The Skinny: I'm not giving up fashion and I'm not giving up writing and I'm not becoming a fashion journalist, either.
The response I usually get to this is "Oh. That's...unexpected." And it is. Is there anything wrong with that?
I was conversing with my friend Nicole about this a few weeks back, and I encouraged her to pipe up and share her own "And"'s, because I'm a firm believer in versatility. People want to categorize you - and that's okay, because how else can we tie words to such fluid things as Souls? - but a mature woman doesn't put all her eggs in one basket.
Sure I love fashion. It's at the heart of the majority of my interests. But I also am a wordsmith, and I cannot stop crafting words into journals and essays and books and poems, anymore than I can stop spending my spare time poring over fabrics and patterns and magazines (and Pinterest).
I love fashion and writing and I love literature, and I'm an artist. And interested in political science. And a photographer. And a classicist. And a graphic designer. And an Anglophile. And a gym rat. And a passionate arguer. And a beauty guru. And a blogger, and a hundred other things.
The point is this: you are not just one label.
I disagree with the idea that we are to throw out all labels, because how else can we try to comprehend each other? How can we define ourselves to others if all labeling is "discriminatory"? But just as important as this is remembering that as women of power, women of elegance, women of maturity, comes the challenge to diversify ourselves, to be well-rounded and educated in every aspect of our lives. We should not be confined to one area of expertise, but be capable of handling many subjects well.
I used to use the term "Jack of all trades, master of none," in regards to myself somewhat disparagingly. Now I wonder if that is not ridiculous. Who says we have to be just one thing? Why can't we be all the things? Why can't we be multi-faceted?
If anything, it makes for better conversation...
So tell me: what are your "and"s? You might generally classify yourself as "writer," or "blogger," or "college student," or something else: but I know there's more to you than just that. What are your "and"s?