The Powerhouse Womxn On Instagram That Inspire Us Every Day

In this digital age, as a remote writer for a living, oftentimes going through my social media channels is the last thing I would want to do. Mainly because my work requires me to almost always be online consuming all sorts of things. Like many folx, I’ve gone through the ugly parts where browsing only triggers my anxieties because I’m following the wrong accounts and crowd. 

Over time, I’ve learned the art of filtering. Today, my feed is full of people I identify closely with, whose values I share the same with. So as our International Women’s Month gift to you, I’ve rounded up a couple of my favorite creatives that I admire. They inspire me every day to do better and have allowed me to dream bigger and be myself unapologetically. It is true that the womxn’s movement on social media empowers folx from all backgrounds.

Of course, there are so many other fantastic profiles there but I’d like to introduce and celebrate those who have shaped and taught me how to be kinder, confident, compassionate and love myself in different ways. They share messages about healthy relationships and vulnerabilities, body positivity, healing, art, science, inclusivity, poetry and more. Instagram showcases their activism, creativity, and personal musings at best. Your feed will thank you.

To wrap up Women’s History Month on a lovely note (even though honestly every day must be Women’s Month), here are 7 creatives to follow from around the world. They share with us what it means to be a womxn, their works, and you could learn a thing or two on how to navigate our individual journeys to self-exploration. You should be following if you aren’t already.

Camilla Pang
Scientist and Author

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I have waited 23 years to hold this book in my hands. I'd envisage me as an adult feeling well equipped with my human manual that I would take with me in my hand bag while walking through streets. . . I'd map and reflex my findings in order to find my bearings with my own species – using science as my lens to connect when I felt stuck. . . AND HERE I AM. Holding the manual, the manual I wrote, and lived through in the most beautiful cover that celebrates neurodiversity and how to be human. . . I have happily cried twice in the Penguin office on my publicist and am now having lunch in the park, and I can't stop holding it. . I did it….little me would be proud. 💔 . . #bookcover #bookprint #finalprint #firstedition #explaininghumans #penguinbooks #vikinguk #writerlife #authorsofinstagram #gratitude #livingthedream #goals #emosh #handhold

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Our biochemist by day and writer by night! She bridges science, arts and humanity gracefully. Out now: Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships

What does it mean to be a womxn?

No different to what it means to be a man, or a human for that matter since to me they are the same. It is almost like someone saying to me, what does it mean to be Asian? A lot of people like to define themselves through the axioms of race and gender to put direction into momentum and purpose, which even to this day I am only starting to understand. But as much as it is great to harbour such a voice of community based advocacy, my autism still leaves me oblivious to this bias. I have therefore had to get on with my days as my own shape, and hardly think about my identity as a woman other than having to observe carefully when approaching gendered toilets. Mentally speaking, my form of autism leaves me unaffected with the stereotypes and their expectations, since to me gender and race are rather fluid entities, I believe people should be judged by their individual potential

Every human is logical at times, every human is emotional at times – but if there is one thing that I will differentiate between men and woman apart from the shape of our biology – such as genitalia, and pubic hair distribution – it is that women have more of a social privilege to express themselves. But when it comes to female rights and attitudes in the workplace – it can be seen that the cascading feminist forces to square gendered rights and encourage female empowerment are only one side of equalization –  since the way in which women are treated (and subsequently defined) is a human responsibility that is only actionable through both sides of humanity. You are what you do as a human of your unique shape, and not demographic group you define yourselves to be in. 

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work? 

Much like if I was a man – the work I have done in writing my book was a creative, attritional and experimental endeavor that I undertook from a young age to decipher what made humans tick. The book enabled me to synthesize the different sides of art and science into a portal to connect with other people. That is all a person could ask for. 

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

Your identity is what you leave behind, it is what you endeavor to do, to make, and to affect. Your passion is the fuel in the engine. Our legacy is in the actions we choose to interact, connect, graft, and most importantly how we make others feel overall. Finding your passion can be hard. This is because people advertise it to be like eating candy floss that sticks to your smile- sweet, colorful, and unchallenged. But passion is often found within the ground that challenges you, and makes your hairs stand up right, and if you think about it that makes a lot of sense. Passion, fear, anger, and our sense of justice are all different manifestations of the same brute force. Therefore, along with shouting and embracing the voices that make you different and challenges others, stick to them, experiment with them, and let them make you feel alive. Then after all that shouting you will be laughing.

Any word on self-love and confidence?

Make sure you stick to your promises that you have told yourself you would do, (be it within an hour, week, day, or even years), because then you have established fidelity in your own voice, you will be surprised at how far that will take you and how proud of yourself you will be. That’s all you need at the end of the day – to be able to listen to yourself and that be whole.

Tiffany Trieu
Creative Coach & Experiences Designer

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Last week felt like a whole month of peeling away self-limiting beliefs to make room for dis new self. Lemme tell you, I’m tired y’all. i’m bursting to tell you all about the UC Davis talk (it went amazingly well, so thank you for all your support). But since my body is telling me to go to bed right now, here’s a letter I wrote to myself today. I hope it inspires you to write one for yourself too. Just cause 💖⁣ ⁣ Dear Tiffany, ⁣ ⁣ I am so proud of you. ⁣ ⁣ I am proud of you for staying open to what life offers you.⁣ ⁣ I am proud of you for listening when life says "be patient, not yet".⁣ ⁣ I am especially proud of you for showing up on stage and giving a talk to 300 designers and students at UC Davis, last Thursday. Because earlier this year, you wouldn't have said yes to an opportunity like that.⁣ ⁣ Thank you for giving yourself chances. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you for embracing that your story is worth sharing – and that everyone's story is worth listening to.⁣ ⁣ Thank you for showing up for yourself even when you’re not sure what it will bring. ⁣ Thank you. I can't wait to see where else you'll be going. I am so glad I'm in the front row seat 💖⁣ ⁣ 🥰 My intention with this post is to celebrate myself and being human. What are we proud of beyond our linkedin profile, “ig-worthy” photos, and facebook milestones? ⁣ 👉You’re allowed to be proud. What are you proud of? What do you thank yourself for?⁣ ⁣ photographer Vivian @vibrantventurer⁣ ⁣ #lovelettertoself #trusttheprocess #trustyourself #selftrust #play #creativecoach #creativecoaching #leadershipcoaching #asianamericancoach #coachforcreatives

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What does it mean to be a womxn?

Being a womxn means being in touch with both my feminine and masculine energies. To coexist with the two while also challenging how they exist in our patriarchal society.

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work?

I love bringing feminine qualities to the creative business world and in my leadership, especially intuition, flow, and compassion. This itself is not only an act of self-liberation as a womxn, but also re-creating how work is traditionally thought of as. I don’t believe these feminine characteristics belong to either men or womxn, but as a womxn it feels empowering to embrace.

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

Give yourself all the space and chances you need. Space will help your ideas to grow and evolve as you do. While the chances represent the self-compassion you’ll need to keep going in the long run. I’ve given myself so many chances and space the last 2 years. You should see all the ideas and notebooks I’ve gone through!

Any word on self-love and confidence?

To me, self-love means listening to our body, mind, and spirit non-judgmentally. And learning to fulfill their needs and wants in ways that are best for us. Confidence is the act of trusting yourself even when there is no concrete, tangible evidence that the decisions you are making are “right”. 

To hone into both – First, practice listening to yourself non-judgmentally. You can do this by taking 5 minutes each day to check-in. “How are you feeling today?” Notice if you push back on those feelings and how can you allow them to be explored. Second, begin trusting yourself by asking “What are my needs today? What do I need at this moment?” By asking yourself these questions, you are giving your body, mind, and spirit a chance to communicate with you.  Self-trust is the foundation of confidence.

Helen Yeung
Zine-maker and Writer

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The incredibly talented founder of @migrantzinecollective and our resident noodle enthusiast! Follow and join their ongoing INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SUBTITLES zine.

What does it mean to be a womxn? 

Looking at this question, I was reminded of the sign I made for a youth march in 2018 to end sexual violence, rape culture and forced marriage for ethnic minority women in Aotearoa, New Zealand. It was a quote by writer, feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” As an Asian womxn living in diaspora, we are often subjected to racist and sexist Western stereotypes which render us as passive, hyper-sexualised, apolitical entities for male consumption. Through my work I want to change this and fight back. I’ve found my personal meaning of being a womxn as being grounded in acts of resistance and being unafraid to voice myself, whether this be through my activism(s), feminism or involvement in creative work within my communities. 

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work?

As a womxn involved in creative work, particularly through running Migrant Zine Collective, I love how accessible the arts can be as a tool for community-building and creating solidarity between individuals from marginalised communities. My creative work, whether this be through workshop facilitation, zine-making or my writing, has been key to reclaiming my narrative as an Asian womxn, and reconnecting to my Hong Kong-Chinese background. It’s also been an important way for me to connect and meet other womxn-of-colour in creative spaces, and fight back on shared experiences of being silenced, spoken over, fetishised, and being overlooked in white and male-dominated settings.  

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

Don’t be afraid to speak up, be angry, frustrated and to express everything you’re feeling. As a womxn-of-colour who utilises creative work to explore my passions and identities, another piece of advice I’d give to folx is to always keep in check who your audience is, and how this shapes your work. Don’t compromise your beliefs for mainstream or white audiences, and connect with individuals, groups or organisations which support you for who you are. 

Any word on self-love and confidence?

Be kind and honest to yourself, and acknowledge what you’re going through as you would for your loved ones! As a womxn-of-colour engaged in creative and community work, I think we face a lot of pressures to succeed, whether it be from our (often traditional) families, through the workplace, or by Western societal standards, which often renders us as insignificant and invisible. These settings have often placed me in a cycle of overworking to achieve my goals, which ultimately results in stress, anxiety or burnout. But over the past year or so, I’ve been taking steps to break these cycles and be more weary of holding space for myself to practice self-love. I think it’s important to realise that self-love isn’t something you can achieve, but a process of growth and establishing boundaries.

Jayda Shuavarnnasri
Sexual Wellness Educator and Podcast Host

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#SexPositiveAsianAuntie is a skeptic of tantric sex.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Until I find South Asian folks to talk to about ⁣tantra I'm going to stay skeptical. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There are too many occasions throughout⁣ history where YTs take a practice or rituals of PoC folks⁣ and distort it for the purpose of commodifying it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There are also instances in which PoC folks will make up ⁣⁣or repackage pieces of our culture in the hopes of selling it to YTs, ⁣because they come from impoverished communities and gotta make ⁣money to eat. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Was this simply a spiritual practice ⁣by a small group of Hindus & Buddhist ⁣that grew into something larger than itself out of context?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The common themes I see within tantra practices ⁣⁣revolve around mindfulness, breathing, moving slower⁣⁣ and connecting the mind body & spirit.⁣⁣ ⁣ Which are teachings I grew up with in my Thai Buddhist family. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Did YT people travel across the world trying to find alternatives to their strict religious & patriarchal ways of having sex ⁣and through their travels run into brown folks who were having sex in healthier more embodied ways?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Did they see it and begin⁣⁣ selling it as some exotic life changing alternative to the norm⁣⁣ knowing that western society, with its restrictive⁣ and shameful views about sexuality⁣ would eat up this enlightened, embodied, ⁣⁣mind blowing sex practice called "tantra"?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I don't have answers yall. ⁣⁣ As always I just got curiosities and questions⁣ and this conversation is to be continued.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ At the end of the day,⁣⁣ find whatever works for YOU. ⁣⁣ It's your body and if there ⁣⁣ are practices that help you⁣⁣ feel good in your body, ⁣⁣ that is all auntie wants for you.

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What does it mean to be a womxn?

My definition of what it means to be a womxn has evolved as much as I have, which speaks to what it means to just be human. When I was younger I saw one role that womxn could have: a caregiver. In my mother, a caregiver was quiet, never caused conflict, and always following the rules.  In my babysitter, who I called my Godmother, a caregiver was vocal and ran the entire house; she made all the rules. Although I certainly believe that womxn aren’t limited to the role of caregivers, I think there’s something incredible about being the person who holds the livelihood of others so close to their identity; and that’s what it feels like for me to be a womxn.  

What do you love about being a womxn?

It’s been an uphill battle to love being a womxn in a world that doesn’t love womxn. The qualities I love about myself like creativity, empathy, intelligence, and resilience exist in me because I’ve had to navigate the world as a womxn, among many other identities that expand beyond being a womxn.

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

You don’t have to pick one passion or one identity.  Lean into the multidimensional being that you are and explore everything that is calling you.  

Any word on self-love and confidence?

When I’m not feeling confident I ask myself a question I heard from Sonya Renee Taylor, “Who profits off your self hate?” This reminds me that the world wants us to dislike ourselves. Patriarchy & capitalism literally profits off us not liking who we are so we can buy more things we don’t need or be concerned with things that don’t matter. The simplest practice I’ve adopted is to periodically write a list of affirmations, which is basically a brag list and then I write down the parts of my life that I love, like my friends and my family.

Jenay Ross
Poet and Writer

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☼ WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?⁣⁣ ⁣ have you ever jotted down what makes you REALLY happy? it could be something simple like wearing your favorite pair of jeans or something special like a tropical vacation. i find that even if i just think about what brings me joy, my mood improves and i start making plans to incorporate more of that happiness into my life. ⁣⁣ ⁣ here are some items on my JOY LIST:⁣⁣ ✧ finding #oatly in stock at the store⁣⁣ ✧ 9pm sunsets⁣⁣ ✧ acai bowls on the beach⁣⁣ ✧ when a song i love comes on in an unexpected place⁣⁣ ✧ writing a poem i’m proud of⁣⁣ ✧ freshly cleaned home⁣⁣ ✧ watching my favorite bands live⁣⁣ ✧ saving up for something that ends up going on sale⁣⁣ ✧ a cozy late night in⁣⁣ ✧ and last but certainly not least – @vadymzh 🥰⁣ ⁣ so, i’m asking again – what brings YOU joy? Comment below. Jot it down for yourself.⁣ ⁣ #everlane #everlanewomen #asos #drmartensstyle #drmartens #ootdpost #losangelesstyle #glasseslife #joyfullife #intentionalliving

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Content creator exploring corners of the internet tapping on wellness, travel and self-reflections. Don’t miss out on her recent blog, poetry, playlists and more. Check it HERE.

What does it mean to be a womxn?

For me, being a womxn is the ability to be an innate source of life for all things soft, resilient, and everything in between. 

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work?

As a writer, poet, and content creator, my creative work is how I best express myself. I appreciate that it helps me work through past traumas, heal, and grow into someone I can be in love with. The second best part is seeing how my work resonates with others. You truly get a sense of how similar we are rather than different. 

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

Don’t force yourself into a box that you don’t feel authentic in. Try new things to find what you love to do, make time to practice your craft and hobbies, and stop making excuses. The only thing getting in your way is yourself, so keep moving. 

Any word on self-love and confidence?

This is an ongoing journey. I’d say tune into yourself more and practice stepping through each day with gratitude for what you have and for the work you’re putting in to be the most authentic version of yourself. Take care of your needs rather than dedicating the majority of your attention on the highlight reels of everyone else. The comparison game is the thief of joy, self-love, and confidence. 

Addi Miyako
Artist

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I end this Sunday night with deepest gratitude for so many things. For @SJMade putting together an incredible event like the Holiday Craft Fair year after year, giving us creatives an opportunity to share our work. For the new faces I met and those who picked up a card, asked me a question during my live-painting, gave me a follow. For my ever-expanding community of fellow makers, who leave me in awe and inspire me every day. For friends and followers and loved ones who show their support, whether that's by purchasing my work, showing up to cheer me on, bringing me treats to snack on at my booth, boosting me on social media, backing my Patreon, or helping me run this art business (special thank you to my boyfriend for being my "part-timer" through so many events, and to my mom who has helped me load-in and load-out with the minivan!). Thank you so much for everything – though this was my last event for 2019, I'm not slowing down…still lots in the works before the year is up!

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The dopest hapa artist drawing inspirations from nature, Japanese folklore, and the feminine. Looking for Botan tarot? Need jacket customizations or simply love watercolors? Dive in HERE.

What does it mean to be a womxn?

For me, to be a womxn means finding strength in compassionate action and tough perseverance in vulnerability.

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work?

I strongly believe that creative womxn are having our moment right now, with the help of social media as a platform to enable us and share and lift up each other’s work.  When studying art, most of my professors were men, and we were taught that the creative realm is cut-throat and competitive and no one will help you out, but now that I’m living and thriving as a creative, I’ve learned that other creatives (and especially womxn or non-binary creatives) are generous with their support, advice, and happily hype you up to extend your reach. My visibility and the success of my projects like my tarot deck, I owe to the womxn in my network amplifying my voice.

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities? 

Momentum and inertia are real forces in creativity. I had a 5 year art drought before committing to doing just a small doodle every day, which quickly blossomed into more artistic exploration.  You don’t need to create masterpieces – just start with some small, make it a daily practice, and the flow will come much more easily soon enough.

Any word on self-love and confidence?

Healing is not linear, and building confidence and self-love doesn’t look like a graph with a straight line. Some days you will be better at it than others – those bad days do not make you any less worthy of love, and no less worthy of the effort the next day.  End the day listing what you’re grateful for, then try again tomorrow.

Geraldine Mae Cueva
Entrepreneur & Podcast Host

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Let’s just drop another angle tho cuz HOW was this moment a week ago. I cry. 🥺 This was the best part of my year thus far. Those brands! 🥰 All that amazing product. Sheesh. 🤩 I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it. SOON this experience will have semi-permanent 4 walls. (I manifest). More plants. Real customers. An iPad register that flips around when people sign things, shit, I love that experience, except I prefer cash only hahahahaha 😩😂 JK. Will accept credit cards when the day comes. Anyways, you ever wake up in the morning, breakfast is on the table (thanks mom) and then all of a sudden it’s noon and you’re 4 calls deep. Hahahahaha WHERE DID THE DAY JUST GO? 😳😳😳 📸: @amomssoulreflection for the snap and support on day one since day one #reachforthestars #makechill #mambamentality #maeface #motivated

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Baddest chillanthropist! Founder of Art & Times of Chill, Host of the #AmplifyYourChill Podcast. Join her journey in the business of plants at Art & Times of Chill, there’s a lot in store this 2020.

What does it mean to be a womxn?

There is power in embracing being a womxn. It means tapping in to our gifts—intuition, intelligence, strength, bravery, and love. There are so many beautiful things that encompass being a womxn and I think it all starts from understanding the power of our womb. We create life. Womxn are truly a gift from a higher power. We are the universe and God is a woman.

What do you love about being a womxn doing creative work?

My feelings matter. I can lead with purpose and strength by harnessing those feelings instead of dismissing them. It’s less about being emotional, but being guided by how I feel and what I know is right. The balance there is creativity that comes alive by simply being a woman.

What advice would you give to other folx exploring their passion and identities?

Pure joy stems from being your most authentic self. There will undoubtedly be challenging times, sad moments, and internal struggles where you question your choices and sometimes your self-worth—but never ever give up on You. Believe in yourself. Stay true to who you are, be kind, and always give it your all. No matter what happens, communicating honestly with yourself first and foremost will always channel some of your best work. It takes time, but when your passions come alive, you’ll notice that you do too. 

Any word on self-love and confidence?

Self-love starts from within and knowing you are enough! Confidence builds with resilience, knowing life comes with learning and mistakes/failures are only setbacks when you don’t embrace the lessons that come from them. Self-love can be synonymous with confidence when you embrace your realest self and set boundaries that protect your energy instead of drain it. As you live, you learn. 

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