This month I had the great joy of interviewing Lissa Rankin. We first met online through some Tweets and blog reading and I have since become a big fan of the really great stuff she is up to. What really speaks to me about Lissa and her work is her authenticity and willingness to not let one thing define her. She defies boxes and is making a huge impact in women’s lives by being true to herself (what’s not to love about that?!).
Let me show you what I mean by sharing a bit of her bio: Lissa Rankin is an OB/GYN physician, author of the forthcoming What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (St. Martin’s Press, 2010) and Encaustic: A Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax (Random House, 2010), a nationally-represented professional artist, a mother, and founder of Owning Pink, a website and series of workshops committed to building authentic community and empowering women to get their mojo back. She is also a dog walker, a spiritual seeker, a wife, a yogini, a chaffeur, a cook, and a music fanatic. First and foremost, she is a woman, and like many women, she once thought she had to put herself into a box and choose who to be. She now accepts that, while she is all these things, no single identity defines her. She is more than what she does. She strives to be authentic, in all aspects of her life, and she encourages others to do the same.
Whew! What I love about Lissa is her huge heart and desire to connect with others on a deep and very human level. She’s after the essence. That really comes through in my conversation with her as she talks about her own experiences, the perfect storm that led to her current path, stories about Owning Pink and her latest art project The Woman Inside which shines the light on the beautiful woman inside of each breast cancer survivor.