In Sunday’s newsletter, I wrote about how the end of my college career is much more hectic than I had imagined. If your April is shaping up to be as chaotic as mine, I’m sure you could use some inspiration. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one very special lady who subtly reminds me to keep living my life how I want to live it. Jordyn is the blogger behind The Fairy Princess Diaries and she is one determined and resilient human. Now I’ll let Jordyn speak for herself:
Blog URL: www.thefairyprincessdiaries.com
You share many of your candid, personal thoughts with your readers on The Fairy Princess Dairies. What gives you the confidence to share your personal thoughts especially those about controversial, hot-topics?
I feel so lucky to have the privilege of speaking out about what I believe in. Not everyone is born with the freedom of speech so I feel like it is not just my right but my responsibility to be candid and open. There are definitely times sharing my opinions on The Fairy Princess Diaries has made me feel vulnerable (I’ll click “Publish” and then put off checking my email/blog comments for a few hours) but in the end I think being open is the right thing to do. I’ve had some really great discussions because I’ve shared my real opinions even when they aren’t popular (some of the best emails have been with people who disagree with me, disagreeing shouldn’t always make two people enemies). As much as I love fashion, hair and makeup speaking out about real world issues that we’re all thinking about is important to me. I would never want my blog to be vanilla because I was scared to be emotionally vulnerable.
Read more about this on Jordyn’s blog here.
What is your life motto/mantra? How do you embody it in your day-to-day life?
“I don’t have the option of having thick skin. As a writer you have to be open to everything, and that includes pain, rejection, self-doubt, fear.” Taylor Swift said that and it really resonated with me. I think feeling the full spectrum of emotions is critical not just for writing or art but for the entire human experience. I try not to shame myself or others for being angry or disheartened or depressed. All of our feelings are important not just the good ones.
On your blog, you have shared your career journey with your readers. From studying for and taking the LSAT to your current position in a law firm, what career-related advice do you wish someone had told you before you entered the “real world?”
Intern as much as possible in college! I worked nannying nearly 30 hours a week during undergrad. At the time I thought I was making a mature decision by making money but I missed out on a valuable time to learn and network. I graduated without any experience or connections to help me find a real job so I floundered for about a year after graduation. I won’t make the same mistake in law school!
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How do you define success? Not only in business-sense, but in life in general.
For me success is all about looking in the mirror every day and being happy with who I am. I want to be someone who is constantly growing and learning. I want to be someone who loves deeply. I want to be someone who takes time to reflect and someone who gives back to the world. Everyone has different criteria for what they need to be fulfilled. I try not to impose my ideals for happiness and fulfillment on everyone else.
If you were to write a book about your life, what would its title be and what would you name each of its chapters?
I’m really not sure of the title (help me out here guys) but after a little brainstorming I’ve come up with a quick outline of the book. A few Chapter Title Ideas:
1. Pigeon Toed with a Lisp -This chapter outlines my awkward childhood. Not only was I pigeon toed with a lisp but I asked my kindergarten class to call me “Rainbow Sunshine”. Somehow I had friends!
2. Do these Dreadlocks match my prom dress? This chapter outlines my ultra hippie high school phase in which I competed in Envirothons, sported dreadlocks and dated a guy who slept in a hammock in the woods. I miss high school (just kidding, I don’t but don’t I wish I could wear tie dye and henna to work)!
3. That time I Vomed on my crush’s face -A chapter about all of my very awkward dating experiences both from Tinder and guys I met the old fashioned way. This chapter promises lots of vommiting, lots of crying outside bars in the rain and lots of pretending to be a bunny (as in an actual bunny not the playboy kind).
4. I can barely brush my hair & other beauty tips from my daily life. – A chapter about all of my favorite beauty secrets and questions for all the girls who know how to contour and tease their hair…HOW?!
5. Lies I’ve told to skip Parties -Just like what it sounds like, social anxiety at its finest.
6. Have a lot of Mimosas -This chapter is all about life struggles and the best advice I’ve ever heard for overcoming said obstacles. Sneak peek: “Here’s my advice ha’ve a little faith and if that doesn’t work have a lot of mimosas”-Blair Waldorf
7. Sharing my Life on the Internet -This chapter is all about blogging, which I’ve been doing for over 4 years now. I raise deep questions analyzing the psychological motivation of blogging and how I want blogging to evolve.
Do I get the book deal? Did anyone actually read my tentative book outline? To be honest I was really dreading answering this question but it ended up being a lot of fun so thank you for asking (:
Thank you again to Jordyn for sharing a bit more of her fabulous self with my readers. I sincerely hope you head over to her blog and read more of what she has to say because she says some pretty rad stuff.
If there is a blogger that inspires you that you would like to see featured here, leave me a comment down below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What inspires you?