I have a girl crush. The girl(s) I'm crushing on are in the high vibration energy fields of wise women, the smiles of young girls like my daughter, cheeky and sweet, clever and innocent, in the dance of multi-tasking Alpha mom and the attentive stares of a woman with a purpose and a generous heart. I'm crushing on women like First Lady Michelle Obama, who like me had dreams to do beyond what her surroundings tried to dictate and triumphed. Again and again and in her own way, always with integrity.
I'm crushing on the girls in refugee camps who will grow up and serve others on UN panels and in Human Rights High Courts. I am crushing on sustainable designers who love fashion and being stylish, but also like sleeping at night with a clear conscious that no one is suffering because of their sartorial folly. I am totally crushing on the woman who knows a strong body and mind is deeply connected to what she eats, and she like other community ninja warrior goddesses, need to keep their strength up for kind battles and shared victories. I am crushing on every urban homesteading girl-woman, every homesteadista who recognizes herself as a pioneer of sorts - a woman paving the way for self-sufficiency (economic and environmental), an abundant and joyous life without being wasteful, connected living that may include communal spaces, or being active in their local and global community. I'm crushing on women who are in tune with their self, values and goals so they find it almost effortless to treat the environment, the people and living beings that inhabit it with respect, kindness and awe. I'm passionate about being the embodiment of this woman and leading other women to that sacred space where they can chart their own course.
I dream of women making the biggest difference yet. This week, in honor of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and Michelle Obama's birthday as well as the final farewell to the Obamas for their terrific service and outstanding character, I'd like to introduce a series of Profiles of women who are putting to life a dream they have to make a difference in our world. Some of these amazing women are social activists, some are artists, filmmakers, designers and policy makers. They are all change-makers and influencers. And they embody those traits, those smiles and dances and attentiveness that all my girl crushes possess.