Why You Should Be on a Mission to “Style” Your Life

For months now, I’ve been trying to create a new tagline that represents the new and improved MsCareerGirl.com.  (PS- How do you like it?!)

I had discussed various concepts with friends and columnists, but nothing felt right.  Of all people, Hubby (who absolutely HATES these types of conversations and brainstorming sessions) was able to hone it in for me in only a few minutes.

Life after college often feels like an unlimited buffet of tempting choices. There’s the choices you know you “should” make, the choices that tempt you and those that look amazing but end up being a waste of calories.  Whether it’s making decisions about our careers, where we live, how we treat ourselves or who we choose to date, these choices – made one at a time – eventually become the story of our lives.

In the past I’ve said that Ms. Career Girl was a site for “ambitious young professional women who want it all.”  I still think that’s true, but I think a better way of putting it is that Ms. Career Girl is a blog for women who want to actively shape the outcome of their lives. 

With so much information at our fingertips, you can proactively “style your life” into what you always dreamed it would be.

Think about the four pillars of our lives: Work, Home, Self & Plus Ones:

  • Work: We can choose (or “style”) our careers.  If we make the wrong choice, we can go back to school, get a new job, network, start a side hustle or volunteer to get the experience we need to change paths.  We are not held back by society or options.  
  • Home: We can use sites like Pinterest to get inspiration, learn DIY, find the look for less or work towards creating our dream homes.  We can learn how to pre-prep our dinners with a few clicks.  We can discover new ways to get organized and find “life hacks” that save tons of time.  Living well is no longer for the wealthy, it’s within reach for all of us.
  • Self: With free money management sites like ReadyforZero.com and Mint.com we can control our finances. Sites like MagicFuture.com help us bring our vision boards to life with a plan.  We can learn beauty and style tips that make us feel more confident.  We can find mentors, support groups and fitness blogs that help us make the choices that lead to living our best lives.
  • Plus Ones: Who you date and/or marry can be one of the most important decisions you make. Starting a family with those people will change our lives forever.  Reading about other peoples’ experiences helps us make better decisions by keeping our gut feelings in check and understanding that lots of people have been in the same boat.

Awesome women navigate the decisions they make in each of these areas very carefully.  In the buffet of life, girls like us have consciously decided to style our lives one decision, one project and one shoe at a time.

Enjoy the new and improved MsCareerGirl.com everyone!


Nicole Emerick

Nicole Emerick founded Ms. Career Girl in 2008 to help other ambitious young professional women thrive in a career they love. Ironically, growing MsCareerGirl helped Nicole transition her own career from commercial banker to digital marketer. Today Nicole leads the social media team at a large advertising agency in Chicago. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she helped develop the careers of PR, Advertising and Communications students. Tweet with Nicole @_NicoleEmerick.