20 Women To Inspire You Today
They say “you’re only as good as the company you keep,” and I’ve been thinking about that a lot, lately. I’ve been thinking about the way some people make me feel when I’m around them versus others. I’ve been thinking about how incredibly full I feel after a night of camaraderie and connection with my nearest and dearest girls. And on the contrast, how draining a simple scroll through social media can sometimes be these days. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I connect with women and how I’m motivated by women, and how there’s a ton of wildly brave, talented, fiery women who probably don’t even realize just how much they’ve influenced, inspired, or affected me.
So, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Shine Theory, and female empowerment, I decided to round up this list of 20 women that inspire me on the daily (because maybe they'll do the same for you). From my #girlboss BFFs to that blogger I stalk on Instagram ...this is a collection of crazy talented, wildly motivating, ever empowering babes. I double-dare you to check them out.
DISCLAIMER: Not only is there no rhyme or reason to the order that these leading ladies are listed, but by no means is this list exhaustive. I’m inspired, motivated and in awe of basically every babe I meet on the daily. My mother is one of my all-time greatest sources of inspiration, and my immediate girl gang — the friends I spend my time with — both challenge me and make me feel at home in their company. I would be lost without them. So please self-lovingly note that the recognition of one babe is not the exclusion of YOU.
Gabriella Rosie is an artist who I discovered via Instagram. She makes art “for hot babes and bad bitches who make shit happen,” and I’m kind of obsessed with her work. #MoreGirlArt (Pssst...you can shop her prints, here.)
Sally Mustang is an artist, goddess, gypsy babe who inspires me to get back in touch with myself and my sensual side on the daily. Like, I’m allowed to be both powerful and feminine in the same day, or even at the same time.
Jenna Kutcher is a body positivity IG babe, and host of the Goal Digger Podcast. I recently followed her on my counselor's recommendation, and honestly, that particular session was worth every dollar.
Halley Elefante is The Salty Blonde and you probably already follow her on Instagram, so you know she’s on this list because her words (captions?) are just so f*cking real. (And also, she’s the LOL kind of funny.)
Amber Ibarreche is a witty, pithy, boundary-pushing artist whose work you’ve probably already seen on Instagram or the streets of Venice Beach.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild and probably needs no introduction. Recently when I was going through a particularly tough time, it was her book, Tiny Beautiful Things that I kept reaching for. (You can read the letter that always brings me to tears, here.)
Lena Dunham is the not only the star of but also the creator and writer of GIRLS. And yes, I know it’s over now, but watching GIRLS was exciting for me because it was the first time I had ever felt actually and deeply relatable to a character on TV (yep, I’m talking about Hannah). It was also Lena's book that validated for me that there is a market for the kind of book I wanted to write (and did write).
Katie Dalebout is a writer, podcast host, and wellness guru (among other things) — it’s her voice (via podcast) that accompanies me on long walks, road trips, and sometimes even throughout my household chores.
Alisa Vitti helps women find their flo. She’s a functional nutritionist and a women’s hormone expert. (It’s her app that I use to track my cycles, TMI?)
Erin Treloar of the Instagram account @RawBeautyTalks is on a mission to redefine beauty, centered in self-love.
Sarah Dubbeldam is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Darling Magazine, a creation that actually feels like the hearts and minds of women are carefully considered in every detail. (If you do nothing else today, you should probably read the mag’s mission statement, here.)