Happy International Women’s day!
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Learning from other women, encouraging other women and growing other women is SO important! This past year I have started to dig into what makes an amazing woman? What traits do they possess? What are their daily routines? How did they get to where they are? I have a few women that I follow closely and have truly inspired me to become the best I can be. And since it’s a day dedicated to women I thought I would share a few inspirational women in my life and how they motivate me!
First Is Mrs. Rachel Hollis! If you haven’t heard she just release her SECOND book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. I think we can all agree as women we need to stop apologizing and start owning who we are. Or as Hollis says “I refuse to live as half of myself because other people can’t handle all of me.” I haven’t yet dove into her new book but, I have no doubt it will be amazing!
Rachel’s first book, Girl, Wash your Face was eye opening and is one of the reasons I started this blog. Rachel has taken over social media and filled it with a positive mind frame. Asking questions and making statements on subjects we should all be thinking/talking about.
We need more women in the world like her. Not afraid to put herself out there and say things how they really are. In July I will attend her three day conference called RISE and I can hardly contain my excitement!!!! Three days filled with motivation, positive thinking all mixed with a little faith and a dance party to end it all!
One of the reasons I am drawn to Rachel is her no nonsense attitude. She is the voice of reason in my head when I feel like sleeping in instead of going to the gym. She is the voice telling me to STOP waiting for someone else to justify my dreams!!! She is incredibly inspirational and worth every second of your time!
If you haven’t somehow heard of this woman you can find her on social media (@mrsrachelhollis), pick up one of her books any place they are sold, or check out her podcast called RISE.
Next is none other than Jenna Kutcher. I first discovered Jenna through a podcast by…you guessed it, Rachel Hollis. She is an extraordinary woman with an amazing testimony. She worked in the corporate world for a short time and realized it wasn’t for her. She quit her job and started on the entrepreneur journey. She was of course successful and since has become a business gooroo. (No clue if that’s how you spell it, but that’s what we’re going with.)
What I love about Jenna is her amazing attitude. She is so down to earth and keeps it real. I mentioned above she has an amazing testimony and its true. I won’t tell you here because it’s her story, not mine. But, mainly I want you to look her up and discover how amazing she is for yourself! She has a Podcast called Goal Digger and you will find all things business and life on there.
If you have been thinking of starting a small business, joining a direct sales group or just need some life coaching, GOAL DIGGER is the podcast for you! You can also find her on Instagram, username @jennakutcher.
This next woman is new to my social media bedtime stocking but trust me, she is worthy. Mrs. Lindsey Meek. I stumbled on Lindsey’s Instagram by accident one day and have been hooked since. She is so sweet and has the best fashion ideas! She’s not afraid to mix prints and puts different items together that I never would have thought of! She also loves a good deal and ALWAYS updates followers when well liked items are on sale or back in stock. She’s not afraid to share her faith and like me she’s a lover of shoes :).
I don’t know about you but I’m a baller on a budget and one of the reasons I was drawn to Lindsey was how she styled the same clothing items in different ways. She once had a post of a snake skin dress and she styled it FOUR ways!!!! FOUR! I love that! And when I started to dig into her posts I was able to restyle a lot of my closet!!
She’s currently trying to reach 10,000 followers on Instagram to achieve the swipe up tool. WE NEED THIS TOOL. It’s so much easier to fulfill my shopping addiction with a swipe up option.
If you aren’t already following her PLEASE pop on over and take a look at what she has to offer! (@shoplindsey)
Who here listens to the Bobby Bones show?? Well I’ve been a fan for a while, especially of his co-host Amy Brown! Her corky personality always has me laughing during my morning routine. Amy does many amazing things but what I love about her most is her joy.
Her mom fought cancer and like my dad found joy in an un-joyful situation. Amy’s stories have helped my cope with watching my dad fight cancer and then losing him. Because of her mom’s courage and determination to find joy in her cancer journey, Amy and a friend started a Pimping Joy clothing line at theshopforward.com. All proceeds go to support various disaster reliefs, children’s hospitals, military families and many more.
She is a mother of two Haitian children who have been here a little over a year. She is open about her adoption journey and the struggles and blessings that come with raising children from a foreign country. One of the reasons I love Amy is the way she sees the good in EVERYTHING.
Whether she is co-hosting with Bones, on her 4 Things podcast or sharing videos of her kids dancing on Instagram, she is an inspiration, she is fabulous, she is strong and she is all the things! Find her on Instagram @radioamy
You all know the next group, you’ve heard me talk about them many times…Ladies, put your hands together for…..THE GIRL GANG.
What can I say about these women that I haven’t already? They inspire me daily and support me endlessly. I thank God every night for giving me a group of women who never leave my side. During the hardest times in my life they were there. Crying with me, Laughing with me and lifting me up. Some of my best memories are with these ladies and I can’t believe I get to do life with them!
They push me to be better, they force me to go out when I feel like staying in, they are my mentors, and they are my Girl Gang.
Last, but certainly not least is my mom. I couldn’t write a blog about inspirational women without a shout out to the best of the best! She is tough, stubborn, hardworking and always throwing things away! (No, seriously….sometimes it’s a problem lol)
She has taught me many lessons but my favorite will always be how to be a Godly wife. When dad got sick mom imminently went into care giver mode and for two years did nothing but that. She was the woman behind all the paid bills, all the late nights and all the hard times.
She was the one dealing with dad when he wasn’t exactly pleasant and, she didn’t complain she was the one on the phone with insurance company’s arguing costs, and she didn’t complain. She was the one taking off work and traveling for doctor’s appointment sometimes for weeks at a time, and she didn’t complain. And now she is the one who lost a husband, and she STILL doesn’t complain.
She is strong, she is beautiful, and she is my mom.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to inspire the women around us! I have an assignment for you, the next time you are at the grocery store or shopping in town and you see a woman who looks defeated tell her she’s doing great. Tell her she looks amazing, tell her anything that will lift her spirits.
I try to do this daily. I tell a fellow co-worker she looks nice. I text a friend who is on my mind and tell them I’m praying for them. You have no idea how much you could impact someone’s life.
Take Rachel, Jenna, Amy and Lindsey for example, when they started their careers do you think they knew how many they would reach? NO! How could they? But they put themselves out there and pressured a career motivating, inspiring and teaching others.
What if we all put out a little more positivity? Who would we inspire? Who would we become? I don’t know about you but, I’m going to find out!