10 Famous Soul Sisters You Should Follow
From gun violence and Trump’s election down to a growing list of famous men being accused of sexual misconduct, 2017 has felt heavy lately with dominant male energy. However, with a new year ahead of us, we all could benefit by getting back in touch with our softer, nourishing side—specifically, our feminine divine energy. From old to new, here are 10 famous “soul sisters” that can inspire and empower you to live with intention, empathy, and compassion in 2018. Some of these women teach with a spiritual emphasis, while others simply inspire us to live an aligned and authentic life. Explore at your will, and choose those that resonate with you most.
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The ‘90s are over, but female singer Alanis Morissette will forever pull our heartstrings—not to mention her 1995 Jagged Little Pill album is reincarnating into a 2018 musical. No matter what ugly or beautiful emotion you’re feeling, Alanis’ songs still take us on a cathartic rollercoaster ride of rage, pain, vulnerability, and gratitude. Whatever medium, her raw perspective on relationships, intuition, the ego/soul divide, parenting, spirituality, psychology, and more is like ripping a band-aid off the surface world and exposing the bare naked truth (and we’ve been addicted since).
Mix business with pleasure, and add a dash of motivational mindfulness, and you’ve got Marie Forleo. With her YouTube hit show MarieTV (with over 435K followers) and popular marketing “B-School” program and “The Copy Cure”, Marie offers no-BS advice on your personal and professional goals—with all the quirky-cool frills and thrills. She reminds us that “everything is figureoutable” and “the world needs that special gift that only you have.” She also interviews just about every spiritual or motivational leader across the nation (including almost all of the people on this blog post list). Marie, you are one soul-stirring #GIRLBOSS.
Even if you’re a skeptic at first (with her blonde model looks and trendy “woo-woo” titles to some), New York Times bestselling author/speaker Gabrielle “Gabby” Bernstein is a real power. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, Gabby is hands-down your girl as she knows how to make her spiritual views relatable. Her 2016 book The Universe Has Your Back is choked full of honest stories of her drug/alcohol addict past, meditations, and beyond. Gabby defines a miracle as “simply a shift in perception” (see video below)–refreshing for females from skeptics to all-out “Spirit Junkie” (a title of one of her books). Gabby’s new release, Judgement Detox, keeps the 2018 female power on the rise!
If you’re ready to rise and shine this new year, Hay House published author Rebecca Campbell is an absolute ray of feminine enlightenment that will take you there. Simply open up to any random page of one of her books like Rise Sister Rise or Light Is The New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Callings and Working Your Light and you’ll find an artistic collage of poems, snippets of her own life story (from her “shadow career” of being a bigwig advertising copywriter to feeling she has “hid in the spiritual closet” since youth). The theme woven throughout is to trust your intuition and follow that “niggle” within. Rebecca reminds us that your life journey is to figure that out by following your heart and soul — with the question “What lights you up?” leading you in the right (and bright) direction.
“Be yourself” is a message that all of us could use more of. For fellow introverts out there (people who regularly crave and need more time alone), you already know and adore Susan Cain, author of groundbreaking 2012 nonfiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Talking. Her continuing Quiet Revolution company, speeches, and blog will warmly resonate with mindfulness and spiritual individuals out there, many who are introverts who value time alone and value that time for self-reflection. If a good book and introspection on a Friday night calls to you over that “fun” party, do that! Whatever your temperament, Susan reminds us to embrace our truest, authentic selves.
Warm, grounded and full of wisdom — whether coaching on NBC’s “The Voice” to crooning in concert, we just keep on “Fallin’” in love with Alicia Keys’ soft-and-strong heart. From her makeup-free year (quoted in Glamour as saying “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul,”) to her beautifully voiced views on womanhood, race, culture, and self-love, this aligned “Girl IS on Fire”.
Wish you had a fairy godmother? Your dream is truth with inspirational author/speaker Danielle LaPorte. She’s one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 Leaders and her hit book titles speak for themselves (from White Hot Truth to The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals With Soul, which is also created into a gorgeous annual day planner). Danielle’s honey-smooth voice and message will leave your heart feeling full and somehow lighter than ever.
Whether you deny or embrace it, creativity is a part of your core — just ask New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. From external journeys to internal ones, Elizabeth gets it. Her 2006 memoir (turned movie phenomenon) Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia shows us women that we have the right to explore outside our “social norms” and roles, while Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear takes us on a quest to unearth our artistic “hidden jewels” within and (finally) share them. Elizabeth is a trailblazer, reminding us all that our best life is both simple and sublime.
This world-renowned spiritual powerhouse needs no introduction. From her radio talk show host days to her vulnerable and uplighting publications, SuperSoul Sundays interviews, and beyond, Oprah is the “Mother” seed that has laid the inspiration and groundwork for many empowerment leaders today. Her own challenging childhood gave her courage to seek a life beyond that—to infinite and well-deserved recognition. Oprah’s work and charitable heart is a gift that keeps on giving. Keep it coming, O!
Last but far from least, Louise Hay is the grandmother and founder of the self-help movement and Hay House Publishing in 1984. She passed away this fall of 2017, but her self-love legacy lives on. Her first written book (at the age of 50) was Heal Your Body, inspired by helping to cure her own cervical cancer in six months with alternatives like intensive visualization down to nutritional cleansers versus surgery or drugs. Her second book, Heal Your Life, hit 50 million copies sold. Despite rape, violence and other trials, Louise has thrived in teaching society about positive thinking, affirmations, and the mind-body-spirit connection. Louise has permanently touched our history and hearts.
Which intuitive female, whether on this list or not, empowers you? What feminine energy qualities do you hope to focus on this year (creativity? passion? empathy? or anything else?) Share some thoughts and love in the comments below. 💌
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