When I sat down to write this letter, I found myself stuck. How could I narrow down the infinite awesome that is “woman?” I couldn’t corral my thoughts and capture what I needed to say. I needed guidance. I needed inspiration. I needed … music.

I browsed countless songs and artists to create my “ultimate ladies’ playlist.” I had the bosses—Beyoncé’s “Run the World,” dreamer Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls” and rebel Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation”all belting in my ears. I felt a connection with each song—and that’s the true magic that needs to be celebrated. It’s not about narrowing it down, it’s about exposing it all. Just like my playlist, a piece of me identifies with each article in this issue.

I’m motivated to take action and make an impact in my community, just like the three phenomenal women in our “Champions of Change” article. I’m inspired by the passion the women of Grailville have for their organization and cause—and what they’re doing to further both. And my fashion sense is ready to be indulged with a new spring wardrobe after reading Alley Boutique’s “Shop Girls.” The mom in me says, “I can relate to your concerns,” as I read other mothers’ testimonials in “By the Numbers,” our coverage on Mathnasium. Lastly, the artist, the cook in me, is dying to get into the kitchen and try my hand at creating the Croque Monsieur from Chez Renee.

This issue doesn’t have something for every woman, but it is every woman to some degree. I encourage you to find something you can relate to in each article, and maybe listen to your own “ultimate ladies’ playlist” while doing so.