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Finding Inspiration: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
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It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a woman to achieve what she views as success in all facets of her life. That’s partly because women have so many different role models that we try to emulate. We want to be as witty as Ellen DeGeneres, as gorgeous as Heidi Klum, as talented as Meryl Streep and as supportive and loving as Laura Bush. Even if we excel in one area, we often give ourselves a failing grade in others.

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Hillary Clinton is a woman to be inspired by. Regardless of politics, Hillary Clinton can teach all women something valuable. Whether it be how to be strong in a career dominated by men or how to be a good mother and a supportive wife in difficult situations, Hillary is a role model. Be inspired by a successful, motivational woman like Hillary Clinton.


By Tiffany James

It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a woman to achieve what she views as success in all facets of her life. That’s partly because women have so many different role models that we try to emulate. We want to be as witty as Ellen DeGeneres, as gorgeous as Heidi Klum, as talented as Meryl Streep and as supportive and loving as Laura Bush. Even if we excel in one area, we often give ourselves a failing grade in others.

Every year, I vow to lose 10 pounds. Throughout the year, I do so and then put it right back on again.  So regardless of my successes, I, like most women, keep “beating myself up” about those damn 10 pounds.

“Stupid” is NOT The Word I Would Use to Describe Hillary Clinton

Despite the fact that I am a staunch Republican, one woman I admire is Hillary Clinton.  Any female who enters the male-dominated political arena is either incredibly strong and powerful, or really stupid.  Since “stupid” is certainly not a word I would use to describe Hillary, in my mind that makes her incredibly intelligent and resilient.

Hillary Clinton

My admiration for Hillary Clinton began when I met her at the White House when President Clinton was newly elected.  I was part of the C-200 and twenty of us were invited to hear Mrs. Clinton talk about her Health Care Reform platform. We were each allowed to bring a guest.  I brought my sister who is a Health Care Professional.

Sitting in a small room listening to Hillary Clinton speak was my first introduction to this remarkable woman.  I chuckled to myself because prior to President Clinton’s election, “the suits” told her she should delete the “Rodham” and banish the headband.  During the campaign, she did.  But at this gathering, she was Hillary Rodham Clinton, headband intact.

Now, her Health Care Bill didn’t go so well. And her husband Bill went way too far.  His behavior was scandalous.  His remarks were dishonest.  And his treatment of his family, particularly his wife, was disgraceful.  And of course, the entire world knew about it.  How embarrassing.  But for whatever reason, Hillary Clinton “stood by her man” and forged on with dignity.

So let’s fast-forward to when it appeared that Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner to be President.  I, like most, thought she was a “shoe-in.”   But the Press wasn’t going to let her win that easily.  She was too tough.  She didn’t dress well.  Then she shed a tear. She was too weak.  Better yet, her performance was fake.

As we all know, Hillary Clinton lost to Barack Obama. While none of those things were the catalyst for her loss, it was obvious she was not the Golden Child of the Press. So after months of vigorous campaigning, she was at a crossroad.  Obama asked and she accepted.  Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.  And boy has she been a good soldier! And she has done an exceptional job –that Hillary Rodham Clinton with her headband certainly makes women proud!

Hillary Clinton as a professional, Has Been Exemplary

As a Professional she has been exemplary.  As a politician, she has remained true to herself–showing great Integrity. As a Mother, it appears she has raised an accomplished, bright successful young woman.  As a Daughter, its apparent Hillary admired her Mother as evidenced by a 2008 campaign debate where she called her mother her inspiration, “I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind.”  Finally as a Wife, she accepted her husband’s infidelity and was capable of forgiving.

Hillary Clinton is a woman to be admired.  And she has indeed inspired me.

1.    What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
My first lesson was when our son had Reyes Syndrome and they told us he would not live the night.  I accepted that I could not control every facet of my life. From that day, I learned to separate every circumstance into two parts –life or death and everything else.

2.    What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life? 
I appreciate that my parents gave me such a solid foundation by which to live.  I appreciate my husband for encouraging me to be me. I appreciate my family and friends for sharing a strong bond and unfaltering love.

3.    What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?  
Our son is our number one achievement. Incredible young man.  Professionally, certainly the success of our Company, UndercoverWear.   I have personally mentored thousands of women encouraging them to create a better lifestyle for them and their families.

4.    What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
There are so many.  I’m a kaleidescope of color –never beige–never dull.  One never knows what to expect.  I have to keep life colorful –otherwise I would get incredibly bored.

5.    How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I Love My Life!

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