Aransas Savas - Dreamer and Doer
Aransas was nominated by Kara Cutcruzzula. She says about the Ladybadass:
Quote from the Ladybadass: I can't quite nail her down in one quote but a term she's used often is "high-capacity" — as in, she's a high-capacity person capable of juggling a million things at once. It's awe-inspiring!
Why do you think she's a Ladybadass?: Aransas is simply one of the most inspiring, positive, and generous people I've ever met! She does it all: She's a high-powered exec at Weight Watchers, she's run dozens of marathons, she has a spectacular husband and two creative and spirited young girls, and I've literally never seen her in a bad mood. And keep in mind — we run together at 6am. That's insane.
Now from the LBA herself:
What are your “and” words and why? Dreamer and doer. I get giddy imagining possibilities, AND I get sh*t done!
What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “That’s amazing!” I find possibility and excitement everywhere I look. From little hints of sparkle to groundbreaking opportunities, there is always possibility if we let ourselves see it.
Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? Oh my! To cull a short list of the baddest ladies I know is tough. My life is filled and enriched by so many amazing women. I’ll list three who wow me daily.
1. My grandmother, Rosemary Baker, is OG badass! She is 89 years old, and as playful and spirited as any 8 or 9 year old. She dresses each day in color coordinated athleisure (with kicks from her collection of ~50 pairs), practices yoga before the sun rises, runs 5 miles after that, and then spends most of the day mowing and maintaining a magical 2 acre wonderland that looks like a botanic garden. That’s all pretty special, but it’s her sense of play that makes her a light in the world! She climbs every tree (and water tower) she sees. She makes wry and hilarious jokes! She drops down and does the splits! She rides every carousel she finds. She taught herself to draw up building plans and has designed and built more than 10 homes. She dances with wild abandon. She races 5Ks (and wins her age group every time)! She proves to everyone she meets that aging isn’t about letting go and giving up, it’s about trying new things, finding and pushing your boundaries, and being in the moment. She is pure magic, and I’m so very privileged to see every day the endless potential of our brief and extraordinary lives.
2. Mindy Grossman: A game changing, visionary CEO who leads with purpose, passion and impact. She reminds me that authentic leadership is at the heart of success, and that we are only limited by our own beliefs. She teaches me to insist on greatness which extends beyond simple financial gains, into true impact, with purpose.
3. Karen Poel: After a long and satisfying career in retail merchandising, Karen is carving her own path based on her passions and the impact she wants to have on the world. She’s a visionary, a maker, and a seer. She is strength embodied and moves through the world strictly on her own terms.
When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? I’m left-handed, my name is Aransas, and my voice is loud, so I assumed from the beginning that I must be special. I’ve always understood that words have power to influence, so since early childhood I’ve used them create connection, synthesis, and change. At some point in my aimless and frustrated 20’s, I told my mother that I wanted a mentor to help me find my way. A few weeks later I was called on by a ladybadass to lead. In saying yes, I opened myself up to a path I hadn’t even imagined. I’ve continued to say “yes”, and with each opportunity have uncovered bits of badassery that I didn’t know existed.
What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? Self-care. When things feel tough, I listen to the signals my body, mind, and spirit are giving me. I check in on the quality of my sleep, eating, and activity. Usually within these basic human needs I find the care that I need in order to balance my mindset and get me back to resilient badassery.
What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? Take care of yourself. Prioritize the aspects of your life that feel good not just in the moment, but that create ripples of goodness for you. The more aware you are of their influence on you, the more protective of them you will be and the more likely you’ll be to protect their place in the life you’re creating for yourself.