I am not delusional enough to think that you care that I finally tackled the mountain of laundry in my closet today. You probably don’t want to know what I had for breakfast, but you may be interested in ways to learn how to budget or set career goals that will get you where you want to be. I want to offer you information that will make you think about and rethink your world, while also providing suggestions as to how you can make your singular life more enjoyable within a world that both demands that you be as ambitious, strong, and assertive as is expected of a man, but also asks you to be as humble, nurturing, and self-sacrificing as the generations of women before us have been.

This may sound cheesy, but I want you to think of me as a friend, a young woman who is facing the same challenges you are. I want you to get to know me, but I also want to get to know you! fresh ink is a place where you can exchange useful tips and add your unique voice to this conversation of young women today. Growing up (whether it is graduating college, starting your first job, or moving back home) can be stressful and overwhelming, but here you can hear advice that I’ve received from women who have been there and survived flourished!

Young women today face a unique set of obstacles. How will we manage that elusive “work-life balance”? How will women build reputations as people who are strong and assertive, yet also feminine and caring? How is it that our parents and teachers always told us “You can be whatever you want to be,” yet the U.S. Congress is comprised of less than 20% female representatives, while female voters have voted in greater numbers than their male counterparts since 1980? How will we learn to be healthy and be comfortable with our bodies when we receive messages in the media that we should constantly want to “Lose a dress size in five days”? Clearly there are still barriers and biases and we need a place to talk about and to think about how to address them.

fresh ink exists because I still want to be the girl who fakes out three defenders on her way to scoring the game-winning goal. With a pretty pink pedicure concealed under her soccer cleats.

Maybe one day that girl will be a young professional who wants to find an affordable, yet chic, shift dress to wear to her first big presentation at a company-wide conference.

Later, she might become a hardworking CEO of a major corporation whose favorite way to start her well-deserved weekend is cutting up oranges for her daughter’s soccer team to enjoy at halftime.

Who knows?


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