Thinking about the future scares me.
Now finishing my 6th year of higher education, I can’t help but think about it. What kind of job do I want to do? In which field? A 9-5 job or as a freelance? In which country? Everything seems quite scary and dark, because I still don’t really know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Sure, nowadays, we all know it won’t be like our grandparents or even our parents, having one job for the rest of our lives. But this thought keeps entering my mind – I would love to create something of my own. I guess it’s also one of the reasons of me creating this blog, to have a space of my own where I could be creative and my own boss. And I love it.
For years now, I’ve been obsessed with following up the work of female leaders. Being a woman in a world where mostly men have powerful jobs and are business owners can take a toll on the self-esteem of women. That’s why people, and especially women who achieve great things have become such a motivation to me. They show that when you work hard and don’t let anything stop you, you can achieve what you aim for.
I guess it all started with J.K. Rowling. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and the fact that this woman represents my childhood, basically, shows how much of an impact she has had on millions of people. She has built a million-dollar business all based on a – brilliant – idea and a lot of courage to create the empire she has right now. I love that she was involved in the movies’ adaptations and how thoroughly she has created the Harry Potter world with Pottermore, the other side books, as well as even a play, and thinking about the life and family of each of her characters. I admire that she has remained true to her self ever since this phenomenon has started and that she still remains such an important figure in book writing.
Jessica Alba is very well-known for her acting career. Being one of the most beautiful women – in my opinion at least – she could have easily just have continued being pretty and playing roles in movies whilst cashing the paychecks. But instead, she has taken a matter in her own hands by creating The Honest Company after having kids and realizing how bad baby products could be for their health. She is now a renown entrepreneur and has even expanded with The Honest Beauty line. Of course, being famous must have helped with the marketing and attracting investors, but I still admire her courage to create something that could have failed. I also like that she has a balance between work and family-time which shows that women can do both unlike what some people can think and still be good at both.
I’ve started watching and using Cassey Ho‘s Youtube videos about a year ago. In addition to creating great effective workout videos, she is a pilates instructor and has an online shop of workout clothes and accessories. What I admire about Cassey is that she went against her parents’ judgement to do what she loves. Indeed, her parents said that “you should either be a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer” and she started college doing a degree in biology whilst creating her path through fashion and pilates. It must have been so hard for her to go against her parents’ judgement and pursue something she wasn’t sure would work out because she didn’t have the right degree for it. But looking at where she is right now career-wise and how happy she looks, it shows that you should follow your passion and keep on going. You will have to overcome obstacles, that is part of the path, but when you put your mind and soul to it, it can work.
I was in High school when my best friend told me about Lauren Conrad’s blog. As soon as I checked it out, I immediately fell in love with the concept and the content. It all looked like an online magazine with articles aimed at real women to help them with their issues and giving them tips and tricks to become their best selves. I think it’s where my love for blogging and lifestyle content actually started. It opened up a new world for me and I loved Lauren Conrad’s journey which I find very inspirational. I also love that she wears two hats being an entrepreneur and a fashion designer, as well as now being a mother. It shows that you don’t have to focus on one of your passions and if you are surrounded by the right people you can achieve big things. Every time I picture myself doing something that I would love, it involves working for or creating something like Lauren Conrad’s blog. I love the idea of collaborating with a team of writers and brainstorming for ideas on different topics, creating posts from scratch with amazing content and photography for something resembling an online magazine.
This one I am currently obsessed with – and who isn’t: Emily Weiss. I have been listening to podcasts where she is a guest non-stop and am obsessed with her story. I love that she started as an assistant in magazines before creating her blog Into the Gloss in 2010. The fact that she decided to create her own company in 2014, 4 years after creating her thousand-views-per-day blog is so inspirational. After listening to her on the podcast Breaking Beauty, I realized how difficult finding investors must have been as all of them were men and she was presenting ideas of products aimed at women. She succeeded in creating an amazing line of product (well from what I’ve heard, I have yet to try them… please ship to France soon Glossier) and engaging her community for 8 years shows a real strength and a lot of willpower from Emily Weiss.
I have yet to figure out what I want to do as my job, but knowing that these women succeeded because they took a chance and decided to trust their guts and give it their all really inspires me to do the same. Of course luck and good connections can help, but if you don’t believe in yourself and have a passion for something, it won’t work. What I’m doing now is following what I love and trusting my guts when making a decision and so far, it has worked well.
Which Female Leader inspires you the most?