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Don’t Be Salty

Don’t be salty. Unless the ocean is the cause, you don’t need that negativity in your life! Being “salty” in modern day is when something has happened to upset you in a way where your attitude turns bad. Like when your co-worker hosts a meeting without you when you are the subject matter expert (eh hem… they missed out, not you). Or like when your boss says he’ll host lunch and backs out because of meetings and leaves you with the bill (what a bad role model). How about when you’re out for brunch and your waiter takes 20 minutes to come refill your mimosa? (he obviously doesn’t deserve the 20% tip you were going to leave…)

Do you see a trend yet? Out of all of those salty situations you may have encountered, it all comes full circle. You don’t have to be salty just because something inconvenient may have happened to you. In the end, you are not losing if you don’t let it. In all of those examples, you ended up winning. The cause of the “saltiness” were the ones who actually lost.   Your co-worker will hear it from your boss that you weren’t involved and the team could use some better leadership (eh hem… you). Your boss made a poor first impression to not only you, but the other co-workers he was supposed to lead (you just one-uped your other co-workers). Lastly, the waiter totally lost by not treating his guests as they should and will see that in his tip-out.

POINT BEING: “Salty” is an attitude. It’s an attitude that is negative which means you let something bring you down. Don’t be salty. You can make your day so much easier on yourself if you can look at a situation and see that you are winning when maybe others see it that you lost. Mermaids don’t let opinions of shrimp affect them. Next time you feel salty, look at the situation from a different angle to see how you can come out on top.

The only thing salty in our most recent photo shoot was mermaid hair, seashells in the pool, and salt rimmed rose glasses. Our BecauseMermaids Collection is out! Check out our Behind-The-Scenes quick-vid below of our photo shoot. Keep it real my girls, slay the day, and don’t be salty. #BecauseMermaids

 

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Professional Girls?

Are girls getting the recognition they deserve? Why does it seem women are slower to move up roles within companies? Someone’s getting in trouble at a company where you think they would be up to par during these progressive times – Facebook. Facebook was in the press this week  regarding a claim by a fellow Facebook employee that ran a data study on women in the engineering department. They crunched the numbers between men and women submitting development code to find that more of women’s work was being rejected than men’s.

Even though Facebook claims the study was incomplete and totally inaccurate, the company doesn’t have to disclose pertinent information in their diversity reports that would explain whether this most recent claim is true. Hmm…

My young professional career is still premature. However, it seems like Facebook will just try to sweep this one under the rug. It is a hot topic that young and professional girls today have not reached a closure in the gender wage gap perceived by society. At BecauseGirls, I’d like to think girls and women worldwide can use their intuition, confidence, and drive to go above and beyond societal standards, although with being a successful woman it also takes a supportive narrative mutually between both genders in the workplace.

Is being a young and professional girl easy? In social media, there are a lot of jokes about how being a young professional is so hard. Oh, you have to wake up this morning and have coffee and go to work that is paying for your bills? No, it’s really not that hard. But is being a young women in higher paid roles intimidating, or is it harder to find support by being the only women in a higher role? Sure it is. I think it is harder for a women to move up than men, and that is still visible in the workplace. We need to continue to work harder but smarter, at destroying the societal standard that a woman boss is harder to come by.

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Because Girls: Themed Recap of 2016

With the new year approaching, I thought it’d be nice to gather some significant events this year that relate to us girls. There is a woman-minded movement growing rapidly and 2016 proved to be a historic year in recent memory of girls starting to take the spotlight.

  1. Jan 5 Colombo’s Gemology Institute certifies world’s largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine
    • Eh hem. That’s worth 300 million dollars. I’m sure this is like, the geologist once-in-a-lifetime lottery of gem finding. May I get some earrings please?
  2. Jan 15 First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system
    • Who knew?! This is a big deal, especially if we are working towards the ability to live in space. Remember, the Martian was still science fiction.
  3. Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Album “1989” by Taylor Swift
    • Among many of Taylor Swift’s awards; but she is still killing it with continually outdoing herself from one album to the next. Oh, and she is so badass that she decided, “No, I don’t want to be available for free on Spotify“, and is still making racks.
  4. Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Alice Walton, No. 13 with $35 billion net worth
    • Yes, the other 12 above her are all men. And yes, she is a descendant of the evil empire, Walmart, whom she owes her wealth to her father; but ladies, we have a lot of work to do.
  5. Apr 5 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
    • Women’s rights are still having a hard time being recognized in 2016. Did you realize your biological purpose wasn’t recognized by the labor force? Now you know.
  6. Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album “Lemonade” with a 1 hour film on HBO
    • Beyonce made a film. Who actually watched it? If you’re about free stuff, we stumbled across this link here. But this visual album was something no artist may have ever tried before. Her humbling artistry and powerful messages mixed with the #slay type of attitude we love, made for an unforgettable musical moment in 2016.
  7. Jun 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
    • Countries around the world are experiencing “first-time woman” in a major role. That’s impressive, but also astonishing that as women, it is still difficult to obtain the role that is assumed men should fill. Could you do that?
  8. Jul 9 123rd Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3, equalling Steffi Graf’s 22 grand slam singles titles
    • Serena (also featured in Beyonce’s “Lemonade”) is one badass betch. This girl could do more squats than all y’all girlfriends combined. She has dominated her sport and become a master of her craft. Definitely inspiring and reminding us that lady curves are sexy AF.
  9. Jul 29 Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for US President at Democratic convention in Philadelphia – first woman by a major US party
    • Ladies, on the real, the United States of America, had its first woman to be nominated for president and almost make it. HUGE, in the name of history of women’s rights and the future of the woman image in not only politics, but every aspect of our growing legitimacy in roles that are usually occupied by men. Keep slayin it.
  10. Jul 31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor
    • There were many firsts this year for women in political roles. I believe this has the power to spread the vibes to other women they are leading and hopefully keep pushing other girls to really live to their fullest.
  11. Aug 31 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office
    • Okay, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. I guess goes to show there’s still some sketchy betches out there we all gotta watch out for. Essentially, she couldn’t handle her money. So ladies, let’s get our finances under control and stay honest, TBH.
  12. Oct 10 Actress Shailene Woodley arrested for trespassing while protesting against proposed Dakota Access Pipeline
    • Last but not least to round out this year, let’s touch on the pipeline and probably one of the most successful protests lead in America in 2016. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stood against the government and relentlessly fought for their land and their right to not have the Man ruin the gorgeous land they call home. This may have just regained my confidence in humanity. #NoDAPL

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You Didn’t Know That Smart is Sexy?

If you have ever once believed that being dumb is cute, you got the wrong idea sister. I have personally witnessed conversations with girls where they choose to comment something like, “Ya, I’m only going to college here because I’m too dumb I couldn’t get into anywhere else. This college let’s everyone in”. Girl. Someone please smack her.

First off, why are you putting yourself down and admitting to everyone in the conversation that you’re dumb? Second, nah betch, it’s just because you’ve decided you can’t work hard enough to learn. At that exact moment, she instantly became unattractive. Why would anyone want to have a conversation with you after that? Being intelligent shows a lot about your character, so let’s take a look at what we think really means to be smart.

  1. Attempt to Learn: If you are not even trying to continuously improve yourself and care about doing so, this is probably your first mistake. This could be as simple as learning about current events and giving you context to have a simple conversation. It also provides you with insight on your own opinions and learning about yourself and what you care about. You don’t need to know everything to be considered smart – but having the power to care about wanting to learn more – that’s sexy.

  2. Don’t Be Afraid of a Deep Conversation: This doesn’t mean being deep about your feelings with another person, like emotionally. Deep, as in, a thorough and thoughtful conversation about a topic both you and the other person have interest in. If you decide to have an hour long conversation of the ingredients in your lipstick, you will definitely learn a lot about what goes on your lips when you apply lipstick. Boom. Learned something today.

  3.  Allow for Mistakes: A mistake usually happens when you try something new and it didn’t work out. Key Phrase: “when you try something new”. This means that you are trying new things and learrrnnning from them. That is awesome. We can grow with our experiences and learn from them. If something didn’t turn out how you thought, make sure to actually reflect on what happened and learn something about yourself. That way you can probably try whatever it is again, and succeed.

  4. Take Care of Yourself: I personally believe that how you take care of yourself really shows how connected you are with yourself at a deeper level. This can be, a face-washing routine, how you style your hair, how you dress yourself, if you can cook. There is different strokes for different folks, but that is what keeps all of us unique and amazing; all with potential to shine through.

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Got to Get That Moola

How do you set yourself up for a raise? We’ve compiled a couple of suggestions for you. The infamous gender wage gap isn’t gonna stop you. Although some of our jobs vary drastically, these could be some helpful “foods-for-thought” while you sip over your creamy latte and think about your future. Don’t we all? Outside of the comfy and alcohol-driven college side of life you find: WORK. It’s a little bit harder than studying for that exam with an empty bottle of Adderall. It’s what us millennials like to call, “Adulting”. But the best part about adulting is, that you get PAID. How do you #slay and get #paid more at the same time? See what you can do:

 

 

  1. Push yourself out of your comfort zone: It’s said that some woman are too quick to assume that they can’t handle more responsibility, and/or are afraid to give it a shot. Higher pay means higher responsibility, but don’t cheat yourself into thinking you can’t do it. Its all part of the journey mahn. Take the higher role. Don’t be afraid of failure. Go for it.

  2. Network with the right people: Networking is more than just your LinkedIn profile. Build relationships within your industry that serve a purpose. If you work on relationships with your boss other than your co-workers, it’s more likely down the road other opportunities will open themselves more easily by having the right connections.

  3. List out your accomplishments weekly: If you stay on top of this, it will benefit so many aspects of your career future. This will help making a resume down the road a lot easier. This will also give you powerful ammo when it comes to proving your promotion or getting a raise. No accomplishments that week? Get familiar with yourself with this down-to-earth easy read.

  4. Talk about your future: The famous interview question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, is actually a really important one! If you’re going to get a raise you not only need to have the back-up of what you have already done, but you need to be able to tell someone what you plan to contribute. Don’t have a plan? Work on yourself and find that empowerment with this oh-so lovely workbook.

  5. Be ready to take a risk: It can make you feel vulnerable by putting your character on the line of your employer. Timing is key and use your instincts to know whether there is an opportunity. If they say no, then work with your upper management to see what performance metrics you could improve on. Or simply move elsewhere. No one deserves to be in a job they hate. You can strengthen your courage to do so, it only takes 5 seconds. Whatever the outcome, it will be a learning experience! As career coach Ada James says, “You can be really strong and vulnerable at the same time. That’s what bravery is”.

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Spring Clean Your Social Media

Do you find yourself an hour into the Facebook rabbit hole? Scrolling through your Instagram on auto pilot? Maybe watching Snapchat stories just because? Our phones can become our biggest enemy – wasting precious time by scrolling through endless pieces of information. What do you get from scrolling through your Instagram? Are you getting ideas for your next big breakthrough? Like some workout routines, or the next best business move.  Are you gaining experience by following other people’s adventures? Not exactly, and I hope you agree for a good reason.

 

 

We are approaching a fine line between sharing our lives or making each other’s lives our own. We become absorbed with Snapchat stories, Twitter comments, Facebook posts, Instagram profiles, and whatever other social media platform you use. Is that how we are building our lives – off social media platforms? It sure seems like it. So, how can we use this to our benefit? We can start to focus on our own life, our own social media influence, and what motivates us to be better. You have the ability to filter out what you see on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Unfollow all the friends you don’t keep in touch with anymore. Why are you stalking their life? You’re definitely are a stalker. Stop that.

 

 

Follow Instagram feeds that inspire you, or promote being a better person. Place value on social media platforms and how much they effect your productivity and influence your style, opinions, or friendships. This little tweak in your daily lifestyle could make a huge difference. Unless you don’t partake in social media, (I’m pretty sure everyone does) then you probably would not have found this article. Make your social media interactions be as meaningful as this one 😉

 

 

You just might begin to find more meaningful things in your life. We all want to follow our passions, why not make your social media a reflection of that. The amount of time we spend on our devices, we might as well spring clean those technology platforms to ️start using them as tools to charge and power us and our life. So go clean up your Instagram feed and Facebook friends to reflect your life as it is in the here and now – that’s almost as refreshing as spring cleaning your closet too – making more room for new and exciting things. Recharge your social media, recharge yourself.


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Because We Slay



Okay ladies, let’s get in formation. Not only have woman been noticeably rising above men, it is becoming accepted – which is the first time in American history. We have come a long way with a long way still to go; even Obama knows this. However,  our generation is making “slaying” the new movement.

 There is some work involved to be one of these aspiring women. Just because you are a girl doesn’t mean you slay like one. But with some attitude and a little determination, you can be well on your way to slay. (But how?)

1. Stay Classy
There are so many ways to add class to your repertoire: manners, don’t cuss all the time, have a full-proof wardrobe, cleanliness is key, know your finances, be kind and thankful.

2. You Come First
As in, don’t interrupt my grindin!! You better believe in yourself because that’s all that counts TBH.

3. Health is Wealth
All shapes and sizes can look good and feel good. But do you pay attention to what you feed your body? Slaying definitely requires some quality nutrition for maximum fuel.

4. Network
To succeed you need some education, absolutely. If you want to succeed in an industry, you need to talk the talk and walk the walk. That is something you don’t learn in college. Work on your communication and get that grammar on point.

Beware, don’t interrupt our grindin, because girls are here to slay.
Boys can sit with us thou 😉
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