An ex-con turned health coach and writer. A paralyzed painter still creating art. An ex-alcoholic turning parenthood inside out. Get inside their heads — and get ready to think differently.
Close is an American painter and photographer best known for his work as a photorealist. A spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him paralyzed. But that didn’t stop him from creating: He paints with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape. He believes that work is salvation and that inspiration is highly overrated. And he urges you to not sit around waiting for the clouds to part, as that won’t ever happen — just get out into the world and make some noise. (Source: Esquire)
2. Meg Worden, Writer and Health Coach
From a first, second and third glance, you’d never know that Worden spent two years in federal prison. After serving her time, she was determined to not let her past define her future. Worden talks about how to radically transform your life, how to turn a horrible experience into a gift and why not being trained in your field or craft is also a gift. So that thing that has been holding you back? Let it go so you can shine your light. (Source: The Unmistakable Creative Podcast)
We love it when successful women within the same industry can coexist. The friendly banter between the two in this inspirational interview makes it a must-read. Huffington and Brown talk about how they handle bad press and how learning to get over it has been key to their happiness. They also address failures, and how not giving up is what makes you succeed. If you’re a woman, we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to connect with likeminded peers after reading this piece. (Source: Harper’s Bazaar)
Hanchett, a mother of four, is the mastermind behind the popular parenting blog Renegade Mothering. For a few years, she struggled with an alcohol problem and she wasn’t allowed near her children. Hanchett talks about reaching a point where she had nothing left to prove and the part of you that dies when you become a parent. Her honesty is raw and breathtaking. Also check out her posts I Became a Mother, and Died to Live and Hey, Hi. I Want Off Your Parenting Team. Both have been shared over 50,000 times on Facebook. (Source: The Unmistakable Creative Podcast)