Welcome to Women’s History Month! I am taking inspiration from Sara Bareille’s newsletter and am using this month as a platform to celebrate the women in my life that inspire me, that motivate me, that love me and that show me strength.
When I grow up I want to be just like my friend Paris.
While I’m fully aware that I technically am a grown-up, I truly rarely act like it. So here I am stuck looking up to the people that seem to have it together.
I met Paris at my current job and though she has since moved on to calmer settings, she taught me a lot in the short time that we worked together.
I don’t remember how we got close. I actually don’t even remember meeting her, I just remember her being there. Some may say that our work environment is a bit chaotic and it certainly feels that way on some days, but Paris taught me how to stay calm in the most frustrating of situations.
The fact that I wear my feelings on my sleeve, is cute and all but it can become a liability when interacting in the work place. Paris reminded me how to keep it together when I felt like negatively reacting … and suddenly I sound like I’m the worst coworker, I promise that I am not.
Being that Paris was in a higher position than I was at our job, I got to learn the best parts of being a boss from her. She showed me how to stand firm when you know you are right, she showed me how to force people to take you seriously as a woman in a position of power and she taught me how to have fun amidst all the chaos.
I don’t really know where I’m headed in life, I mean I’d love to say that I am weeks away from quitting my job and writing full time but that is far from the truth. My current job has always been my Plan B and though I don’t plan to stay here forever, I feel like Paris showed me how to move up in the company with the strength and perseverance needed to survive in the hotel industry.
I am so happy that we have remained connected and I will love her through her clumsy injuries, through her annoyance at movie-talkers and through the way she can’t stand in the middle of a crowd at a concert for too long. Life is one hell of a ride but it feels a bit easier when you have someone by your side who will continue to show you how to calmly ride the ups and downs.