Top three women who inspire me
There are a lot of inspirational people, men and women, who inspire me daily in all aspects of my life here are just a selection.
I would like to preface this post by saying that my biggest inspiration for everything I do and every day in my life is my mum. I could write a whole post just on this but won’t here, I am also inspired by all the other women in my life my aunts and cousins (both blood and not), grandmothers and in particular my two sisters (technically sisters-in-law). The below list is merely a selection of those outside of these circles that inspire me.
I have previously lamented all the reasons that Lisa inspires me as part of a 10 day blogging challenge when I was asked to find my tribe. But I saw her speak recently and it reminded me of how much energy she has and love for what she does and for passing on her knowledge to others. It reminded me just why I love her and she inspires me so very much.
Lisa is an entrepreneur, rule breaker and social warrior, she lives and works from her core soul purpose and drive. She has taken two separate trips to India in the last six months for meditation and to take a proper time out from the world. My understanding of mission and purpose is that she wants to educate, inspire and uplift others so that they live their life with purpose and meaning. She wants us all to work together to make the world better through personal interactions and bringing more soul and meaning to business interactions.
One of the biggest things Lisa talks about is what could be denoted the ‘sharing economy’ where money isn’t the only currency that can be used in the exchange of goods or services. When she first started and subsequently launched, and probably even to this day does this, Collective Hub she had no money or startup capital and didn’t want to go begging for any. What she chose to do was exchange other things for people’s ‘buy in’ into the magazine. She would offer herself as a speaker or some other service in exchange for advertising dollars that allowed her to actually fund the first print.
Three key things that inspire me most about Lisa:
- Don’t let anything hold you back
- Money isn’t the only currency
- Empower your community and others
Follow Lisa on social media
Check out her fabulous work at Collective Hub.
I know people will see this as an obvious choice as JK Rowling is a very successful author. Although I am a fan of JK’s writing this isn’t the only reason that I think of her as one of the most inspiring women I know of her story of success trumps all her writing.
Before I get into that I want to tell you something about how my admiration of JK Rowling has grown over time. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first came out I wasn’t interested in reading it, I was in high school and going through my own attempts at rebellion of by avoiding all things that were popular. I felt that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was a children’s book and beneath my reading levels, I was being very pompous, despite my love of reading. It took me many years before I actually picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it was actually about month or so before the final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I ended up falling in love with the story, and with Harry, from the first page and subsequently bought every book and read them all.
The reason I wanted to share this story with you is I wanted to show that my inspiration that I find in JK doesn’t come from just being a massive Harry Potter fangirl, I am that as well. What inspires me about JK the most is that she was faced with rock bottom in her life she was a single mother with no job living on welfare but still carried on and pushed to pursue her dreams. She was 40 when she finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, she received 12 rejections from publishing houses for her manuscript before it finally got published. Her story inspires me to follow my dreams of being a published author and gives me hope that there is still time given her success came later in life.
Another thing that inspires me about JK is her complete acceptance of who she is and what she has been through. She has been completely open and honest about her struggles with depression and anxiety through her life. JK also has this amazing knack for being able to hit back at internet trolls and idiots. She does this even when these trolls aren’t going after her, she is extremely active on Twitter and never stops short of telling it like it is and showing people the truth.
Three key things that inspire me most about JK:
- Never stop going for your dreams
- It’s never too late to live your best life
- Be true to you and don’t let the haters get you down
Follow JK Rowling on social media.
Check out her personal website and books.
You may notice a theme in two of these lovely ladies who I am choosing for the three women who inspire me, JK Rowling and Tara Moss are both authors. I myself aspire to one day be a published author so often look to other authors to get inspiration. Now onto Tara and her awesomeness, yes I did just use that word.
Tara Moss is now an extremely successfully author but started her career as a model, she describes her life as a model in her book The Fictional Woman. She also discusses the expectations within this industry, the loss of her mother, and her own struggles with mental health issues. She is extremely honest and open in this book which added to my inspiration.
Before she wrote this Tara had written multiple crime novels, I love them all, and gained some media attention which allowed her to use this attention for good. Tara is vocal about her feminist views and views on the current trend of cyber harassment. She is an absolute powerhouse of a feminine icon and one of the most amazing advocates for causes that I support also.
Tara is very open and honest about her life and struggles in life, I love how she is willing to speak up for herself and those less fortunate as her. Her success and her second wind are a huge inspiration to me. She was a successful model and when she moved on from that she gained further success as an author and media personality.
It helps that Tara also has kick-ass fashion sense and love for vintage clothes, which I love.
Three key things that inspire me most about JK:
- Just because you have one life doesn’t mean it’s the right life for you
- Speak up, your voice is important
- Just because you have a strong personality doesn’t mean you need to deny your feminity
Follow Tara on social media
Check out her books on taramoss.com. Tara also has a new ABC show about to start about internet trolls called Cyberhate.
Tara Moss is delving into the dark world of cyber abuse. #Cyberhate
Posted by ABC2 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017