Okay Okay, Ladies I know this is a few days late but here it is!
Meet As Many New People As You Can
Let’s be real with ourselves, we all have that little woman in us who screams “okay I’ve had enough of you!” that’s why I say it’s very important to meet as many new people as you can. For both personal and business contacts I say NETWORK!
Looking at the people I’ve met in high school and even those I met in my first 2 years of college, they’re completely different then the people I communicate with now. In high school and as a freshman in school it was all about partying and having fun but now although yes it is still about having fun I’ve met people who own their own businesses, people who are at New York Fashion Week and people who basically run hotels. Let’s not forget my very best friend; a twenty something year old girl who’s a medical examiner for an entire state!
You may be thinking to yourself where am I going to meet people who aren’t all about the parties and popping bottles? Ladies! Don’t get me wrong it’s perfectly fine meeting people in clubs; it’s good to have friends you can do all types of activities with, but you need to broaden your horizons when it comes to the people you know. There’s Happy Hours, Restaurants, Networking mixers, and even walking down the street! I’m a fashion blogger and I’ve met and kept in contact with plenty of people by simply stopping them downtown to say “I am dying for your shoes!” Voila, a business card exchange and we’re at lunch downing sushi and a pomegranate martini.
I’m going to tell you why it’s truly important to meet new people. Ladies regardless of what business you go into you are your brand and you will always be representing yourself and your brand better than anyone else ever could. I cannot stress enough how important it is as a twenty something girl to meet new people- you will learn something from every person you meet, you will gain new friendships and you will enhance your communication skills.
In the past 3 years alone I’ve met many people, a handful of which I still have a day to day relationship with but I have learned from these people and some I am very close to till this day.
Take my best friend Alyssa, the 24 year old medical examiner, I mean come on my best friend is a crime scene specialists, she’s 24 and she’s a make up guru! I’ve learned form her that when you want something you go after it and you don’t stop until you get it and sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone.
Then there’s my friend Jean! The man who rivals everyone’s style in Orlando, -he’s the one at NYFW (I’m so jealous) Jean has taught me first impressions are everything and not the first impression you’re thinking of. Always dress up and look your best because before you even speak to someone they’ve established a preconceived notion of you based on your clothing.
Ladies I’m about to break your heart- I was never the one to wear leggings and a t-shirt to my 7:30 am accounting class (sorry but I’m not sorry)
I can’t be taking about how great it is to meet new people and not include Ashley! Ashley is my hairstylists, the blonde bombshell who always has everything together! Ashley is the twenty something girl who basically runs her own business but is always down for a good time! Whether you’re calling her for a night downtown, or you’re in the mood for a good dinner and some wine- Ashley is the friend to call. She taught me, you have to always make time for what you want to make time for! You can and should always have fun it’s just up to you to figure out when and how.
Although the list really could go on I’m going to end it with Mehvish, still and school and running a big name hotel here in Orlando, we’ve known each other for 9 years! This girl has taught me a lot but most recently she’s taught me to broaden my horizons when it comes to the food you eat and the restaurants you visit. May is Thai and she is a food connoisseur! She is always open to trying new foods and in turn- so am I.
Some of these people I’ve known for 4+ years and some I just met in past year or so! Meet New People.