We asked some of the most inspiring folks we know to tell us what they are inspired by.

Aisha Ritchie | Author, Speaker, and Empowerment Coach

As a youngster who grew up in one of Jamaica’s inner-city communities, I was exposed to several social ills and societal stigmas. From as early as childhood, I knew that I had to rise above it – I was convinced from as early as my years of primary education that I would not fall within the status quo. I can recall my father giving me three clear paths to escape the ghetto – musically talent, sports, or education. While I enjoyed and did well in the performing arts, I knew that my route had to be education, as I enjoyed learning and could control how well I could do – my success or failure to learn and apply what was taught was completely dependent on me. Read more>>

Misha Parris | Baker & Cake Decorator

Inspiration comes from many different places for me. Family, friends, ancestry, culture, creation in all forms, love, color, science, nature and spirituality just to name a few. Baking and decorating has been one of the most beautiful journeys I’ve had the pleasure of being on as it has allowed me to tap into the majority of the things I am inspired by as well as granted me the freedom to create as a career. Read more>>

Diya R. | CEO

I’m inspired by other women who has stayed dedicated to achieving success and has never given up on there goals or dreams. Women are strong and motivating and there’s so much we could do together if we all learn from one another. Read more>>

Mark Goodwin | Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Medicine Coach

Everyday I get out of bed with a chance to impact someone life, how cool is that! I am a Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Medicine Coach, Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a retired Executive Chef and Navy Chief Petty Officer. I am also a 30 plus year recovering alcoholic, 3 heart stents and the past 3years fighting an autoimmune disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I went from running a 50 mile ultra in 2015 to trying to walk around the block holding on to my wife’s shoulder using a cane feeling a fork coming out my right ear. Read more>>