Oh my goodness, have you seen Girl Boss?! If you haven’t, it’s okay; I’ll wait. (Seriously, GO. I promise you won’t regret watching it!) If you have, YES! Can we start an Annie – or, as I refer to her, “the world’s cutest BFF” – Appreciation Club?! And let’s talk about how phenomenally talented – and underrated – Britt Robertson is, shall we? Actually, the entire cast were flawless, weren’t they?!
I switched Girl Boss on one evening when I was tired, grumpy (ah, the joys of pregnancy!), and looking for something “light and fluffy”. What I found was a television show that’s whip-smart, sassier than Sophia’s – the main protagonist – haircut, and hilarious. It’s also laden with some pretty bang-on life lessons, too, such as…
(Warning: potential spoiler alerts!)
Always Believe In Yourself
Girl Boss loosely – “REAL loosely”, as the credits state – re-tells the story of Sophia Amoruso, a 23 year-old who turned her flair for re-selling vintage clothing on Ebay into a multi-million dollar business named Nasty Gal.
Like anything though, it doesn’t quite happen overnight, and Sophia is often mocked for being young, female and having ambitions as high as her Jeffrey Campbell platforms. In one of my favourite scenes, Mobias, the owner of a local second-hand shop, snorts derisively at Sophia and says “oh, I see, you think you can actually support yourself with your online business?” Without flinching or missing a single beat, Sophia shrugs and replies “go ahead; underestimate me. It’s just what I want. I feed off that shit. The truth is, I’m smarter than you think. I have good instincts, and common sense coming out of my DUMPER. I’ve got it ALL figured out!” She then turns on her heel and flounces out the door, and it’s brilliant. Sophia always believes in herself – even when everyone else is scoffing at her, even when she’s unsure of what to do next – and it pays off; in real life, she’s currently America’s richest self-made woman.
Attack Is The Proof That Your Enemy Believes In You
Have you ever noticed that the SECOND someone starts “doing well”, or gains positive attention of any kind, out spring the naysayers like little rain clouds on a sunny day? “She got promoted? Oh, it’s only because… *insert awful remark here*.” “They did what? Pft, well we’ll see how long that lasts!”
As soon as Sophia’s business starts gaining traction, she’s targeted: insults are left in ‘comments’ sections. Forums begin discussing her – negatively – online. Sometimes, it’s as though certain people only want you to play small; you’re allowed to be successful, but only to a point. You’re free to be proud of yourself, but only up until they tell you that you can be, okay?!
Sophia is taken aback by the criticism at first, but as Annie reminds her, “attacks are GOOD, they mean you’re doing something RIGHT!” (See?! Annie is a gem.)
When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left
When Sophia’s Ebay store is reported and closed down, she quickly bounces back and sets up her own website to list her wares from. When her hunt for cool, quirky pieces to re-sell yields nothing but unflattering smocks, she chops one in half, belts it, and gives it an entirely new look (above). Find solutions to problems. Innovate. Shift your perspective. Think of different ways to look at things!
You’ll Have Terrific Days, And You’ll Have Terrible Days… And They’re Equally Important
As Sophia comes to realise, they’re all a part of the journey, and one day, you’ll look back on them – the terrific, the terrible, and even the TRULY horrendous – and appreciate that they all moulded you into the person you are today.
You’re Only Ever One Moment Away From Your Life Changing
You can be single one day, and meeting your future partner the next. You can be stuck on a hill in San Francisco with a broken down car, stressing about how you’re going to pay your rent (like Sophia, above!) on a Tuesday, and staring down the barrel of a multi-million dollar business idea by Thursday. You’ve heard the tale of J.K. Rowling, right? And how she was “living in a cramped apartment with her daughter, jobless and penniless” for years, before having her manuscript for her first novel – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – approved for publication? Everything can change in a moment, and twelve months from now, you could be in a completely different space, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Keep going. Live your life, have your faith, and work – RELENTLESSLY – on your passions.
Girl Boss can be streamed through Netflix. (Do it, do it, do it!)