I love chick-flicks. This is a fact that I will admit to; despite the illusion I attempt to maintain that I'm an indie comedy kind of girl. I love them so much that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them.
One of my favorites is Legally Blonde. I saw it for the first time in elementary school, then spent middle school perfecting the Bend and Snap with my friends. Although it relies on stereotypes in many situations, I can't help but think "What Would Elle Woods Do?" Elle is a role model for any young woman who is looking to forge her own path. To be successful, you have to be YOU.
Today I was reminded of this clip:
If you haven't seen Legally Blonde yet, shame on you. Stop what you're doing, because it's on Netflix. It's short, it's charming, and it can teach you valuable life lessons.
If you have, like most of the planet, you know what's happening. Elle's college sweetheart, Warner, breaks up with her because she isn't serious enough to be his wife. He criticizes her looks, her personality, and her aspirations. Basically, Warner is the WORST.
This morning I realized... I might be a Warner. Ugh.
I was casually mentioning that I made a sacrifice to my social life to a student that I was mentoring. She asked me why I did it, and I told her the honest answer: "If I want to be a news director by the time I'm 35, I have to be serious." This would be precocious if I was a freshman, like the girl I was talking to. I'm 21. In less than a year, I'm going to be a college graduate, desperately looking for a job. I have officially reached the Warner level.
She nodded her head, and I quickly changed the subject. I realized what I said was NOT the lesson to teach a girl who has been in college for less than a month, but she kept working on what she was doing.
Why are we so afraid to be Elle? We can still work hard to accomplish our goals while having fun. There are so many incredible women I've had the chance to work with who remind me of Elle Woods. They're fun, feisty, and full of so much soul. They also have killer shoes.
So maybe from first glance, Elle seems like a vapid sorority girl. She's so much more than that. In Elle's graduation speech at the end of the film, she says this:
"It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself."
In the mission to be the best I can possibly be, I forget to have faith in myself. So what if I go out one night instead of attempting to constantly impress my news managers?
I do disagree with Elle on one thing though: orange may not be the new pink, but it makes for a great accent color on a website.