Small Town, Big Dreams

As a young woman from a small town in Ohio, I often feel as though I was born in the wrong place. Most bloggers, fashion icons, and editors come from big, well-known cities that have a lot of fashion-forward happenings. However, I am using this summer to prove that you do not have to be living in New York City to keep up with trends. I believe that I can fulfill my career goals with a strong work ethic while in Dayton, Ohio. I can use this summer at home to be productive, so that this time next year I have the job or internship that I desire.

The first step to any successful day is to plan what you are going to do and how you will achieve it. Before I begin my day, I like to start my mornings with a nutritious breakfast, an inspiring book, and a refreshing cup of coffee. It is important to enjoy the little things. As I finish my breakfast and read my book, I draft emails to different corporations that I want to work for. Networking is key. It can be the ultimate reason for getting your foot in the door. It is beneficial to set up a LinkedIn account and to update your résumé over the summer. In the email, I recommend stating your name, school, area of focus, work ethic, and what you are seeking from the corporation. Let the company know that you are seeking job experience or even job shadowing; offer your work for free. To have experience within your hopeful career is priceless.

There are endless ways to keep up with the fashion trends while being away from the big cities. Subscribe to trending fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Porter, Elle, etc. Magazines provide you with oodles of insight on the latest trends and fashion icons. I also recommend going to the magazines’ websites to read more about particular brands and trends. After viewing these elite fashion magazines, buy a sketch book and use these trends as inspiration to create something unique. Building up a portfolio is extremely beneficial, and it is something that will help you stand out from others competing for the same dream.

Lastly, it is important to relax. Take time each day to think about everything you have been blessed with. Think about how far you have personally come as an individual and be proud of that. It is so easy for us to look at our phones nowadays and see what other people are accomplishing. It is important that we do not compare our lives to others. We cannot determine our personal success if we are constantly comparing our achievements to others. Work to the best of your ability, don’t become complacent, and never let anything keep you from reaching your goals.

How are you planning to achieve your goals? Let me know in the comments or on social media, and be sure to tag @CFashionista!