Came, Saw, Conquered: Glamour's Women Of The Year Live Summit

Earlier this week I got to attend the ultimate girl-power meetup hosted by one of my favorite magazines --Glamour's Women Of The Year Live Summit. Taking place at the Brooklyn Museum the awe-inspiring day featured panels, speeches and conversations pertinent to women’s lives in 2017. I saw, listened to, and even met some of my favorite women in numerous industries: media, entertainment, tech, business, and politics. 

This is the second year I've attended and I left even more inspired this time around. The day kicked off with a great (and berry-filled!) breakfast and a power anthem performance from the queen of power anthems, Rachel Platten. Next everyone made their way to the auditorium and the action really kicked off. Here's everything I loved and learned. 

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Highlights

  • U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in a brutal attack in 2011, speaking about fighting to make the world a better place in terms of gun violence. 
  • Dr. Jill Biden former Vice President Joe Biden in conversation with Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. He really loves Barack y'all!
  • Mattel announcing the newest Shero Barbie with a hijab modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. 
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters suggesting that I run for office. (hmm, new career path maybe?)
  • Uzo Aduba moving live reading of a passage from Nadia Murad's memoir about escaping ISIS.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross speaking out against the notion that women need a husband or kids to be happy. 
  • L'Oreal's #TakeACompliment campaign presentation.
  • Gabrielle Union's fireside chat about how to keep it real in all areas of life. 

Key takeaways + Quotes

  • "Not in my time, but in God's time." - a proverb courtesy of actress and trans activist Laverne Cox
  • "Defeat is perhaps the universe telling us to go in a different direction." -Another gem from Laverne
  • "Pessimism only protects the status quo and I have no interest in protecting the status quo." -Chelsea Clinton. Instead her advice: optimism. 
  • "I trust my gut. It’s OK to say, 'This is what I think for me.' Then I go out there and just be me." -Payal Kadakia, Founder and CEO of ClassPass
  • “[Once you have a good relationship with yourself] Any relationship you have is a plus not a must.” -Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Uber CBO Bozoma Saint John's advice for when a man talks over you in a meeting: "Talk louder."

And the best quote from the actual WOTY awards ceremony (which I saw via live stream)
comes courtesy of my favorite 2017 honoree:

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4 Reasons Gabrielle Union's 'We’re Going to Need More Wine' Is A Must Read

Let me just start off by saying that Gabrielle Union has always been my best friend in my head. Ever since I saw her She's All That and Bring it On, I've been in awe of her down-to-earth personality, ageless skin, and undeniable talent. So when I learned that she was releasing a book I literally jumped up from my desk.

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In a moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, my BFF (has a great ring to it doesn't it?) shares stories about her childhood, power, race, her rise to fame and more. I loved it so much that I actually read it in about a day and a half. Additionally, I'm not ashamed to say that I own about five copies...well, four now. I gifted one to my mother.

It's just such an amazing read that gives great insight into the mind of one of Hollywood's most accomplished actresses/entrepreneurs/all-around badasses. You'll literally find yourself screaming "yes, girl," and "me too" with every page turn.  And if you still need more convincing, here are four reasons this should be on your bookish wish list.

1. It's Super Relatable

Who hasn't stalked their ex? Been afraid to bye feminine products in the drugstore? Or been the "only" in a room at some point or another? The answer to all of those questions is no one, not even Gabrielle. Every chapter reveals a secret struggle or situation she's encountered that everyone has faced (or will face) at some point or another. I mean, I don't know about you, but I love celebs who's stories I can connect with. And those who've never worked a retail job or lost themselves behind a childhood crush aren't for me.  

2. Gabrielle Couldn't Be More Transparent If She Tried

When you're in the public eye and even when you're not, it takes a tremendous amount of strength to talk so openly about things like divorce, infertility, and rape. But Gabrielle does it with such grace that you can't help but be inspired. Favorite chapter: "Famous Vaginas Get Itchy Too." Read it and you'll understand why. 

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3. You'll Learn Something New In Each Chapter

Piggybacking off reason #2, because of her transparency it's impossible not to learn something new about Gabrielle. Before this book, I never would've thought that her first choice of a cheerleading movie role wasn't Bring It On, but instead a cheerleading movie that totally bombed at the box office. I'll let you read it to figure out what it is. Or what a Prince party is...was (sad face) is like.  

4. Her Prescription for a breakup Involves 'Waiting To Exhale'

That reason alone makes me want to stand up and shout! Anyone who's seen this movie (and if you haven't I'm side-eyeing you) understands why. Of course her prescription in the book involves other elements, but this is the most important. And if my ex-boyfriend is reading this right now he's definitely rolling his eyes grumbling about how I watch this movie entirely TOO MUCH. But hey, Gabrielle told me to! 

To Do: Run, don't walk to the bookstore now and get this New York Times Bestseller!
If you've read it already, let me hear what you think in the comments!

7 Side Hustles That Were Made For Introverts

With the new year right around the corner (can you believe it's already November?!?!) many of us are setting goals about what we want to accomplish next year -- most of which may involve a new side hustle. 

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But if you're an introvert like me when you hear the words "side hustle" the first thing that comes to mind is you constantly bugging your parents, friends, and grandma's best friend to support your new hobby-turned-business. Like most introverts, I struggle to even make social phone calls, let alone ones that include high-pressure sales tactics.

So what can shy and constantly anxious introverts like me do as a side hustle? Surprisingly, plenty of things. 

1. Blogging

Look at where you are right now. Clearly, this is a perfect choice for introverts. The idea of sharing our thoughts, feelings, and hopes out loud is crippling, but sharing them online in a public "diary?" All for it! 

Just be mindful of the fact that you won’t earn money right away. It typically takes at least a year to start earning any real money, and blogging requires a financial investment upfront for the domain and hosting fees. Not to mention plenty of blood, sweat, and photo editing to make your content pop!

2. Pet Sitting

If there's one thing I love more than playing with a dog, it's playing with a dog that's not mine ha! Just ask my roommate who's little dog can constantly be found lounging around in my room. But with the exception of his owner and about 10 more people, I'm not too fond of interacting with humans. Trust me, Benji is a WAY better listener. If this sounds like you being a pet sitter via Rover.com might be the perfect side hustle. The easy-to-use site lets you set up a dog-walking or pet-sitting business you can operate out of your own home.

3. Mystery Shopping

Getting paid to shop? Count us introverts in! And according to The Penny Hoarder, it's super easy to do and pays surprisingly well! 

4. Freelance Writing

While it can take a looonnnnnnng time to build a full-fledged, full-time freelance career, it’s fairly easy to find some entry-level (read: low-paying) jobs on websites like Freelancer.com or Upwork.com. Or you could Google (i.e. stalk) editors of your favorite publications and pitch one-off stories. The road might be tough, but eventually, something will stick. And once that first freelance check comes, more start rolling in (usually). 

5. Transcribing

Disclaimer: I absolutely HATE transcribing. But, for introverts who find listening to a recording over and over and over again soothing, working for a transcription service site like Rev.com can be a lucrative side hustle. And like everything else on this list, no interaction with crowds required. 

6. Selling Goods on Etsy, eBay, etc. 

If you're a DIY-queen or have a knack for flipping collectibles, then set up your own shop on sites like Etsy or eBay might be the way to go. Depending on which one you choose your workload will vary, but crafting is always better than sitting in a cubicle. Bonus: Aside from periodic visits to the post office or the occasional customer email, you don’t have to interact with people, either.

7. Graphic Designing

If you've got an artsy muscle than flex it! Advertise your ability to make flyers, logos, t-shirts and more via social media or set up shop on an entrepreneurial-focused site like Fiverr and let interested parties come to you. 

Are you an introvert with a side hustle? Tell me more about it in the comments!