Remember that scene in Mean Girls where the Plastics all stare at their reflections in the mirror and talk about the different things that they hate about themselves? I remember watching it when I was about 13 and thinking “so I guess this is what being a teenager is”. Except that wasn’t what my teen self did. Yes, I had insecurities and things I didn’t love about myself but I never saw the purpose of critiquing yourself constantly, especially in a group setting. When friends of mine would go on the needless rants about what they hated or wanted to change, I played the dutiful friend card and let them know they were crazy and that they were beautiful.
Last month I was scrolling through Instagram when I discovered the account called The Champagne Diet. Needless to say the name was enough for me to start scrolling through. The consistency of the beautiful photos and the message that went along with them was so empowering and spiritual. I was obsessed. I soon discovered the account belonged to Cara Alwill Leyba, blogger, author and life coach extraordinaire. As I looked more into her career I found that Cara had written several books and the one that immediately caught my eye was Girl Code.
Some of you may not know this about me but I am ALL about female empowerment. I really cannot think of something more beautiful than women supporting other women. I love reading a memoir where they’re talking about the women who have inspired them or the women who helped them out along the way. And sometimes, we just don’t feel all that powerful or boss-like. We feel like everything is against us and we just don’t want to leave our bed. It happens. So for those days, remember these boss quotes and kick that days ass.
By now, I’m sure many of you have read about the many issues that rose from the bankruptcy of NastyGal. Trouble for the company became apparent when founder Sophia Amoruso stepped down as CEO in the start of 2015. Many speculated that the “Cinderella of Tech” was abandoning an already sinking ship. In late 2016 NastyGal filed for bankruptcy, eventually being acquired by British online fashion retailer BooHoo at the end of February of this year. A company that was once valued at over $100 million was bought out for a mere $20 million.
Alright ladies, listen up!! We all know how much cancer sucks. It takes the people that we love, it ruins lives and families, it’s terrible. And since October is #breastcancerawareness month, we’re going to do just that and raise some awareness!
Now I’ve been lucky enough to have never been affected directly by breast cancer. The women in my family have never had it and no one close to me has either. I also however, have never done a self examination on myself. Ever. As I write this I am embarrassed to admit that at 24 years old I’ve yet to take the time to exam my own body. Well today, all of that changed.
Since graduating from fashion marketing last spring I have interned at two separate public relations companies. The great thing about interning is that generally you do not have a specific position so you’re able to be hands on with different projects and help out in all different fields. The job that you’re doing tends to be less in depth than it would be if you were an actual employee, but you still get to have a taste for the field that you plan to be working in. Interning with a company lets you act as a fly on the wall. You’re able to see everything that goes on, you get first hand experience as to how the field really is and you can gain valuable knowledge for when you are actually working in that field. Generally speaking, your internship will be one of your first “real” jobs after finishing school.
I didn’t know what I wanted
After high school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I tested out a variety of cegep programs and I just couldn’t find one that was a good fit for me. I decided to take a break from school and chose to work full time. I moved out on my own and experienced life as a “real adult” with rent and bills to pay. To say that I did not enjoy it would be an understatement. While I loved having the freedom of my own place and being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, having all of those responsibilities at such a young age was difficult. I decided that it was time to get back in school and figure out exactly what I wanted. In order to go back to school full time and truly be able to focus on academics, I chose to move back home.
I am not a stressed person. Of course I have stress in my life but I handle it well and am great at not letting it get the best of me or consume me. I am 24 and live on my own, go to school full time and pay everything myself. It’s stressful but very manageable.
One area where I seem to have little control over my stress is my future. It’s normal to stress and worry about what is to come, if I wasn’t feeling any stress I would think that that is not normal. But lately I have started to let it consume my thoughts. I startdoubting my choices, resenting the fact that I am a student and feeling stressed that I don’t have my life figured out. After all, I am already 24. I should be completely settled and have everything set in my personal life, career and financially, right? If you think this sounds ridiculous then you’re more practical than I was allowing myself to be.