10 inspirational women you'll want to follow on instagram

Oh, Instagram. We love and hate it, right? It’s too easy to get lost in mindless scrolling when we’re supposed to be ticking off our to-do list. What’s more, viewing square after square of people’s 'highlight reels' when you’re feeling less than your best can make you feel inadequate and low. Yep, it happens to all of us. 

That’s why, for 2019 we’ve given our following list a clean up so that our feed leaves us feeling uplifted, energised and even more importantly, learning something new. In the spirit of sharing, here’s 10 interesting, intelligent and hard working women from various fields that we’re sure will inspire you, whatever your goals are for the year ahead.

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Simone Heng
@simoneheng

Follow if: you're a career woman changing direction or for a daily dose of positivity.
A ball of good energy that grounds us with her honest and motivational instagram captions, Simone Heng is an MC, radio host and producer for Class 95FM in Singapore. Recently, she’s taken us on her journey to becoming a keynote speaker, one which has led her to sharing many touching and transformative life anecdotes. Watch her recent speech at Google’s Singapore HQ which we know will inspire you to step up in your own life.

 

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I used to be obsessed with losing weight and getting abs. I thought once I hit a certain goal weight and get abs I'd be happy and worthy. That somehow, all my insecurities and self doubt would go away. But it doesn't work like that. I would workout excessively and obsess over calories. I would get upset when I realise I still have tummy fat. I thought I was being my healthiest, but I forgot about my mental health along the way. The truth is, losing weight won't make me happy or feel worthy because there will always be more weight to lose. Losing weight didn't help me achieve life goals. There's so much more to life than obsessing about abs and weight. You are worthy the way you are and are capable of being happy without having to drastically change your body. Society equates being lean and having abs to beauty. But beauty is different for everyone! Beauty can be intelligence, comparison, drive. And I'm sure you are all these things. Let's stop equating beauty and health to our bodies only. Our bodies are all different and what someone else's healthy is, may not be yours. And that's fine! Do whatever makes YOU happy, healthy and confidence because this is YOUR life. And don't forget, your body is capable of doing so much! It is nothing to be ashamed of! ❤(words/inspo by saggysara)

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Ming Bridges
@mingbridges

Follow if: you’ve ever had or are recovering from an eating disorder.
A singer, songwriter and now founder of Rentadella, a Singapore-based company that enables you to rent dresses (instead of buying them) at a fraction of the retail price, Ming Bridges is a lady wearing many a hat. She’s always real about body image, and has shared her experience of living with an eating disorder at a recent TEDX talk Fat, Hungry and Desperate.


Charlotte Mei
@thecharlottemei

Follow if: you’re a foodie and interested in eco-conscious living.
Bubbly, bright, stylish and she can cook! Charlotte Mei is our latest #girlcrush. This certified nutritionist is big on getting people living and eating well. Her feed and stories is full of inspiration and her musings living and eating more consciously. Her new content channel TheCharlotteMei is full of yummy cooking demos, food tours of various cities and more content to get our mouths watering - all delivered in a down to earth, relatable way.


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THE REAL REASON YOU’RE NOT GENERATING SALES... 👇🏽 If you’d asked me my feelings about sales conversations four years ago, I would have cringed at the mere thought of it. I loved talking to people about their businesses and learning about the challenges they were facing. I could confidently speak about what I do but I couldn’t connect the two... I’d have countless meetings and “conversations” and guess what happened? I’d hardly ever convert. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I was frustrated, depleted and overwhelmed by it all. But let’s face it: it doesn’t matter how good your product or service is and it doesn’t matter how many people you’re meeting or marketing to; if you don’t know how to turn those leads into paying customers or clients, you don’t have a business… ☝🏾 I knew it was something that I need to crack and after years of studying sales and now teaching my clients how to effortless sell premium services, I know now what I was doing wrong.: 🙅🏽‍♀️ 1️⃣ I dominated the conversation and made it about me, not from a place of arrogance at all but from a deep place of insecurity. Instead of allowing them to explain why they needed ME, I was constantly trying to prove my credibility and worthiness. ~ 2️⃣ I looked at my services and their challenges in silos. I couldn’t clearly articulate how my services were the vehicle for the transformation they were looking for. ~ 3️⃣ I had a fear-based mindset around my pricing. I priced myself too low, which actually repelled the kind of high quality clients I was trying to attract. 👇🏽 If you want to build a profitable business so you can have the kind of freedom you dreamed of when you started your business, you cannot keep waiting for the right time to learn how to sell. 💥 That’s why I’ve created a free blueprint on how you can double your income this year in a way that feels aligned and without hustle. Just say ‘yes’ in the comments and I’ll send you the link to free resource ❤️

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Naomi Mdudu
@thelifestyleedit

Follow if: You're a female founder seeking clarity and alignment in life and career
A platform which teaches female founders how to launch and scale aligned creative businesses, The Lifestyle Edit is founded by ex-fashion editor Naomi Mdudu, who runs her business between New York and London. Their free podcast is full of awesome, actionable tips, insightful interviews and advice on hot topics like building your brand on social media to how to raise your service rates. The quotes from their feed and insightful captions always give us a magical dose of motivation when we need it most!


Clare Press
@mrspress

Follow for: An insightful, intelligent yet relatable take on sustainable fashion
Humorous, witty and down-to-earth, Clare Press is the founder and presenter of one of our favourite podcasts Wardrobe Crisis. She's also an author, with her most recent books (which you should definitely read) Wardrobe Crisis: How we went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion and Rise & Resist, How to change the world discussing topics like sustainability in fashion, social impact and eco-activism. She's one of the most sought after opinions in the industry; we'd love to have her here in Singapore for a talk one day! Oh, and she's also Australian VOGUE's Sustainability Editor-at-Large, no biggie. 


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This popped up from our Walking In Beauty photo shoot a year ago. I would not have known at the time fully, what a source of expression and healing the performance would be post my mothers' death. But equally, an incredible opportunity to write my own story and perform it at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, with others I admire immensely and who walk the creative path the same way - on their own. Individuality, seems like some massive thing out there to achieve - all it is is owning yourself and being unafraid of the fuck-ups, being determined to do the thing you cherish because you are good at it, and because your gut tells you it's better this way. The path is both beguiling and treacherous, and you will meet many who'll dismiss you. But if it's what you want and can, do it anyway. (📷 @studiokel_photography)

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Anita Kapoor
@anitakapoor

Follow for: empowering anecdotes about being female, spirituality and self-awareness
We love connecting with individuals who aren't afraid to speak their minds on issues that matter, especially in Singapore. That's what Anita Kapoor serves up post after post. A television presenter, host, emcee and performer based in Singapore, we're always enlightened and educated by her feed and IGTV where she touches on topics from self-love and relationships to current affairs, food and heritage. 


Tiffany Soi
@tiffany_soi

Follow for: Fitness inspiration and a dose of girl power 
A former elite British gymnast and a competitive rock climber, Tiffany Soi is the definition of 'strong is sexy'. She's the founder of a technique called ClimbFlow, a yoga and functional fitness workout designed especially with climbers in mind. Inspiring her community to see the positive side of life, she takes you on a journey through her training, highs, lows, tips and advice on living a healthier, balanced life. She's a big advocate for self-care, mental health and promoting a strong, healthy body image for women. 


Jennifer Nini
@ecowarriorprincess

Follow for: intelligent, well-researched and modern insights into green living.
Jennifer Nini is the founder of Eco Warrior Princess, a fast-growing media platform based in Australia dedicated to sustainable living, consumption and ethical business. We love Jen's approach to content and the fact that her team aren't afraid to tell it how it is on topics that matter like environmental conservation, feminism, conscious business and social justice. She's also vegan and a certified organic farm owner and we love getting behind the scenes snippets of her life off-the-grid in Queensland. 


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Why do so many people still talk themselves down? There are still people I come across who can’t accept a compliment without saying something negative about themselves or denying what I’ve said. “Your hair looks great!” “Oh it’s so frizzy and dry!” - “You did well in class today!” “Nah, I’m not that good.” • We come across variations of these and it’s about time we get rid of the idea that bringing yourself down is equivalent to being humble. Recognizing your beauty, your abilities, your presence and loving yourself is not conceited. We all need to stop being so afraid to be confident in ourselves. There are countless things about yourself that should be celebrated. Don’t deny those things - embrace them. Stop punishing yourself for acknowledging what you possess and instead try to believe it. Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self-destruction

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Aly Rauff
@alyrauff

Follow for: an honest take on body confidence, fitness and great vegan eats
A Singapore-based yogi and fitness instructor, Aly is passionate about sharing her reality through her instagram feed. Her feed is full of personal anecdotes on topics like body positivity, dealing with emotions, our relationship with food and self-love. Her goal is to talk about what happens in her life honestly and candidly - her posts always leave us feeling uplifted.  

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