Today is International Women’s Day. A day where women all over the world can join together and celebrate the various accomplishments we have made and discuss what more we can do towards gaining equality. There are so many events, discussions, and live chats going on throughout the world today, that you can find something to your liking on the International Women’s Day website www.internationalwomensday.com.
So what did I decide to do on this lovely day devoted to women? I chose to focus on myself and reflect on the achievements I have made and what more I can do. I got this inspiration from an instagram post I saw from The Victoria & Albert Museum…
I grew up in a suburban city, dreaming of a place and life that I couldn’t have. One of my dreams involved living in Paris; not just visiting for a week, but really living and immersing myself into the life and culture. I have had this desire since I was 13 and taking my first french class in middle school. My teacher taught with such enthusiasm and passion, that I couldn’t help but want to visit this amazing international city. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I had an epiphany and changed my mindset from ‘I wish I could’ to ‘Why can’t I?’ This small change made me start thinking of a plan to make my dream a reality.
So how did my plan go? I ended up moving to Paris in January 2013 to start graduate school at the American University of Paris. I graduated with an MA in Global Communications, with a focus in branding and fashion in May 2014. I am now living in London, working for a great digital marketing agency. My life has changed so much in the past few years from the better education, new lifelong friends, an international career, and a husband 🙂 that I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for the supporting women I had around me the entire time.
Now I want to ask myself, what else do I want? What are my new dreams? Truth be told, Paris is still in my heart and long to go back to that magical and culturally rich city. But, for now, I want to focus on developing my career, expanding my creativity, and take advantage of my European locale.
To help get me started, I thought I would turn to some famous women whom are known to empower others; Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. My goal for the next few months is to actually set some time aside, sit down and read. I can’t wait to read what inspiring and true advice these business/creative/funny/savvy women have to say.
So what will you be doing this International Women’s Day? What goals are you currently working on? What dreams do you have that you can put into actual plans? I would love to hear what you are up to 🙂