I am thirty-one years old but it’s only been in the past few years that I have found my identity as a feminist. I find myself looking to other women for strength and wisdom more so than I have before. What defines them as creatives? As females? What do I see in them that inspires me?
Lacey Sturm is one of the women that inspires me.
Former lead-singer of the metal band Flyleaf, she is now a solo artist and author. An outspoken Christian, she speaks on mental illness (specifically depression and suicide) and hope.
It might surprise you that I feel such a connection to a deeply religious person when my own spirituality can best be described as “bad Catholic.” She never preaches like a zealot. Lacey simply tells her story–her story of being saved from attempted suicide, depression, and abuse with faith. Her message is only ever one of love. I respect that. She helps me believe in something greater than myself.
Her music, both from her long tenure with Flyleaf and her new solo album, have guided me through many tragic situations and many a long night inside my own head. Music is important to me and my writing. And you should hear the voice that comes out of this tiny woman. That in and of itself is enough to inspire.
I saw her sing and met her in July of 2015 (while pregnant). I had her sign her first book (a memoir) to my unborn child and I. I didn’t have an easy pregnancy and part of what got me through was thinking to myself, “If Lacey can do this, twice, than I can do this, too.” Meeting her ranks in one of the Top Ten moments of my life.