I purchased the book, In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, it is a “coffee table” style book that includes inspiration and advice from over 100 female makers, artists and entrepreneurs. The book is amazing and offers priceless advice from some badass girl bosses.
I love how each woman was asked a series of questions to give the reader insight about them, their craft and their path to success. The questions also make you think about your own journey and what legacy you want to leave. I decided to pretend I was one of the women in the book (maybe one day!) and provide answers to some of the questions that were asked:
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I loved school and I wanted to be in charge, so I thought it would be the perfect fit. But the reality of teaching “Internet Kids” who were smarter and sassier than I was at eight years old made me rethink things!
What does success mean to you? Success to me is peace of mind, good health, financial freedom and the love of family and friends.
How do you find motivation? My mortality gives me motivation. We are only here on Earth for a limited time, so I try to do the things I want to do while I still can.
What is your favorite quote? Currently it’s “Every day is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be.” - Demi Lovato
Biggest lesson you’ve learned on your journey? That nothing lasts forever. Whether good or bad; things (and sometimes people) are only temporary so we shouldn’t allow stuff to affect us in such a profound or negative way. Live, learn and move on!
Name a woman you look up to? Michelle Obama is a goddess. Period. The way she handled herself during her time as First Lady was stellar and she set an example on how to just be authentically yourself regardless to what other people say or think.
How do you overcome personal adversity? I’m human so my first inclination when I’m faced with personal adversity is to shut down or feel sorry for myself. But I can’t allow myself the luxury of wallowing too long. I have two young children and a husband who rely on me and not to mention I know wallowing in misery has never solved any of my problems. So I beat myself up a little, then apologize and promise to be better and try harder and work smarter next time. Every day is a new opportunity!
Writer. Reader. Designer. Creative Spirit.
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