10 creative women who made me who I am today

My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive & to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
— Maya Angelou
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Is that not the most empowering quote ever?! It's become one of my mottos this past year. It reminds me to stay true to myself, to really be intentional about my life, and to follow my dreams. Speaking of following my dreams, in honor of International Women's Day today, I'm here to share with you some creative and inspiring female bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, and influencers who've inspired me to follow my dreams. I would not be the same woman I am today if I hadn't gotten lost in their art. These women are from all over the world and I am so thankful to have stumbled across their work at different points in my life.

HERE. WE. GO.

Poppy Deyes

Poppy is a blogger from the UK. She is an amazing photographer, food lover, fashionista, travel guru and all around lovely human. I love reading her blog and seeing what she's up to and excited about. She is unapologetically herself and you'll find this with a lot of these woman I'll be talking about, they are so empowering. Any who - Poppy is one of the bloggers I that truly made me want to start blogging and blog about the things I love, regardless of what people thought about it.

Zoe Sugg -

Zoe is a HUGE Youtube and Blogger also from the UK. She mainly focuses on lifestyle and beauty but she is so much more than just that. She is a goofball but also one bad ass business woman who inspires me to take life a little less seriously, but also push yourself to your full potential because you never know what you're capable of until you try for yourself. Definitely check her out. 

Hailey Devine -

Hailey is an incredible filmmaker from Utah. Her and her husband, Brad, make incredible travel videos and also vlog and blog about their daily life with their two little girls, Lucy and Greta, who are SO ADORABLE. She inspires me to travel the world, and to never be afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. She also inspires me to be an amazing mom who shows her kids that life is so beautiful and worth living, when that day come of course. I hope to be as loving and joyful as she is.

Taylor Tippet - 

Taylor is a tatted up, Jesus and Justin Beiber loving blogger and influencer from Chicago, Illinois. She is a flight attendant and created the movement called "Words from the Windowseat." Which spreads positivity around the world. She inspires me to travel more and open my heart to new experiences. She shows others how to be joyful regardless of your circumstance.

Shawna - 

I've watched Shawna's videos on Youtube when I was in probably sixth grade. She is a filmmaker and she is SO incredibley talented. I used to wake up super early before school so I could watch some of her short films before heading out because I always felt so excited to create after I watched them. She's one of the main reasons I started making videos on youtube, which also led me to trying my hand at photography. 

Tessa Violet -

Along with Shawna, I also watched Tessa Violet's videos alongside her because I they created a lot of short films together. Tessa inspired me to take down my guard, to laugh a little more and get excited to create. She also reminded me that it's okay to not be okay. To realize that we all aren't perfect and that is a beautiful thing.

Ella Grace Denton -

When I think about Ella Grace Denton, words that come to my head are - empowering, encouraging, real, honest, authentic...she is all those. She is a singer/songwriter and influencer. She loves empowering woman to be whoever and whatever they want to be. She inspires to to love other woman like they were my sisters. To always root for them and encourage them because we aren't so different from each other at all.

Arden Rose - 

She is hilarious, honest and unapologetically herself. Arden is an Actress, Influencer and Youtuber. She loves books, films, film cameras, beauty and the nitty gritty REAL life conversations. She's has inspired me to be myself, and reassured me that it's okay to not have it all figured out yet. That there's no rush to find what exactly you want to do, just do the things you love.

Christine De Villiers -

Christine is a youtuber who I believe is my age. I've followed her for a while now and she makes beautiful videos of her travels and the things that inspire her. She is hilarious and real, she is not afraid to be vulnerable and I think that is so courageous and special.

Megan Hughes -

Megan is a Youtuber living in Oregon. The main reason I started watching her was because she has this series called "Pizza Talk" which is when she sits down with a friend, devours a pizza, and talks about life - like REAL LIFE. It's pretty beautiful and it's almost as if you're sitting down with some sisters. I always came back to her videos when I felt down or discouraged, they always tended to raise me up again and left me feeling so empowered.

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I could list of a hundred more women who've inspired me throughout the years but these are just some key people who had a huge influence on me that I wouldn't necessarily get a chance to thank in person. It's so important to let people know how much they mean to you. Even a quick text or a phone call makes all the difference. Let's encourage each other, root for each other, be cheer leaders for one another. Let's stop competing and start leading, helping, cheering, loving, caring, and celebrating. What a beautiful thing it is to be amongst so many beautiful hearts and minds. So here's to International Woman's Day! I would like to thank my mom, for being such a hard worker and always being a great example of how hard work pays off. I would like to thank my friends who I've met and loved over the years. I'm so thankful for these friendships and womanhood that are full of love and support for one another. Thanks for everything.  

Make sure tell the strong women in your life that you love them today. Give them a fist bump and say, "you're freaking awesome."

xx