I’m sure you know this by now, but I’m constantly inspired by fellow creatives and entrepreneurs. So today I’m pleased to introduce you to yet another one of my #FearlessWoman inspirations, Amy of Straight A Style. I’ve been a blog reader and fan of Amy’s for months. Aside from her effortless and fashion forward style, I’m also intrigued by her blogging consistency and transparency in her posts. She’s more than just fashion; she’s a wife, an entrepreneur in the making, and someone who makes the latest fashion trends work for her. I’m always impressed and inspired by style bloggers who can do that. Be sure to check out her interview below, as well as her latest post on the blog. Enjoy and be inspired!
What’s a typical day for Amy?
I work as an Admission and Enrollment Coordinator at a local university. I have a degree in secondary mathematics education, so although I no longer teach high school math, I love that my job keeps me in education and connected to students. I really enjoy it. Of course I often blog at night or in the morning before work. If it’s a day I need to take outfit photos, I will meet my husband during lunch or after work. I love to cook, so we eat at home most nights. In general, we are pretty boring and normal.
What inspired you to create Straight A Style?
My blog started as a personal one called The Real Arnolds. I never intended to be a fashion blogger. I have always loved clothing and style, and so I incorporated it into my personal blog. It just slowly evolved into what you see now, culminating in a recent name change and site makeover.
Who are 3 of your top women inspirations, famous or non famous, and why?
What a hard question! I know this may sound cliche, but my Nana and my mother are definitely two of them. My Nana was an artist with very distinct and amazing style. She influenced us all, especially my mother. I was very close with her and am very close with my mom. They are both amazing women, style aside, and inspire me every single day. I really don’t know that I can pick just one more woman. In general, I admire women. I love how we build each other up and relate to one another. This blogging community has been such a great example of that for me, and I am really thankful to be a part of it.
One piece of advice for women entrepreneurs.
One thing that sticks out as the most helpful to me in this blogging journey was a conversation with a dear friend. I was expressing worry over whether or not my thought life was out of balance in relation to blogging. The reality is a fashion blog is all about you, so you kind of think about yourself a lot. It’s strange, and I was struggling with it. She told me that my blog was sort of like a part-time job, and it was okay for me to think of it that way. I spend a lot of time thinking about my job, so it would be natural for me to spend time thinking about my blog too if it was a job. Thankfully it’s a really fun job with lots of perks, so it doesn’t even feel like one, but her words helped me put it into perspective.
What is your definition of a #FearlessWoman?
I would say that a #FearlessWoman is not one who doesn’t have fear, but instead she is one who doesn’t let her fears have the final say. We all have fear. I don’t think we can say we don’t. It’s what we do with them and how we handle them that make us fearless.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have a family. I’m so happily married. My husband is an incredible man. We are currently experiencing some difficulty having a baby. It’s funny because I was never a woman who saw myself as particularly motherly. We were not in a rush to have a child. After dating long distance all through college, we wanted to enjoy being married and take our time having kids. Infertility is not a road you ever imagine walking down though. Yet, here we are. Whether we are able to have a child naturally or we ultimately adopt, we are open to whatever God has planned for us, and I look forward to seeing it unfold. I have fear about it all for sure. So I’ll keep you posted!
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