As a writer and newbie podcaster (Whoot Whoot), I’ve noticed that women are SLAYING in both arenas. Whether it’s researching how to be a better writer, getting the latest in pop culture, or getting mental wellness resources, I find that women are DOMINATING my experience as a creative and I am LOVING it.
When I need a touch of inspiration, I have different blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and tweets I flock to for that extra oomph, which is highly attributed to the women I follow on these platforms (Again, fellas I love ya but it’s Women’s Month so let me rock. Men’s Health Month is in June so you’ll get your time too!)
Keeping this as succinctly as I can (because you need to know the tea on these women asap), here are 10 creative women you should know AND follow😊
- Hey Fran Hey
I heard about Francheska Medina “Hey Fran Hey” a few years ago, but I’m just REALLY getting into her now. She is a wellness influencer based out of Harlem, New York and is 1/3 of The Friend Zone, a podcast you NEED in your life.
She started her journey when she created a blog to track her holistic healing when she had medical problems with her kidneys. She turned her situation into motivation and is now reaping the rewards as well as sharing what she’s learned through her wellness tour. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
- Mystic Lipstick
What can I say about Danielle Ayoka aka Mystic Lipstick?! Besides the fact that she’s dope AF, she is an astrologer and Contributing writer for @ESSENCE. I found out about her through The Friend Zone when they interviewed her.
Even since then, I’ve been hooked on her Twitter, where she gives the tea on different astrology signs (if you’re a Capricorn like me she says we’re her favorite sign, but she drags us through the mud – aka calls us out on our ish – so be prepared). She also gives great new moon and full moon rituals that will help you release negative energy as well as release your desires into the universe so you can get what you want. It may sound hippy dippy, but try her next ritual and get back to me.
She is also a certified Reiki Master and alternative healing practitioner. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter to learn.
Anuli (pronounced “ah-noo-lee”) is a communication strategist and writer. I forget how I found out about her, but I’m glad I did.
Her newsletter gives me life every time I read it. She uses her humor as well as her personal experiences to paint an interesting picture about various topics including politics, blackness, freelance/entrepreneurship, and life as a millennial creative.
My favorite parts about her newsletter is that not only does she provide her own opinions, but she also provides articles she’s into AND links to opportunities in different professional fields (both paid and unpaid). You can visit her website, find her on Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter.
Crissle is poppin’. That’s all I can say really. Lol. She is the co-host of the HILARIOUS podcast, The Read, hosts hour-long music blocks on Beats 1 radio (part of Apple Music), and is part of the show Uncommon Sense on MTV2.
If you ever wanted to say something about a celebrity, our president, or a situation, but didn’t have the guts to say it, Crissle will say it for you and then some. Lol. I also LOVE. HER. LAUGH.
Anyone who knows me knows I have THE most obnoxious laugh and Crissle’s laugh is so hearty that it makes me feel good about myself. Don’t believe me? Visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and listen to The Read. I promise, you will be entertained and informed.
- Sakita Holley
First off, Sakita Holley is a POWERHOUSE! She is the Founder and CEO of House of Success, which is a NY-based lifestyle PR firm, and has her own podcast entitled Hashtags and Stilettos. I love her podcasts because many of them are short but informative and swagged out. You’ll see why when you listen.
She gives you a blueprint on how to move like a #girlboss AND interviews various women about their journey to success. I love her tips, strategies, and open interview style so I look forward to seeing what she does next. Visit her website, listen to her podcast, and follow her on Twitter.
Candice of Life in a Pile is your favorite home girl in your head and online. She actually reminds me of Khadijah from Living Single. On Life in a Pile, she covers various topics like travel, sex, womanhood, music, and more.
She also writes for XO Necole and Elite Daily. One of the things I love about her most is that she responds to Tweets pretty quickly and engages with her audience. If you were ever looking for a site and a creative who uses her space for women to be their authentic selves through writing, look no further. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
7. Regina Anaejionu (By Regina)
By Regina is AMAZING!!! She is all about resources, planning and INFORMATION! She specializes in helping you launch your brand and create more income for yourself and the people you love.
If you are interested in building or monetize your blog, you need her in your life. You can sign up for her newsletter, but the website is enough to get you started on your content writing journey. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
8. Lauren Tharp
Lauren Tharp created an award winning website for freelance writers looking to become better freelance writers. She gives out free e-books, sends out bi-monthly newsletters, and offers one-on-one mentoring for new writers. I had a mentoring session with her and it helped me take my website to the next level visually.
I love her website because there is a plethora of knowledge that she gives away for free AND she is a great spirit. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
9. Alexandra Franzen
Alexandra Franzen is a writer based in Portland, Oregon, who writes books, leads writing retreats, and pens lyrics to songs among other amazing writing projects. What I love most about Alexandra is her monthly newsletter.
Her writing is short, sweet and to the point, but hits home every time I open my email. She encourages writers to keep going and gives her favorite songs for the month in case we want to jam along with her. Visit her website and sign up for her newsletter.
10. Jen Carrington
Jen Carrington is a blogger and creative coach, who helps purpose-driven creatives make things happen in their creative work and life on their own terms, in their own way, and by their own rules. (Yes, I got this from her website. Lol).
I found out about her when she and By Regina collaborated on a complimentary webinar. Ever since then, I’ve been following her and listening to her podcast.
She’s the one who inspired me to have a word for the year and encourages me when I’m feeling blah about my creative business. Also, she has an English accent. Who can resist an English accent? Lol. Visit her website and listen to her podcast to see what I’m talking about.
As a way to celebrate Women’s Month (yes, I know it’s Women’s History Month but I’ll call it what I want because it fits. Lol), make sure you check out these amazing women out for laughs, inspiration, and resources.
Who are some creative women you follow? Comment below or share your thoughts on twitter @chelseaahamlet.