One of my favorite holidays is coming up, a day of love, sisterhood and waffles – it’s Galentine’s day. A day invented by the always passionate Deputy Parks Director, Leslie Knope from NBC’s TV series Parks and Recreation.
“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” – Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of strong, ambitious, empathetic, and beautiful tropical fish gal pals in my real life, which is why celebrating them is one of the best holidays (shout out to the noble land mermaids who hand modeled for this post). I also believe you can learn a lot from books, especially about yourself. Here’s a really short list of just some of the fabulous fictional women I’d love to add to my girl squad.
1. Daenerys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin
Stormborn, Kahleesi, Mother of Dragons, true heir to the Iron Throne – whatever you call her, she casts a long shadow and wields a tremendous amount of power. I’d love to be her, but I’d settle for calling her a gal pal.
2. America Singer, from the Selection series by Kiera Cass
When I finished this series I actually missed America. I wanted to call her up and find out what’s new in her life. America proves that love doesn’t have to happen at first sight, and that there are more important qualities than just being a prince.
3. Minny from The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Revenge is a dessert best served in pie form.She’s tired of taking someone else’s shit and decides to stand up for herself and serve up some of her own.
4. Madeline Martha Mackenzie, from Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
If you’re on her good side, she’ll go to bat for you and bend over backwards to be there when you need her. She’s also dramatic, strong-willed and a gossip – a woman after my own heart.
5. Astrid Leong Teo from Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Life isn’t always perfect, even when you’ve got an incredible fortune and impeccable fashion sense. But life is what you make it, an important lesson from the ever-classy Astrid.
6. Nina from the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Talk about a powerful woman, Nina has got it – figuratively and literally. The lines between right and wrong are often blurry and, as Nina teaches us, you’re the only one who can make those distinctions for yourself.
7. Fire from the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
Other than being incredibly jealous of her hair, I’m inspired and empowered by Fire’s journey from being timid, and afraid of her own power to exuding confidence and strength.