The #GirlBoss Survival Kit

The #GirlBoss movement, created by Sophia Amoruso, is one that not only empowered women around the world to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, but glorified being a female entrepreneur and go-getter.  Though I never read her book, nor supported Amoruso’s Nasty Gal brand (for reasons to be brought up at a later date), I have to give her credit for creating the Girl Boss empire and inspiring so many women around the world.

So at what point can one consider herself a “Girl Boss”? I think the whole dynamic of being a woman changed when we stopped living to cook and clean for our families, and started becoming educated, having careers, and creating something for ourselves. 

For me, I’ve considered myself a bossy lady for a little while now. I’ve always been a little control-freak, but it was when I actually started putting that characteristic to good work did it become my actual power. My girl power consists of the following: constantly educating myself, building my network, helping and empowering others as much as I can, working a part-time job to help ends meet, consistently creating content (blogposts, Instagram photos), and the most recent addition, planning a charity gala from scratch.

Needless to say, I am busy as hell, but the following few essentials get me through the days:

A large durable tote bag

Though this may seem like an obvious one, I often catch myself leaving the house with a small purse and instantly regretting that decision. I feel lost without the ability to take EVERYTHING I could possibly need with me. Though we all deserve a break from the hustle and bustle once in a while, a reliable tote will go a long way for the regular grind.

An electronic tablet (the smaller the better)

Story time: I always laughed at people who had an iPhone, and then went out and got the iPad mini. It just didn’t make sense to me. I had the regular sized iPad for a few years, and found it was hard to fit it in any of my smaller bags. After an unfortunate breakage of the screen, and the repair shop not gluing it back together properly, I eventually got an iPad mini as a gift to replace it. Ironically, despite my original dismay towards the mini version, I actually found myself using the smaller one more, and still finding it as a great addition to having the iPhone.

Why a tablet if you already have a smartphone? Well, you can fill it with apps that you wouldn’t want taking up space on your phone. Not to mention some work-related applications actually work much better on a slightly better screen. For someone who may have to show documents to clients during meetings, it’s a great substitute to a heavy laptop.

Shoes to take you from day to night

I never realized how important this was until my schedule really started to fill up. So many times I wouldn’t be able to go home at all between 8:00am and 10:00pm, and I would find myself feeling self-conscious about how I looked closer to the evening (especially walking into a restaurant or event). One solution is to keep a pair of sneakers and a pair of heels in the trunk of my car, but some days, despite my preference of driving, it isn’t always the best option. On those kinds of days I like to wear my over-the-knee Stuart Weitman boots because they’re appropriate to wear bright and early in the morning, as well as a great shoe for a night out. It’s much easier to buy a dress along the way than a whole new pair of shoes if need be.

A well structured planner

You may remember my post from December about the Better Life Planner. I cannot stress how important it is to have a physical planner that works for you. I know I was just praising having a tablet, but there’s only so much you can do when all your electronics’ batteries die. In some cases, when you are meeting with clients, employers, etc. it’s not the nicest gesture in the world to pull out your smartphone to take notes or write down a meeting time. I’ve reached a point where I’m even using two separate planners to organize different parts of my schedule.

Lots of storage space on your smartphone

I suppose this depends on what industry you work and circulate in, but running out of space on my phone during a fashion show I plan to blog about is not my idea of a fun time. I’ve got 15 minutes to take pictures of my favourite pieces and analyze the trends, and having to go back and delete old photos and videos of my cat during those 15 minutes is not very productive.

Passion and an attitude

More important than any tangible good, boss-lady survival relies on your personal drive and willpower to achieve all your dreams. That’s what entrepreneurship starts with: a dream. Have the guts to go forward, jump in unfamiliar waters, leave the lifejacket behind, and do so with confidence. At the end of the day, what’s the worst that can happen?

I’m grateful to be surrounded by so many powerful ladies who defy the laws of time and opportunity by stepping out of their shells, reaching for the stars, and achieving greatness. I hope to one day inspire the next generation of women and girls to go out into the world, and show everyone what they’ve got.

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