thredUP's #badassmoms: Karina Linch

This post is sponsored by thredUP, but all opinions are mine.

Bad Ass Babes is a series that features women who have gone out into the universe and made it a better, more interesting place. These are the women who make the world go ’round. The women that our daughters need to know about and hear about and learn from.

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a nice, feisty bad ass babe. So instead of delivering you just one, I’ve partnered with thredUP (my favorite online secondhand clothes retailer) to celebrate the one year anniversary of their #badassmoms series.

Throughout the last year, #badassmoms has celebrated some incredible women who are defining a new norm. These ladies are making modern choices, building supportive communities, and turning their dreams into reality. The women featured have been from all over the country, with different points of view and different lifestyles. They’ve discussed topics from parenting to health to entrepreneurialism to life after loss, in a way that is brutally honest, and unapologetic. These ladies are true bad asses.

I picked three of my favorites to highlight here. What I love about these women is that they each figured out what they wanted in life and found a way to make it happen, no matter what the obstacles may be.

thredUP's #badassmoms: Karina Linch

Karina Linch, Senior Vice President of Product at BrainPOP, is a mom of three boys who lives communally with her sister’s family in Montclair, New Jersey. Karina started out in advertising, producing TV and radio commercials. When it didn’t feel quite right to her, she applied to be a New York City Teaching Fellow. She loved teaching, but took a huge leap when offered the chance to build a new product for BrainPOP. Combining her background in filmmaking and production with education, that leap lead her to her dream job.

thredUP's #badassmoms: Ashley Knies

Ashley Knies is a holistic health counselor, a twin momma, runs a successful vegan catering company with her chef husband Kyle, and grows an edible garden in her Berkely, California backyard. With a motto like “All you need is love and vegetables,” she’s the kind of girl you need to know more about.

thredUP's #badassmoms: Megan Alexander

Megan Alexander not only broke through the glass ceiling to cover CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” in a totally male-dominated industry, but she also just published a book about maintaining her faith while in the public eye. She tackles a weekly commute from her home in Nashville to the CBS studios in New York City—utilizing her village of family and friends to make it all happen.

For me, #badassmoms are women who live life on their own terms. They figure out what they want (even if it’s just for that moment) and they make it happen, no matter how it sits with societal norms. What does #badassmom mean to you?
Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.