As a woman, working in an industry that is dominated by women, and working for a company which has had two strong women at the helm for many years, I could not let International Women's Day pass without comment.
I was going to write a Passle about being brave, being true to who you are, remembering that - whatever your age - the best is always ahead.
I was going to remind that so many of us wear our many daily roles with pride (sister, mother, daughter, carer, friend, leader, sounding board) and these bring a unique, invaluable perspective to the workplace.
I was going to remind you to be unafraid as a woman at work, holding your own among your peers. And, as a mother myself, to remind other mothers (or soon to be mothers) that choices might be hard, but are rarely wrong - and living the life you chose is the very best example you can give to your children.
I was going to remark on how lucky we are in Europe (even if we have a way to still go) on our equality, our opportunities and our freedom and to never ever take this for granted, or to forget this is not ubiquitous.
I was going to say all this - but Caroline Lucas has said it so more beautifully than I. So, I leave you with her words, and those of so many other inspirational women, and join you in celebrating women everywhere.
Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party and MP for Brighton Pavilion My career advice to any young woman is to be yourself and never apologise for it. That might take courage and you will have it. It might mean asking for help and that’s part of how you are strong. And it might mean becoming different versions of yourself over time and I hope you’ll love them all. Dream, demand, defy, dance.