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!
Arlene is a children’s book author, debuting with HarperCollins in Summer 2024. She is also part of Las Musas Books, the first collective of Latinx women authors and illustrators, evolving the canon of children’s literature and celebrating the diversity of voice, experience, and power in our communities. A former participant in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and pre-K teacher. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, who is from Mexico, where they are raising their three children.
Phoebe helps overwhelmed women take back their minds so they can take back their day. She serves through therapy at her private practice in OKC, online coaching intensives, and speaking. As a mom of three, she’s been to Crazytown and is determined to not only show women their potential but also see them transform. She helps pinpoint the beliefs driving unwanted behavior in order to have a full transformation of mind, body, and spirit. Phoebe’s experience as a therapist and coach pours over into her speaking on topics where psychology meets spiritual formation. She knows when women thrive, families and communities flourish.
Shina Choi is originally from South Korea. She graduated from Art High School in Seoul, obtaining a B.F.A. from The College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. She is currently living in the Bay Area of California with her husband and two children.
Shina’s primary painting style is abstraction and her greatest inspiration comes from nature. In essence, her relentless pursuit is to depict the spatial feeling of large landscapes in an abstract way, and reinterpret natural elements into simple colors and shapes.
She also paints realistic and impressionist-style landscapes and seascapes. She believes that color has a magical effect and that artistic elements are a great influence on the human emotion and soul. In this pursuit, she wants to convey a good, positive mood and energy through her paintings.
Melody Joy Cloud is a wife, mother, and worship leader based in Cleveland, Tennessee. Her roots run deep in the church, as that is where she spent the majority of her life growing up in West Virginia.
At 15, Melody began her journey as a songwriter and traveled to many churches across the states as she followed the call to ministry. It was also at this time that she began ministering through Youtube to sing and speak life over her viewers. She and her husband moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in 2018 to plant a church with his family. Jacob’s Tent now houses 350 members and counting each week, in addition to their thriving live stream community.
Melody decided to take a step back from traveling and online ministry after having their firstborn in 2020, to immerse herself in motherhood; but still leads worship alongside her husband at every service. Life has now come full circle, as she is currently writing songs for a future album and shares encouraging content on her Instagram, touching on the topics of worship, motherhood, marriage, and healthy living while keeping Jesus at the center of it all.
There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, author, and the podcast host of The Best Kept Secret with Liv Dooley. Liv is passionate about helping creatives become confident and communicate clearly about Christ Jesus.
Liv has led a Christian nonprofit for girls and women called The Colorfully Candid Paradigm in Las Vegas for eight years. Together, Liv and the team of women she leads have supported thousands of women across the world from their base in Las Vegas. When she is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book.
Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko
As an Autistic and Disabled writer and poet, Jennifer advocates for the normalization and acceptance of disability, chronic challenges, and mental illness. Her deep desire is for all Disabled people to know their worth and to be treated with the dignity they possess as image-bearers. Through writing and teaching, she hopes to imbue hospitality into the way the church and biblical counseling movement welcome Disabled saints by speaking to the nuances of the Disability experience.
Jennifer is also an advocate for the practice of lament. She is the author of A Lamenter’s Pathway to Joy: Devotional Journal, which practically guides readers through how to lament by observing the psalms of lament to discover deep, lasting joy. Armed with over a decade of theological and biblical counseling education, Jennifer continues to learn by chronically dwelling on the sacred ground of desperate fellowship with Christ in his suffering. In word, message, and deed, Jennifer hopes to uplift and embolden hurting people with the comfort she has received from God.
Aundi Kolber is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC), speaker, and author of the best selling book, Try Softer. She specializes in trauma- and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. Aundi has been a guest on numerous podcasts including That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs, The Lazy Genius with Kendra Adachi, The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman, and Art From Conversations with Morgan Harper Nichols. As a survivor of trauma, Aundi brings hard-won knowledge around the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God with us in our pain.
Meredith McDaniel, MA, LCMHC is a Narrative Trauma Informed therapist & owner of Milk + Honey serving families, couples, women, teens, & children, in North Carolina. She is also a local speaker and author and published her debut book In Want + Plenty in 2020 with Revell, a division of Baker Books. Meredith has completed additional trauma informed training including: Internal Family Systems training under Bessel van der Kolk & Richard Swartz, Level I Narrative Trauma Care at the Allender Center in Seattle, Washington, and is clinically certified in Suicide Bereavement by AFSP.
Meredith has vast experience working in a variety of settings with adolescents & adults over the past 15 years with Young Life & Inheritance of Hope. She currently counsels in her private practice, M+H and is an active elder at her local church, Storyhill. She has a heart for people specifically to discover who they are and live the full life they were intended to live by offering hope in somewhat dark places. By not offering quick fixes or formulas, Meredith creates a safe place that serves as a healing balm over time to find calm in chaos. She and her husband have three children. They can be found balancing their family and ministry on their little plot of land, that to them, is straight manna from heaven.
Shekea Moreno is the founder of This Mama Co. and author of This Mama Prays Prayer Journal—31 Days of Intentionality. She is passionate about encouraging intentionality in lifestyle and mothering, and making a home that makes disciples. She and her husband, Marcos, are parenting and homeschooling two daughters in Northern Virginia.