In honor of International Women’s Day, I’d like to introduce you to my Sheroes, the Dames who inspire me and fill me up.
Although I am normally quite positive and upbeat (or annoyingly optimistic I have been told) there are times where the weight of the world lays heavy on my shoulders and my light starts to dim. It’s at these times that I rely on my shero’s for a kick in the pants, inspiration, a boost for my batteries and a reminder of the bigger picture.
My Shero’s provide much-needed insight and inspiration, some of them do this without even ever have been in the same room with me. So who are these amazing women that I turn to in dark times?
Before I get right into the introductions, first let me tell you about the qualities each of them shares and why they resonate with me and opens my heart.
In order for me to be able to relate to and resonate with a Shero they must be equal parts part woo woo (or spiritual) and uncensored, no bullshit, tell it like it is (what can I say my moon is in Gemini). These are qualities all these women share. We even have a couple “Jersey Girls” in the mix so you know there may be some fist pumps and F-bombs dropped. Yup, that’s what works to open my heart and mind. The harmonic blend of spiritual and keeping it real.
Ok, without further ado, here they are in alphabetical order by first name.
I have Danielle’s book’s, Fire Starter Sessions and Desire Map (hello life changing) in book and audiobook format. I don’t normally buy audio books but Danielle reads them herself so it feels to me like I get my own personal Dharma talk that way.
I also love listening to her SoundCloud account whenever I need some inspiration on the go. I also recently purchased her Big Beautiful Book Plan as well (yup I’ve got a couple of books in me itching to get out). To me, Danielle is equal parts mystic, entrepreneur, trailblazer and kinda feels like the big sister I never had. You can watch one of my favorite Danielle pep talks here.
Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions (with Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
My Holistic Optometrist introduced me to Kris Carr when she recommended juicing as one of the ways of treating and reversing some degeneration in my eyes. I had been resistant to juicing because well, I thought it was just the latest health trend. I figured I already ate a crap ton of veggies each day and didn’t see the need to add more (boy was I wrong). Now armed with the resources of Kris’s website and books I have joined the Crazy Sexy Revolution and am a proud Wellness Warrior (insert fist pump here).
The degeneration in my eyes has made a big improvement. If it keeps at this rate I may be able to reverse it completely.
Kris is a wealth of information on not only juicing and plant-based eating but a guide on the path to non-toxic living as well! I also think she is a kick-ass speaker and this Wanderlust talk is one of my faves.
Kris Carr is a New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author, speaker and wellness activist. She is the subject and director of the documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, which aired on TLC and The Oprah Winfrey Network. Kris is also the author of the award-winning Crazy Sexy book series. Her latest books, Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen, will change the way you live, love and eat!
Kris regularly lectures at hospitals, wellness centers, corporations such as Whole Foods, and Harvard University.
As an irreverent foot soldier in the fight against disease, Kris inspires countless people to take charge of their health and happiness by adopting a plant-passionate diet, improving lifestyle practices and learning to live and love like you really mean it. In Oprah’s words, “Kris Carr’s riveting journey started a revolution…” Her motto: Make juice, not war!
I first met Marie-Ève on a bus when we were both returning from teaching a class. We connected quickly and I took her card (I’m always looking for a good teacher to sub my classes).
When I checked out Marie-Ève’s Yoga class I was spellbound by the soulfulness and depth of her teaching. Marie-Ève’s classes (when she’s teaching) are actually the only Calgary Yoga classes I’ll go to. I always leave feeling, recharged, nurtured and held, which is exactly what I need from a class.
Although Marie-Ève is not teaching classes at the time of writing this, due to her diagnosis with Lyme disease, and the toll it has taken on her, she still blogs on a regular basis (one of the very few I read and share) and has soul-stirring recordings on SoundCloud.
I am ever inspired by Marie-Ève her voice and her journey I am honored to call her friend.
Marie-Ève Bonneau’s calling is to remind others of the truth of who they are and to help them reconnect to ‘center’ — the powerful seat of wisdom and essence that lies within. She guides others in transforming their life challenges and experiences of loss and trauma into the powerful rerouting and growth opportunities that these initiations really are. A gentle and playful soul, Marie-Ève’s presence is often described, much to her delight, as ‘magical’. Find out more at Circling into Center.
A few years back I had brief a crisis of faith when I realized that I couldn’t physically teach enough classes a week to make teaching Yoga a sustainable livelihood. Yet I had no doubt that I was meant to teach Yoga.
After a small meltdown and many tears, I pulled up my big girl panties and decide to re-think how I taught Yoga. I knew I needed some out of the box thinking and some business skills if I was going to take my game online. Enter Marie Forleo!
I honestly can’t remember how I stumbled across Marie initially but I was soon hooked on her Q & A Tuesdays and was putting her business and life wisdom into practice. It became very clear that if I wanted to take my teaching online (a whole new arena for me), I needed some smart and savvy business training. So When I found out Marie had an online biz course called B-school I pulled out Mr.MasterCard and made it so. It was more money than I had at the time but worth every penny and more.
B-School was and still is (I retake it every year) a total game changer. The course and community are amazing and it has given me the skills and focus to shift the way I envision my teaching and has allowed me to start creating online programs (coming soon).
Marie was named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc’s 500 fastest growing companies of 2014. Her mission is to help you realize your greatest potential and use your unique talents to change the world. She reaches over 275,000 readers in 193 countries worldwide and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life.
She’s the creator of the award-winning show MarieTV. Her bestselling book, Make Every Man Want You: How To Be So Irresistible You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself is published in 13 languages. Through her Change Your Life, Change The World® initiative, each for-profit training program is tied to a non-profit partner who supports women, the environment and entrepreneurship.
With loving yet wisecracking advice, Marie inspires a global community to take charge of their success and happiness by boosting their business skills, shedding BS excuses and injecting massive amounts of fun into each day. You can learn more about Marie at www.marieforleo.com
I discovered Seane Corn very early in my Yoga journey long before teacher training, when I took her Vinyasa Flow Yoga- Uniting Movement and Breath out from the library. I watched the interview with Seane at the beginning where she shared some of her journey to and through Yoga and the impact it has made on her life. The cords of my heart were struck and I was so inspired by her realness and willingness to discuss the raw and sometimes less than pretty moments in life. Seane speaks to my heart in a way that no one else has.
I’m not even really a fan of Vinyasa Yoga, to be honest, but I am a fan of Seane! I could go to her workshop and just lay on my mat and listen to her teaching and it would be more than worth the price of the workshop!
I have studied with Seane in a couple of workshops now (and plan to do a lot more) and every time I leave with huge aha’s about my life, my practice, my journey and my teaching. Deep bows to this little gal for helping me stay open-hearted and my light shining bright.
Seane Corn is an internationally renowned Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and spiritual activist, who focuses her teachings on self-empowerment, self-actualization, Dharma (purpose) and Seva (service).
Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World®. Seane is also co-founder of a ground-breaking fund and awareness effort across the yoga world called the ‘Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tour’, which has collectively raised over $4.5 million since 2007 for international communities in need.
Her self-authored dvds and cd set are available through Gaiam, Yoga Journal and Sounds True. For more information, to learn more about Seane visit www.seanecorn.com.
I was introduced to Tara virtually (even though we live in the same city) by a mutual friend. I couldn’t believe someone this amazing lived in Calgary and I had not heard of her?! I quickly connected with Tara via email and the rest is history.
Tara is my go-to gal for clarity. Sometimes my head still wants to be in charge (working on that) and I have trouble listening to my heart (especially when it comes to the big stuff). Whenever I am having trouble listening to my heart and fully embracing its message I seek out Tara’s help.
Tara has a way of getting right down to it, and I get more clarity and detail from a 30-minute reading than I have gotten from 90-minute readings in the past.
I now count Tara as a key member of my universal guidance team and a friend. I have sent many friends her way and they all give the same rave review of her readings and counsel.
If you are having trouble “getting out of your own way” and need clarity I cannot recommend her enough!
Tara Taylor is an internationally renowned intuitive counselor, spiritual teacher, motivational speaker and published author. Also an expert in the connections between ego, emotions, and intuition who has helped thousands of adults and teenagers. She has been featured internationally in newspapers, radio and television and has helped many people through her workshops, seminars and public speaking on the difference between the higher self and the ego.
Tara is President and CEO of Whitelight Wellness as well as Sacred Space, a wellness center located in Calgary, Canada, and co-founder of Just Say Yes Seminars.
Tara attended St. Paul’s University for four years studying World Religions, Theology, and Pastoral Counseling. She also an Integrated Energy Therapy® Master/Instructor, and a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master.
Tara is one of the contributing authors to the Amazon best-seller Manifesting Success: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams and co-author of HayHouse Publishing’s first YA Series Through Indigo’s Eyes and Becoming Indigo. Learn more about Tara at www.TaraTaylor.ca
So there you have it, my Sheroes! I’m always looking to connect with more inspiring women so in the comments below, let me know; who are your Sheroes?