We all live by example. The lessons we carry come either from experience (those are fun, right?) or by stories told by others. The stories, random shortcuts of wisdom, come to you when one most needs them, and the storytellers are here to be part of our own history in the making. They gently guide us, inform us, and provide a compass to navigate the complicated puzzle of our own lives.
I’ve had amazing woman around me throughout my life. Like my mother, always reminding me about being accountable for my choices. Or my high school teacher, who saw how words came natural to me and encouraged my writing. My sister, my aunt, my childhood best friend…. all of these beautiful, wonderful goddesses are part of my psyche, and have taught me about motherhood, sisterhood, and empowerment.
The women that I am presenting to you today, however, are of a different kind. These women have affected my brain in specific ways. They have and continue to infuse my thinking with ideas, with potential, with beauty. They are my own private teachers in themes of love, courage, and transformation, and I admire them for their qualities while understanding they are deeply flawed. Just like me.
And here, I present you with the three women that have most influenced my life… so far.
- Isabel Allende
“All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom.”- Isabel Allende
I would have been 16 years old when my mom returned home one evening all flustered and excited. She had personally met Isabel Allende at some event she went to, and got a signed copy of her first book, “The House of the Spirits”. I remember I picked up the book up from the dining table, and saw on the cover a beautiful woman of long, green hair staring back at me. I didn’t give any more attention to it until the following Summer, when, out of boredom, I found it in my mom’s bookcase, and started reading. It was a revelation: raw, magical, and impossible. This book, as is the case with many in her first series, speak of revolution, passion (in all its forms), and resolutions. It brought into my awareness the realities of abuse to women, and how power really corrupts, and corrupts absolutely. Her writing is easy to follow, and had me coming back for many, many years. She showed me first hand the power of storytelling, and instilled in me a curiosity for writing, that has followed me up until this point. In 2014, President Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, validating her contribution to humanity with her writing and vision.
2. Danielle Laporte
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?- Danielle Laporte
“Whoa.. what just happened?”, I remember saying out loud after listening to one of Danielle Laporte‘s audio files. Her straightforward, no nonsense approach cuts straight through my confusion, bringing light into deep rooted areas of my sub conscious. Her voice is soft, but firm, like an older sister loving me for who I am, regardless of my shortfalls.
Danielle has come into my life exactly when I needed her. With her wit and spiritual insight, she has slowly but surely transformed my point of view in regards to myself. She’s an entrepreneur and a spiritual coach, merging the left side and right side of the brain with one goal in mind: creation with purpose. I have read her book “The Desire Map”, and have understood so many things about intention, devotion, and soul-driven goals. She is in my present, my now. She is not my guru, but she is certainly teaching me lessons that are relevant in my life right this moment.
3. Arianna Huffington
“Don’t just climb the ladder of success – a ladder that leads, after all, to higher and higher levels of stress and burnout – but chart a new path to success, remaking it in a way that includes not just the conventional metrics of money and power, but a third metric that includes well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving, so that the goal is not just to succeed but to thrive.” – Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington has been one of my latest discoveries. Because, well, she’s everywhere! A journalist, an entrepreneur, a woman with a clear voice and an honest opinion. She is the creator of one of the first online magazines (Huffington Post anyone?), which proved once and for all the shift us humans have been taking towards Online platforms as our main source for information.
Despite her impressive resume and achievements, what really got me hooked to Arianna’s energy is her role in one of the most radical but yet simple of causes: the sleep revolution. She is an advocate in favor of restful pauses and body replenishment, educating us all on the sleep deprivation epidemic that his holding our society by its neck. Anybody who has ever tried to start something, or to transcend into anything greater will surely agree that time is scarce, and that long nights are needed in order to meet deadlines and wrap up important projects. Yes, those extra hours into the work are crucial, and that is totally understandable. But to build a life around that high demand of energy from anybody’s life is unsustainable, and it must be addressed.
Also, she’s got a great sense of humor.