Introducing our very first Two Eggs blog contributor, Christian Crouse! Christian and I go way back - like way back - and we also share one very fabulous best friend. By day, she kicks ass and takes names as a corporate event planner. In her free time, she WEAVES, travels nonstop, climbs mountains, takes 5am bootcamp classes, and scours the web for cool tunes to share in her weekly music roundup email.
This last point is why we've brought Christian on board to man the helm of our Music Monday series. We've been on her email list for some time now and every week, she has us LOLing while we bop to the tracks she has found. Her song descriptions are ON POINT. We obviously love Christian, and we hope you do too. Check in on Monday for her music posts!
Check out her weaving projects, selfies, and drool-worthy travel pics on her tumblr. It's called This Bitch, I mean come on. Girl has got jokes.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Bless the internet. Sometimes I dive deep into YouTube to find insane music/dance videos that remind me of the many forms that art can take. These videos motivate me to stay active (and/or learn the nae nae). Technology (the damn internet!) has changed the game when it comes to finding inspiration; sites like Pinterest and Instagram are easy to get lost in.
Secondly, when not hibernating inside all winter staring at the screen, I gain massive inspiration from the people of this city. Walking around -- whether in Manhattan or my neighborhood in Williamsburg -- is magical. The city will constantly change, but its weirdos and beauties - of every variety - will remain.
What’s your special sauce? That little trick you do before walking out the door to perk you up and make you feel your most you?
Coffee x2. After I’ve had coffee, I put on my headphones and commit to the day. Something about walking with confidence (pretend or real) and blasting Rick Ross makes me feel untouchable…until my metro card is out of money and I have to shame-walk through angry people to the vending machine. Thanks MTA!
Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to?
I look up to anyone who is doing something that makes them happy. Whether a full time job or a hobby, doing what you love produces happiness. I’m sure happiness makes you live longer, or at least live better. One person who kills the game is my mom. She is 100 % cooler than me and recently launched her own blog (www.grayisthenewblond.com) to inspire women to get out of their box. She constantly reminds me and other women to live their best life -- and to always wear lipstick.
What makes you happy no matter what? Like, if you’re having one of those no good rotten days where everything is terrible, what’s the thing that pulls you off the ledge?
Friends. People. Alone time is crucial and necessary to survive this city, but after a long day, sometimes I just watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S. instead. I am very much an extrovert in the sense that people help me recharge. Being around people that make me laugh helps me forget the negativity clouding my mind or my day.
What’s something you struggle with in your career?
Getting stuck. Being comfortable. I often wonder if I am challenging myself enough. I think as long as I am aware of where I want to be, I can actively take steps to get there. Surrounding myself with badass bitches definitely helps.
Tell us about a time when you hit a breaking point, a fork in the road? Have you ever wanted to quit and run away to Bali?
There hasn’t been an exact moment in time where I wanted to give it all up and quit. I struggle more with the daily grind and the routine that comes with it. It can be hard to remember that the grind is what will eventually get me ahead. My dad always says “put in your time or do the dirty work”; As I advance in my career, balancing the grind and true happiness is an eternal challenge.
What is something you’d say you are always fighting against? For example, many people fall prey to comparing themselves to others, which makes them feel bad about themselves. What’s the thing you have to pep-talk yourself about?
My inner bitch voice always tells me it is too late. Too late to try something new. Too late to start a hobby. I must constantly remind myself that no matter how old I am, it is never too late. I am sure Forbes has a million articles on people who realized their dream later in life and are now a huge success. Looking forward to the day I wake up to give a TED talk.
What are you most proud of in your life? Can be career or non-career related.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 2010, I spent 7 days summiting Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The altitude may have made me feel like I just took a bong hit -- but I will never forget it!
What is the skill you picked up as a kid/teen that you still rely on today?
Being organized, in all aspects (shout out to G Cal). I prioritize clarity in my mind and home, which isn’t always easy. Growing up I was very active in school so I was forced to keep a calendar and pay attention. By day I do event planning so it is hard to turn off my neurotic planning/logistics tendencies once I am at home or in my social life.
What is the one thing you throw on when you head out the door that gives you that warm glow from deep in the tummy that says, “I know I look good”?
Sunglasses. Rain or shine, sunglasses are my jam. They add just a bit of mystery to my face -- i.e., I am less likely to get caught rolling my eyes when people walk too slow. Mirrored lenses also come in handy when applying lipstick on the subway.
About the interview series:
Two Eggs is about being you, your inventive boss-lady self. It’s about owning your success and running shit. The name comes from the two eggs you add to a box of cake mix. Not only are the addition of eggs what catapulted boxed cake mix to success in the 1950s, but it’s what makes the cake “real”. Your “two eggs” is the thing that you feel makes you, you. This interview series attempts to get to the bottom of what makes our Girl Gang members tick.
This interview series is a platform for Girl Gang members to share what makes them happy, what inspires them, what they’re afraid of, and what they’re proud of. The intention is to inspire you guys (our friends and readers) to go off and launch your own careers. Our Girl Gang members have worked really hard to get to where they are, and we don’t want them to sugarcoat anything. The online world is “fake” enough as it is, so we hope for this to be a place to share the realness. We hope you find comfort in hearing what our Girl Gang members have to say, and that they inspire you to kick your life into high gear!