Women's History Month // Some Inspiring Women (Part 1)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March is women's history month, and throughout the month I've been featuring some strong, creative, intelligent women who have really inspired me over on my Instagram. 

It's only been 13 days, but I've been blown away by comments, new friendships, and general girl power that this little project has resulted in. So, read on to learn a little bit about some of the incredible women I've been featuring. 

This is Laura Lucy.

A while back I stumbled across Laura's artwork and fell in love with her unique artwork (you can see/buy some of her work at here!!), but it wasn't until recently that I realized she also had a blog and a gorgeous Instagram feed.

I haven't been following Laura for long, but her beautiful pictures make Mondays feel less Monday-ish, and her playlists are quickly becoming my go-to source for good music. It's always inspiring and motivating to witness a woman who is overflowing with thoughts and creative ideas. Laura's got a bit of magic in her, and I can't wait to see what else she'll do.

This is my Aunt Pam.

I've realized that I'm so used to my aunt's intelligence, fresh ideas, and willingness to work that I often take it all for granted. 

I'm so grateful to have a role model who's taught me endless kindness and the importance of hard work and doing good quietly. Thanks for teaching me to empower women and to take no crap from boys.

This is my mom.

It was recently International Women's Day, and I'm feeling incredibly blessed to have a strong woman like my mom in my life. So, this one goes out to all the moms of the world:

Thank you for being strong women and raising strong women. Thank you for teaching us to empower, not compete. "For most of history, anonymous was a woman." I'm thankful for all the mothers who are fighting for their daughters; for us. Because slowly yet surely, we are becoming less and less anonymous than we once were. 

This is Emily Thomas.

I found Emily on Twitter over a year ago. We've never actually met, but I've witnessed her endless kindness and beautiful perspective of people and the world in general through her inspiring words and photographs.As Emily betters herself, she is constantly bettering others. Oh, and she takes really nice pictures too. It's Emily's world, and we're just living in it.

This is Ceci.

I met Ceci fifteen years ago. She couldn't speak English, and I couldn't speak Spanish, but we became best friends. Now we're at the same university, and Ceci is going to be a doctor one day.

Ceci is basically my life soulmate. She likes art museums, cupcakes, painting, the color blue, and science. She's always down to walk to Whole Foods or go to a concert or spontaneously get a hair cut with me at 10 PM. 

Moral of the story: be the doctor your parents wanted you to marry.

This is Kimberlee Anne Vezzetti.

I've never met Kim in person, but I don't have to to know what an incredible person she is. She's always complimenting others and their work, lifting friends and strangers alike up, and spreading kindness and happy thoughts. Basically, I'm pretty sure Kim is a combination of talent, love, intelligence, and everything else that's good in the world. 

On another note, I'm constantly inspired and impressed with Kim's creativity and talent. This past year I've watched her take risks behind and in front of the camera, resulting in some beautiful artwork. The world needs more movers and shakers like Kim who never stop pushing their creative boundaries or bettering themselves (and everyone around them). 

This is Shayna.Shayna was my roommate at college orientation, and we bonded over Nicki Minaj and Drake. Because all good friendships start that way.

On my hypothetical list of powerful/influential women, Shayna ranks up there with the Beyonce's of the world. Because there's not many people who wear Yeezy's to study at the library or walk 4 miles with you just to pet dogs at the park. 

Shayna's got brains, beauty, business, and really bad memes. And that's all she needs to conquer the world. 

"what's the greatest lesson a woman should learn? that since day one. she's already had everything she needs within herself. it's the world that convinced her she did not. -rupi kaur 

This is Rupi Kaur. She recently released her first book of poems entitled "Milk and Honey", and her words tend to leave me speechless.

This is Ally Sheehan.

I found Ally during one of my darkest times; when I was struggling with an eating disorder. Her passion for social justice, feminism, vegan eating, and learning to truly love yourself absolutely changed my life. Ally changed the way I look at food, the way I look at my body, and the way I look at the world around me.

Dumbledore once said, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only remembers to turn on the light." This quote will always remind me of Ally because people (including me) tend to go to Ally in their darkest times. She is the light/inspiration/bit of hope for us all, and I am blessed to have stumbled across her blog. Ally has taught me to love myself, to love the life I've been given, and to spread this love as much as possible. And I think that's about as inspiring as it gets.

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit 
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”

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