Bettys (and a Johnny) On Your Block

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Who You Admire Now

Megan- Cinthia Carranza.  My 5’0 tall co-worker from Miami, with hair emulating a Pantene Pro-V commercial and sky-high heels paired with every outfit. I credit her largely for my move to New York and improving my overall outlook on life. She showed me the true power of positive thinking and how it affects every aspect of your life, whether you realize it or not. Cinthia taught me how to “make things happen” in the business world through simply being one of those women who, without guidance, follow their intuition to bring profit and new ideas to fruition.  I saw her develop new markets in fresh ways, always with a smile on her face and unfailing optimism.

Amaris- My mom, because she taught me all about work ethic. Growing up, I remember how exhausted she would be coming home from working at the bodega and a string of other jobs she held throughout the years. She has always preached to me about the importance of education, and I’m thankful to her for that. When I look at both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, I see my mom. Without her support, I don’t think I could have pursued my higher education as aggressively as I did. I love you Mami!

Johnny-  One of my best friends from school, Jessica Hysong, whose wedding I will be attending (as a Bridesmaid, actually) this October in Huntington, Indiana.  She’s one of the strongest and kindest people I’ve ever known in my life, and I think of her as the sister I never had.  I’m really touched that she invited me to stand next to her at the altar as she becomes one of the gnarliest wives in the galaxy.

What Makes You a Bad Ass Bitch

Megan- Lauren Bacall says it best: “I am not a has-been.  I am a will be.” I’ve always had high expectations for myself, and put in as much effort as I could muster into things that were important to me, never doubting whether or not they could be achieved.  I just went for them, knowing that I could make it happen.  If you believe in yourself, put 100% into everything you do, and never let fear of failure stop you from going for what you want, you’ll never have any regrets.  That mentality has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, explore different parts of the world, meet and learn from new people, and most importantly, has allowed me to continuously re-evaluate who I am and what I want out of my life.  And that, in my opinion, is pretty bad-ass. ;)

Amaris- I have tremendous drive - and when I’m exhausted, I push myself harder. If I am not willing to invest in myself, care for myself, vouch for myself first, no one else will. Those thoughts continually run through my mind, and it fuels me even further. Also, I don’t focus on what other people are doing. I set goals for myself and keep my eye on that. And then when I’m done, I set a new goal.

Why Do You Support Bad Ass Bitches

Johnny- because girls are fucking cool.  I know some people have this innate “I’m a boy, she’s a girl, this is how we interact” kind of mindset, but I personally have never had any trouble dissolving that barrier and just being friends with girls as just any other person.  Being bad ass is not subjective to gender, and can be flourished through any sort of medium.  Whether it’s sports, art, music, or even just simple personality, bad ass bitches are among us.

Your StoriesErin Bagwell