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!
With over 12 years of experience in decorating, improving, and maintaining her outdated 1970’s home herself, Serena Appiah, owner of Thrift Diving, helps other do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners via her blog, YouTube channel and podcast on how to revamp their homes using paint, power tools, and thrift stores. She delivers down-to-earth tips, advice, and motivation for transforming spaces without sacrificing budget, the environment, or style.
Kat Armstrong was born in Houston, Texas, where the humidity ruins her Mexi-German curls. She is a powerful voice in our generation as a sought-after Bible teacher, preacher, coach, and innovative ministry leader. She holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back, The In-Between Place, and a 6-book series called Storyline Bible Studies.
In 2008, Kat co-founded the Polished Network to embolden working women in their faith and work. As the host of The Polished Podcast and The Emboldened Woman Podcast, she interviews working women at the crossroads of faith and work and offers devotionals from the Scriptures. Kat is the director of leadership processes for Integrus Leadership, is pursuing a doctorate of ministry in New Testament context at Northern Seminary, and serves as a board member of the Polished Network.
She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for twenty years and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.
Joanna started her blog as a place for reviews of all the books that she’s currently loving and reading, as well as sharing some bookish things that she loves. For the past 7 years she was a 6th grade English teacher until she and her husband decided to open their own business, Covington Wealth Management.
She has always loved to read, but rediscovered her love over quarantine in 2020. She discovered the bookstagram community in July and it is easily the best corner of the internet. Growing up, her mom had around 800 children’s books in their basement. She was trying to grow her future classroom library, and Joanna benefited by always having books at her fingertips.
Whenever she’s not reading, she loves running, spending time outside with her husband, and watching Alabama football!
Meagan has been creating content for moms and about motherhood since 2002, placing articles and essays in publications like Good Housekeeping, Parents, The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, NYTimes.com, and many more, and is the author of several books. As a pioneer in the digital motherhood space, Meagan was among the first women blogging about motherhood in the early 2000s, and launched her first podcast in 2012. Her brainchild The Mom Hour, which she co-hosts with Sarah Powers, is a top-rated podcast that has been downloaded over 15M times since its launch in 2015, and her solo podcast, Mother of Reinvention, reaches thousands of women with inspiring and thoughtful discussions on topics like midlife health and wellness, divorce, parenting teens, career pivots, living a creative life, and more.
As founder and Creative Director of Reinvention Media, LLC, Meagan also publishes a quarterly magazine, REINVENT, and facilitates Reinvent Midlife, a private community that delivers targeted, exclusive content, belonging, and experiences to, for, and by midlife women. She’s also the host of a weekly Instagram Live series, Sunday Morning Tea, a casual chat about motherhood, midlife, creativity, and more. Meagan lives in Southwest Michigan with two cats, a couple dozen chickens, and an ever-shifting combination of her five kids, which now includes two teenagers and three young adults.
Natalie Franke is a founder, author, community builder, multi-passionate creative, and Mama Bear for small business. She is a fierce advocate for independent business. There is no sugar-coating it – running a business is hard. We were built to do hard things, though!
In the last decade, she founded multiple companies, wrote two books, cultivated a global community, and empowered tens of thousands of independent business owners to rise together doing what they love. And in that same season, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, underwent neurosurgery, fought against infertility, and gave birth to two miracle babies.
She faced hardship head on and thrived in her season of struggle. Here is the truth that we so often forget… you don’t have to do this alone. Entrepreneurship can be lonely. Running a small business can feel isolating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s where she comes in.
Katrina McCain is a former fashion model from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has a passion to encourage women of all ages to live for Jesus authentically, in spite of the culture that tells them they can’t. She’s earned a BA in Literature from UNC-Charlotte and holds an MA in Education. She is the proud wife of her husband, Jarrett, and mother to her sweet baby girls, Kailyn and Jaelle.
She enjoys traveling, caramel flavored coffee, good conversations and classic fashion. On her playlist, you’ll find an array of music from Ottis Redding, to Bethel Music, Hillsong, Tori Kelly and LeCrae. She has a passion for purity and believes that any woman, no matter her past, can instantly delve into her purpose and calling, through Jesus Christ.
Arlene Pellicane has been honored to speak, write books (translated into over 10 languages), and appear on several media outlets like the Today Show, Wall Street Journal, Focus on the Family, Fox & Friends, TLC’s Home Made Simple, FamilyLife Today, and The 700 Club. She is the host of the Happy Home podcast. She has also been on the writing team for Proverbs 31 Ministries and Girlfriends in God. She earned a BA from Biola University and a MA from Regent University. Before becoming a speaker and author, she served as a features reporter for The 700 Club and associate director for Turning Point with David Jeremiah.
Mimi Striplin grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and is a 2014 graduate of the College Of Charleston. In 2015, she founded The Tiny Tassel, where she designs and creates each tassel by hand in hopes to bring a little joy to others’ lives. She offers a full line of handmade tassel jewelry, garments – made by her mom, accessories, and even a curated selection of party decor. The Tiny Tassel is a true family business that is growing like wildfire. Each collection is fun and bright and is available in retailers across the country. Mimi is a strong, kind leader whose smile absolutely lights up a room.
Elizabeth Woodson is a Bible teacher, theologian, author, and the Founder of The Woodson Institute, an organization that equips believers to understand and grow in their Christian faith. With over a decade of experience in church ministry, Elizabeth is passionate about creating pathways for discipleship and theological education in the local church. She is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education. Elizabeth is the author of the book Embrace Your Life: How To Find Joy When The Life You Have Is Not The Life You Hoped For and From Beginning To Forever: A Study of the Grand Narrative of Scripture, and the host of the podcast Starting Place, where she explores what Christians believe and why it matters for our everyday lives.