Meet Artist Gia Graham

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Meet Gia Graham, the artist behind this beautiful piece!

What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve created? 

As we navigate our way through life (and social media) comparing ourselves to others and holding our idols high on pedestals, it's so easy to feel insecure, inadequate and even insignificant. I made the "You Are Worthy" piece as a reminder to honor ourselves, to value our worth and to feel confident in our own path.  

What are you passionate about?

I am (and have always been) passionate about creativity. I think if we allow ourselves to dig deeply enough, creativity can truly help us connect with our source.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

We must remember that we are all connected. We cannot allow constructs like borders, languages and politics to separate us from our humanity.

To see more of Gia’s beautiful work, follow her Instagram (@iamgiagraham) and visit her website!

Sadie Radinsky's Top Tools

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We are so inspired by this week’s guest curator, Sadie Radinsky! At just 17 years old, Sadie is wise beyond hear years. She’s a recipe creator, wellness writer, and founder of the blog WholeGirl.com (previously known as Goodies Against The Grain). Sadie shares wholesome Paleo recipes and vibrant living tips for young women, with a goal to help teens love themselves and love food.

Sadie’s writing is beautiful, her podcast, Jump for Joy, is powerful, and her recipes — well, they’re insanely gorgeous and delicious (check out Sadie’s Instagram!).

This week, Sadie is guest curating a channel on Womaze where she shares the top tools that have inspired and guided her. After diving into her channel, maybe you can test out one of Sadie’s amazing recipes too — nourish your soul + your body!

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

Meet Romy, the artist behind Muchable

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What is the inspiration behind the pieces of art you’ve submitted? 

Everything inspires me; sometimes I'm just walking in the street and an idea pops up in my mind. In everything around me, I see illustrations and patterns. Also, at the moment, I do a challenge everyday to create a pattern and work out a quote. I try to share words that people can use as a motivation or solace. You see so many beautiful things on Instagram that sometimes you forget that not everything in life is as beautiful as it is on Instagram. Mental illness is also an important topic on my Instagram page. I want people to know they are not alone and you need to be kind to yourself and sometimes you have to rest. And if it's not going as planned, that's okay too. 

What are you passionate about?

Illustrating definitely — I live for that. I also like to write, photograph, do sports and travel! But most of my time I spend at my desk drawing and creating new content. 

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

It's okay if it's not okay. Not everything has to be perfect and you are not alone in this. In this world, you have to be busy all the time, but for who? We are so hard on ourselves so we really need to be kinder. 

To see more of Romy’s work, visit her Instagram (@muchable.nl)!


Toy Story 4 Star Ally Maki Shares Her Top Tools

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This week, Toy Story 4 star Ally Maki is sharing her top tools with us!

In the newest sequel of the iconic film (in theaters June 21), Ally plays Giggle McDimple, the films tiniest toy, and is also the first Asian-American woman to have a lead role in the Toy Story universe! She also previously starred on the TBS series Wrecked and can currently be seen on Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger

Ally recently launched Asian American Girl Club, an apparel company that aims to redefine what it means to be a modern Asian American woman. Check it out here!

In her channel, Ally shared the videos, articles, and quotes that have guided and helped her (we absolutely loooovee what she selected). We hope you all enjoy Ally’s top tools, and watch her in Toy Story 4, in theaters this Friday 🎉

Meet the Artist Behind @morganarnoldart

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What is the inspiration behind your art?

My art is inspired by my own life. I have a little sister who is 13-years-old and I try to give her advice that I wish someone would have told me when I was her age. Since I was little, my dad has always told me not to worry about the things I have no control over. This year was very stressful for me, so along with painting and making collages, I made quotes I could print out for my wall. I did not expect others to enjoy my art but I am very thankful for the support I have gotten. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about art, it is what I turn to in times of anger, stress, and inspiration. 

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

The world needs more confident strong women. We all get so caught up in our jobs, the media and even the stress of our daily life. We need to focus on slowing down and take time to love ourself like we love others. Now more than ever, it is important that women find their voices and build the confidence to use it. So with that being said, what the world needs to hear right now is us.

To see more of Morgan’s work, follow her on Instagram (@morganarnoldart)!

Amanda Schull's Top Tools

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Our guest curator this week is actor, former professional ballet dancer, and gem of a human being Amanda Schull! We’re thrilled to feature Amanda and share her top tools for life with our Womaze community. 

Amanda is known for her starring role in 12 Monkeys, and her roles in Suits, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars. Amanda also starred in the film Center Stage and danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet.

This week, Amanda is sharing some of her favorite videos, articles, and quotes that have impacted her life (which you can find in her channel on the Womaze app!). You can also find Amanda’s favorite feel-good Instagram accounts, TV shows, and podcasts below:

Positive Instagram accounts

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  • Kids Baking Championship

Educational Podcasts

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Ballet

You can stay in touch with Amanda on Instagram (@amandaschull).

Wishing you all a beautiful week ahead!

Meet Artist Jennifer Greive

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What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve submitted? 

I believe in giving support and encouragement to others. That everyone rises when we lift them up. Doesn't it feel good to encourage someone else when they are feeling down? I always find it best to be supportive instead of bringing someone down. We all face so many obstacles in our lives. I wish the world could be a better place. I believe it could be better if everyone was kind to each other.

What are you passionate about?

I'm very passionate about in stopping the stigma of mental health. It's not something that should be ignored. As someone who has gone through so much anxiety the past two years including being depressed I know all too well. No one notices it. No one pays attention. Let your voices be heard! No one realizes what you have to go through in your head. If we all understood this I feel that everyone who goes through depression and anxiety could truly get the help they need to overcome it. Stop calling them lazy and that it's all in their heads. It's not all in our heads. We just need to know that someone cares.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

That no one is alone. We all go through so much in our lives and I know one day we will get to where we want to be. Just be kind to others. It would make the world a better place.

Keep in touch with Jennifer by following her on Instagram (@jennifer.greive) and visiting her website!

Yasmine Cheyenne's Top Tools

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Yasmine Cheyenne is a beautiful writer and spiritual teacher, and this week, she’s sharing her top tools for navigating life and self-healing.

Through her speaking, workbooks, and courses, Yasmine helps her students navigate the sometimes tougher parts of self-healing work and create their own self-healing practices. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she now resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her two daughters and her husband.

We first learned about Yasmine through her Instagram account (@yasminecheyenne) and we were so taken by her powerful words. We’ve shared a few of our favorites of Yasmine’s writing below — to see more, follow her on Instagram and visit her website to learn more.

We’re wishing you a beautiful week filled with joy, inner peace, clarity, and abundance. Enjoy Yasmine’s channel!

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Courtney Henggeler on Motherhood, Her Top Tools, and the Lessons She's Learning

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Courtney Henggeler stars as Amanda Larusso in the hit YouTube Red series Cobra Kai — the series surrounding the storyline of the Karate Kid and the return of Daniel Larusso. Courtney can also be seen in Mom and The Big Bang Theory. We spoke with Courtney about her top tools for life — here’s what she said!

We call Womaze your "toolbox for life" because we feature tools for mental health, self-care, relationships, body image, and more. What are some of your top tools for life?

There are a few things I need to do for myself to run efficiently and happily.  If I stray too far from doing the things I need to do, I start to get real squirrelly, and not in a good way. I need to exercise daily. I love pilates, but old school strength training is what really gets my brain straight. I need to do 20 minutes of meditation, which is usually the first thing out the window when my life gets too crazy. And it’s the first thing I’ll bring back when I know I’m entering “Squirellyland” (once again, probably isn’t a thing). I love wine a lot. Like, a lot.  But I’ve found that limiting my wine habit to the weekends only, helps me be more motivated and happier (go figure. Also, bummer).

And lastly, I limit my social media stalking to once a day. It’s real easy to go down that rabbit hole and before you know it, your sobbing to your husband wondering why YOU aren’t in Bora Bora, wearing Valentino and drinking unicorn tears. Or whatever else these influencers do these days.

How has motherhood changed your life?

It’s given me tangible gratitude. I look at these two adorable, insane children and I can’t believe I get to keep them. I’m so aware of how I speak to myself now because they observe and take in everything. I want to raise kind, confident children and you can’t do that if you’re constantly criticizing yourself.  Also, less drinking. Ever wake up with a hangover and a 2 year old? That’ll end your boozing days real fast.

Can you share some of your favorite self-care practices?

I wish I could say weekly massages, monthly facials and pedicures on the regular.  But at this point, if I can blow dry my hair in a presentable fashion these days, I call that a win. Meditation is up there too.

What lesson are you currently learning?

To let go of my own personal time table.  We live with 2 small children, a dog who thinks he’s a small child and 2 cats battling cancer.  I like things my way. I like to have my home look a certain way. I like to get to places on time, but that means nothing to the folks in my house.  So I’m trying to let go of the control I need in order to allow the mess to happen. By the way, I am NOT good at this, like, not even a little, but we keep trying.

What's one message that you think the world needs to hear?

Learning that life is about perspective.  Our views and experiences are just that; they’re ours.  To demand others feel and view things the same way is sort of silly.  And to go a step further, why not try looking at things from their perspective? We all filter things through our own unique lens.  Which is wonderful, but it is definitely not the only way.

Stay in touch with Courtney on Instagram (@courtneyhenggeler) and watch her on the on the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai!

Maris Degener's Top Tools

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We are so inspired by this week’s guest curator, Maris Degener. In addition to being a a yoga teacher (she began practicing when she was 14 years old and began her teacher training at 15), Maris is a mental health advocate, writer, and UCSC student. Maris began practicing yoga as a method of healing from an eating disorder that took over her life as a a young teenager. Her story is beautifully told through a documentary called “I Am Maris,” which is available on Netflix. The film is a deeply moving, powerful story about self-acceptance, mental health, and healing.

Through teaching, Maris inspires her students to tune into their own inner strength and power. This week, Maris is teaching the Womaze community about the top tools that she uses to feel centered. In her channel, you can find the videos, articles, and quotes that have inspired and supported Maris.

Here are a few ways you can stay in touch with Maris and learn more about her work and story:

  • Follow Maris on Instagram (@yogamaris)

  • Visit her website (yogamaris.net)

  • Watch “I Am Maris,” the documentary about her healing journey on Netflix

We hope you connect with and learn from the tools Maris shared! Let’s keep the conversation going on Instagram (@womazepp) — see you there!

Community Spotlight: Kim Cronin

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Our Womaze community inspires us every day, so we love highlighting the amazing women who are a part of it. Our first spotlight is on Kim Cronin, the founder of Trulytrueworld.com. We had the opportunity to meet Kim through a series of synchronistic events (while riding together in an elevator) and she is truly a beautiful example of what it means to Womaze. 

We loved interviewing Kim to hear about her top tools for life, and we hope our Womaze community enjoys getting to know Kim and her new clothing and accessories line, Trulytrueworld.com

What is one lesson you’re currently learning?

Kim Cronin: GRATITUDE. You simply cannot be angry and have gratitude simultaneously. When something upsets me, I try to find gratitude in the situation.  If I can’t, then I find gratitude elsewhere in my life. Gratitude is as simple as saying “thank you" and it spreads positive energy to the giver and the recipient. I try to remember to give thanks in the morning upon waking and at night before bed.

On Womaze we share a daily Push Motivation, a message to remind you that you are supported and guided. What is one of your favorite quotes or mantras? 

KC: I love the daily Womaze Push Motivations.  The message always seems to be what I need to hear. I've been known to forward certain ones to family members and friends. One of the most memorable Push Motivations is "Remember when you wanted what you currently have.” That just reinforces the belief that I can manifest anything! As I get older and wiser, I see that goals that I once thought were unattainable were achieved and there is really no limit! The only thing that limits me is my mindset.

What was the inspiration behind starting your company? 

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KC: The inspiration to start my company, Trulytrueworld.com, began from the desire so many of us have: to make a difference in the world.  I couldn't help but notice that there was so much turmoil, negativity, and angry vibes in our current society.  It's a challenge to stay positive when our country is arguing with itself and others.  I thought, how can I spread a positive message that would be seen by a lot of people? That's when the idea of the t-shirts came into my mind.  A t-shirt is probably one of the most common pieces of clothing that is worn by all age groups.  I've worked with affirmations for years, so I began to imagine "what would happen if I put positive affirmation on a t-shirt that everyone would see as I walked about my day or I shared on social media? Could I make a difference? Could I put a smile on someone's face just because they wore a tee shirt that said the word SMILE?”

I am still growing and learning and my path is always changing, but for now I hope that I can inspire, spread love, peace, kindness and a smile to others by wearing a simply and positive message.  A message that affirms who I am.

What is one thing you’d tell your 17-year-old self? 

KC: I would tell my 17-year-old self: “don't sweat the small stuff, have more fun, and dance a lot!"

Who do you want to be known as?

KC: My ultimate goal is to be known as a humanitarian. Until that time, I do the best that I can to be a kind, caring, loving woman with pure motives, generosity and warmth.

What are some of your “top tools” for life?

KC: Like attracts like, so surround yourself with like-minded people. Put good energy out into the universe and you will receive good energy back.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

KC: "We all matter AND we can each make a difference!"

You can follow @trulytrueworld on both Instagram and facebook.

What It Means To Be An Elegant Warrior

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Heather Hansen embodies what it means to be an Elegant Warrior. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical malpractice trial attorney, Heather has been consistently named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Pennsylvania and has been an anchor on the popular legal trial streaming site, LawandCrime.com. As an esteemed voice in her field, she has appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News, and contributed to Global Grind, Thrive Global, and KevinMD. Heather has done pro bono work with the Support Center for Child Advocates.

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Now, Heather is sharing the lessons she’s learned from the courtroom in her new book, The Elegant Warrior, and teaches readers how they can win life’s trials without losing themselves in the process. We spoke with Heather about some of her top tools for life — here’s what Heather had so say!

What are some of your “top tools” for life? 

Heather Hansen: 1) You always have a choice. No matter what the situation, you can choose how you will respond. You choose. Remembering this in times of trial reminds me that I have an impact on every situation, even if I don’t like the situation. I can choose my response. 2) The words “could be” are magic. Studies show when we use those two words, more possibilities become open to us. And “could be” allows me to see things in a different light. What I think is happening TO me, could be happening FOR me. It reminds me of Byron Katie’s first question in The Work." Is it true?” I ask myself “what else ‘could be’”? 3) You are a magnet. Take responsibility for what you attract. 

What does it mean to be an Elegant Warrior?

HH: The ability to be true to yourself, both who you are and who you feel destined to be, no matter what inner and outer wars you face. The Elegant Warrior works to maintain that elegance even when she has to advocate for herself, her ideas, her family or her business. 

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?

HH: I believe self care begins with setting good boundaries, and that isn’t easy. I work on asking myself what is right for me in each situation before I agree to something that doesn’t work for me because I’ve acted too quickly or to appease someone. That is the hard part of self care. The rest is fun—the time with girlfriends, the monthly massages and the daily meditation are all part of it as well. 

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health?

HH: For as long as I can remember I have given myself the gift of an hour first thing in the morning. I get up, and before I look at the phone I journal at least a page, read at least a chapter and meditate for at least 10 minutes. Then the day can begin. 

If there’s one thing you could tell your past self, what would it be? 

HH: You are exactly where you’re meant to be. Often I was in a rush, or looking around wondering what I was supposed to be doing. I’d remind myself that the Universe has plans that work when mine don’t and to trust in the moment. 

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what they want in life and/or their career?

HH: Give it time. You are not a tree—if you don’t like a choice you make, you get to choose again. I believe we’re meant to have MANY jobs and MANY lives over the course of our one life, so there is always time to begin again. 

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

What’s a lesson you learned because of a “failure”? 

HH: I am not my successes or my failures. When I started trying cases and had a string of wins,  it was really easy to see myself as my wins. I was terrified of losing. When I lost my first case I was knackered. Then I realized that I was not the win or the loss. I was more than what I was doing, and I could always go back to what I was being. 

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

HH: Slow down and listen. We all have something important to say, but we’re often rushing about without being present. When we listen, with all of our senses, we can create connections that can change the world. 

What’s your favorite quote/saying? 

HH: Aerodynamically, a bumblebee should not be able to fly. However, the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on happily flying anyway. 

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Meet Artist Susann Hoffmann!

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What is the inspiration behind the piece of art?

Susann Hoffmann: ”More than numbers“ was actually the prompt of a “GoodType Tuesday,” {who partnered with @florifama and @aftrisletter, the artists and founders of the “More Than Numbers” initiative}. I loved the idea of reminding myself and other artists that the number of followers is just a number, but that the people and the community behind it is what matters. Making art isn't mainly about getting likes, comments or followers – even though that is nice, of course. It can be dangerous to focus too much on what the algorithm likes and what you think might be popular instead of doing the art that you want to be doing, no matter if it gets 10 or 10,000 likes. 

What are you passionate about?

SH: Lately I feel very passionate about our planet and our future on it. I try to be as conscious as possible concerning the consequences my behaviour has on the environment. I don't do things 100% correctly (probably not even 50% of what I could possibly do), but I try to really reduce my waste of plastic, my meat consumption, my means of transport etc and just be a little more aware of the little things. I'd say I'm equally passionate about reaching equal rights and possibilities for everybody. I try to be aware of representing a broad variety of characters in my work, especially in children's media, because I strongly believe that kids of all ethnicities, gender identities and body shapes need characters to identify with and need to see themselves represented.

What's one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

SH: I recently learned about the “Overview Effect,” which is the sensation astronauts describe who have seen Earth from space. You only see natural borders, not the man-made ones. I'd like to remind everyone that we are all humans, that in the end we're all the same, that borders exist only in our heads. We live in times where we see a lot of US and THEM thinking. Simply, and maybe naively said: I think the world needs more love and less hate.

To learn more about Susann and her work, visit her website at www.susannhoffmann.com and check out her Instagram (@susannhoffmann_illustration).

Nikki Reed's Top Tools

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We’re kicking off Earth Day by having the incredible Nikki Reed guest curate! In addition to being an actor best known for her role as ‘Rosalie Hale’ in the Twilight saga, Nikki is an animal rights advocate and the founder of the socially conscious lifestyle company, BaYou With Love.

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Photo Credit: Joe Perri

Founded in 2017, BaYou With Love company was born out of the lack of sustainable and natural options and supports local craftsmen, artisans and ethical factories.  In 2018, BaYou with Love collaborated with Dell to create The Circular Collection, a 14-18k gold jewelry collection from extracted gold pulled from old computer motherboards. The collection went on to be named a finalist as part of Fast Company’s 2018 Innovation by Design Awards.  The latest collection, released in winter 2018, is a collection of engagement rings, all made from 18 karat gold recycled from tech and cultivated diamonds grown in California and ethically mined sapphires.

In her channel, Nikki shares some of the tools that inspire her, as well as some additional favorites (see below!).

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Nikki Reed: “I love Elizabeth’s approach to her craft and the beauty and intention behind what she creates. 

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NR: “My dearest friends, I like to call my brothers, who shepherd you through the most incredible journey of self discovery through the voice. It’s truly an unforgettable experience . . .”

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NR: “The imagery is inspiring, visual poetry.”

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NR: “I enjoy her perspective and photos.” 

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NR: “She makes you feel like you are seeing the world through her eyes.”

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NR: “For fashion trends and some of my favorite designers”

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NR: “I’m Inspired daily by what we’re creating over at our company!”

Happy Earth Day (& week) everyone! We hope you enjoy Nikki’s top tools!

Shelley Zalis Is This Week's Curator!

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We’ve admired this week’s guest curator for a long time, so we couldn’t be more excited to announce that Shelley Zalis, the founder and CEO of The Female Quotient, is sharing her top tools with Womaze! 

Known as the “chief troublemaker,” Shelley is a pioneer for online research, a movement leader, and a champion of gender equality. In addition to founding the Female Quotient, Shelley is a mother and an internationally renowned entrepreneur, speaker, and mentor.

As the CEO of The Female Quotient, Shelley works with Fortune 500 companies to advance gender equality across industries. The FQ’s signature pop-up experience, the FQ Lounge (formerly the Girls’ Lounge), brings a Home of Equality to major conferences, companies, and college campuses around the world. 

Shelley has interviewed influencers and leaders such as Katie Couric, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Arianna Huffington, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and David Schwimmer. She also authors a Forbes column that provides advice for women in the messy middle (middle management). Shelley is the co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media. Shelley is also on the Board of Directors for MAKERS, ColorComm and Dress for Success.

We’re so thrilled to share Shelley’s top tools for life with our community and to welcome her to the Womaze family! 

Aisha Dee's Top Tools

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This week’s curator is the one and only Aisha Dee! Aisha stars in Freeform's hit show The Bold Type (the third season premieres April 9, so get excited!). The show centers around the lives of three best friends who work at Scarlet Magazine, a fictional global women’s publication. The Bold Type discusses critical issues like gender equality, body image, race, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. Aisha plays Kat: the bold, honest, and confident social media manager at Scarlet Magazine. Kat is committed to using her voice and making her mark on the world.

Aisha shared her top tools for life with our community this week — and WOW — they are all incredible. In her channel, you’ll find:

  • Ways to live a bold and creative life 

  • Game-changing tips to balance your hormones 

  • Solange Knowles’ letter to her teenage self 

  • A few of Aisha’s favorite quotes and mantras 

  • Music that inspires Aisha

  • And more!

Enjoy Aisha’s channel, and watch Aisha on The Bold Type — Season 3 Premieres this Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform!

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Rebecca Field of A Star is Born Shares Some Words of Wisdom

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Field

Have you ever felt uncertain or insecure? Imagine if when you’re experiencing those emotions, you hear a kind voice that reassures you and guides you on the right path. All of a sudden, it all seems good — and any sense of doubt disappears. That voice of reassurance is exactly the role that actor Rebecca Field played as Gail in A Star is Born, alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Rebecca’s character Gail leads Ally, played by Lady Gaga, and her friend Ramon to exactly where she’s meant to be — Jackson Maine’s show. Just like her character Gail guided Ally, Rebecca guides us by sharing some powerful words of wisdom — here’s what she had to say!

What are some of your “top tools” for life?

Rebecca Field: Take care of you first. I always used to think self care was being selfish but I now know you are no good to anyone if you are not good first. You must fill your well to have anything to give to others.  

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?  

RF: I try to exercise everyday, meditate, ask for help if I need a break!  I don’t always succeed but I am much more aware of it now so when I have neglected myself too long I know I have to get back on course. 

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health? 

RF: Therapy, writing in a journal, exercise, meditation, eating well, sleep, talking to my friends!

If there’s one thing you could tell your past self, what would it be? 

RF: Stop worrying about everything, what people think, what people say, what’s going to happen, just enjoy the moment and be yourself, you are enough!

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what they want in life and/or their career?  

RF: Try new things, do what brings you joy, you will figure it out in your own time. 

What’s a lesson you learned because of a “failure”? 

RF: That it’s just one moment, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Just know there’s always a lesson or blessing. 

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

RF: Do the right thing. We can and will all be different but we must be willing to hear one another and fight for what’s right. We need more love and a string moral compass. 

What’s your favorite quote/saying? 

RF: Go big, or go home.

evolveHer Founder Alicia Driskill On Building a Company Designed to Support Women

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Photo courtesy of Alicia Driskill

Alicia Driskill supports women all day, every day. As the founder and CEO of evolveHer, a creative co-working space for women based in Chicago, empowering women is something Alicia has done for years. Prior to founding evolveHer, Alicia worked as the Vice President of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world’s most innovative companies. She also served as a senior executive at Live Nation and People.com. In our interview with Alicia, we discuss how her passion for empowering women led to the creation of evolveHer, her top tools for building a successful career, tips for self-care, and so much more! 

What are some of your “top tools” for life? 

Alicia Driskill: #1: Reduce the noise. Everyone has an opinion about what you’re doing, but it's important to stay focused on what is important to YOU and follow your heart in pursuing YOUR goals. Surround yourself with people who empower you and lift you up versus distracting you from your goal.

#2 : The idea of “work-life balance” is total BS. I prefer to look at it as work-life integration because it’s impossible to separate them due to technology. As a mom, I am constantly pulled between work and family. After years of self-induced mom-guilt, I now like to think of my life as a pendulum with work on one side and family on the other. The goal is to hover around the middle, but some weeks I swing more to the work side — so I make sure to spend extra time with my family the following week. By looking at this broader picture instead of the isolated moment, I am able to be aware of the heavier weeks and balance them out with a little extra family time. 

What was your inspiration for creating evolveHer?

AD: I worked in entertainment & media for 17+ years. I loved what I did, but I was outsourcing my entire life and rarely seeing my family. I’ve always been a strong advocate for empowering women & girls, so I decided to evolve my career and focus the next chapter of my life on this mission. I consulted on women’s events for a couple of years and met a number of amazing women in the Chicago entrepreneur circuit. I was always energized by our discussions and wanted to create a space that brought women together from around the city to work, learn and grow. I built a space that supports women in all aspects of life and bridges the gap between corporate and entrepreneurs. We’re a year in and I couldn’t be more fulfilled. I continue to be inspired every day by the stories I hear, the women I meet and the collaborations that I see made at the space. 

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?

AD: I have to be honest . . .this is SO hard for me. We’ve been up against a deadline for the past couple of months so I had to stop kickboxing which is something I LOVE. Now that wearetheglu.com launched, it’s time for me to get back to the gym. My goal for April is to commit to one kickboxing session a week and go for a brisk walk every day. I also try to get 7-8 hours of sleep as often as I can.

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health?

AD: Looking ahead at the week . . .I like to get everything organized on Sunday night for the week ahead so I go in on Monday with a plan. And I like to end the week by relaxing with the family. Every Friday night, we hang with the kids (five-year-old and an eight-year-old) during family movie, pizza & game night. It’s a relaxing way to end the week and decompress.

If there’s one thing you could tell your past self, what would it be? 

AD: You don’t have to be perfect! I call myself a “recovering perfectionist.” I always thought everything I did needed to be perfect before I put it out into the world. I was often paralyzed at work because I couldn’t get out of my own way and wanted to be the best of the best. I eventually cut myself some slack and learned the value of sharing my story and the value of sharing a project before finalized, which allowed me to grow and become more confident in who I am.

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what they want in life and/or their career?

AD: Allow yourself the space to explore and to change your mind. All of the experiences and jobs you explore help you to get to know yourself better and teach you skills that can be utilized later in life. Follow your gut, it never leads you astray.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

AD: As you’re moving forward in your career, hold the door open for other women and pull them through. We are stronger together and can make a greater impact when we’re united vs competing.

What’s your favorite quote/saying? 

AD: “Actually, I Can.” 

To learn more about evolveHer, visit www.evolveher.community/en

Whitney Hawkins Goodman's Top Tools

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This week’s guest curator is Whitney Hawkins Goodman — a licensed psychotherapist and owner of The Collaborative Counseling Center in Miami.

We first learned about Whitney through her incredible Instagram account, @sitwithwhit, and we knew she’d have amazing tools to share with the Womaze community (and we were absolutely right about that!).

Over the years, Whitney has worked with a variety of populations, including cancer patients and the chronically ill, couples recovering from affairs and addiction, people with anxiety or depression, and adults addicted to substances or in early recovery from addiction. She is also the founder of The Collaborative Counseling Center, which is Miami’s co-working space for mental health clinicians. The CCC provides clinicians with everything they need to run a vibrant private practice, from office space to marketing assistance.

We are so moved by the work Whitney does and by the tools she shares through social media. We hope the videos, articles, and quotes in Whitney’s channel help you and remind you that you are supported and guided.