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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, author and speaker. She's a wife, a mom to five sons, and a stepmom to an awesome daughter. Some of her interests: social good, startups, photography, transmedia, tech, photography, gardening, and ice cream. You can learn more about her on her website, Alli Worthington. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic online magazine, and the co-founder of Blissdom Conference.

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Phenomenal Women- The ‘I Am’ Project

By Alli Worthington |






When I asked my friends last week to send a picture to me and finish this sentence “I am ____” I had no idea what would happen. I hoped that I would receive pictures of women telling me everything from recent successes to snapshots of daily life. Would fear of looking silly or haughty keep some people from participating? I hoped not.

I wanted to share the faces, the stories and the beauty of the community of moms that I love.
The pictures came pouring in. So many pictures that I needed to make three galleries!


These are Phenomenal Women.

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The I AM Project

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah’s West


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The I AM Project

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah’s West

“…It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me…”

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The I AM Project

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah’s West

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
—Maya Angelou

Some of my Babble Voices colleagues joined in the “I am” project. You must go visit!

Megan at Threadbare Theory is, as always, OVER IT. She eloquently said what needs to be said to the universe. I adore her even though she didn’t link the word ‘Alli’ here.*

Tracey at Sweetney & Spice is full of joy, love of life and gauntlet throwing. When you think about it, we should all strive to be full of those three things, right?

Shawn at Parenting off the Map is brilliantly  witty He won me over with his foreshadowing ear. You’ll see…

Jennifer at Southern by Proxy is nothing but full of awesome. It’s official, she wins the Internet because of the salon photo.

Tanis at Hogwash from a Hoser has sifted through the rubble and come out strong, funny and beautiful. I love that she owned her successes, “..I am a strong woman. A good mother. A fantastic pie maker.” That makes me happy.

Catherine at Bad Mother Confidential is not afraid of looking like a dork. Our friendship was founded on a shared love of dorkiness, a thirst for adventure and debates about the Frankfurt School. We are an interesting duo.:)


* So why do I want the word “Alli’ linked to me always? If you Google ‘Alli’ you see a diet pill. This is unacceptable. WHY OF ALL THE NAMES IN THE WORLD THEY RUIN MINE? I’m determined to beat a diet pill for Google search results for my name. Yes, these are the things I spend my time on. Don’t judge me, Friends.

Thank you to all the phenomenal women who shared their faces and stories for this project. I am grateful.

Now it is your turn. Want to join in on this project? The next challenge is “I am grateful for____________”.

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Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, speaker and author. Alli Worthington is also a wife, mother to five boys and one stepdaughter, as well as the founder of the online women's magazine Blissfully Domestic and the founder of the BlissDom conference. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alli's latest posts →

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29 thoughts on “Phenomenal Women- The ‘I Am’ Project

  1. Kim says:

    xoxo. this is beautiful.

  2. Mel Gallant says:

    So awesome, Alli. Love seeing all the different voices/viewpoints from participants. :)

  3. Mandy (Well-Read Wife) says:

    I am…SO happy to be included in such a wonderful group of women..

  4. Tammy Munson says:

    would love to be a part of this project! Let me know what ya need! : )

  5. Anne says:

    Sign me up!

  6. [...] The “I Am’ Project is the brain child of my dear friend Alli, who has a lot of brainchildren, and also a lot of real children, because she is fertile in brain and ovaries. She posts a lot of images of herself, and it occurred to her that many of the women in her community – the online community of moms – posted a lot of images, too, often of themselves, but often also not, and it struck her that photographs – self-portraits – might be a wonderful way to express the awesomeness of that community. [...]

  7. Devan @ Accustomed Chaos says:

    Thanks so much for including me ;)

  8. [...] The ‘I Am’ Project started by Alli Worthington – a collection of self-portraits taken by women from across the [...]

  9. domestic extraordinaire says:

    this made me cry. I know and love so many women that helped you with this.

    I AM so very happy (and freshly showered!)

  10. [...] is why I was drawn to my friend and fellow Babble Voices contributor Alli’s ‘I Am’ Project. In it, she’s asking women to send her an image, finishing the sentence “I [...]

  11. the muskrat says:

    I am…ineligible. One day, I hope to be a “phenomenal woman,” though.

  12. Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You says:

    While paging through everyone’s photos, it struck me that everyone seemed to be happy. Mine would say “I am broken”.

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  14. [...] started the “I Am Project,” inviting us to finish that statement with a photo. Scribble “I Am…” on a [...]

  15. Shawn Burns says:

    Here’s mine!

    I decided that “phenomenal woman” just meant “man” anyway… :}

  16. Vanessa Jubis says:

    I’d love to join!


  17. [...] Big thanks to my lovely friend Alli for starting this conversation. [...]

  18. [...] because I was one of the “Phenomenal Women“, but because it felt important to show Alli how much her support had meant and I was only [...]

  19. [...] wrote this for Alli’s “I AM” project. I may have strayed a little bit, but I am all of the things above and [...]

  20. Tricia says:

    Alli, this is AMAZING! I’m honored to be included in this awesome group of wonderful women. You are such an inspiration to me, lady.

  21. sprittibee says:

    I love love love this. :) It made me want to hug you all the way to Tennessee.

  22. [...] Voice o’ Babble Alli Worthington started a terrific project on her blog: The “I Am” Project. Snap a picture of yourself and fill in the blank: I am [...]

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