International Women’s Day | Jess & Josh Cook

International Women’s Day | Jess & Josh Cook

For International Women’s Day I wanted to write about one of the women in my life that inspires me daily. I’m lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, intelligent and beautiful women – my mum, my sisters, my aunties, my best friends – but today I wanted to talk about my Grandma.


 My beautiful mother, Grandma and me


The head of The Scott Family, my Grandma raised her 4 children (3 boys, 1 girl) in a little town in Yorkshire called Selby. She did this for the most part alone after my Grandad passed away and if you know us Scott’s you’d know that wouldn’t have been the easiest of jobs!

Some of my favourite childhood memories are when my sisters and me were squished in the back of the car for the long car ride from Brighton to Selby to go and visit her. I fondly remember laying on her white fur rug in front of the fire in the living room, sneaking chocolates from her treat jar, running around in the massive garden playing with new toys we’d got for Christmas and messing around with the hatchet from the kitchen to the dining room.

A blow came to the Scott family when we found out that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer and very sadly passed away. However, seeing her determination and strength throughout it all has made me into the person I am today.

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She never let us Grandchilden be sad for a second and was a force to be reckoned with right until the end. My sisters and I weren’t around much because we were living in Brighton, but she gave us one of my favourite memories on one trip up north. Feeling well enough to head out to lunch with my dad and us and all of us sitting in the sun and enjoying a rare Yorkshire sunny day.

My Grandma has taught me life mantras that I tell myself almost every day and I am so grateful for that. She taught me that “what will be will be” and “to never worry about something you can’t change”. Whenever I am struggling with something in my life I remember those words and it gives me the courage and the strength to move forward.

Take the time on International Women’s Day (and every day) to tell those badass females in your life what they give to you; whether it be courage, inspiration, strength, laughter or love.