It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since we launched Be The Next Her.
What started as an idea to feature women and their stories turned into a mini-movement (at least through our eyes) of women sharing their journeys, and other women responding with applause, praise, and admiration.
As editor in chief I read each interview and article, and over the year, I’ve come to see common and uncommon themes throughout. As we hit our one year mark (yay!) below are 5 things I learned:
- Failure is inevitable – A common theme throughout our features is a failure. Whether it be starting new, or deciding to change careers halfway into a journey, failure isn’t a measure of losing, but a measure of going after something greater and learning from your mistakes. The women we feature aren’t perfect – their failures are what make them human. It’s been so important to read about the different way women make it, and how they handle it when they don’t. It’s inspiring when flaws are revealed.
- Everyone’s path is different – Even if you read two stories from the same career (for example, two lawyers) their path, preferences, advice, and accomplishments will be different. There are many stereotypes within certain professions, and reading through our profiles, you’ll find refreshing anecdotes and hobbies that don’t always vibe with what you thought a person practicing a certain field should be. The best part of the blog is realizing that anyone can achieve their goals, even if they don’t look or act like who they’ve seen in the role prior. Case in point: Catie Fenn, Lawyer & Meditation Coach.
- Indulgences aren’t frivolous, but necessary – Hearing about the different ways that women unwind is essential to learning about how to make things work outside of work. Hearing about their love for family, friends, working out, local food, wine, and even Netflix helps to show that every one, no matter how brilliant in their day job, must find a way to “turn off” at times and engage in other aspects of life that don’t yield any professional results.
- Women are on the rise – This past year has been one of turmoil and uproar for women. We are no longer silent to the injustice around us. Whether it’s #MeToo, Women’s Rights protests, or a general strengthening of the female bond, this year was the year of the female rise, and we’re happy to partake in the conversation. Also, imitation is a form of flattery, and seeing more sites pop up that talk about female stories makes us proud; there is room for us all.
- Compliments do not go unnoticed – While Stef and I both have day jobs, there isn’t anything better than receiving emails/comments from our readers telling us how BTNH inspires them. Every comment, like, and share means the world to us and keeps us going. There were times this year where our schedules clashed and deadlines were pushed back, and we questioned why do we even do this? But any doubts we had were always erased after we saw and felt the gratitude and positivity that comes from our audience. We hope to continue to grow and share more stories with you, so please keep writing!
We are working on new changes to the blog for the new year and we hope you’ll continue on this journey with us! xo