female friendship

Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope #empoweredWritten

Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope #empoweredWritten

It's the 28th and final day of the #empoweredWritten project, and I think there's no more appropriate way to end things than by honoring the patron saint of Galentine's Day, Leslie Knope. 

Leslie Knope is, sadly, a fictional character, so in reality this post is honoring her creator, the inimitable Amy Poehler. 

Sarah Harste #empoweredWritten

Sarah Harste #empoweredWritten

Yesterday I wrote about how Megan Leigh Barnard has inspired me in the short time we've known each other. But she also played the important role of introducing me to today's #empoweredWritten honoree: Sarah Harste. 

Sarah is as kind and genuine a person as you could ever hope to meet, especially when you're attempting to get through your first ever networking event.

Megan Leigh Barnard #empoweredWritten

Megan Leigh Barnard #empoweredWritten

July 11th was a strange, momentous, beautiful day. I woke up feeling ready to tackle something new, something challenging — and then was instantly presented with a challenge: my first ever networking event. 

Thankfully, my bravery was rewarded: I was introduced to the lovely Megan Leigh Barnard. 

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

Laura Cleavenger #empoweredWritten

In 2013, I was thrilled to land a full-time job as a business copywriter — but really nervous to start working in an office for the first time. When I met my coworker Laura, who seemed perfectly poised and polished, I immediately felt intimidated and threatened. 

But as time passed, I realized all was not as it seemed. 

Lindsay MacDougall #empoweredWritten

Lindsay MacDougall #empoweredWritten

Galentine's Day is less than a week away, so what better time to publicly confess to a long-held girl crush? 

Lindsay MacDougall isn't much more than an acquaintance, but she's such a positive, loving person that today I am overcoming my awkwardness and writing about how she has unwittingly inspired me and #empoweredWritten from afar. 

Izabella Redzisz #empoweredWritten

Izabella Redzisz #empoweredWritten

When I was in the 7th grade, I made a shocking discovery that changed my life: I could choose to not do my homework. 

Slacking off never worked out for me that well, but it was still a tempting option a lot of the time. Being bad just felt so good.... 

It wasn't until meeting Izabella that I saw there was another way. 

Alysia Hansen #empoweredWritten

Alysia Hansen #empoweredWritten

Every summer growing up, my mom, sister and I would spend a couple weeks in Boulder, CO visiting family. I looked forward to this trip all year, and from the moment we arrived, I spent most waking hours inseparable from my cousin Alysia.

Every summer we’d buy new best friend necklaces, to replace the ones we had inevitably lost the year before. We were voracious readers, spending blissful hours reading in lounge chairs while the younger cousins splashed around. We could play for hours with our moms’ old Barbies, inventing fantastical stories of adventure for the dolls. We both loved ballet, and once I even got to see the last 10 minutes of her class -- and that’s when I realized that we weren’t as similar as I thought. I loved ballet, but I was mediocre at best. Alysia had a gift.

Emma Brewer #empoweredWritten

Emma Brewer #empoweredWritten

I grew up on a mountain in rural Vermont, about a 10-minute drive from where Robert Frost lived and wrote. An introvert from the start and an only child until I was 6.5, I spent a lot of time alone as a kid. Whether I was climbing my favorite oak, exploring our woods, streams and meadows, or curled up with a book, it didn’t really occur to me to want company.

But then, one winter, my parents sold some of our land to a family moving to the area. They were going to build a house, and I’d have my first neighbors! They had 2 girls, too. The older one, Emma, was in 7th grade, too.

In my 7th grade yearbook, Emma wrote, “Have a great summer!”

In my 8th grade yearbook, she filled the back page.