They say your 20’s are your selfish years: your time to grow, change and become the best version of yourself. You’ll encounter many different seasons of your life, from graduation and first jobs to complex alterations in your goals and overall life-plan. If you’re anything like me (a self-proclaimed control freak), when these seasons of change aren’t conveniently marked months in advance on your planner, a sense of panic might ensue. Just when you had it all figured out, your previously comfortable life has faded into the wings, and you are now left center stage, whether you asked for it or not. The choice is yours to embrace the spotlight.
While listening to Sophia Amoruso’s “Girlboss” podcast at work the other day, I picked up on a quote I immediately had to jot down as a reminder. She spoke with her guests about their “girlboss” moment of that week, which, to paraphrase, she described as a moment when you felt you were living your life deliberately: running your life, instead of your life running you.
I could sing praises about the kate spade new york brand all day (as you’ve heard me do so many times before), but my repetitiveness goes with good reason. The kate spade girl encompasses every characteristic of what this girlboss looks like: one who never forgets her core identity when faced with life’s uncertainties and instead is in passionate pursuit of owning every quirky corner of her life.
She embraces the romance of classic femininity while never shying away from the drama of eye-catching embellishment. She’s never afraid to admit that she doesn’t know all of the answers, but she is always eager to learn and create new experiences for herself. She fearlessly faces life-altering change with a cocktail in hand, and most importantly, she never apologizes for being herself.
Your 20’s are your time to fall in love. With yourself . With your career. With your life. Above and before anything else, this is your season of love.
Buy yourself flowers for no occasion. Start a healthy workout regimen because it makes you feel good–not because you have to look good for anyone else. Laugh and cry with girlfriends over pizza and wine. Master a signature cocktail. Indulge in a pair of shoes that makes you feel fabulous from work to play. Show a little hustle, and have a lot of faith. And in spite of all the prodding from friends and relatives alike (who truly do mean the best), allow yourself time to do a little soul searching before jumping into any major commitments.
And if you remember nothing else from this post, remember this: there is strength in allowing yourself to believe that you deserve the best, even if you don’t know exactly what that looks like yet.
This is your time to become the star of your own show.
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