The title given to this post would come as a shock to the women I'm about to mention for a couple of reasons.
1/. They don't even know me apart from some basic communications on Twitter!!
2/. They would hesitate and possibly struggle with the term that they are 'inspiring'
And yet they are in every possible way.
They epitomise 'Authenticity' and being 'true to ones self' on such a consistent and real basis, whilst maintaining their sense of humour, compassion and dedication in not only following their hearts and minds but in helping others to do so as well.
Their honesty in sharing themselves, their personal stories, their quirks and foibles, their ups and downs is not only a wonderful inspiration, but shows the level of integrity, commitment and wisdom they so willingly give.
You see, in sharing themselves with us, allowing their vulnerability as well as their strengths to be seen and acknowledged; they give us the gift of freedom.
Freedom to be who we really are, not hidden behind a façade or veneer. Not hiding behind shame or embarrassment. Not hiding behind our fears and anxieties.
Because of their gift, we are able to recognise we are not alone, we can be honest and learn to laugh and accept our selves, our strengths, our weaknesses and the potential that exists within us....
For many months now, actually close to seven months at least, I have been 'following' LaVonne Ellis at The Complete Flake and Kirsty Hall.
To be honest I am an avid reader and researcher, and it's not unusual for me to find close to 200 emails/ezines/newsletters in my (three accounts...don't ask long story!!) Inbox/es every day PLUS half that amount in my 'Google Reader' waiting to be read.!!
Now I tell you this because whilst I may be slightly loopy, when consistently refreshing and amazing people like LaVonne Ellis and Kirsty Hall post something in their blogs (which I subscribe too)........ I know to drop what I am doing and read them straight away.
They stand out.
and amazingly in so many ways.
They give me hope, they make me laugh and nod my head in agreement or give me 'food for thought'.
now that is an incredible gift to me!!
Mentors who are Inspirational.