positive vibes.

Starting this blog has made me a more interested person. I feel like I’m more actively seeking inspiration and knowledge, things that I can contribute to my own life philosophies and things that I can share through this media. I don’t expect to change your lives, but I do hope to influence them. Maybe you’ll pick up a new book, try a new hobby, find a common opinion or an easy distraction. But all that being said, and amidst the drama of Trump’s presidency and the risks that entails to womens’ (and LGBTs’ and minorities’) rights…I’ve wanted to become a better woman. And I feel like the social consciousness is echoing and perpetuating that desire. So these are the things I’ve been tuning into lately that I can wholeheartedly recommend to you, as well.

Podcasts

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Work Wives – This podcast features 2 editors at Glamour (co-starring many of their fellow associates and other experts) and comes out once a week. I’ve been playing catch-up, but it only started last fall. It’s definitely worth going back to the beginning, but even if you don’t want to, you can still pick and choose which episodes interest you. I personally just love the vibe of listening along to these ladies talk about current events, taboo subjects and other fun, girly chit-chat. Each episode typically runs about 20 minutes, so it’s not a long commitment, either!

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Ladies Who Lunch– This isn’t a far cry from Work Wives, but I love it just as much. It features two young Youtubers, Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes, talking about issues that their listeners/viewers have submitted. They do a great job of tackling more personal issues, like insecurity, friendships and of course, periods. These tend to go a little longer, but they’re so worth the time.

Newsletters

A Woman You Should Know – I just recently subscribed to this due to the Work Wives’ advice. Julia Carpenter shoots out an email every work day with a quick little write up about a woman you should know about (pretty self-explanatory). Thing is, these really are women you’ve probably never heard of, but their stories are inspiring and interesting. Julia will give you the low-down, then provide you with links and suggestions so that if you choose to dig deeper, you can have at it with little to no extra Googling involved. What a deal!

Lenny – Lena Dunham can sometimes be a little too opinionated for my taste, but her newsletter shares pieces of non-fiction written by all sorts of women, sometimes sharing their personal stories and sometimes commentating on the current state of our culture. And if you don’t want one more thing clogging up your inbox, everything is available on the website, too!

Music

Throwback Thursday Girl Power Playlist – A couple weeks ago, I was having a rough Thursday. So I turned on my Spotify Throwback Thursday list (updated weekly) and was met by all these badass women. It literally changed my entire trajectory for the day. Unfortunately, the exact playlist doesn’t exist anymore, but I made my own out of my faves from the list – you can laugh at the title all you want but it makes me smile:

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And Spotify – especially during Women’s History Month – was really rocking it with their female-centric playlists. You can filter by genre, decade, or mood. Awesommmmeeee!

 

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Raw Beauty Talks – There’s no question that the anti-photoshopping mentality has gone rabid. So many brands, from Aerie to Target, have been featuring unedited models, complete with stretch marks, love handles and freckles, to advertise their products. Raw Beauty celebrates this mentality, and just kind of serves as a hub for female confidence. You can check out their website or follow them on Instagram, like I do, for a little daily boost.

Our Shared Shelf – For all of you book nerds out there, this is a great little monthly book club in the digital form. You can either take their suggestions and read at your own pace, or make it more social by participating in their discussion boards.

Currently Reading: Women Who Run With the Wolves

babes uniteFred and Far – This is a neat little concept to promote self-love (and not in an NSFW kind of way). Fred and Far has formulated these delicate little diamond pinky rings that women can buy to show themselves some love. It’s almost like an anti-engagement ring, but not nearly as expensive, and I’m pretty sure that buying one doesn’t sign you up for lifelong celibacy. The brand has been expanding over the last year, introducing other products and really building up their social community. I haven’t taken the plunge just yet, but I like to follow their feed and keep up with what’s going on.

Books

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Books, Blogs, Instagram & The Slay Baby Collective: This gal left what was comfortable and boring to pursue her passion and ended up building a national brand/life coaching business that empowers women and encourages them to power one another.

The best way to join the loop is to visit her at http://caraalwill.com/ . You’ll find everything you need right there!

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Of course, being a confident and interesting woman requires a lot more than following a couple social feeds and reading some blogs, but it doesn’t hurt to take some inspiration out of all that you can get. These suggestions don’t even crack the surface of all that’s out there, so if you’re looking for more, get at it! And if you’ve got something to contribute, add to the mania.

Be You | Final Thoughts

I’m really grateful that I got away. There’s nothing wrong with Ohio or Columbus or the people who chose to stay there, but for me – it was the ultimate right choice. I needed to get out of my comfort zone, to move away from the people I knew, to break into a different job market, and to craft my own life.

It was – and still is – a grueling process.

But I feel so much stronger and well-rounded because of it. I’m living a life I never could have imagined for myself. All I can recommend is that, corny as it sounds, you follow your heart. You take risks and chances. You pursue something purely for the sake of you. And in that, you’ll become who you’re meant to be. This blog arose because I needed to feel like i was taking time out of my day to do what I wanted to do. I needed to fuel my brain, my creative side and my inner happiness.

And all of the things I’ve mentioned above are helping hands in that journey.

Feminism means we get to choose what we want, whether that’s being a stay-at-home mom, a high power executive, or a chaser of crazy dreams — an artist, a writer, or even a karaoke singer on Saturday nights — simply because it makes us happy. Feminism means we won’t be judged for it because we have equal opportunity. It means knowing our selves, knowing our strengths and embracing them. But it doesn’t have to mean being something we know we’re not. But it doesn’t have to mean that we become shrewd and business-like, clawing at other females for the top spot. That’s not how I want to live my life, and that’s why I’m opening up my horizons. I’m looking for new ways to chase the passions I’ve hung onto for so long. And it’s exciting. It’s wild. It’s tough. but it’s real. And it’s fulfilling.

so stay bright. stay brilliant. and stay beautiful.

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