When Life Makes You Blush
The ladies of online life coaching company Blush on how they made talking about self-help cool and why it’s so important to be your own best friend.
Life is hard. We all have our issues: Office conflicts, friend drama and boy trouble happens to the best of us. Instead of bottling up all of these emotions and stress eating chocolate ice cream and crying into your pajamas, while watching Colin Firth give you unusually high standards for men (which I have totally done, by the way) why not talk it out? Kali and Danielle from Blush, an online life coaching company for women, are here to help. They are smart, successful and professional women who love helping other women be the best version of yourself.
Can you explain to me a little bit about what Blush is and the role you play?
Kali: Blush is an online life coaching company for girls. In reality, Blush is more like a movement to make mental health cool, to make life coaching relatable, and to make girls feel like it’s fun to sign up. Blush is about making self-help cool. It can be hard to say “okay, it’s time to talk to someone.”
Why is it important to you to be in a business by women for women?
Kali: From a personal standpoint, I’m fascinated and interested in tackling female issues as they happen. Girls are more likely to talk out their issues, but there are not as many outlets for them to do so. I wanted to perpetuate the message that, hey it’s ok to be supported by other women and to support other women.
Danielle: I think it’s so important because women are empowering women. Girls can be mean to girls. There has been a lot of bullying. It’s so great to have support from another female to get that positive reinforcement.
What do you think is the biggest issue young women face today?
Kali Rogers with her first client at KXAN Studio 512 in Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy Kali Rogers.
Kali: Confidence. 100% confidence. Realizing that girls have just as much to offer this world as guys. When you’re young we don't think that we don't have as much to offer as men, but the older and older you get, especially in college, you start to question yourself. It’s not about hating men or saying they don't have stuff to offer, they do. It’s about reminding ourselves we have just as much to offer.
Danielle: Being torn in these different roles. The main thing I see in a lot of my clients is trying to figure out this work-life balance. As a female, it’s really hard because, “hey I want to be successful and have this career, but I'm supposed to get married and have kids.”
What’s a piece of advice you have received that you want women to know too?
Kali: The overwhelming message I received is that you don’t have to have a typical resume in order to make a difference. It’s important not to be intimidated by all the labels, especially in the start-up world. That’s pretty valuable.
Danielle: At the end of the day, you’re the only person who’s going to be with you forever. I can either decide to be my own best friend and give myself a hug and believe in myself or I can beat myself up. I really need to start loving myself. We’re with ourselves forever.
Who is a woman you look up to in life?
Kali: Right now, I’m on this big comedian kick and I’m really obsessed with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They’re so important in the female community. Their brand has to be one of authenticity. They’re business women, funny, sexy, smart, and successful. They prove that women ARE funny and women can do this. They inspired me for Blush, that we can have serious messages wrapped up in a funny delivery.
Danielle: All of my clients I look up to. They have all gone to get help and better themselves. It’s so admirable when we are supposed to be independent. In my own personal life its been my grandmother. She’s a very strong woman who raised 6 children and 13 grandchildren. She has a voice and is the leader of the family and is so strong.
Want to chat? Visit Blush to talk through everything from boys, that Biology class you already regret taking, and best friend troubles.