We believe Mondays can be the day where real good things happen. That’s why we feature incredible business babes who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and like to share their very best advice, in short, practical tips, tricks & lessons. Caroline, who lives by the motto ‘working harder is not always the solution, working smarter often is’, passed the torch to Eve Tomaszewski (30) an influential and creative girl boss extraordinaire.
Eve’s a freelance editor for magazines like Grazia, Elle, Glamour, L’Officiel, LINDA.Meiden and Cosmopolitan and the founder of The Goaldiggers Club, a platform for like-minded female entrepreneurs who support each other on the road to success. Fun fact: her Goaldiggers team is women-only.
How did you get where you are today and who or what helped you along the way?
Eve: ‘With a lot of ups and downs, haha. But above all, by keep believing in my vision and dreams. I’m driven by ambition and passion for my work and in moments of self-doubt I can build up myself easily because of that. Also: I met so many people who helped me along the way. Stylist Venus Waterman introduced me to the fashion world, Roel Schagen trusted me and send me over to New York for a cover interview with Crystal Renn. Hilmar Mulder gave me the chance to become the Fashion Features editor of Grazia at the age of 24.’
‘But without the people around me, I could never do what I do. I’ve gathered a beautiful team with talented people. And not to forget: my friends. They understand that I’m always in work mode and they’re always there to give me advice.’
What has been the role of luck in your success?
Eve: ‘Hmm. In my opinion, success is related more to effort than luck. I know this sounds cliche and you would probably hear this from every entrepreneur: success it’s merely the result of hard work. As a business creative, I’m constantly confronted with myself and if you want to grow, I need to identify obstacles and must be willing to change myself. That’s quite a challenge. It’s hard work. And yes, sometimes I need a swift kick in the pants and tell myself I can really do this.’
Do you consider yourself a girl boss?
Eve: ‘It depends on what the definition of Girlboss is. If it’s: Someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them – Then yes, I’m absolutely a girl boss. When I have a goal, I take clear steps to achieve it. But I also accept that sometimes not everything always goes the way I planned. I’m okay to deviate from my path if needed.’
Which of your traits are you most proud of?
Eve: ‘My drive, passion, and perseverance. I do what I do with The Goaldiggers Club because of my interest in stories of others and I’m happy to inspire other women with their stories.’
How do you achieve a healthy work-life balance?
Eve: ‘You tell me. I forcibly tried to achieve a healthy work-life balance for a loooong time, but finding balance is difficult. One week, I work-out a lot and I have breakfast every morning, the next week, I forget to work-out and the first meal I have is lunch. I’m not very consistent. I try and meditate whenever I feel the need, but I’m not the type of person who meditates every morning for 30 minutes. I told myself that I could only be successful if I had a healthy work-life balance and maybe it is, but I haven’t managed to unravel the secret of balance. I try to listen to my body, take rest whenever I feel I need it and I like to plan ‘little lucky moments’, like a cup of coffee in my favorite cafe or calling my friends to chat. That’s how I keep myself going.’
What quotation or saying inspires and motivates you to be yourself and what you love?
Eve: ‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it – this is my daily reminder to be kind to myself and celebrating my successes too.’
What is a lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Eve: ‘You can’t expect that what you do, another will do too. This never held me back from doing things for others. No way.’
In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
Eve: ‘Self-doubt often arises when your mind plays tricks on you. It’s important to identify these feelings immediately and check in with yourself. Ask yourself: are these feelings based on facts? You’ll notice most thoughts are made up scenarios in your head that usually don’t come true.’
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Eve: ‘Trust yourself, everything you do contributes to a higher purpose.’
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
Eve: ‘I’ll be organizing a lot of kick-ass Goaldiggers Club events were like-minded female entrepreneurs support each with their career goals. Also, I’m dreaming of hosting a talk show in 5 years time and would love to have written at least one book (stay tuned!).
Photo by the wonderful Kee and Kee!