Sometimes, we forget to give ourselves credit for how far we’ve come, how much we’ve grown and how much we’ve changed in meaningful ways.

Here at DG, we believe that we are all Risers and Thrivers; in some areas of life, we are rising up and in some areas we are thriving.

Risers are often brave and courageous, learning new things and being open to growth. They might also feel stuck, lost, uncertain and confused – particular areas of life might not feel easy or “on track.”

Thrivers may have achieved amazing things in areas of their lives, such as relationships, career, wealth, or wellbeing. Yet they still search for more and believe in their potential to continue growing and achieving.

We are all Risers and Thrivers. We overcome challenges and find ways to flourish, then we might experience a challenge and have to rise up again. You may also be Rising in a few life areas and Thriving in other life areas at the same time.

Below, you’ll discover how 8 women have been Risers and Thrivers in different areas of their lives. We hope you love being inspired by these incredible female Risers and Thrivers as much as us!

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Oprah Winfrey

Riser and Thriver in: Wealth

Oprah grew up in poverty, being sent back and forth between her relatives. She won a scholarship to Tennessee State University and began working at a local radio station. After graduating, Oprah went into television.  Oprah wasn’t immediately accepted, but she pushed through these barriers and her persistence meant that she soon became a television news anchor-reporter and eventually, launched her own talk show.

In 1995, Oprah was the first woman and only person of colour on the Forbes list of 400 richest Americans. Her net worth is currently 2.7 billion USD.

Oprah took herself from very challenging circumstances and slowing ‘grew’ her way out, raising to become one of the most wealthiest Thrivers on the planet.

Jenna Kutcher

Riser and Thriver in: Personal Brand

Over the years, Jenna Kutcher has built a personal brand which is authentic, genuine and powerful. With over 650,000 Instagram followers and a raving community of fans, Jenna created a brand which has allowed her to build a seven-figure business, regularly collaborate with brands and become an influencer known for self-love and empowerment.

However, Jenna’s incredible personal brand started with only a handful of followers and a $300 camera.  She knew what she wanted to created and did not let where she was at, be a distraction for what she wanted to build.  Therefore Jenna embraced the growth and learnings as a Riser in Business and turned this into a hugely successful photography business (which slowly transformed into the multi-faceted business she now owns).

She is now an inspirational thriver in this space.


Arianna Huffington

Riser and Thriver in: Health and Wellbeing

In 2007, Arianna Huffington had been working 18-hour days in an effort to grow her news site, the Huffington Post. Exhausted, she collapsed in her office, her head crashing into a desk and breaking her cheekbone. After waking up in a pool of blood, Arianna decided it was time to Rise up & begin prioritizing her health and wellbeing.  And this began by slowly increase her sleep from 4 hours per night to 8.

She doesn’t just prioritise her own health and wellbeing, but her employees’ too! At The Huffington Post offices, there are two napping rooms, weekly yoga and meditation classes and healthy snacks.

Lisa Messenger

Riser and Thriver in: Career

Lisa Messenger has been a Riser and Thriver in her career many times. As an entrepreneur, Lisa has been on a number of rollercoasters from founding a publishing company, The Messenger Group, to launching the Collective Hub magazine (and closing the print edition in 2018 due to financial and creative reasons) and writing several books documenting the highs and lows of her life, including a public break up and entrepreneurial challenges.

Lisa has been beautifully honest & transparent about the necessary rising & thriving stages of being an entrepreneur and for this, we honor her bravery and passion.

Emma Stone

Riser and Thriver in: Emotional Wellbeing

After experiencing anxiety and panic attacks as a child, Emma Stone began therapy at 7 years old. She described her first panic attack as terrifying and overwhelming and they continued to occur over the next 2 years.

Managing her anxiety and taking care of her emotional wellbeing is achieved by working with great therapists and using great cognitive behavioural tools. Emma also knows that acting and improvisation are helpful in preventing anxiety attacks.

J.K Rowling

Riser and Thriver in: Wealth

Joanne Rowling conceived the idea for the Harry Potter books in 1990. In the 7 years which followed, she gave birth to her first child, divorced her husband and lived in relative poverty. She went from living on state benefits to becoming the world’s first billionaire author and has donated more than 150 million USD to various charities.

Melissa Ambrosini

Riser and Thriver in: Intimacy and Relationships

In her early 20s, Melissa Ambrosini found out that her partner had been cheating on her. She described the experience as “awful” and recalled that she cried and couldn’t get out of bed for weeks. She felt like there was nothing which could cheer her up and she didn’t know how to cope. Melissa decided that this would not be her defining moment and that she would Rise up from this challenging time and learn how to thrive in a beautifully authentic & healthy relationship

Melissa has now been married for almost four years and has written a book called “Open Wide” – a radically real guide to deep love, rocking relationships and soulful sex. She how now become an inspiration to many women around the globe, as a true Thriver in love & relationships

Jessica Sepel

Riser and Thriver in: Health and Wellbeing

At age 14, Jessica Sepel discovered diets and over the next few years, became obsessed with her weight. She binge-ate and then restricted her food, using food to punish and reward herself in unhealthy ways.

One day, she realised that these eating habits weren’t helpful and she decided to learn more about health and nutrition to become more empowered with her own wellbeing. She studied nutrition for 5 years and now has a gentle approach to nutrition, health and wellness, which she shares with others via her blog, videos, books and app.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the journeys of these women who have been both Risers and Thrivers! Which areas of life are you currently Rising and Thriving in? We’d love to hear in the comments below!



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