Mother’s Day recently passed. After seeing all of the lovely posts about the inspiration and support we get from our Mom’s (genetic and inherited) and feeling the amazing support I get from the fabulous women in my life I got to thinking about the vast amount of women who motivate me.
Of course my mother is #1, I tend to go to her with most of my problems. Her advice is always so spot on and infused with years of experience and factual knowledge. After a pep talk from my Mommy I always feel empowered and inspired to tackle whatever issue life has thrown at me.
But then there are other women I gather inspiration from. These women are not always women I know personally, however their stories, their talents, their experiences motivate me. There is a connection that I draw from them, a kinship that is formed via the heartaches they sing about, the words they form that seem to effortlessly describe what I can’t seem to put into words, the hard work and ambition (though perhaps in a totally different arena) that influences my own work.
Here is my list of Motivation Women, it is my hope that you may be introduced to a woman whom you can now draw inspiration from and in turn inspire those women around you.
Tori started out as a YouTube artist and I’ve been following her for a while. Her voice is one of the most technically perfected voices I’ve EVER heard however she never lacks the raw emotion and soul of someone who sings straight from the heart, this girl gives me mad goossies! The girl has an almost cult like following (although she isn’t signed to any major labels) and she has the support of some pretty big music heavyweights. It was hard to narrow down only 1 video to post to introduce Tori’s music to you so I’ve included the 2 that inspire me. The first is an original song that she wrote and the 2nd a cover of Seals “Crazy”. Tori is the perfect example of how you don’t need to be mainstream or fit into a specific mold to do the things you love, how when you follow the path that is your own you can blaze new trails along the way.
I mean who isn’t in love with Beyonce(there are self help groups for those who aren’t)? She’s got incredible talent, stunning good looks, and she get’s to jump off of luxury yachts in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean while on vacation with her equally as talented and charismatic husband and adorable baby. But that’s not why she inspires me. Beyonce works her ASS off! When she steps on a stage you know she’s going to give you her all. She is going to leave you feeling like she’s a new artist still hungry for success, performing her multi-platinum hits like it’s the very first time in front of a crowd who still needs to be convinced of her talent. This can only happen when someone truly loves what they do and is dedicated to being and giving you their best. She doesn’t just stand on the stage while her dancers and background singers (though maybe more technically trained) do all the heavy lifting. No home girl is right there matching every thrust, shake, and musical note with equal intensity. Our professional paths are entirely different but in her I see what beautiful work can be created when you give it your all. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of her music or not, you’ve gotta give it up to a woman who works as hard as she does. Again because I can’t narrow down just 1 performance that inspires me, but these are my all time favorite’s…
Before I started my own blog I followed a ton of other blogs and wished that I was doing what they were doing. I would open my computer go to these sites and get so inspired by their recipes, their decorating tips, elegant parties, and effortless style. These blogs awakened my creativity and before you know it I was starting my own blog and throwing my own parties and giving my own tips. The blogs I will list here are the epitome of what I believe to be great blogs. They have beautiful photography, creative idea’s and engaging articles. They are what I hope this blog is and will continue being. In no particular order my favorite blogs are..
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
I was one of the many women transformed by Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert managed to speak to the free spirit in all of us with her personal tales of travel, love and forgiveness. Since then I have followed Gilberts other work and am continuously inspired by her heartfelt and sincere Facebook posts. Whenever I feel the negativity of the internet taking it’s toll it is to her page I go for some uplifting inspirational nourishment. She is as candid and as charming as she was in Eat, Pray, Love only I get to enjoy her ruminations more consistently. I am often times left feeling compelled to write my own truths, whether it be here or elsewhere.
While she’s my friend and I’m constantly inspired by her personally, I am also inspired by the way she has handled her career. Brandy came on the scene at 15 years old and has boldly stepped into nearly every arena in entertainment fearlessly, gracefully and with a commitment that has been steadfast and unflinching. I’ve had the pleasure of calling her my friend, but when I see her perform I am just another fan. Of course she sings beautifully and she nails every dance move. But it is her command of the stage and her confidence that amazes me. In person she is silly and funny and we laugh like old friends do, but when she is on the stage she is someone else altogether. The aphorism “I was born for this” never rang truer than when I see my friend perform. There are people who entertain merely with their voice or their ability to dance. Brandy performs on another level, her performance is visceral, it comes from a place that is completely and utterly innate. I was reminded of this recently as I set in the audience during her Broadway debut in Chicago. A medium that is new to her she navigates effortlessly as if as the saying goes –she was born for it.
So Weekender’s who are some women who inspire you outside of your family and friends? Is there anyone who’s hustle pushes you to hustle harder or who has overcome something that just puts your own life in perspective? I’d love to know in the comments below!