Another girl with Carrie Bradshaw dreams.

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon The Carrie Diaries books by chance. I had entered a contest in which I won three books, and one of them was the first Carrie Diaries book. I had never watched more than a few episodes of Sex and the City, and I really knew nothing about it. Still, I read the book, and ever since, it has influenced me.

Young Carrie Bradshaw wanted to be a writer, just like me. And after reading the book, I started relating my life to Carrie Bradshaw’s life in other ways.

I worked in a nearby city, so after going to high school like a normal teenager, I went to the nearest big city in professional clothes and worked at art events. Similar to Carrie Bradshaw. 

Also as a high school student, I work as a journalist. Similar to Carrie Bradshaw.

I want to be a columnist, but when I went to a journalism conference, a woman columnist said that women usually aren’t syndicated columnists, especially young women. Similar to when Carrie Bradshaw was told by her favorite author that she could not be a writer and that she was not a feminist. 

I laugh at things that other people don’t find funny and I long for New York City and I try to explore my dreams. Carrie Bradshaw, though she’s a fictional character, reminds me that it’s not all completely crazy. Not impossible or unrealistic or foolish. Like her, I both go to high school and pursue my career. 

Though I’m still in high school, I feel pretty detached from high school courses and high school events. Most of the time, I just want to write articles and interview people and go to art receptions. And of course, watch the Carrie Diaries.

Dream Big,

Paige 

Spark Change

“Why are these things not taking place in the midwest?” – Brent Comstock

This is a question I find myself pondering quite often, and Brent Comstock verbalized it at TEDxYouthDay @ Hewitt. Today I’m reporting on TEDxYouthDay (watch the livestream here), which is an amazing and inspiring opportunity that I am beyond thankful for.

Brent comes from Nebraska, which is most certainly not Los Angeles or New York City. But why are we under the impression that good things can only happen in those kind of places? That we can only “be someone” in the city? That we can only change the world if we’re surrounded by skyscrapers and stories and people?

People have stories everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you come from; you can go anywhere, you can be anything, you can change anything. 

The power to spark change resides within you, not within the town you live in. Be an innovator. 

As Brent Comstock said today, “Innovation doesn’t take place by going through a door that’s already open.” 

Big cities seem to have tons of open doors, making change appear more accessible. That’s not truly the case. But every small town and big city has numerous closed doors-numerous journeys locked tightly away from the world. Don’t be afraid to open those doors. 

You can change the world.