"Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best." – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Meet Carolyna Bauer, she is a Toronto-based fashion and lifestyle influencer born and raised in Spain. She came to Canada with her family when she was only 13. It wasn’t the easiest move for her but she managed to adapt to a new culture and learn a new language for her, French.
After a couple of years, she went back to Spain and then studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting. Her mum and sister stayed in Canada so after finishing university, she decided to move back to Canada to the cold.
Carolyna started working at bank and completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA), but her passion for fashion and creativity, which she takes from her mum, drove her to create her blog and Instagram in 2016.
Since then, her platform has become a source of inspiration for women worldwide, not only for her unique sense of sophistication and style but also for her sweet and uplifting personality.
As part of our International Women's Day feature, we asked Carolyna a few questions pertaining to her work and life.
What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to a woman thinking of starting in her career?
Don’t be afraid to try a million different things until you find what you LOVE! If you have passion for what you do, you have much greater chances of succeeding, and it won't feel like a job. Don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes! We are all humans!
Also, don’t be afraid to have 2 to 5 careers throughout your life; nowadays, it’s very rare to have a linear path career. So, be open minded and as I said don’t be afraid to explore other interests you may have and opportunities outside of your comfort zone and career.
And don’t forget to smile. Smiling is free and you will be surprised by how far it can take you and how amazing it will make you feel.
How is your personality reflected in your life?
I love smiling, helping others, and have a hard time saying no (something I am working on in 2020). I try to have a positive attitude towards life and I also think everything happens for a reason even if I don’t see it right away, so I try to put a smile in everything I do.
I am very passionate and romantic so this is reflected in everything I do; I put a lot of energy and love in every single project. I am also a very family-oriented person, which makes it hard to be miles away from my family in Spain. However, on the weekends, I try to put everything away regardless of how busy I am so that I can focus on having quality time with my husband; this is key for me. Nothing is more important for me than my family so I always try to make time for that.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
Yes, this can be tricky! If I can, I usually try to sleep on it and leave it for the next day as I am usually more creative when I wake up and feeling fresh! If I have the time, I also like taking a break and going out for a little walk and grabbing something to eat. Shaking up my surroundings is also a great idea; I will start something at home, and then review it on the streetcar or at Starbucks for instance.
I also find that sometimes the hardest part is to start and get something down on paper, so I force myself to start and jot down ideas even if they seem silly at the beginning… because as I said, the hardest part is starting –– preliminary and vague ideas can lead to better ideas later on.
How do you maintain a work-life balance?
I really try my best to maintain a work-life balance to avoid burning out. This is key for me as it is not only great for your health, but you also only live once – don’t forget! I work to live and not live to work. I try to put my phone away when I am out with my friends or family so that I can fully enjoy myself. I also love going on vacation to unwind! Being an influencer can be a 24/7 job, so now I have put myself a schedule where I usually take Saturdays off from Instagram to fully disconnect. Following a routine and a set schedule can really help to separate work from your personal life.
“Judge no one. Just improve yourself.” – Unknown