you. In a world where you can choose between staying single or raising that child, you chose the latter because there’s no greater feeling in the world than having a child.

To all single and empowered women – In a society where everyone expects you to be married, you chose to be single and prove to them that life is not all about getting married and having kids. You are single by choice or due to circumstances, but that doesn’t mean you are not happy at all. Not all married couples are happy, some already want out of their relationships but they just can’t. Thank you to all single women for being successful, happy, empowered, and for inspiring other women to do the same and reach for their dreams.

To all young girls – Yes, I understand how you wanted to grow up fast, leave your homes, and be “independent”. I felt that, too. When I was 12, I wanted to be 18. When I was 18, I wanted to be 30 so I can move out of the house and live by myself. Look when I turned 30, I still live in our house and wanted to be 12 again. Although being adult means independence and having your own money in a way, you have more responsibilities, heartaches, problems, and obligations. Trust me, it’s more fun to be young – when you can do everything, eat anything, stay up late and sleep the whole day next day, and just ask money from your parents. Cherish every day because it’ll never come back. Sleep while you can, play while you can, take care of yourself, don’t think of that boy crush who ignores you, because when you grow up, just one bark of a dog at 2 a.m. won’t put you back to sleep no matter how hard you try.

To all women of all sizes, race, color, and status in life, Happy International Women’s Day!


This is a monthly blog collaboration and our theme for this month is all about women power, feminism, women who influenced our lives, women’s issues, etc. For more stories, check out these amazing and truly inspiring writers/bloggers who participated in this collaboration. Happy reading and hope we inspired you:

Swati Kadam: Womenarrior

Ipuna Black: Collaboration With A Purpose: Dedicated to Women Worldwide

Barb Caffrey: A Woman’s Work Is…Everything? A Collaboration With a Purpose Post

Sonyo Estavillo: #InternationalWomensDay: 10 Interesting Female Facts You Might Not Know! #PressforProgress

Divyang Shah: Women in Life

Tajwarr Fatma: Let’s Practice Women’s Day

Jane Love: Thoughts of 21st Century Teen Girls on a Woman’s Role in Society Today

Nicolle K: Alert: A Collaboration for the Women

Sadaf Siddiqi: Celebrating Women Worldwide

Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

19 thoughts on “To all women who made a difference in my life

  1. I really liked how you broke down each category and acknowledged all women because it takes all types. I especially liked that you included younger women.

    ❤ this line, "Sleep while you can, play while you can, take care of yourself, don’t think of that boy crush who ignores you, because when you grow up, just one bark of a dog at 2 a.m. won’t put you back to sleep no matter how hard you try."

    Out of all the advice I can think of when speaking to young girls, teens, young women…focus on goals rather than being boy crazy. 🙂

    Great post, you definitely covered all your bases.

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  2. This is just beautiful just like you, Mylene! You covered women everywhere! Yay! You were so sensitive to so many different angles too. I’m not a complete housewife because I still work, but I gave up a great deal of my career to raise my children. I love what you said about housewives. It is such a rewarding and important role. Happy to call you my friend. Have a wonderful Women’s Day! 😍

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  3. Beautiful, amazing and full of heart – that’s what this post is (just like its author). I love how you addressed numerous angles and classifications. A lovely tribute to every woman.

    Have an awesome Women’s Day!

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  4. I liked how honestly you said “when I was 12, I wanted to be 18. When I was 18, I wanted to be 30 so I can live by myself. Look when I turned 30, I still wanted to be 12 again,” that’s the greatest irony of life. Mylene, you covered all the aspects so correctly. Motivating post and yes, wish you a happy women’s day.

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