When I started blogging back in 2013, I searched for conferences and other places where I could learn how to succeed in the field. I found The Influence Conference, which was held right in Indy, and though I didn’t get to go until last year, I dreamed I would soon.
The Influence Conference also has a strong Network I’m now apart of, and through that I’ve come to the knowledge of multiple talented, passionate, and godly women I follow on Instagram (mostly).
Stemming out from that, I’ve been connected to a dozen other women who have encouraged me through their words, their mission, and their experience.
A couple of these gals I know personally, and I’m honored that I do.
- Lara Casey
- Her Make It Happen book drove me to create meaningful goals I’m still working towards past January 17th. I’m not doing it perfectly, but I’ve seen more progress than ever before.
- Jess Connolly
- Pretty much anytime she hopes on Periscope I’m going to watch. All lot of truth just flows out of her, and it doesn’t hurt that she founded the Influence Network with Hayley Morgan either.
- Gretchen Saffles
- Her Life Lived Beautifully Instagram is always focused on the Lord.
- Anna Scott
- A personal friend, Anna writes about real hard things and her journey with her husband through minimalism. She’ll be speaking at a conference soon and I’m sad I’ll have to miss it.
- Elise Burkhead
- Another friend of mine, Elise is lovely online and even lovelier in real life. She’ll give you a “rah rah!” when you most need it.
- Rachel Nordgren
- She and her husband are building a tiny house and therefore seek to live a life of simplicity. Her posts have helped me as I clear some of the clutter out of my life.
- Hayley Morgan
- Co-founder of the Influence Network and founder of an ethical kid’s clothing brand (Wildly Co.), Hayley wears many hats and does it well.
- Rebecca Smith
- Rebecca felt the urge to start a purse company a few years ago and now employs quite a few women in Detroit, giving them an honorable job and a means to provide for their families.
- Nancy Ray
- She’s a professional photographer, but she also provides a lot of encouragement to people, and a periscope book club!
- Rach Kincaid
- Because of her I could do headstands again. I haven’t done headstands in years.
- Jennie Allen
- Have you read Anything? You should – that book has impacted my journey with the Lord so drastically in the past several months.
- Jamie Ivey
- I just recently got into podcasts and started listening to hers on the recommendation of a friend. She chats with girlfriends and I always come away with something new.
- Shauna Niequist
- Okay, so I’ve never read anything by her yet, mainly because I don’t know where to start. But her books are on my list, and everyone I know tells me her books are amazing!
- Ann Voskamp
- I hop onto her blog all the time to read her thoughts and get refreshed. She has the writing style I wish I had and a heart for people as big as the Canadian farm land she lives on.
- Kayla Aimee
- I received her book for free at a conference (love freebies!) and loved her story.
- Valerie Woerner
- I have one of her prayer journals and her book The Finishing School is also on my list.
- Amy Cornwell
- I briefly met this woman at a conference and her story has encouraged me so much. She’s been working at her creative business for over 10 years and she told me it took several years before she was able to make it her full-time work. But she persevered through all the time it took her and I appreciate that example so much.
- Lysa Terkeurst
- A best-selling author and encourager of women, Lysa’s book The Best Yes has changed how I approach life and committing to things.
- Susan Petersen
- The woman behind Freshly Picked started with a humble business and little capital and changed the way babies style their feet.
- Suzanne Mayernick and Gwen Oatsvall
- Another book recommendation! These women co-wrote One and started the organization 147 Orphans. The best thing I can say about these two women and what I took away from them is that the biggest movements and the biggest impact starts with one person loving one person.
- Katie Davis
- Not everyone will be called to move overseas, but all of us will be called to not look back when we follow Jesus. Her story will, hopefully, encourage you to take that first step towards Him.
Did I leave anyone out? This is just the beginning of women who are influential in their little circles. Scores more, some who will never be acknowledged, are doing the good work day after day and loving on others and making a difference right where they are.