Inspired: Annie Hagaman & Liz Raulston

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out.

Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most. 

If everyone had a Liz in their lives, the world would be a much brighter place."

Annie Hagaman, Inspired by Liz Raulston

Liz and I had known each other casually for years, but it wasn’t until a mutual friend suggested I reach out to her for some part-time help with my jewelry business that we truly connected. That was one of the best phone calls I could have made. Liz has been an enormous factor in growing the business, but even more importantly, she has become one of my closest friends.

 If you are lucky enough to know Liz personally, you know firsthand what an amazing light she sheds on any and every situation. As a single mom, Liz has a lot on her plate, but she always shows up with a smile on her face and loving light in her eyes. She is a true inspiration to me, and a shining example of one of the biggest life lessons I try to reiterate to my 6-year-old son (and myself): “attitude is everything.”

One day out of the blue, I swung around in my office chair, looked at Liz and burst into tears. I told her that it was important that she know just how much I admire her! I’m inspired by the way she approaches life with such grace and perseverance. She is a wonderful (and FUN!) mom, a hard worker, a true friend, and one of my biggest cheerleaders. If everyone had a Liz in their lives, the world would be a much brighter place.

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