Tuesday Spotlight: Sophie F.

Sophie is a Canadian-born, Boston-bred student studying over the northern border in Montreal. While she spends much of her time working on getting her degree, she has some favorite pastimes. Makeup, traveling, going on walks, and baking (her baking is seriously amazing). Most recently, she has gotten into bouldering. In case you haven’t noticed, Sophie is a writer here on Feminine Boutique! She writes about the realm of makeup and (soon) travel.

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MG: What gets you out of bed in the morning?

SF: Honestly, my alarm probably, and having to go to class.

This article is the beginning of a mini-series for the Tuesday Spotlight—featuring the writers on this blog’s team. I am excited to share these writers’ stories, and just showcase just how amazing each of these ladies really are. Sophie is a close friend of mine and a great writer! I love her passion for makeup and future success, and her down-to-earth-but-also-wanderlust nature.

Sophie is the most sarcastic person I know with the most literal answer to my first question in every interview: what gets you out of bed in the morning? Yes, she is a motivated person. Yes, she does cool things every day. And, yes, her alarm clock is definitely her call to roll out of bed every morning. “Also, I’m not the type of person to just lay in bed, even on weekends. Once I’m up, I kind of wanna get up and get my day started.”

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My other big dream is to be happy, and that’s always about finding things that make you happy, and finding people that make you happy and surrounding yourself with them.

There are many things in life that can motivate us. There are also many dreams we might have that go hand in hand with our motivations. For Sophie, it is a lifelong dream to one day have her very own puppy. “The little things I am doing to get there is getting my education so I can get a job and pretty much just support a dog.” You can just feel the excitement in her voice when she talks about this.

Along with this, Sophie simply hopes to be successful and happy. “It’s up to me to define what that means.” She is still in college, figuring out what she wants in the future, and learning more every day. While her definitions of success and happiness may change overtime, it is safe to say that she is on her way to figuring out where she is going.

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I always remind myself that [gender roles] are a societal construct. It’s not something that I have to be a part of, and I can change that.

Sophie has worked internships primarily in the field of finance, and has definitely experienced being one of the very few women in the room. “To me, that is actually more motivating than anything else… I can do this.” While it is frustrating to see that she will have to really fight her way to the top, she is ready for the challenge. She hopes to change the male-dominated industry simply by working in it.

In school, Sophie has spent some time learning about gender biases in the workplace. “It’s always so interesting to see what companies are doing to change things and how we can make those differences.” At the same time, she knows that no matter how frustrating her path may become, she cannot let anything stand in her way. She recognizes there may be many obstacles, but she must keep moving forward in order to push past gender norms.

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Do whatever the fuck you want… At the end of the day, you are the one looking out for you.

In her advice to other young women, it’s this: “Be confident and know who you are… keep looking out for yourself.” She uses makeup as an example, and how people tend to think you need to feel a specific way about it. Sophie loves makeup because… she loves makeup. That’s it. That is all there is to it. She doesn’t need rationale to back it up, nor does she need to use makeup in a certain way approved by everyone else. “You are you and that’s amazing.”

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