“I don’t want to answer to anyone. I want to do things my way and I think my way is better than anyone else’s way.” This is a statement I have been saying since I was a little girl throwing temper tantrums in the middle of my grandparents living room floor.
For as long as I can remember I have always felt I was meant to do something greater. I didn’t want to do something because everyone else was doing it.
Like all young adults, my passions, drive and personality really started to take form in high school. To some people’s surprise, I was a loner, I didn’t have many friends, and I was bullied terribly by more than a handful of classmates. I never joined the cheerleading team or went to parties; instead, I set my sites on college, went to summer school, graduated early, and headed to Auburn University at the young age of 15.
College was my first taste of freedom. I worked hard and had a full-time job lined up six months before graduation. I was ready to unleash Mandy on the corporate world! Sadly, shortly thereafter, the reality sank in that working for someone else just wasn't my cup of tea.
Over the last nine years I have held eight different positions all within the marketing and advertising field. Like most millennial's, I job hopped from one position to the other, all with hopes of a future, a raise, and an easier work environment. I believed that the next job would always be better; my boss would be nicer, I would be recognized for the hard work I put in, and I would finally break the glass ceiling and be compensated the same amount as my fellow male colleagues.
Nine years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, I found myself right where I started, frustrated and unhappy. That's when I decided to make a change and be my own boss.
Over the last two years I taught myself how to build a website, use the Adobe Creative Suite products, make candles, and hone my marketing skills so that I could build this business without any overhead, loans, investors or credit cards. I've done this all grass roots!
Every job I've held up until now has taught me something that has helped me become my own girlboss and I couldn't be where I am today without those opportunities.
Today I am now a full-time chandler (covered in wax all the time, even in this picture!), marketing consultant, accountant, graphic designer, saleswoman, account manager and CEO of my very own company! I am scared to death but I am also happier than I have ever been!
In the mornings, the only person I have to answer to is me. It's on me to be motivated to go into work, make candles, answer emails, acquire new accounts, pay taxes, design merchandise, pour candles and keep customers happy. I don't have to rely on anyone but me to be successful and it is such a glorious feeling.
Being a girlboss is hard work and I have given up every security and comfort to pursue this dream and passion. What could keep me crippled in bed with anxiety has now become my biggest driving force to make this dream a reality!
Some may read this and think “wow, what a typical millennial." What I say to you is "so what?" Maybe the millennial is someone who goes out and does something bigger and better? Someone who isn’t satisfied bending to the rules and requirements of corporate society. Coco Chanel said it best, "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." So maybe the millennial is meant to be the mogul? I'll let you know when I find out ;-).