Hello SnapBar Fans!
We thought it was only right to celebrate Women's Equality Day by asking each girl on The SnapBar team a few important questions about herself — let me tell you, we wouldn’t be the company we are today without these women who make things run, and in turn make things fun!
Women’s Equality Day isn’t just a day to celebrate that women now have the freedom to vote, but it’s also a day to remember that we need to CONTINUE pushing for our rights as girls -- just saying, are we ever going to have a female president?? But really, let’s use this day to
1. be thankful for all the incredibly hard work the women before us did to get us a few more steps ahead
2. remind ourselves that there is still so much work to do! and
3. let the girls around us know what we appreciate about them, and why!
Today we girls at The SnapBar can celebrate OUR workplace — one that values the girls on the team and also appreciates what we bring to this company.
In order for you to get to know us a little better, here are the four questions we were asked:
What achievement are you proud of but most people would consider silly or weird?
What’s the worst and best thing about being female?
What was the worst phase you went through?
What do you love about yourself?
Please enjoy, hopefully you get a little insight into each of our personalities! We are all PRETTY COOL.
Bri, Portland Pro:
1. An achievement that people would consider silly - Most proud of my fearlessness in the kitchen. No project too big or too small. During Christmas break when I was in college I made a batch of 30 croissants from scratch. I made several mistakes... it took me 6 days to make them but they still turned out AMAZING!!
2. Worst and best thing about being a woman - The worst thing is the menstrual cycle and cramps. One of my favorite things about being a woman is that it is socially acceptable to pamper yourself. ie. getting your nails done, your hair, going to spa's and getting facials. All amazing things.
3. The worst phase of life and being a woman is being in middle school. Middle school girls are savage and hormonal.
4. I love my ambition and drive.
Georgia, Seattle Pro:
1. My career in event planning started when I was 8 years old. I held a memorial service with candy and orange Fanta for my hamster named skittles. I hand wrote letters and placed them in each of my neighbors' mailboxes! To my surprise (but not mother’s) only my two neighborhood pals showed up to sing Amazing Grace and burry that earl grey tea box, but I still write that day off as a success!
2. One of the perks of being a female is probably the hype you get from your girl gang over treating yourself! One of the downfalls; sneezing while putting on mascara.
3. When I was probably 11 or 12 years old I was learning the ropes of makeup. For a good two years I wore bright blue or pink eyeshadow, flashy silver eyeliner, and if I was REALLY feelin’ sassy I would put black pencil eyeliner all the way around my eyes. Needless to say, it’s hard to find pictures of this phase of life.
Whitney, Events Manager:
1. I know every word to the hit Broadway Musical Hamilton, but have never seen it.
2. Best part: If you're on a large ship that may hit an iceberg, you'll probably have first dibs on the lifeboat or a floating piece of the wreckage. Also, heels. Worst part: Being treated like you're fragile or too delicate.
3. Definitely when I hated jeans and wore velvet tracksuits or sweatpants to school all through middle school... cringe.
4. What I love most about myself is my adventurous spirit and passion for seeing the world.
Kemma, Los Angeles Pro:
1. I'm really proud that I can do a cartwheel. When I was 10, I moved to the US and all the girls could do cartwheels. I couldn't. I tried a lot and sucked at it. But finally when I was 17 (the perfect age to finally learn how to cartwheel!), I was cast in a musical and the director hired a gymnast to teach me to cartwheel for a dance. Now I can cartwheel!
2. The best thing about being a female is that females have the most complicated biological makeup of any being in the world. I think that's very empowering. It makes me think that females are the most advanced version of anything in the world so obviously, we're in charge. The worst thing about being a female is that I get catcalled every single day going to work (every SINGLE day) and I'm afraid to be outside alone at night!
3. I had an eating disorder for a period in college and that was brutal. Society tells us we have to look and be a certain way and that distorted my mind into doing crazy things. I'm now very healthy but it can still be hard.
4. I love my courage and determination. I love that I always protect people. I love that I'm quick-witted and funny and can make people laugh. I love that I'm a trustworthy person. I love that I think about how my actions affect other people and try to do right be everyone. I love that I am capable of doing anything.
Karli, Seattle Pro AND our newest Events Manager:
1. I love to say “yes” to things that I’m scared of; within reason. One memory I hold dearly, was when I taught myself how to ride a unicycle. It was very challenging, painful at times, awkward and so rewarding. Plus, it forever gives me an answer to the question, “What’s something unique about yourself?”
2. The worst thing about being female, is that sometimes your innate ability to be nurturing, caring and forgiving — for EVERYTHING — can stand as an obstacle. The best thing about being a female, is that same innate nature brings some of the most inspiring people and situations into your life.
3. The worst phase I went through was in my early twenties. I felt the weight of a lot of heavy burdens within my family, and was too young to know how to manage them. As I aged, I grew - mentally and emotionally. I learned how to follow journeys that only felt rewarding to my future, and God helped me see more clearly.
4. I love my ability to see all angles of a situation. To take ownership for my faults and learn to improve in those areas. It also allows me to be empathetic and understanding towards others around me.
Rachel, Social Director:
1. I can take care of goats like nobody’s business — milk them, clip their hooves, de-horn them, help them give birth…I love extremes so if I didn’t live in the city like I do right now, I’d want to go back to living on a farm. I have never been afraid of getting my hands dirty!
2. There are ridiculous expectations women are supposed to live up to — and that is exhausting!! My favorite thing about being a girl is that I can I can wear pants OR dresses. So many options!
3. I mean, I REALLY loved Avril Lavigne. Like, obsessed. I don’t think I was self-aware enough to realize I actually wanted to be like her until I look at photos from my 16-year-old days — I had eyeliner ALL THE WAY AROUND my eyeballs, and I loved wearing hot pink and black and too many weird bracelets... FUN TIMES.
4. I love that I am funny and enjoy being the center of attention. I love that I am good at making uncomfortable people comfortable. I love that I can read situations and people really well and can usually adjust the way I present myself in order to make those around me that are feeling out of place feel IN place.
Brianna, Events Manager:
1. I can wrap all of Slim Shady without missing a beat.
2. The worst thing is that a lot of women feel that they are not qualified to do a job until they are an expert. The best thing is that we are driven to become experts in all we do.
3. Junior High/High School — ugh. The armpit of life. You don’t know who you are or what you’re doing. Plus it offers the most cringe worthy memories and photos.
4. I love that I’m a writer and do my best thinking while I write.
Annie, Seattle Pro:
1. This may not classify as an achievement per say, but as far as something silly or weird to be proud of goes, I have to admit I’m pretty proud of my foosball skills. I hope everyone in the office takes this as a challenge!
2. The worst thing about being female from my experience are the challenges surrounding the socialized pressures to act and look a certain way. I know many incredible women, myself included, who end up devaluing their own self-worth because they do not believe they live up to beauty standards that they perceive they must meet in order to be accepted and to accept themselves. On the flip side, one of the best things about being part of the female community is the general sense of support I receive from other women. I meet intelligent and strong women every day who struggle with the many of the same challenges that I do and having that knowing bond brings strength and self-love into my own personal life.
3. The worst phase I went through was definitely drinking Monsters in middle school and creating a chain necklace out of the tabs from the cans.
4. I love my ability to be empathic towards others and that I can look back and laugh at myself I’m almost any situation, which believe me happens a ton working the photo booth as a SnapBar Pro!
Jessica, Event Tech:
1. I recently installed a dishwasher, including updating plumbing, all by my big girl self. It’s amazing what the motivation to not hand wash dishes will produce.
2. I think this is a great time to be a woman in the business world. We are seeing more women becoming leaders of companies, industry pioneers, and inventors. Women have had to work incredibly hard to change social bias and perception in the workplace. Women have sacrificed their freedoms and reputations to do what is right and make their voices heard. I am so incredibly thankful to the women who came before me, for pushing hard for their rights and freedoms, so I have the option to continue to fight for myself and my daughter's future.
3. I went through a phase for a while where I spelled my name Jessikah. I truly wanted it to be spelled like that because I thought it was “edgy.”
4. I am a critical thinker, a problem solver, and a creative person. I think I have a pretty strong sense of humor. It may come off as sarcastic, but I am usually quick to respond with a quick quip or witty response. I also think I am a pretty good mom, sometimes.
Kat, Seattle Pro:
1. When I was in elementary school, I raised a frog from a tadpole I had caught at a neighborhood pond. Granted, I had caught many tadpoles and lost all but that one to cats, the sink during water changes, neglect, etc, but ONE made it. I released it back into the wild, and the next spring, we found a frog in our house (I again set it free). I am still convinced it was my dear Mortimer coming back for a visit.
2. I'm going to go with the same thing: being underestimated. While it can definitely be frustrating having to continually feel that you need to prove yourself to others, it also feels great when you show that you CAN do it, whatever "it" may be.
3. The teen years count as a phase, right? Because they were the worst. From bad fashion choices, to questionable friend/SO choices, to being a total brat to my mother (sorry Mama!)... Ugh. The worst.
4. I can do hard things.
Rachael, Events Director:
1. I have lived in Washington for five years, and I only own a single plaid shirt. And I bought it in San Francisco.
2. I find the worst thing to be the incredibly ridiculous standards and expectations that are put on women, by both men AND other women. We are expected to be sexy, but not sluts, fun, but not airheads, strong, but never assertive, stylish, but not high maintenance, thin, but not too thin, fit, but not too muscular. We admire women that are successful at work, but refer to them as overly-aggressive or masculine or 'trying to have it all.' We congratulate women who get married or become mothers, but heavens if they do either "too young" or "too late." It's quite ridiculous, what we put on each other. The best thing? I love being female when I put down all the standards and expectations. When I can be me--feminine, but not afraid to get dirty; assertive, but not competitive; a wife, equal to and loved by her husband; a driven leader at work; a learner, a lover of sports and fashion and old movies and travel; learning to be more courageous. When I can look at the amazing variety of people that my closest female friends are-- artsy runners, sparkle-loving therapists, driven and vivacious CFPs, gentle nurses, introspective researchers--the expectations and standards melt away.
3. Middle school was rough... it's this bizarre time where the boys are like two feet tall and likely struggling with extreme emotional outbursts, and the girls are all grasping for identities to plaster all over themselves. In sixth grade, I randomly decided my parents were the worst, and that anything remotely feminine was repulsive. So I wore only gray, blue and black for a couple years, and constantly antagonized my mother. Fortunately I came to my senses at the end of eighth grade, and realized my parents were actually awesome, and I could probably start dressing like a girl going into high school.
4. I am a someone who is interested in and good at a lot of different things--I can be a jill-of-all-trades when needed! A teacher in grade school once announced that being "well-rounded" was worthless, and that you only needed to be a master at just one thing. I felt bad about myself for a long time after that, because I didn't have that "one thing," I was just good at a lot of things. I've come to realize how wrong he was over the years--my multifaceted interests and abilities have been an asset to each job I've ever had, and I can engage in conversation with just about anyone about a lot of different things. I love how well-rounded I am now! Also--I am very good at travel planning.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!! Our team needs these women -- we truly wouldn’t be the same without them. Happy Women's Equality Day -- now it’s your turn to let us know which women you value, and why!