It’s the final Wednesday of 2015 which means it’s the final #WomanCrushWednesday of the year! So I’m counting down the women who I crushed hard on in 2015. Seriously, there’s so many to name but a few stand out so here they are.
While my Kelly Clarkson obsession is well-documented through the years, I was lucky enough to have a Kelly-fied 2015. In March, her latest album was released. In August, I saw her in Los Angeles with my equally obsessed friend Lucia and in September, I saw her in Atlanta with my mom and sister. When I saw her in Los Angeles, it was just days after I attended the spectacle that was Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour, which was fantastic and enraptured all of Los Angeles for 5 crazy nights. But Kelly’s show was different. I mean, she announced her pregnancy while crying through “Piece by Piece” but was lacking any major celebrity appearances, backup dancers, and light-up bracelets. Kelly’s show was simple and straight to the point. She can sing. And she doesn’t need to distract you with anything else because it’s undeniable how talented she is. So I’ll miss 2015 but I’ll always have Kelly <3
When the Netflix and Marvel series Jessica Jones was released in November 2015 my head exploded. Well, so did my heart honestly because Jessica Jones means a lot to me. There have only been a few times where I’ve seen a character on TV that I understand completely. Now, I’ve never been in a situation quite like Jessica’s but there are aspects of the show many women can relate to. Kilgrave (David Tennant’s character) resonates with women because many of us have experienced behaviors from men he personifies. He believes he deserves Jessica’s affections and is entitled to something from her, which he isn’t. So thank you, Jessica Jones for showing the world a little bit of what it’s like to be a woman in 2015 and being pretty badass while you did it.
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Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
In 2015, I began my career as a freelance writer. I’ve written on my own sites for years but in 2015, I became legit. When people ask me what I do, I don’t say I’m a writer. I’m waiting for some magical point where I feel I’ve earned the title. But I type things, submit them, and get paid by multiple outlets so in ways that count, I’m a writer. The two main sites I began writing for happened to be companies started by talented, successful women. I’ve been a fan of Geek & Sundry for years and Felicia Day as a role model for entrepreneurs. As a huge fan of Amy Poehler, I knew about Smart Girls, but as their web content grew this year, I couldn’t be prouder to be in a small way associated with the site. I’m a fan of both of these sites, so becoming a small part of the team in 2015 means a lot.
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This year I also contributed to a website called Femsplain. If you’re not sure what it’s about, I encourage you to check it out! But Femsplain is essentially a site with content written by female-identifying people. Every month there’s a different theme for which the essays fit into. In July, my essay on writing things down in a journal for 2015 was published. I didn’t finish the journal, but the simple act of attempting it brought me growth. While I’m very proud to have been published on Femsplain, the main reason I was obsessed with Femsplain in 2015 was the community of people involved in the site. All of the contributors are in a Facebook group together where we share tips, advice, and general encouragement. I think it’s important for women to support one another and Femsplain helped me witness the fruit of that this year. Thank you, Femsplain.
In February, I finally sat down and watched the original Star Wars trilogy. I wrote about it for Geek & Sundry. It was a great experience to finally fully understand what makes Star Wars so special and for me it was in large part Princess Leia–played by Carrie Fisher. She’s not what princesses are often portrayed as and it was refreshing. As I started to dig more into what makes Star Wars awesome as the year went on, I realized how fantastic Carrie Fisher is separate from Princess Leia. She’s also an author and absolutely hilarious. I dove into the rabbit hole that is YouTube and discovered just how hilarious she is in basically every interview she does. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and treats appearances with refreshing honesty. She’s just like us and queen of all people simultaneously. When The Force Awakens arrived in theaters, my love for Carrie Fisher only grew stronger like the Force. Goodness, she’s the best.
When I’m not working or sleeping or watching TV, I’m hanging out with the coolest bunch of ladies around. Each of them makes my life cooler. Without them, my life would be less. Here’s a few of them 🙂
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This year I probably spent more time with my family than any other since I’ve lived in LA. Some for tragic reasons and other for beautiful celebrations. I’m happy to have such fantastic ladies in my family. Thank you to my mom, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and niece who help me remember the strength of the women in our family. (The dudes are pretty cool too!)
See you in 2016.
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