Coco Chanel inspires me.
Her passion for bold jewelry and her forward-thinking, yet elegant way of incorporating masculine elements into clothing designs for women established her as a visionary in the fashion world.
Today, I was fortunate enough to have a meeting with Richard Gingras, Head of News and Social Products at Google, as part of Boston College’s Tech Trek Spring Break Field Study. A 1973 Boston College graduate, Richard spoke to myself and twenty-three other students about changing trends in technology and media. He emphasized the importance of, as students, getting comfortable with being creative. He mentioned a blog being one good outlet for such expression. It is my philosophy that if someone as important as the Head of Google News and Social Products says you should start a blog, you better do it.
When I originally thought of creating this blog last year with the title, Styles I Liked, I wanted it to be solely about clothing styles that inspired me. Yet, as I thought about what Richard said today, I realized I could be inspired by clothing styles, life styles, business styles, and more. I was limiting by ability to express creativity with only a single topic to produce content for. Now, I can hopefully combine my varied passions, including but not limited to fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, global women’s empowerment, and ultimate frisbee, on one platform.
Inspired by his volunteer work at BC, Richard stressed the importance of recognizing the opportunities you have been given in life so that you are ready to also give back to your community. I hope this outlet will be a starting step in my determination to prove how grateful I am for the opportunities I have been given, while also seeking out ways to offer others similar opportunities to others.
I launch my blog on the 5th day of March, a simple homage to Madame Chanel’s lucky number, in the hopes it will be a good luck charm for me as it was for her, as I take Richard’s advice in pushing myself beyond my creative comfort zone and finding what people and ideas I am truly passionate about.