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Welcome to our series highlighting BOSSLADIES we love - inspiring women making waves, and making their mark.  Women who are making our world better, brighter, more beautiful, and more just.

 

 

Next up is Anna Wood.  Anna is the Founder/CEO of 'Brains over Blonde' - a feminist lifestyle platform for women who REFUSE to choose between femininity and success. Anna is a Google alumnus with a Stanford MBA, a serial entrepreneur, content creator, and a Feminist with a capital F.  As a sales/marketing lead in Silicon Valley, she worked with major brands such as Netflix, Expedia, Lowes, and Airbnb. Now, as a self-described "Female Empoweress," she helps other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives.

 

On to the interview...

 

AMANDA PEARL:  What was your first paying job?

ANNA WOOD: My first job was as the "cart girl" at Stanford Golf Course when I was in high school. I sold snacks and beer (which looking back was not exactly legal), got to be outside, and work on my customer service skills (and my tan!)

 

AP:  When did you know you were meant to be a BOSS?

AW:  In kindergarten. My parents always tell the story of all the kids going around in a circle and saying what they wanted to be when they grew up (ballet dancer, astronaut, etc.) - and, apparently, I just stood up and said "I want to be the boss!" (I was a handful.)

 

AP:  What makes you feel powerful?

AW:  Good posture, speaking my mind, and proving people wrong.

 

 

AP:  How do you take care of YOU?

AW:  Take back control: A major cause of burnout is feeling that you don't have autonomy in your role - so create it. Use techniques like setting your intentions, managing your calendar and to-do list, and asking your boss for more autonomy in your role and tie these changes into your personal goals.

 
Change up your routine: Trying working from a different part of the office, or outside. Have lunch with different people. Break-up your day with yoga or a walk. Take a vacation. What you're trying to avoid is the monotony of doing the same thing every day. Changing up your routine provides mental stimulation and fresh outlook.
 
Know when to say no: There's a stigma that comes along with being selfish - but I don't think there should be. If you aren't a little selfish and getting your own needs met, you won't be as effective at work and for other people either. Call it selfish, but I know when I'm prioritizing my own needs (eating healthy, working out, getting sleep) - I'm a much better person for everyone else as well. This means you need to say no to certain things in order to focus on the things you really care about.

 

 
 

 

 

AP:  Favorite piece from the AMANDA PEARL collection and why.

AW:  I'm obsessed with layering and stacking, so the ripple rings are my fave pieces in the AMANDA PEARL collection. I adore how the unique rippled silhouettes fit together like puzzle pieces. And, I mean, who doesn't love diamonds??

AP:  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

AW:  If you have a goal you want to achieve, just get started. So many women I coach are afraid to begin because they're afraid to fail, or afraid of not being perfect. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good enough. Just begin - it's the only way to start the learning curve!

 

 

AP:  If you could say something to your younger self what would it be?

AW:  It's ok not to have it all figured out. When college students ask me about my career journey, I'm always sure to tell them that my journey looks a lot clearer in retrospect. There were so many points along the way where I didn't know what I wanted or what I was doing. The key was to focus on learning and growing, no matter where I was in my career. That helped me learn about myself, what I liked, what I'm good at, my passions, and ultimately, what I wanted to do with my life.

 

Follow all things Brains Over Blonde on Anna's website, and on Instagram!

 

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