It has been sometime since I posted my first ‘Women That Inspire Me‘ post, which you can read here. As it turns out, describing the intricate and sometimes undefinable ways in which someone inspires me is harder than it seems. However, I’m back today with the second installment of this series.
The ways that these women inspire me can be very different. It can be inspiring me to be healthy, work harder, develop my skills, or to be a successful blogger. They can inspire me to be a better person and truer to myself.
They can be inspiring me in ‘superficial’ ways to soul changing ways. Either way, I’m grateful to have found them and thought you might be too.
Lauren Conrad is an American television personality, fashion designer, and author. If you grew up during the 90’s then you were likely old enough to enjoy the reality TV shows featuring her. Firstly ‘Laguna Beach – The Real Orange County’ and then ‘The Hills‘. Despite having not partaken in reality TV since 2009 that is what she is predominately known for. Today, whilst I will talk about that time, I want to highlight other areas of her life that have inspired me.
At the tender age of 18 years old a portion of her life started being recorded for the enjoyment of the masses, which in itself always amazed me. I can’t imagine being 18 and having so many people judging what I say or do. What I wear, the actions I take and the friends I have. Being a teenager is hard enough with peer pressure, add on the pressure of a nation..? You can understand why other reality stars start to go off the rails. Lauren Conrad never did though. Obviously she was benefiting from this arrangement. There is no denying the money and boost it has given to the rest of her business endeavors but I still admire how she was always grounded, logical and diplomatic – as much as anyone aged 18 to early 20’s can be.
During her time on The Hills she was attending college, working as a intern at Teen Vogue. Dealing with all the “drama” of The Hills as well as the real drama that she would have, no doubt, been encountering whilst growing up anyways. All the while having parts of her life filmed and being judged and portrayed for entertainment purposes. I honestly find it a great testament to the way she was raised and her nature that she didn’t turn into a fame hungry lunatic.
After leaving The Hills shes gone on to write multiple bestselling books including fiction, cookbooks, beauty and style. She runs a beautiful blog which you can check out here and owns multiple clothing lines from LC with Kohl’s to Paper Crown. She also founded The Little Market which is a beautiful, fair trade, ethically sourced, charitable store.
— “The Little Market is an online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla where customers can purchase beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. We provide design insights, helping our partners to showcase their traditional skills and cultural techniques to a broader audience. We practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families.
Working through cooperatives and social enterprises, our artisan partners improve the quality of life in their communities in a number of ways, including literacy workshops, business training, and health programs. Women artisans are often able to work from home while caring for their families, and they can use the extra income to send their children to school. Oftentimes these children will be the first generation to graduate high school.
The Little Market is an independent nonprofit, charitable organization. All sales revenue generated is retained within The Little Market, and any surpluses are used to purchase product and expand the number of artisans we work with around the world. We are proud to be members of the Fair Trade Federation and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.” —
Throughout all of these successful enterprises she will have had plenty of help. I am aware that she has not achieved these things alone, through solely her own hard work. But she has still worked very hard and has accomplished many great things by the age of 32.
She turned what could have been a very fleeting and even damaging reality TV fame into multiple amazing businesses. All the while remaining that basic girl she always was. That inspires me.
“There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.” – Lauren Conrad
Beside her business mindedness, I also adore her personal style in all areas; beauty, clothes or decor.
Like I said at the beginning, not all the women that inspire me are going to be curing cancer or fighting poverty. Sometimes it’s their work ethics and down to earth personality that inspires me. She’s just normal.. – extremely successful but perfectly normal.
…Oh and she’s had that winged eyeliner down to an art for decades.
Have you thought of Lauren Conrad as someone that could inspire you before?
Who are some of the women that inspire you? Whether it’s business or personal inspiration.
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