Do you have someone in your life that’s a bad-ass? Someone who’s a mover and a shaker and is all about getting things done?!
She could be someone you know at work, an acquaintance in your social circle, or even a close-friend or family member. She’s active or influential in some field or endeavor and she’s kicking-ass, taking names and getting things accomplished with a go-get-‘em attitude and a smile on her face!
This my friends, is a ‘local shero.’
The first blog of this series, “Celebrate Your Shero,” focused on personal shero’s and in it, I highlighted two very special women in my life, my mom and my aunt Sue. To recap, a shero is most frequently used to describe a woman admired or idealized for her courage. It’s defined as,
shero. ˈSHirō,ˈSHērō/ ‘a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities; a heroine. a woman regarded as a hero.’
Shero’s are everyday people that come in many forms. Race, culture, gender or age doesn’t matter. They champion their beliefs. They empower and support women. They support and encourage and believe there is a greater good that we can accomplish, together.
A shero can be lots of things, but the title is bestowed upon them because they’ve earned it. In Part II of this series, “Celebrate Your Shero: A Local Warrior,” I’m focusing on a local influencer whom I not only consider to be a good friend, she’s also a role model to me and many other women.
This shero is a proclaimed “Mover, Shaker and Dream Maker!” She’s making great accomplishments in building our local RVA community by not settling for the status quo, being inclusive, focusing on issues that matter and setting her sites on bigger visions. This shero is Leah Coleman!
I met Leah several years ago after a local women’s conference called, RebelleCon. A conference proclaimed to be filled with, ‘badass ladies that will challenge you!’ Truer words were never spoke as it pertains to Leah. As we enjoyed an adult beverage at a local brewery, her personality was outgoing and contagious. I thought to myself, “this is someone I want to get to know better!” And in the years since that first encounter, we’ve done just that.
This is a woman who wears many hats! While her first focus is her faith, she helps to build and empower others along the way. Not only is she a wife, mom, owns her own business and has a FT job, she’s the current president of Boss Babes RVA.
Leah is a natural entrepreneur. A lover of tiny houses, her company Leah Coleman, will support all of your real estate needs. And talk about high-energy! She started her very own “love revolution” combining her passion for fashion and real estate and helping locally owned small businesses become, “recession proof’ in a variety of ways.
Leah supports women wholeheartedly – ALL women. She’s a big advocate of Diversity, Equity + Inclusion (DEI) and takes a huge stance against racism. She’s been the president of Boss Babes RVA for the past few years and in the past two years has focused on the theme, ‘Rise, Reposition + Rebuild’ an effort to support locally owned businesses from pandemic impacts.
When you’re with Leah, you just feel good. She listens, without a doubt supports others unconditionally, and is a positive influence in our community. Leah calls out issues directly as she sees them, and 100% lives her intention. She also motivates and inspires others to see what their intention is, to uplift, support and empower each other.
“Gratitude is our strength over struggle. Joy and laughter is medicine. Acts of kindness will spur on others, to do the same. Just put your table together and invite folks to it, to build your own circles. Whatever the moment looks like for you – one moment can change everything for the betterment of life.”
Dear Leah... you undoubtedly walk the talk you preach. Thank-you, for being who you are, an influencer and a local ‘shero’ warrior.
You already are. It’s time TO BE.♥️
P.S. As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, stay tuned for my blog out next week, “Celebrate Your Shero. Part III!”