New Favorite Boost / Training Manual…. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Past 3 days: 4 loads of Laundry (folded and put away), Clean House, Dishes done each day, worked a double (day job and night job on Tuesday), successfully completed a major project, kept up with all other responsibilities and client care, and Didn’t Lock any Cats in the CLOSET!
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I aspire to be a #GirlBoss. I aspire to be strong. I aspire to be confident in my convictions. I aspire to be able to convey a message without coming off as a bitch. I aspire to run a company. I aspire to be a #WomanWhoWorks, balancing home, work & life. I aspire to do it all and have it all!
Being a woman in business is hard. You have to be strong, but not too strong, You have to act look like a butterfly and sting like a bee, you have to be tough, but not too tough, you stick to your guns, but not fire them, you have to command the room, but raising your voice can make others think you’re “getting emotional”… Basically you have to find that happy medium of steadfast, firm, friendly, direct and ALWAYS. I repeat. ALWAYS. keep. your. emotions. in. check.
When a man is steadfast, strong, direct or firm, he is held in high regard and respected… When a woman does it? She is a bitch, feisty, shrill and “just being emotional”… To add insult and injury to all of that, if the woman is young, its a complete game changer…
“Oh, she is just young…”, “She’s just trying to make her voice heard”, “She doesn’t know how to communicate, shes too naive.” “What a bitch!”
I am 27 years old, I am a woman, I am a girlfriend, daughter, sister, friend, I have a part-time job, I have a house that requires cleaning, cats that require feeding and laundry that needs to be done. My man friend has this weird desire to wear clean clothes…. Whatever… I am a director in my company and hold a job where I wear MANY hats and a lot on my plate, I get mad, I get frustrated, I am young, I am naive, and I am still learning. Sometimes I do get stressed, sometimes I get overwhelmed, sometimes I have trouble balancing it all, sometimes I cry, sometimes life gets too hard and sometimes I get accidentally drunk on a Monday Night…. Shit Happens, ok?
As I was writing this past paragraph, this song kept playing (I’m a Bitch, By Meredith Brooks) in my head… It is officially my new theme song! “I’m a Bitch, I’m a Lover, I’m a Cat Mother, I’m a Child, I’m a Sinner, I’m a Saint… I don not feel ashamed!” Take me as I am!!
One of my many blessing in life is that I went to work for my father, right out of college, and since then nearly 6 years later, we have built something incredible! I am incredibly grateful to have a wonderful mentor and guiding force in him; because I am young and I am still learning, I am working on controlling my emotions, I am trying to make my voice heard and sometimes I do come off as a bitch… But my BIGGEST Pet Peeve is when it is used as an excuse for my behavior. Which is why I continue to learn, grow and work at better having control of all things.
I LOVE my job, I love working and building something with my family, I love my customers, I love learning about different businesses and helping them grow and most importantly I truly LOVE learning more about being a woman in business!
Over the last 5 years, I have learned and grown so much, but I still have so much to learn. I need to learn how to communicate better with the different departments and I need to learn how to make things happen so that it works for all, instead of a few.
Over the last 5 months, we’ve engaged with a new CRM system, that has completely changed how I operated. It has automated emails, sent reminders and allowed me to have all the data I need on a customer at the click of a button. I had dreams of the ability to enter information once and have it populate in multiple areas / fields. I had visions and aspirations of achieving a more streamlined administrative process, one which I knew could be achieved. No more excel spreadsheets for this girl!
My most recent project, along with many others has been to streamline our lead generation and order entry process. This project hasn’t just been a labor of love, but of fierce determination and stubbornness. It has taken MANY hours, countless emails, several arguments (with only myself and with others), a kick ass team and huge amount of brain power.
This project reached about 95% completion today, after 3 FULL days of testing and brainstorming, many conversations that had many different workflow variations, several ideas and determination… today the whole system FINALLY WORKED! I may have done a celebratory dance in my home office, the cats participated… it was awesome…. But this achievement didn’t come without a lesson.
I learned that in order to get things done properly, you need to use the resources and brain power available to you. I learned you cannot make rash demands or implementation, because what I think will work, may not work for the rest of my team or the organization. I learned it is important to look for a solution that will benefit the entire organization and make everyone’s life easier. I learned arguing won’t get me anywhere, but finding solutions and looking for alternatives will.. I learned that I have come very far in terms of growth and personal development, but I still have a ways to go.
So as I continue to grow as a woman, and Girl Boss, I will continue to have aspirations and goals. I will continue to fight through and learn so that someday I can be a kick ass #GirlBoss!
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