COVERGIRL recently reached out and invited me to participate in their #GirlsCan campaign, which promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn "can't" into "can" - pretty awesome stuff, right?
We all know that girls and women can be whoever they want to be, and that we have the strength to follow our dreams and make bold choices even when it feels like the odds are against us. My own personal "turn can't into can" moment came when I decided to pack up and move to New York City.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living in NYC. Having grown up close to the city, I have always felt very comfortable and at home there, yet it still also seemed very glamorous and exciting. I was confident that I would eventually make my way there...one day.
I went to college in a northeastern suburb, and lived in my college town for several years after graduation. While I had never planned to stay there longterm, I developed relationships and ties to this new area and began to build a life and career there...but New York was always in the back of my mind.
The years started to roll by and I realized that every time I visited New York, I became increasingly jealous of my friends who lived there, yet I did nothing to make the move myself. I filled myself with tons of excuses - I can't afford the high cost of living, I can't find a job there, I can't adjust to living in a tiny apartment, I can't keep my car there...I was the one who was keeping myself down by saying I "can't" move.
After a few more years of making up excuses, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and plunge into the unknown. I didn't have the answers to the questions that scared me about New York, but I knew that I would always regret it if I didn't take that leap of faith. So, I found a job, rented a cute apartment in a great neighborhood, sold my car, and told myself, "Yes, I can move to New York." And so, I did. And I've never been happier.
Plus, it didn't hurt to know that my BFF/co-blogger, who had been a NYC resident for many years at that point, was waiting with open arms to welcome me into my new city!
COVERGIRL wants to support all women in making these kinds of positive changes, which is why they have donated $50,000 to Dress for Success, an international non-profit that helps disadvantaged women find jobs by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. You can help by supporting their #GirlsCan mascaras which come in two varieties and are sold at Walmart at everyday low prices: COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and COVERGIRL Professional All-in-One Mascara. I received the Flamed Out tube to sample, and it was easy, breezy, beautiful (hey, I couldn't resist)...and also, it definitely pumped up the volume!
I definitely feel more beautiful and confident when I have the help of great products like this mascara, but sometimes being simple and natural feels great, too. For example, I love this picture of a makeup-free me with my Dad.
And I also love my glammed up look below at a friend's album release party - COVERGIRL Flamed Out mascara had me feeling like a rock star!
Visit GirlsCanGiveBack.com and watch this video to learn more about #GirlsCan at Walmart. COVERGIRL has generously provided me with a $25 Walmart gift card to give away to one lucky TSN reader, so make sure you enter below for your chance to win!
Giveaway ends at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 25th - I will notify the winner via email, and a new winner will be selected if the first one does not respond within 24 hours. Open to US residents only.
When have you turned a "can't" into a "can"?