Three Inspirational Women you Should Get to Know This Year

The end of the year 2016 is quickly approaching, and as January 1st races forward, I find myself sitting and reflecting more and more about what I have discovered this year. What milestones have I reached? Lessons learned? How have I been influenced?

This year was all about the self.

Me, me, me…

And not in a bad way.

Self-evaluation, self-discovery, self-love, self-improvement, self-destruction. You name it and I probably experienced it this year. What a whirlwind. I started this year with a purposeful need to go deeper and I have. Within my own depths, I realized there is still deeper to go, I feel this is an endless journey of the self. I have unlocked a never ending need to discover.

Through it all, one of the most empowering discoveries I had was that I was not alone. I found myself among some amazing people also searching and sharing the depths of their own self-journeys and they helped inspired me to continue on.

Today I would like to introduce you to three amazing women that helped guide me through my journey of self this year. Since discovering them, hearing their stories, their lessons, and struggles I have learned a lot about my own path and the importance of surrounding myself with people who motivate me to change for the better, try something new and feel inspired.

I hope you get a chance to check out these three amazing, motivating women for yourself this coming new year.

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Mimi Ikonn

Have you ever heard of Luxy Hair Extensions, The Five Minute Journal, Productivity Planner or The Bingo Theory? If yes then you may be familiar with the first lady on my list, Canadian entrepreneur Mimi Ikonn.

I discovered this youtube sensation while searching youtube for travel videos for an mimi-ikonnupcoming trip to Portugal. A happy accident brought me to Mimi’s youtube channel. There I discovered fun videos about travel, fashion, following your passions and happiness.

Looking at Mimi Ikonn a young beautiful successful business owner traveling the world,  it is hard to imagine her ever experiencing something like depression. But just like many she did, and being open about her own struggles with negativity, depression and following her dreams helped me a lot this year.

Her videos helped free me from what and who I thought I should be, teaching me to follow my dreams and most importantly motivating me to follow a spiritual path and work hard at being strong and honest.

Check out this inspirational woman if you are interested in travel, holistic parenting, healthy eating, fashion, relationships, business development and personal development. She covers all the bases and she is very entertaining to watch.

Melissa Ambrosini

This beautiful Aussie crossed my path when I was searching for a new book to read via Pinterest. Thank you, Pinterest and the random blogger who I don’t remember that suggested reading her book.

I mentioned her book Mastering Your Mean Girl before in a previous post, but I had to mention her again because she truly is an inspiration to me!melissa-ambrosini-wordpress

As women, we sometimes struggle to different degrees with our inner “mean girl”. That voice inside that says I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, educated enough, skinny enough, whatever enough.

Men have that voice inside their head that holds them back also. Our inner critic.

This book was a key in helping me realize what ways my mean girl speaks to me. Since reading her book I have been following along on Melissas efforts to enrich women’s lives on Instagram and Facebook, I read her blog and I am never disappointed by the inspiration and positive messages that she sends to the world.

So whether your mean girl is a loud mouth B*$# or a nagging whisper you should check out her book. It truly is motivating to know you are not the only one who has these feelings. And she provides some great tips on how to overcome your own personal barriers and change your self-talk into something friendly and positive.

Pema Chodron

On my first day of Shambala, I shared with my meditation instructor a little about what brought me towards meditation. My own struggles, and spiritual development. After hearing my spiel she smiled and in all her gentle wisdom told me to go home and read a book by Pema Chodron before returning to meditation. She said, “This woman was very motivating to me when I first began a meditation practice 40 years ago.”

Naturally, I took her advice.

I went home and ordered When Things Fall Apart online that same night.

When I did finally read her book I was successfully inspired. It was one of those beautiful moments when you feel like you have stumbled across the exact right thing at the exact right time. It was more than a book, it was more than good advice, I felt the universes strange invisible strings working their mysteries. I read the book and knew with every fiber of my being that this was what I was looking for.pema

You see when I first began meditating and learning more about Buddhism I had to admit I was kind of intimidated. Although people like His Holiness The Dali Lama and Thích Nhất Hạnh are extremely inspiring individuals I was not able to relate to them in the way I needed to feel connected to the beginning. Perhaps that is what my meditation instructor sensed in me.

Pema Chodron was a woman I could relate to. Once a school teacher she found Buddhism after her husband had cheated on her and she found herself divorced, alone and desperate for change.

This was someone I could relate to. A fellow woman, flawed and beautiful. Spiritual and nonjudgmental because she had been there.

I find her a great source of inspiration as I follow my own spiritual journey. No matter what path you are currently on in your life, spiritual or not Pema is an inspirational reminder to us all flawed humans who are trying to find a better way that the journey is long and winding but peace is attainable.

She has written endless books like The Places that Scare YouStart Where You Are  and Taking the Leap to name a few bestsellers. Through her comforting and easily explained approach to Buddhism, she is a great author and teacher for those looking to learn more about themselves, human nature and Buddhism practice.

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”.jpg



Don’t forget to check out the Festive Feelings Blog Party happening this Saturday, December 10th.

Check out some new bloggers, share your own blog and become part of a larger blogging community.

Hope to see you all there!


  1. Nina Trema | 8th Dec 16

    Thank you for sharing your list of 2016 inspirational women! The quotation by Pema Chodron made me explode in a big laugh. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you :*

    • StephJ | 8th Dec 16

      I am glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  2. Elizabeth | 8th Dec 16

    I really enjoyed your picks! I’d never heard of these women but I now want to learn more. And you’ve inspired me to search out women who can understand the life I’ve lived because they have as well. Heck, Steph. I think you just forced me to better myself!

    • StephJ | 8th Dec 16

      haha. you never know what you will find until you start searching 🙂 I hope you find them motivating to you!

  3. Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq) | 8th Dec 16

    All three of these women sound like #girlbosses in their own way! I can’t wait to learn more about them this year!
    xo Jessica

  4. queencitypetite | 8th Dec 16

    Great post

  5. Nícia | 8th Dec 16

    i need to thank you for the bottom of my heart. because i’m in a really dark place and i’m trying to discover myself and get out of this negative spiral. i’m very interested in buddhism, spirituality and the like so i can feel that these women will help me greatly. thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

  6. Sweetsnsnarks by LeAnn | 8th Dec 16

    I love blog posts like this in order to find other inspiring ladies. There is so much to learn from one another! When I first got into blogging and Instagram in early 2016, Melissa Ambrosini was one of the first sources of inspiration that I drew from. I was trying to climb out of anxiety and depression and found her so motivating and uplifting. Her words were just the spark I needed! I will look into the two other ladies mentioned as well. Thank you for sharing!

    • StephJ | 9th Dec 16

      I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your comment. I hope you find some more inspiration.

  7. omorris2014 | 9th Dec 16

    I always find it interesting to see who inspires other people. This was and interesting read, thank you.

    • StephJ | 9th Dec 16

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Wellspring Health and Wellness | 9th Dec 16

    Thank you! I’m excited to get to know these ladies better.

  9. citygirlrell | 10th Dec 16

    I stumbled across Melissa and Mimi earlier this year! They are great. I haven’t heard of Pema but I will definitely check out some of her books as I love reading 🙂

    • StephJ | 10th Dec 16

      I hope you find them inspiring!

  10. Gillian | 10th Dec 16

    Thank you for introducing me to these women. I resonate with Melissa. I call my mean girl my negative voice.

  11. Kate | 11th Dec 16

    Thank you for sharing these three ladies! I feel like I can learn a lot and be inspired from them! I’m checking out Melissa’s blog and look into finding Pema Chodron’s books 😊

    • StephJ | 11th Dec 16

      I hope you find them inspiring. For some reason I think you will, I feel we have much in common 🙂

      • Kate | 11th Dec 16

        I’m sure I will be inspired. They already sound so amazing! 😊

  12. ItsMeAle | 11th Dec 16

    Thank you for sharing this with the world, I will take your advice and check them out, I believe I need it right now 🙂

  13. killthemoonlightblog | 15th Dec 16

    Pema Chodron is an amazing woman, who’s books can touch everyone in some way.

  14. aliceinwonderlandss | 29th Dec 16

    This is such a cool post and great picks!!

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  16. | 1st Feb 17

    Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait! We live in a world where finding the mean and ugly is easy to do. I especially look for the inspiring and uplifting. 😊

    • StephJ | 1st Feb 17

      I hope you get to check them out. I love love love them!

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