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What it means to be a #BOSSBABE

I’ve been a driven-woman all of my life. Always pushing myself to exceed within subjects I admired most: photography, writing, art. So it’s no wonder that I find myself in my early-20s as a self-proclaimed “career woman”. Something, funny enough, I never thought I’d be.

I don’t know if it was something I was ever directly told or if it was just something I picked up along the years, but I always thought I’d grow up, marry a man and have babies. That was the beginning and the end. It’s the typical story women always tell. We were always still asked in school: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” but it was never the focal point of my future.

As I grew older, I watched my Dad excel within his career and subtly, try to pass on his knowledge to me. While he works within the finance business and I am far from it, the lessons he was trying to teach me still stick to this day. Believe it or not, he is the one who always pushed me to be a career woman or, a “Boss Babe”.

Doing well in school, the importance of networking and standing up for yourself were the common themes my dad would drive home. But as a high school and early college aged student, I took in what he said but never thought much about it.

Then came the second half of college when the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” becomes more real. In my beginning college years I had wanted to be a wedding photographer. I had even started to go to school for it. But quickly realized that was not the lifestyle I wanted and began my education within the Advertising Department. This is when my “Boss Babe” sense began to tingle.

I became so enthralled with the Advertising World. I loved studying ads, learning the inside outs of the industry and focusing on graphic design. The whole space excited me. This was when my five-year-plan began to look more like a career plan.

Right after college, I got an entry-level graphic design job at print agency. It was not glamorous, most days I came home crying and I was under the most amount of stress in my life. But I kept working hard, learning new things every day and pushing through the tears to really hone in on my career. Eventually I was able to move on from that company to the company I’m at now.

At this point, I became more career focused. Thinking what my next move would be, what my ultimate goal in life is. What I think truly attributed to that was when I read: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

I had received the book as a gift and thought, “I might as well read it”. Let me tell you, it changed my whole outlook.

I had just started my job at my current company as a Graphic Designer. I would be designing marketing collateral for the contract furniture industry, one which I was new to but it excited me! I had always admired interior design.

I had started reading this book within my first month of this new career. By the time I finished: I had stood up for myself, worked my way up to Marketing Director, started this blog and began to have serious career aspirations.

All of the lessons my dad had been trying to teach me, the drive I had for my school subjects had come together in plain view so that I could see that I indeed wanted to be a career woman or as I say now: A Boss Babe.

In the world right now there is a big push for women to become leaders within their industries. The company I work for now just named their first woman CEO, the second in the current Contract Furniture Industry.

So what is the point I’m trying to make here? I think that there might be a lot of women out there in the world that are trying to navigate their way as “career women” but there isn’t a lot of guidance. I have been using this platform for the last year as a way to share my life with all of my followers and such a big part of it I have left out.

From now on, I want to share more about being a Boss Babe who wants to own her career and become a leader. Whether that’s building your own business, becoming CEO or even being a mom (that’s a job too ladies)! I want to be able to share how I’m navigating the business world.

That is my big announcement for 2019. I still plan to share the same content I already do, but with this addition. I want to help other women be able to ask for that raise or stand out in a presentation. I want to be able to help women pick out an outfit that isn’t a black skirt and blouse for the big conference they’re attending. Women helping Women and Community Over Competition are two strong beliefs of mine that I want to shine through in this upcoming year.

So whether you are a college girl trying to land her first job, a woman who isn’t happy in her current job or a mom trying to juggle life; I hope that my blog can provide the tips and support you need to be happy and successful!

I hope you’ll stick around and keep reading through the next year. Please let me know if there are any topics you want me to cover or tips of your own that you’d like to share.

Cheers to being boss babes and conquering 2019!

xoxo Colleen


All the photography from this blog post was done by Alona at IEnvision Photography. Alona and I worked together to curate a shoot that would help portray everything I was feeling within this post. I wanted these photos to be fun but also show that I am a career or business woman. Alona was great and totally saw my vision. She herself is a self-made woman photographer whose business is aimed at helping women feel beautiful. She did such an incredible job and I can’t thank her enough.

About Me

Hi there! My name is Colleen and I’m the author and creator of Collectively Colleen.This blog is a place where I’ll be sharing everything about my life! From favorites to career tips, outfits I’m loving and places to travel, I’m going to be sharing it all here!


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