Women Worth Following – Inspiring Women You’ll Want to Get to Know
I’m proud to announce this month’s group of Women Worth Following – inspiring women you’ll want to get to know! Every month I feature nine awesome women who are changing the world. I can’t wait for you to check out these amazing women, and don’t forget to follow them too!
Jeri-Ashley is an accomplished educator, mindful parenting expert, community advocate, and mama to multiples. She recognizes that high-achieving moms find themselves pressed for time, distracted, and struggling to find balance in their numerous roles, leaving them full of guilt for falling short. As a recovering high-achieving workaholic, Jeri-Ashley is passionate about teaching moms exactly HOW to drop the mom guilt so they can do more of what they value, find balance, and experience success in motherhood and beyond through her signature G.R.O.W. Together method.
Jeri-Ashley has worked with and impacted the lives of thousands of school-aged children, parents, educators, and leaders throughout her career. She specializes in empowering others to create strong, healthy relationships by taking control of their nervous system and mastering their communication through the lens of mindfulness. Jeri-Ashley’s strengths-based approach allows others to make transformational shifts in their mindset and relationships that last. Jeri-Ashley holds her B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary’s University, an M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and is a certified parent, mindfulness & meditation coach.
As a Korean American transracial and transcultural adoptee, I offer a unique lens to my therapeutic work and adoption advocacy. My therapeutic approach is holistic and mind-body incorporated, with an intention of increasing self-awareness and self-leadership. I help clients connect with the resources already within themselves to nurture and strengthen that which encourages them to feel heard, liberated, and fulfilled. I specialize in adoption and attachment trauma, offering individual therapy and a therapeutic group support for adult adoptees. I also offer my professional perspective and experience in interviews, podcasts, trainings, and public panels.
Heydi Hurtado is a licensed therapist and founder of Peace Cove Counseling. She is a bilingual Afro-Latina, and a recovering people-pleaser. She used to feel so stuck, tired, and overwhelmed because she gave too much of herself and did not prioritize her own health and wellness. After several years on her own wellness journey, She developed a faith-based therapeutic space that empowers black and brown millennial women to work through the issues she once had.
She graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and received additional training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has been providing mental health services to individuals and families for 8+ years.
She earned her post-master certificate from the NYU Silver School of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice. She also gained invaluable experience at the New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC) for seven years while working with individuals and families who learned healthier ways to cope with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, conflict in family and peer relationships, and academic challenges.
Pastor Victoria grew up in the church, but fell away from the faith in her early teenage years. After her encounter with Jesus, she has dedicated her life to missions and outreach. Pastor Josh and Victoria met at Oral Roberts University while pursuing theology degrees. They were married in 2014 and have two beautiful children. Victoria received a master’s degree from Baylor University in the field of social work. She has served the Tampa community through anti-human trafficking advocacy, school social work, and co-pastoring Abandoned Church with her husband.
Heather Lee lives in Nashville, TN with her spouse and son. She encouragers others to love Jesus and live simply. She enjoys sharing on social media about how Jesus is speaking to her through each season of life. She is also an artist and blogger.
For All Is Through Him is a Christian blog ministry founded by Divine Lufuankenda. F.A.I.T.H. is about discipleship, growth and sharing the light of God’s glory. F.A.I.T.H. blog projects are curated to encourage, equip and educate young girls and women to become a walking embodiment of Jesus.
For All Is Through Him is to help believers acknowledge that all the things we do in life should be for and through Jesus Christ, therefore F.A.I.T.H. is to help build young girls and women to become bold and unashamed ambassadors of Jesus Christ in every room they walk into.
For All Is Through Him is a place and opportunity to build a sister-in-F.A.I.T.H. global community of young girls and women across the globe to grow in faith, grow in the word and grow together to represent Jesus Christ in all facets of their lives impacting their circle of influence.
Meet Lia Ross, the bookworm behind the bookstagram Lia Ross Reads. Her Instagram account is a hub of insightful book reviews and recommendations, appreciated by those seeking to grow in their faith through biblically sound literature. Lia’s reviews span a broad range of Christian living and theology books, covering topics such as motherhood, friendship, and spiritual growth. She also occasionally reviews children’s books for families looking to disciple their little ones.
Lia’s mission extends beyond recommending good books. Her aim is to create a community of readers who can share resources with each other and their local churches. Along with her passion for reading, Lia is also the CEO of Lia Ross Media, a social media agency that assists businesses in expanding their online presence. Her passion for storytelling and communication fuels her drive to assist others in achieving their goals. When she’s not creating content or at the used bookstore, she can be found making memories with her husband and daughter.
Katie Ruga is a Christian wife and mother to 3. She hosts a podcast titled Renewing Your Motherhood which encourages moms to pursue Biblical motherhood. She also has a month long discipleship program called Renewing Your Identity where she disciples moms to live in their true identity in Christ. Her passion is to make a difference in people’s lives.
Melody Alisa Thomas
Melody Thomas graduated from college in 2014, and moved to South Korea (completely alone!) to teach English. It was there, in the small countryside town she called home, thousands of miles away from everything familiar that she truly met God and invited Him into my heart to be her Lord and Savior.
She now creates faith based content on Youtube weekly, leading a membership club for women who want to grow in their relationship with God and step into becoming the person God has created them to be, all while balancing being a wife to a handsome man she met her freshman year of college and also being a mother to the most precious baby girl.
You can catch her weekly on Youtube sharing videos ranging from truths about her journey with the Lord (including mistakes made and lessons learned), to real-life vlogs sharing her life in this season as a new mom, and personal routines she developed in order to continually grow and sustain in her relationship with the Lord.