Since starting my blog I have absorbed every single tip, trick, hack, webinar and more that I can get my hands on to learn how to be the best blogger I can. I feel confident that Penn State pushed me out the door with a refinement of my writing skills to go on to be a journalist but this was 2006 and blogging hadn’t entered our cultural vernacular just yet! So over the years, after ten-ish years doing corporate communications, I got that ‘writing’ itch as I watched more and more women fulfill their passions and start to blog and I thought to myself “I can totally do that!”
Along the way, I’ve looked more and more to Lauryn Evarts the creator of the blog TheSkinnyConfidential.com as she is one serious entrepreneur/blogger and activist for other women and bloggers. I’ve also been absorbing her weekly podcast The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast that she hosts with her husband Michael for well over a year now. They are smart, quick, informed and at the ready to give you the best 60ish minutes of a podcast that they can offer. Topics range from health and wellness to branding your business, fun times with other podcaster/entertainers and more. It’s well-rounded and really worth the listen. Also, if you don’t have at least eight go-to Podcasts on your phone at any given time, are you really even living your best life?
Last week I was the incredibly lucky recipient of a FaceTime with Lauryn herself after winning a contest on her Instagram. To say that I had a mild freak out when my roommate came home is an understatement and she immediately put a wine in my hand as I rattled off how excited I was to be talking to Lauryn. I had a lot of thoughts: What will I ask? Can I keep my cool? Think she’ll let me blog about it? (She said yes!) Are we best friends now? (I feel this is a strong yes, too!)
After scheduling my chat with Lauryn I got down to work pulling out my old journalism hat and Googling up a storm. I listened to 2-3 podcasts of hers a day, read everything I could on her blog and devoured all of the advice I could find that she had previously doled out. I didn’t want to waste my 15 minutes asking her questions when the answers were already out there.
I will definitely say that Lauryn did NOT disappoint. We had a great chat; I learned a lot from her but more importantly, I felt like I was talking to someone who made her goals come to fruition and who truly wanted the same for me! We talked a lot about branding and finding your ‘niche’ and I realized that wasn’t something I honed in on or shared my goals for this blog!
I truly want My Revamped Life to be a place, no, a community where like-minded women can get together to support one another through the changes we make in our lives and build each other up along the way. I’ve said it before: I hate the term ‘Girl Boss’. I wrote about it before, but it’s worth mentioning again. It is taking us WOMEN down a peg when we a.) call ourselves girls and b.) when we want to prove to others (aka men) that we deserve a seat at the table, deserve to be heard and that we are worthy of this respect and demand it.
When Lauryn and I first started talking, I laid it out on the table that I’m against this term not knowing if she would respond to it…and she did! She agreed and we talked about how the term isn’t beneficial to women but it’s phrase that women are clinging to as an identifier. In fact, Lauryn stated how it was a cliquey term and creating this squad mentality of ‘girl bosses’. We both agreed, don’t worry about being a ‘girl boss’ just go out there and be a boss.
As someone who has blogged for 6+ years, made it a very successful career and has a team who works with her, Lauryn isn’t a girl boss. She’s a boss. Plain. And. Simple. She knows her goals, revamps them herself along the way and is constantly working to be the best version of herself. As I write this post, she’s at a Tony Robbins seminar doing what? Working to better herself. I’m doing the same thing. We all are. Let’s not take that down that hard work a notch by reminding the world that we are ‘girls’ through our coffee cups, bags, tee-shirts and more.
So, Revampers…with that being said. I want you to know that I rededicate myself to working through this thing we call life and working to revamp it one step at a time. For me, I want to continue to surround myself with successful, passionate, inserting women to remind me, and you, that we are all those things. It is my goal to meet and blog about other women who are killing it, not because they’re ladies, but because they have drive, hustle and ambition to make their dreams work.
Look forward in the next couple of weeks to posts with other bloggers, business women, entrepreneurs and more. No worries, I’m still going to keep it real and tell you how much I love face masks, music and champagne…gotta keep it 100 as they say. Oh woof, that was so uncool and not me.
I want to feature you too, so hit that little email icon below and email me. Let’s work together, let’s cultivate a world where we aren’t defined as women, but by who we are deep down inside. Along the way, let’s work to help others rid themselves of ‘girl boss’ or ‘boss bitch’ or any other kind of phrasing and let’s get us to a place where we are all supportive, collaborative and most importantly cheerleaders for other women.
When you are here at My Revamped Life (or MRL, I’m trying to make that happen!) just know that you have a friend who thinks you are awesome, deserving and seriously just the best…if I could do drinks with all of you, I would! But like go halfsies on the bill, right?