Happy International Women's Day! To celebrate the important holiday, we're honoring the inspirational women in our lives by counting down the amazing love and relationship advice they've given us through the years.
When relationships get tough who do you turn to? For us, we look to the women who know us best, from our grandmas to our childhood friends. Sometimes, all it takes is a few words from them to get back us on track. And the best part is, no matter how long ago they may have said the words, they still ring true. My grandma's "don't rush it, you have all the time in the world" has been repeating in my head for years.
Our role models serve as constant reminders about the strength of women and the importance of supporting each other. Take a look at the insight below and tell us what you've learned about love from the special women in your life in the comments below.
1. Don't Forget About You
I once had an ongoing fight with a boyfriend. I explained the dispute to my grandmother, who listened attentively. "I feel bad," I said, "because although I feel strongly about my position, I understand his side, and I'm afraid if I push too hard, I'll push him away." My grandmother, who just passed away in February, replied, "If you're both worried about him, who's worrying about you? It's two against one." - Rachel, Experts Editor
2. Don't Give Him All The Power
My sassy little grandmother who was a single mom of four kids (one being my mother) once told me: "Never let a man have the power to make you cry ... unless they're tears of joy. Then, he's a keeper!" - Allie, Editorial Producer
3. Seek Happiness From Within
My childhood friend told me years ago, "If you don't know how to be happy when you're by yourself, you will never be happy with a man." - Irina, Account Manager
4. Be Indispensable
My mom told me, "Be indispensable." I try to keep that in mind for every aspect of life. - Kristine, Executive Editor
5. Let The People Close To You Help You
After a painful breakup, my stepmother sat down and wrote out a list of all my ex's indiscretions. It was filled with an accounting of all the things he had done that led to our breakup. The message to me was that sometimes you really do need someone who loves you enough to be a mirror to the truth about what happened. Her note provided me with some loving clarity of what she had seen from her vantage point about the relationship and in time, I came to see that he really was the man she saw, not the one I fantasized about. Those around you who are in your court do have great insight into who you're attracted to and why. And when the moment's right, and if it's done with love, you really can learn a lot from what those people see. - Melanie, Sr. VP YourTango Experts
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