Defining Wild Woman

I’m hearing the term Wild Woman all over the place, but what does it really mean to us?

Coming up to International Woman’s Day, and as part of the Women of the World (WOW) festival, there’s no better time to take a look.

Launching Wild Women Do, I’m obviously tuned into every mention of the Wild Women phrase. The Wild film's been doing it’s promotional push these past few months pre-Oscars, and Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild has been in every bookstore. The media, brands, and avid Pinners are all Tweeting their #Wild words as if the first to coin the term.

But there were people long before writing about this. Take Clarissa Pinkola Estés, for example, who explored the myths and archetypes of the Wild Woman in 1990.

Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, & ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Author of Women Who Run With the Wolves

I’ve never personally got past chapter 2 of that book. I started it back in 2011, living in Paris for a short-time, healing wounds after a painful breakup, and a long redundancy from a job I enjoyed.

I wasn’t ready to call forth my Wild Woman, as it was going to take more strength than I had at the time. That came later.

Before Clarissa, there was Natalie Cole's Wild Women Do we sang out loud while watching Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman back in 1990! Like the Carpe-Diem scene in my favourite film Dead Poets Society, this song was my inspiration, because it champions doing what you dream of without regrets.

Wild women do
And they don’t regret it
Wild women show
What they’re goin’ through
Wild women do
What you think they’ll never
What you only dream about
Wild women do.
— Natalie Cole, Wild Women Do lyrics

There'll be hundreds of people sharing their views on what it means for us to release our Wild Woman over these years, and I’m just happy I get to join  them. 

We've all got to strive to take courageous action to experience life authentically, but first, we need to spend time listening in to who we are at our core, or our creative soul-center.

I’d finally come to understand what it had been: a yearning for a way out, when actually what I had wanted to find was a way in.
— Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild

My interpretation right now, is that your Wild Woman is the part of you who chooses to feel free, & decides to live & do as she feels is her calling.

A Wild Woman lives authentically, with a sense of creativity in all she does. She has the passion and courage to express her self and her ideas freely, even if it feels vulnerable, because she then lives her truth.

She's the part of you who's tuned into her intuition and wisdom, and values and shares the talents and gifts she does have, but is always striving to learn more. She nourishes and loves her self well, knowing that when she does, she has a whole lot more to give.

And this is what we're here to help you do, at Wild Women Do.

So, what does ‘Wild Woman’ really mean to you?

Take a moment to ask yourself (and feel free to share your views in the comments below!):

  1. What’s my definition of a Wild Woman?

  2. How far am I from embodying my Wild Woman essence?

  3. What or who stops me living freely, or doing what I really desire?

We're here to help you make changes to your life & business so you feel you're as close to living your truth, & Wild Woman essence as possible.

Image: Unsplash by Mallory Jondrow

Marie Milligan

I'm the Founder of Wild Women Do, a coaching network and movement for creative, entrepreneurial women needing support to create and launch something inspirational. A Holistic Business Coach, Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer, I love nothing better than helping you release your creative spirit, and get your ideas expressed and done.