5 Successful Women Entrepreneurs Who Influence Me

Today I’m at the CreativeLive studios for a workshop about digital products led by the amazing April Bowles-Olin. Click here to watch the livestream and join in the discussion.

Since I’m spending the next 3 days soaking up business tactics, I thought I’d share some of the ladies who’ve made it big and inspire me to help women edit their lives.

Here are 5 successful women entrepreneurs who influence me.

Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project

I had the pleasure of meeting Gretchen Rubin at an event earlier this year. She’s just as sweet and down to earth as you’d imagine her to be. For a period of about 2 years, the only present I gave people for their birthdays was a copy of her wildly popular book, The Happiness Project.

What inspires me most about Gretchen is how she breaks out of her comfort zone (like when she started her blog) even if it’s scary or intimidating. I also adore her Type A personality and her extreme love of list-making.

Christine Kane of Uplevel You

There are a bajillion business coaches out there, but Christine Kane is my fave because she doesn’t talk down to you or make you feel stupid if you make a mistake (or a hundred). She’s all about owning your imperfections, and one of her signature stories involves the time she hit rock bottom in a roach infested New York City motel. Yikes.

Her Uplevel You brand is all about getting yourself to your next level of greatness, much like life editing. Christine’s been my business coach for 2 years now, and I’m eternally grateful for her guidance.

Molly Mahar of Stratejoy

Little known fact: I have my own life coach, and it’s the lovely Molly Mahar. Some folks are confused when I say I have my own life coach, but it makes sense. You’d never go to a doctor who doesn’t believe in going to see a doctor, right? Same thing.

Molly’s my type of coach because she’s all about being systematic in your pursuit of happiness (Get it? Strategizing your joy? Stratejoy!). I’ve done several guest blog posts on her website (here, here, and here), and she gave me the push to rebrand my business in March.

Jess Lively of With Intention

I’ve been following intentional living guru Jess Lively for years, and I’m always impressed with her simplified, easy take on life. To her, your core intentions guide everything you do, and it makes beautiful sense to me.

Jess was one of the first “big names” to promote and feature me on her blog (click here to read the interview). She’s warm and giving, and definitely someone you should be following. Jess is proof that being successful doesn’t mean being pushy or sleazy.

April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle

Of course April’s on this list, seeing as I’m at her workshop right now! April Bowles-Olin is another “biggie” who interviewed me for her blog when I was still in the startup phase of my business (click here to read it). She’s funny, authentic, and has a way of explaining marketing and business tactics to appeal to creatives.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend attending one of her CreativeLive workshops. I’ve been in her audience twice, and I always come away with pages and pages of notes to help me improve my business.

[Tweet ““I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost”]

Who do you look up to?

In the comments below, share the mentors, guides, and teachers who influence you.

This post focuses on Step 3 of the Life Editing Process, Add Good Habits and Routines. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.


  1. Hiromi on September 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    YOU! 🙂

  2. Jen Scerri on November 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Fun! Love that we have some much overlap in our interests and role models! I can’t wait to get to know you even better. xoxo, Jen

  3. Sarah @ Long Island Nerd on November 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    What a nice post Sage! It’s great that you have been able to meet these amazing women that inspire you and great that you have shared all of this amazing info with us!