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International Women’s Day: 3 Leaders Who Elevate Our Spirits

by Kristine Fredheim on March 08, 2021

Today is International Women’s Day! This is an occasion to celebrate ourselves (which we should actually be doing on the daily!) but also, the women who inspire us to grow and flourish. 

There’s something so special about the female spirit. We’re able to balance strength with great sensitivity. Arianna Huffington, Brené Brown and Louise Hay are leaders who’ve nailed this synergy, and taught me invaluable lessons that have enriched my life! 

Arianna Huffington 

I’ve been lucky enough to interact with this brilliant media mogul. Many years ago, Arianna gave me the opportunity to write for Huffington Post. She made space for me to express myself on my own terms, and share the good, bad and ugly experiences we go through in life. 

What inspires me most about Arianna is her ability to lean into her power, while staying grounded and empathetic. She’s accomplished so much! As you know, she launched Huffington Post which became a huge success. She also wrote groundbreaking international bestselling books like “The Sleep Revolution” and “Thrive”. I could go on and on about her accomplishments, but this would end up being a 20,000 word blog post or maybe more! All to say, Arianna is a humble powerhouse who motivates me to chase my dreams no matter how big they are. 

Brené Brown

What a woman. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brené Brown’s work, GET ON IT! She’s a research professor at the University of Houston, a five-time New York Times bestseller and overall badass. She teaches important life lessons that deeply resonate - like “embracing the suck” to walk through vulnerability and find courage within. 

Again, women have immeasurable power! Don’t underestimate your potential. Brené encourages us to choose courage over comfort. You should totally check out her podcasts, “Unlocking Us” and “Dare to Lead”. If you’re ever feeling stuck or intimidated by life’s hurdles, just remember the aforementioned mantra: courage over comfort. 

Say it every day and you’ll find yourself getting stronger and stronger. Make some moves, babes! 

Louise Hay 

Louise is a legend! She’s known as one of the founders of the self-help movement, which is an incredible accomplishment. 

Louise was always ahead of the curve - her first book, “Heal Your Body” was published in 1976, long before it was common to discuss the connection between the mind and body. Since then, the book was revised, made available to people in 33 different countries and translated into 25 languages! 

What I appreciate most about Louise is her healing technique and positive philosophy. Much like myself, she’s been through trauma, so I easily relate to her work. She has studied and shown the link between mental health and physical ailments, an ongoing struggle in my life. As a result, I’ve become more aware of how to heal my mind and body at the same time by grounding myself in nature (read all about my experience here!) 

I’m so grateful to these women and hope you’ll take time to learn more about their impact on the world… I’m sure you’ll identify with certain lessons to take along your journey! 

In the comments below, tell us which women inspire you and why. 

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