AJ Michalka's Top Tools

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Within five minutes of meeting AJ Michalka, I knew that she was truly one of a kind. She radiates kindness, strength, and light from miles away. 

You may know her from the band, Aly and AJ, the awesome sister duo responsible for songs that include “Potential Breakup Song” and “Like Woah” (both of which were always blasted in the Wiser household). Aly and AJ recently released amazing new music, which you can listen to here!

AJ currently plays Lainey Lewis on ABC’s The Goldbergs. She's dynamic and hilarious, and she’s getting a spin-off! Look out for Schooled, premiering on ABC in 2019. 

AJ practices what she preaches. When I told her about Womaze and our mission, she immediately wanted to be involved. And that leads us to this week: We’re so honored to have AJ guest curating and sharing her top tools for life. 

Thank you for being such a powerful advocate for women and for being a part of Womaze. We love you, AJ!

Love,

Hannah & the Wiser Women

We’re also sending our love to everyone in California and all those that have been affected by the wildfires and the horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks. We're holding you close in our hearts…

If you’d like to donate, here are some resources:

  1. The California Community Foundation

  2. Baby2Baby

  3. Everytown

  4. Ventura County Community Foundation

  5. CNN's Impact Your World 

  6. The Haven Humane Society

  7. Borderline Shooting Victims Fund

Our Vote Matters: Powerful Art by Annick Martin

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Annick Martin is an award-winning art director and graphic designer with over 7 years of experience. She’s a recent New York City transplant hailing from Los Angeles and born in Bogota, Colombia.

Annick currently serves as the Creative Director at Awesomeness, where she leads a team of incredible designers with the goal of creating high quality projects for the company at large.

To learn more about Annick, visit her website or follow her on Instagram (@annick.martin)!

Self-Care and Activism: Shaniqua McClendon Shares Her Top Tools

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Finding the balance between taking care of yourself while taking action can be a challenge, which is why we’re so grateful to this week’s guest curator for sharing her top tools with us.

Shaniqua McClendon is the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. Shaniqua is Womazing: she created and implemented Crooked Media’s voter engagement program, Vote Save America, which has engaged voters around the country in electoral politics. Shaniqua, who is a Harvard Kennedy School of Government grad, has also worked at Facebook as a part of their Politics and Government Outreach Team.

Through her passion and dedication of using policy to create economic parity and eliminate disparities for disadvantaged communities, Shaniqua has made an extraordinary impact. In addition to being focused on advancing political and civic engagement, Shaniqua also spends a great deal of time working with women interested in developing careers in policy and politics (#WomenSupportingWomen).

When your life’s work is making sure that our outer world is taken care of, it’s so important to prioritize taking care of your internal world. In her channel, Shaniqua shares her top tools for self-care as an activist.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find:

  1. Life-changing advice from Oprah Winfrey

  2. How to trust your struggle

  3. Shaniqua’s powerful personal story on being raised by a single mother

  4. How to take care of yourself during tough times

  5. Change-makers on how they deal with activism fatigue

  6. Mel Robbin’s advice on how to not screw yourself over (a Womaze favorite!)

  7. J.K. Rowling’s inspiring take on failure

Enjoy Shaniqua’s channel, and GO VOTE on November 6!

Download Womaze on the App Store or Google Play to see Shaniqua’s top tools.

Hayley Orrantia is this week's curator!

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Announcing this week’s guest curator * drum roll please * . . . Hayley Orrantia! 

Hayley stars as Erica Goldberg on the ABC hit comedy, The Goldbergs (a Wiser Women favorite!). Hayley is also an incredible singer and songwriter and we included some of her music below!

In her personal video to the Womaze community, Hayley describes how we’re all growing and changing and she does her best to focus on the positive things while browsing the web. She says she hopes her collection of videos, articles, and quotes helps move you and remind you that you are stronger than you think. 

Here’s a glimpse of what else you’ll find in Hayley’s channel: 

1. How to love yourself more (with one of our favorites, Lisa Nichols!)

2. How to identify “fake friendships”

3. Advice for resilience following a tragedy 

4. Men talking about gender equality and how to treat women with more respect 

5. Why what we tell ourselves matters

6. A bunch of Hayley’s favorite quotes and her personal video to the Womaze community 

We’re so grateful to Hayley for sharing her top tools for life with the Womaze community. Enjoy Hayley’s channel!

To see Hayley’s top tools, download Womaze for free on the App Store and Google Play.

   You can watch Hayley on The Goldbergs Wednesday nights at 8pm EST on ABC!

You can watch Hayley on The Goldbergs Wednesday nights at 8pm EST on ABC!

This week's curator: Cat Lantigua

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To see Cat’s top tools for life, download Womaze for free on the App Store and Google Play 

Our guest curator this week is a goddess! Founder of Goddess Council, a New York based soulful community for women, Cat Lantigua is committed to facilitating soulful interpersonal connections. Cat is a Dominican-American journalist who empowers women, celebrates Afro-latinidad, and inspires millennial greatness. 

She also hosts the Chats with Cat podcast where she shares “an honest peek into her journey of manifesting a fulfilling and purposeful life in hopes of inspiring her fellow millennials to embark on their own course of self-exploration.” The podcasts explores topics surrounding culture, relationships, self-improvement, and more. 

Cat is a force of light, wisdom, and inspiration and it is such an honor to have her guest curate this week. We love everything that Cat embodies and can’t wait for our Womaze community to see all of Cat’s top tools for life.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find in Cat’s channel: 

  • Why believing you’re not enough is “the biggest disease affecting humanity” 

  • Why being uncomfortable is actually really important 

  • Why we need vulnerability to truly live to the fullest 

  • The secret to a long-term relationship 

  • A commencement speech that will change how you think about life 

You can find Cat on Twitter (@catlantigua) and Instagram (@cat.lantigua) and listen to her podcast Chats with Cat on iTunes! 

Kelly U is this week's curator!

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To see Kelly’s top tools, download Womaze for free on the App Store and Google Play.

We can hardly contain our excitement to announce this week's guest curator! Kelly Uchima is a body positivity and mental health advocate who shares the message self-love with hundreds of thousands of people. 

Known as @_kellyu, Kelly created the phrase "self-lovespo" as an empowering substitute for her past "fitspo" account. Kelly created a “My Recovery Diary” series on YouTube to document her eating disorder recovery and authentically shares the “good, bad, and the ugly.” She is incredibly passionate about encouraging people to dig deeper into their feelings when it comes to food and their bodies.

In 2017, Kelly launched her self-love jewelry collection, The Warrior Collective, which features empowering necklaces and bracelets with phrases like “Warrior," “Beautifully Me,” and "Wonderful & Worthy" (and they’re both gorgeous and meaningful). 

Kelly is a warrior herself: she’s survived depression, anxiety and long history of eating disorders. She says that sharing her story and inspiring others to do the same has been a dream come true.

Kelly inspires us every day and we know she’ll inspire you too. We’re so grateful that Kelly is sharing her top tools for life with our community this week.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll find in Kelly’s channel: 

  • The power of vulnerability and why listening to shame is so important 

  • How to heal your relationship with food

  • How to stop caring so much about what other people think of you

  • 20 ways to love your body 

We hope that Kelly’s top tools help you develop a closer relationship with your body, feel more confident in your skin, and live the truest expression of your life. 

We love you all,

The Wiser Women

Meet Lauren Lumsden - our guest curator of the week!

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We’re thrilled to welcome Lauren Lumsden as this week’s guest curator! 

Lauren is the executive producer of all digital videos produced for Condé Nast's beauty collection, which includes Allure, Glamour, and Brides (which means that she produced many of the videos in her channel!). She’s also the head of content and creative for Iris, a video and social-led brand for socially-conscious women. 

Lauren is behind some incredibly meaningful and inspirational content that have personally impacted our lives, and we’re so excited to share them with you this week. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find in her channel:

  • Lauren introducing herself to the Womaze community and sharing some of her top tools for life 

  • Girls of all ages talking about what beauty means to them

  • Women reacting to being called beautiful

  • Your period in 2 minutes 

  • Dads and Daughters reading powerful affirmations

  • A photographer who wants all brides to love their bodies

  • And more feel-good, inspiring videos that we know you’ll love

We hope you enjoy Lauren’s channel!

Maria Quezada is this week's curator!

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This week’s curator is 17-year-old actor Maria Quezada! Maria is best known for her role as Talia in Talia in the Kitchen, and she’s also an incredible writer and storyteller. .

Maria has been writing short stories and creating characters since she was five years old, and she now tells stories through her acting. In her channel, Maria shared all of her favorite tools that help her feel empowered. She included tools for self-love and self-reflection, some songs that she loves, and a few of her favorite quotes.

A bit more about Maria:

  • She knows American Sign Language (ASL).

  • She has 2 dogs: Max and Lolita.

  • She listens to every genre of music and is amazed by the message music conveys. It has played a large part in her upbringing.

  • She started writing stories as soon as she learned how to make sentences. Once she starts she can't stop.

  • Maria's Mantra is "If you want it, fight for it.”

Enjoy Maria’s Top Tools!

Jazz Jennings on Self-Love, Spirituality, and Her Top Tools for Life

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We’ve envisioned Jazz Jennings being a part of Womaze since the very beginning, so having her guest curate this week is a dream turned into a reality! 

Jazz, who describes herself as a “17-year-old transgender girl just looking to create acceptance and equality in this world,” is also a profoundly wise old soul, a change-making warrior, and a gem of a human being. 

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As soon as we met Jazz and her extraordinary mom, Jeanette, we knew that we were in the presence of very special people. Jazz and her family have powerfully used their platform through their TLC reality show, I Am Jazz, to create change, open eyes, and inspire millions. Additionally, Jazz is the honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which she and her parents founded in 2007 to assist transgender youth. She’s also the author of Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen and co-wrote a children's book, I Am Jazz.  

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We’re in awe of Jazz’s wisdom and feel so honored to share this meaningful interview with our Womaze community. We spoke about self-acceptance, mental health, spirituality, Jazz’s top tools for life, and so much more. 

Bringing important conversations like these — ones that help you feel inspired, understood, and supported — is exactly why we created Womaze.

After watching Jazz’s interview, check out her top tools for life on her channel! Here are just a few of the things you’ll see: 

  • Videos and articles about spirituality and manifestation 

  • Jazz’s favorite quotes

  • Inspiring songs that Jazz loves

Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us, Jazz! You are a force of light and hope in this world, and it’s a true honor to have you as a part of the Womaze movement.  

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Download Womaze for free on the App Store and Google Play to watch Jazz’s interview in her Top Tools channel!

Meet Olivia Bertels (A.K.A @missbertels_)!

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We have so much to learn from our guest curator this week. Olivia Bertels is an incredibly inspiring 27-year-old middle school English teacher who is committed to empowering other teachers through social media. Olivia is also a graduate student working on her second master’s degree in Educational Administration.

Olivia is passionate about social and racial justice, and she shared the tools that help her feel empowered to take up space and exist loudly in this world. Check out Olivia’s Top Tools channel, and find her on social media (@missbertels_) for some major inspiration!



Meet this week's curator: Lilimar Hernandez!

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We could not be more excited to have Lilimar Hernandez guest curating on Womaze this week! Lilimar is an actor best known for her roles as Sage in the Nickelodeon series Knight Squad and as Sophie in Bella and the Bulldogs. 

At 18, Lilimar is wise beyond her years, and she shared her wisdom and top tools in her channel. Lilimar shares her favorite TED Talks, tools for confidence and self love, a beautiful music video, and the quotes that inspire her.

Dive in to Lilimar’s Top Tools, and watch her on Knight Squad on Nickelodeon!

This week's curator is Christina from @teachlikeagirl!

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Our guest curator this week is Christina from @teachlikeagirl! Christina is a former middle school teacher and current PhD student studying Teacher Well-Being. She runs an Instagram account where she focuses on empowering women and young girls and sharing education strategies. 

In her channel, Christina shares the tools that have inspired and helped her throughout her life. She included her go-to morning pep talk, her favorite TED Talk, a life-changing lecture, an iconic Oprah speech, and more.

Enjoy Christina's channel, and stay in touch with her on Instagram (@teachlikeagirl)!

Meet the talented sisters behind this beautiful artwork

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Meet Laura and Daniela, the talented sisters behind this beautiful piece!  

Who is a woman who Womazes you? 

Our mother is the womazing woman in our life. She inspires us daily and she's taught us that no matter our circumstances, we must brave it through. 

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

We've faced some pretty dark moments in our lives that have taken a toll on us, but we have also become better people because of them. We saw this phrase in a lettering challenge and it definitely stuck with us. "Growth looks good on you." Basically, what you've been through doesn't define you anymore. You've grown homegirl ❤️

What are you passionate about?

We are passionate about empowering everyone, especially women through our lettering. Everyone loves and needs a little encouragement. 

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

What you've been through doesn't define you. You are in charge of your now. 

Follow Laura and Daniela's journey on Instagram (@foxglovelettering)! 

This Week's Curator is Rebecca Smith of Refinery29!

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Rebecca Smith is the Managing Editor at Refinery29 and a woman wise beyond her years. This week, Rebecca is sharing her top tools for life with the Womaze community! 

Rebecca's channel focuses on facing fears, challenges and insecurities. We’re all figuring ourselves out and making mistakes and learning to accept ourselves — and that’s all okay!

There's so many nuggets of wisdom that Rebecca shares in her channel and we can't wait for you to dive in! 

P.S: Stay in touch with Rebecca on Instagram and Twitter (@Rebecca_M_Smith). 

Piper Curda is this week's curator!

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We're so honored to have Piper Curda guest curating on Womaze this week. In addition to being an incredible writer and a current college student, Piper is an actor best known for her roles as Jasmine in the Disney Channel series I Didn't Do It, Alyssa in Teen Beach 2, and Grace in Youth & Consequences. 

Piper's blog, Such is Life, is a home to Piper's relatable and thought-provoking writing and photography. Piper talks about the real stuff: like how life can sometimes suck and how that's totally okay. There's so much wisdom packed into these real, fun to read, and relatable posts. Head over to Piper's channel and see the top tools that have inspired and helped her! 

Meet Isabel of Black Lamb Studio

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Meet Isabel, the artist behind this beautiful piece! 

I'm Isabel and I'm the founder of Black Lamb Studio - a Miami based studio with a focus on pattern, illustration and stationery.

A woman who Womazes me will always be my mom. She can do it all and is never tired. She is a dreamer and a doer. She's everything I hope to be.

The inspiration behind this piece are the women's marches happening across the country earlier this year, where women of all backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs came together as one.

insta: @blacklambstudio

web: www.blacklambstudio.com

Meet Artist Kateryna Shelevytska

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Meet artist Kateryna Shelevytska of @shelevytska! 

Who is a woman who Womazes you?

"My mother is at the top of the women who womaze me. She made herself and she is a businesswoman. She started her business from "nothing" and worked so hard. I am proud to have such a perfect role model. Also last month I started reading 3 books by Elizabeth Gilbert. I like her biography and she inspired me to work a lot and not to be lazy!" 

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

"This illustration motivates me to believe in my opportunities. In June 2018 I made my first art challenge on Instagram. This piece is from the last day of the challenge. When I look at this picture, I feel that I can do everything! And it's a magic of creativity."

What are you passionate about?

"My passions are illustration, travel, and books. I read a lot of different kind of books: about design and illustration, about women and feminism, modern and classic literature. I need one more life to read all the books I want. One of my dreams is to live in different countries, to travel in my free time. Especially, I want to visit Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Iceland." 

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

"We can do it all! But sometimes people need to stop and think: 'What is really the most important in my life and what makes me and people around happy?' I think all modern media exaggerates the importance of money, success, power. I want to see bright, sincere, happy people around me."

Follow Kateryna on Instagram @shelevytska and check out more of her work here

Meet Saskia of @sasbu.letters

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Meet Saskia, the artist behind this beautiful piece!

1. Who is a woman who Womazes you? 

Two people who womaze me are my mother and my grandmother. They were able to raise my brother and me on their own, and even today they continue to teach us, support us and push us to be the best versions of ourselves. 

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

When doing letterings, I always try to look for phrases that inspire me and inspire people to be and do their best everyday.

3. What are you passionate about?

I studied graphic design, and in the process I found that my true passion was lettering. I love drawing and decorating letters to make beautiful pieces that can be used for so many things. The possibilities are really endless.

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

Don't be afraid to try new things; you may find what you truly love in the process.

Stay in touch with Saskia on Instagram (@sasbu.letters). 

Reema Sampat is this week's curator!

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We're so thrilled to have actor and producer Reema Sampat guest curating on Womaze this week! Reema is best known for her role as the newest inmate, Shruti Chambal, on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." Reema is also an active advocate for the cat population of San Juan, Puerto Rico through her non-profit Save A Gato

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In her channel, Reema shares the tools that have helped her navigate life (especially as a new mom), build confidence, and find her purpose. 

Enjoy Reema's channel, and then go watch her on Season 6 of OITNB!