Everything She Knows is a submission-based story platform for women. Our mission is to give women a place to share advice, experiences and wisdom with one another.
The universe never ceases to amaze.
When I read the message from Kat inviting me to write for her women’s writer series, I was overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. Naturally and subconsciously, I felt a great sense of value and worth as a result of her wanting me to share my experiences. A sense of validation.
My mom has always lovingly expressed, “You are the most amazing woman I know!” Several mentors have exclaimed that they can’t wait to see what I create with my potential. They’re beautiful sentiments to hear. Sometimes, though, it all feels like a heavy weight to carry -- especially when I don’t believe I’m actually amazing at said endeavor, or capable of creating something exceptional.
Some days, she is just a pretty girl - the natural kind. Hair pulled into a messy knot at the nape of the neck, dark circles emanating from years of giving on empty, no make-up on – no one to impress. Just a pair of black yoga pants, a cotton t-shirt, and the kind of eyes that captivate and soothe even the brittlest hearts.
In my thirties ,
I discovered that cleavage need not always be hidden,
that caffeine liberates while whisky sometimes inhibits,
that seduction is several four letter words(not one)
that there is no such thing as a 'no or a low pressure job',
Lauri Levenfeld and I were strangers up until about 1.5 months ago. In this short time, I have grown deeply fond of and connected to her. She has one of the most beautiful spirits I have ever encountered and being around her makes you feel like you can do and be anything. I am incredibly honored to share some of her reflections with you and introduce our special 'double-feature'.
Let me preface this little story by confessing to you that I’ve past my twenties by just a few decades, and because of this, I was hesitant to write for this blog. But, when the brilliant Kat Smith asked me to be a part of it, I couldn’t refuse! I realized that she is totally correct in the theory of how important the “20’s” decade was to help shape whatever kind of woman I have become…for better or worst, and that this little story definitely exemplifies the worst.
I f*@%ing hate the word should. While similar to its more positive and hopeful cousins would and could, should implies judgment, the right thing to do and pretty much everything you don't want to do.
In this photo you’ve just turned 20, you give George, your ten-year-old brother, your camera and teach him how to take a photograph. You’re always behind the camera and you want one portrait, just for yourself. You’ve just turned 20 and you don’t know how young that is.
One of the things that I love about this project is the fact that it gives me the ability to meet amazing women from all over the world. Michela is a true wise woman and it has been an honor getting to know her and hearing her story. Please enjoy!
This was not a physical alarm, but a notification from myself that it was time to wake up. It was time to start reevaluating myself and my goals in life. After all, I surely was not aging backwards--- although I love to convince myself that I am. My greatest fear at the time was that I will wake up one day and life would have passed me by.
In 1976 I was married to a divinity student and, at 29 years old, I decided the church wasn’t for me and a career in advertising was.
I was working in the alumni relations office at my then husband’s seminary. The head of the office came from a long, successful career in big advertising agencies. She said our office was like a small agency. She had so many stories about working in ad agencies and they really resonated with me.
This is the second time I’ve dragged myself into a long distance relationship. Except, this one is different. I fell in love with a man I see myself being with for the rest of my life.
I met this new foreign man only a month after I emotionally ended things with my first foreign lover, he was from Austria.
Some mornings I like to drink in all the little things I enjoy...
starting with cute baristas.
The nod we share when the Cat Power album comes on. Next, the pastry case filled with chocolate croissants. The fact that I will eat said croissants, picking them apart layer by layer, but mostly starting with the chocolate in the middle.
Today we are excited to feature the sunny and inspiring Dyan Dolfi-Offutt of Soda Pop PR! Dyan has a great deal of wisdom and has experienced, first-hand, what it means to let go of one dream and pursue another. Let's see what she has to say about acting your age, the importance of mentorship and surviving the loss of a loved one...
When I was 11, I got my first period on my mom’s 40th birthday. She likes to say I became a young woman when she became an old lady (for the record I’ve never thought of my mom as an old lady – she’s always been the most beautiful woman to me). For a large part of my youth, people often thought I was older than I actually was because, “I always seemed so mature.”
It all started when I was in the 5th grade and a boy named Kenny asked me out, (which at the time was code for “will you be my girlfriend”). My response? I told him I would think about it. Three days later I came back to him with my answer. I thought about what my dad would think and, since I had always been his little girl, decided at ten years old I wasn’t ready for a relationship.
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