10 Soul-Inspiring Women You Should Know About In 2016

Happy Monday beauties!

I’m anxious to share what’s in store for The Balanced Life in 2016 . We have a LOT of exciting things planned, including more daily Pilates challenges like 28 Days of Pilates and #mindbodymat. I can’t wait to share more info soon!

In the meantime, I put together a list of inspiring women for you to check out as you kick off a new year.

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These are women that I find inspiring. I consider them “truth-tellers.” They have a way of writing and creating that makes you think differently, dig a little deeper and embrace all that is beautiful and all that is messy at the same time.

Some of the women below you may have heard of, others maybe not. But they all share an incredible ability to speak to your soul.

My advice? Get to know them. Read their blogs, connect with them on social media, buy from them, learn from them…it will be worth it.

10 Soul-Inspiring Women You Should Know About In 2016


1. Shauna Niequist (www.shaunaniequist.com)

Why: Shauna has a way of writing that makes you say “YES! Me too! Thank you!” She helps you to look at life through a fresh lens. She’s passionate about living in community and living with intention and that shines through in everything she does.

Click here to visit Shauna’s blog.


2. Kelle Hampton (Enjoying The Small Things)

Why: Kelle is a popular blogger who shares her journey of raising her family, which includes a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome. Kelle says it best: “I love the art of reconciling opposites —faith and fashion, family time and alone time, accepting ourselves for exactly who we are and following the path to being better.”

Click here to peek at her book, “Bloom: finding beauty in the unexpected”.


3. Jess Lively (www.jesslively.com)

Why: Jess hosts one of my favorite podcasts, “The Lively Show,” which is designed to “uplift, inspire and add a little extra intention to your everyday.” Jess is approachable, warm and thoughtful in her writing and interviewing. She teaches people to live with values-based intentions and is transparent about how she lives that out in her own life as well.

Click here to check out her podcast.


4. Stephanie May Wilson (Be You and Love It)

Why: Stephanie is a breath of fresh air. She started as a blogger but has turned her blog into an inspirational career dedicated to helping women live their best life. Stephanie is a Christian, so all that she does is centered around her faith. This week she is re-launching and INCREDIBLE course called “Be You and Love It,” which is about busting right through the insecurity we all struggle with as women — identifying it, calling it out, and getting rid of it for good. It’s about putting on the real truth of who we are, and practicing believing it until it’s real — until we can confidently, powerfully, and truthfully say, “I am so deeply and forever LOVED, and not only that, but I love myself too!”

Click here to check “Be You and Love It”. Registration closes on Wednesday!


5. Glennon Melton (www.momastary.com)

Why: If you read blogs, you probably already know about Glennon. She is one of a kind. She writes the blog, Momastary, and wrote the book, “Carry On, Warrior: the power of embracing your beautiful messy life.” What makes Glennon inspiring is the way she is 100% unashamedly HERSELF. She is hilarious, authentic, brilliant, and compassionate. Whether you read her blog or follow her on social media, her words will speak right to your soul.


6. Ashlee Gadd (Where My Heart Resides)

Why: Ashlee is the founder of Coffee & Crumbs, a collaborative blog about motherhood, and also writes on her personal blog, Where My Heart Resides. Ashley created a blog community “to inspire, encourage and bring joy to people through the art of storytelling and beautiful photos. Topics range from marriage and motherhood to faith and friendship.” Her words will inspire you and stir your soul in the best kind of way.

Click here to visit Where My Heart Resides.


7. Brene Brown (www.brenebrown.com)

Why: Brene is the most obvious woman I’d add to this list. If you haven’t read her books yet (Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong) you HAVE to add them to your reading list this year. Brene is a research professor who has spent the last 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. She is incredibly talented and her words have the power to change your life.

Click here to watch her Ted talk, “The Power Of Vulnerability.”

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8. Lesley Miller (www.lesleym.com)

Why: Lesley and I met back in college, but through her writing I feel like she is a dear friend! (You know how that goes right? Promise I’m not her stalker.) Lesley writes in a way that feels light and bright, while still providing depth that makes you think and feel. As someone who has thrived while raising two little ones and journeying through her husband’s cancer diagnosis, she is certainly inspiring.

Click here to visit her website.

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9. Tina Su (Think Simple Now)

Why: Tina Su left a 6-figure corporate career to create mental space to travel, think, and create online businesses that are fulfilling. She’s the Chief Happiness Officer at Think Simple Now, which is a personal development community with self-reflective stories from real people. Think Simple Now is a hub for inspirational stories that will make you think and reflect.

Click here to visit Think Simple Now.


10. Courtney Carver (Be More With Less)

Why: As life gets busier and busier, I find myself seeking more and more simplicity. Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More With Less, is about simplifying life and really LIVING. I love that everything she does is clean, clutter-free and useful. I highly recommend getting to know her if you’re looking to eliminate excess, clutter and crazy from your life in 2016.

Click here to check out her course, “Dress With Less and Create Your Capsule Wardrobe.”

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I encourage you to get to know these women this year. They just might change your life.

Who would you add to this list?




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  1. Ali 5 years ago

    Hi Robin,

    I loved this! Thanks for sharing the women that inspire you. Aside from Brene, I hadn’t heard of any of them so I have some new blogs to scope out!


  2. Rhiannon 5 years ago

    Robin, what a great list! I know a good chunk of the women on here but loved learning of some new ones to learn from and be inspired by! Getting ready to have my first baby in a few days has me feeling all sorts of excitement in finding new role model mamas 🙂

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