Learning karate and other lessons — later in life… and finding inspiration along the way.

Posts tagged “female warriors


Western Fascination With “Badass” Kurdish Women ~ Dilar Dirk



10 Hours of Walking in New York City as a Woman

Dr. Maya Angelou ~ April 4, 1928 to May 28, 2014






More Maya Angelou

Mastery ~ George Leonard

“We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process. A journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try and fail, and try again for as long as he or she lives.”

Excerpt from Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard

The Power of Introverts ~ Susan Cain

Two Worlds

Recent news from Afghanistan:  An Afghan woman named Estorai was killed by her husband for giving birth to their daughter; a 15-year-old girl named Sahar Gul was brutally tortured and then forced into prostitution by family members; a 19-year-old teenager named Gulnaz was raped, jailed for adultery and then released two years later after Afghan president Hamid Karzai intervened — on the condition that she marry her rapist.

And then this:

To learn more about Afghan women’s issues, check out RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), Afghan Women’s Mission or Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign for Afghan Women & Girls.

Beauty Bites Beast

Ellen Snortland’s book, Beauty Bites Beast, was very inspirational to me when I was beginning my self-defense journey.  In this oftentimes humorous video, she explains how and why she made women’s self-defense her life mission: