“There comes a point in life that if you don’t take that risk, you become so comfortable in your daily life that you will never take that risk.” Sanchaita Gajapati Raju Tweet That!
I am always on the search to read about amazing women that are disrupting the ways we do things in the world. So what does that mean?
They refuse to live according to the status quo.
They are not living at the affect of life. Instead they are paving a new direction.
They inspire and motivate me to consider my life and how I can embrace life with intention and focus.
In the midst of the challenges of their lives, they see hope and continue to press on.
They just don’t give up!!
So, here’s my list:
Barbara Beskind: Living at a retirement community and at the age of 90, she is smashing stereotypes by being the oldest member of IDEO (human-centered design team) in Silicon Valley. She is refusing to say that she is too old to make a difference in the world. Her projects deal with improving the lives of elderly people, and you can learn more about her here.
Megan Grassell: She is the owner and founder of Yellowberry, a bra company for young girls. She started this company because when she was a young girl it was difficult to find a proper fitting bra for herself and her growing, changing body. Through this product, she is inspiring, and encouraging the confidence of young, developing girls to enjoy their youthful stages of life. You can learn more about her mission at www.yellowberry.com.
Irene Easley: A wonderful friend that I know dearly, is the author of a “Sex And The Christian Wife”, an important issue within the religious circles that many are not talking about. Her boldness has made a way to bring this dialogue front and center.
Sanchaita Gajapati Raju: As the the founder of a group called Social Awareness Newer Alternatives, which provides clean drinking water and eco-friendly toilets to people in need in India. She uses technology and locally sourced solutions to support the people in India. So, Sanchaita uses solar panels to run water-treatment plants and then sends the waste water to community toilets.
Kerri Warne: A woman who lost her son as a result of drowsy driving and through that tragedy, is now raising awareness around this important topic through her organization called TyREDD (pronounced “tired”): Tyler Raising Education for Driving Drowsy. www.tyredd.com
Melissa Kieling: She is the mother of three that found herself struggling to find a product to keep her kids' lunches cool and safe until lunchtime. So, she patented the idea for a lunch bag with a freezable gel built into its lining – an idea that grew into PackIt Personal Cooler. Five years later, PackIt has grown into a $14 million business with products that span lunch, wine, baby, picnic and shopping products with a distribution reaching more than 40 countries internationally. Oh and by the way, her experience before her business succes was school bake sales! Her encouragement to all of us is, “Don’t let inexperience stop you!”
Johanna Basford: Her coloring book, “The Secret Garden”, has become a global best seller for adults who enjoy coloring! Who would have thought this would happen? She had doubts herself, as she took 9 months to create this book, freelancing during the day, and thinking that coloring for adults was silly. However, “Secret Garden” has sold out in many markets worldwide and she is now working out her third book in response to the themes that her fans have suggested.
There are so many more women that I admire and I may try to continue doing this each month. I am sharing this list with you as a source of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation.
Be inspired to thrive in your life. Where are you right now? What have you put on the back burner? Who can support you? All of the ones mentioned above had people in their lives to support them to take their steps. They were not alone and you don’t have to be either.
THRIVE in your moments,