How I Learned to be a Teen #GirlBoss + How You Can Too!

March 3, 2017

The honest truth: starting things is hard.

It’s much easier for us to accept that we’re confused, accept it, and move on instead of trying to figure out how we can accomplish it.

For years, I lived by this mentality. I was happy, I was content, but I wasn’t going anywhere.

Dreaming is easy, but procrastination is easier, lovelies.

My procrastination tendencies worked really well for me for a while, until one day something changed.

I got bored.

I rambled on about wanting to travel the world and go to fashion week and have a successful business, but in reality, I was just laying in bed for hours on end trying to figure out what I wanted to binge watch {I recommend “New Girl” and “How I Met Your Mother}.

Desperate not to let boredom be the end of me, I made a change, and to this day I’ll never regret it. I won’t get into every single positive change, but I’m blogging and running a small business today because of it.

Crazy to think that 4 years ago, I had no idea this would happen.

I had to learn the hard way, but luckily there’s programs now that are dedicated to helping teenagers start making the change and accomplishing the things they would like to in this world.

HERlead is partnership between Ann Taylor and Vital Voices that is designed to do just that — empower women and help teenagers find the leadership skills necessary to succeed {plus you get to travel!}.


– Each year, 50 high school sophomores and juniors are selected to join the program

– After being accepted, they are invited to participate at the HERlead Vital Voices Fellowship Forum in New York

– At the forum, participants are tasked with turning their ideas into plans, and in doing so, are eligible for up to $2,000 in HERlead grants!

HERlead has been around since 2011,  when Ann Taylor and Vital voices challenged 500 women to take the inspiration and energy from the 10th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Award and pay it forward. Since then, HERlead projects have been estimated to have impacted 5,000 people.

I can’t emphasize enough just how much learning leadership skills has benefited my life, especially in recent years!  To apply for this opportunity, visit

Love and Stay Preppy {and I promise that New York outfit will come tomorrow},
This post was sponsored by ANN INC. and Her Campus Media
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Hi, I'm Eva! I'm best described as an aspiring Blair Waldorf with a case of the travel bug that can't be cured. I'm a lover of witty words, pink peonies, and slight sarcasm. I aim to empower women to travel the world solo, sharing on-trend, feminine style inspiration along the way. Originally from the Minneapple {Minneapolis, Minnesota}, and now living in the Big Apple, you can probably find me most often on a plane, running down Park Avenue stressed out in 4" heels, or planning my next escape. Click on the photo to learn more.

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