Sometimes it’s kind of hard to be a twenty-something gal out here in the real world. Struggling to be great at uni, finding and succeeding at your first job next to trying to keep up with your first apartment, paying the bills and cooking something that is actually edible. It’s a lot to handle for just one person. Maybe I am just to hard on myself. I mean, other women have survived their twenties, right?!? And some of them have even accomplished their life and career goals during that time. Which brings me to today’s topic:
Strong women to be inspired by
When I have those moments of feeling overwhelmed and discouraged (let’s face it, we all got them) what usually gives me back the inspiration and energy to go on is to see other women who are or have been succeeding in the careers they pursue and have stood strongly behind their values and beliefs.
So today I want to share with you the stories of a few strong women that have become my role models over the years and the reasons behind it. The women that I am about to introduce to you have helped me learn a lot about life, business and myself and maybe, just maybe, they can do the same for you.
Let’s find out!
It’s no news that I like loud women that speak their minds and don’t care what other people think. So I guess it wasn’t a surprise either that I became absolutely infatuated by Caitlin Moran to the point where I have pretty much watched every interview there is of the woman on YouTube. For those of you who don’t know who she is (no shame, I didn’t either at first): Caitlin Moran is an English journalist that writes various
For those of you who don’t know who she is (no shame, I didn’t either at first): Caitlin Moran is an English journalist that writes various columns in The Times. She is also a writer, broadcaster and most and foremost a modern, kickass feminist. I am not going to go into full detail about her thoughts on feminism in this post (although I would love to write a more in-depth blog post about the topic- tell me your thoughts on that!) but what she did for me, is explain feminism and it’s importance in the most relatable and entertaining way. Before, I have never actually thought about feminism and the way it affected me very much. Reading Caitlin Morans book ‘How to Be a Woman‘ though has made me reflect about all the privileges feminism has given me. I even think it has made me a little prouder to be a woman to be totally honest. But in spite of that, it is also the bluntest, funniest book I’ve ever read. Made me laugh out loud a lot. Once in the subway (embarrassing moment? Oh hell no. I have never been prouder).
So if you are interested in feminism, not really sure if you are a feminist, or just out for a good old laugh: Get it, get it, get it!
Where do I begin here? Well, most of you know her for her HBO series Girls, that she writes, directs, produces and stars in (btw she is 29 years old!). But that’s not even close to all she does. Lena Dunham is also one of two creators of the publication Lenny Letter and has written the book ‘Not that kind of girl: A young woman tells you what she’s „Learned“’. Maybe her accomplishments aren’t news to you. Let’s face it, she is a public figure after all. But can we please all just take a moment and think about how busy that girl must be?!? If that is not an impressive career at such a young age, I don’t know what is. She is definitely somebody to look up to when it comes to getting your creativity out there and standing your grounds as a woman in a men’s world.
But what I want to talk about today is not actually her accomplishments. The most inspiring part to me is waking up and seeing her belly on Instagram. It is so refreshing to see a normal woman on social media, that is not ashamed of her body, her quirky character or simply the way she is. And to be that AND a public figure must suck sometimes. But I appreciate it so much. It should a real inspiration for every woman out there. I know it is for me.
The third woman in the club is Alexis Giostra. I discovered Alexis’ YouTube channel a few month ago actually. What started out as me watching her videos on planners and organization has become a real inspiration magnet and well-needed kick in the butt for me lately. Because not only is Alexis an expert on how to plan a business and life, she also owns her own online business Strange & Charmed, where she offers courses, printables and pretty much everything you need as a girl boss starting out. I became hooked on her webinars as well as her blog posts and have already learned so much. Seriously, no matter if you are looking to learn more about photography for your business or blog, how to monetize your online business or simply attract the right audience: This girl got you covered on all ends. She and her business are the real life proof that you can make it online- and she is so kind to show you how to become as kickass at it as she is.
And that is exactly the point I was trying to make at the beginning of the post. It is so relieving and promising to see somebody has already made it. And if that person can do it then you can too!
You might know her through her TED Talk about her company and let’s say vision ‘Make love not porn‘. It’s a website that teaches about sexuality in the porn world vs. the real world. The business model, idea, and values behind the website are inspiring alone. But Cindy Gallop is originally a consultant on advertising. And that’s right out of my alley, as most of you know. She promotes gender equality in the workforce, especially in marketing. On Twitter or as a fantastic public speaker, the woman is loud and stands for what she believes in. For me, that is highly remarkable and a great inspiration for all women.
Alright, enough from me for today. Those are my four inspirational, strong women of the day. Some of them you might have heard of, others you might not. However, maybe there were one or more heroines in that post for you. You never know. Now, I would love to know about strong women that have inspired your daily life. Who is your female role model? Let’s chat in the comments.