A Letter From The Editor: The Evolution of WorkIt-Girl

A Letter From The Editor: The Evolution of WorkIt-Girl

by Stacy Estrada

Three years ago I had this idea to start Work It Girl after suffering a few set backs in my career and personal life.

 

I had the unfortunate, or fortunate, disadvantage of graduating from college during a hard economic period where good jobs were hard to come by.

 

My first job out of college was working for Home Depot making $10 an hour.

 

That was tough for me. I had just graduated with my bachelor’s degree from a great university, had a load of student debt, and was ready to enter my career field of journalism.

 

Unfortunately for me, no one was just going to hand me a job because I had a degree. No, if I wanted it- I was going to have to work for it!

 

I worked for Home Depot for about 2 years before I finally got a job at a makeup counter. This was not a huge pay up from Home Depot, but at least I was working within my comfort zone.

 

I have always been a creative person, and makeup for me was like an instant gratification into playing with colors and looks and seeing what worked aesthetically.

 

Aside from playing with color all day, I was also meeting interesting girls and women of all ages.

 

Its interesting what women will share with you when they are in the comfort of someone who will just listen.

 

I discovered many women had the same dilemma’s as me.

 

The burning question on every girl’s mind boiled down to one simple question: Where do we go from here?

 

Whether a girl had just transitioned into a new career, lost her job, recently broke up with an ex, needed to rediscover herself, they all wanted to know- Where do I go from here?

 

Some of my best discoveries have come from the time I spent talking to other women about their lives and transitions.

 

So this was my goal… I wanted to make a safe place for women to connect with one another. A place where we could discuss topics in career, health, and personal life.

 

Three years ago, I started with a simple format. I interviewed girls from different career fields and asked them for their professional advice in order to offer it to girls who were interested in a different career path.

 

 I did eventually work my way into media, working for one of the top news stations in the country, but more on that later.

 

Three years ago, Workit-Girl was just a simple blog, but as of today, I am proud to say it has matured into a website tailored to giving back.

 

I can’t end this note without thanking my sister Tassannee who heard about my goal and mission of the site, and jumped on board from day 1.

 

She is a true believer in helping others achieve their goals. She has a heart that connects with people and genuinely wants to make a difference.

 

With her help, we have had three successful charity 5K events. We have raised and donated over $3,000 for local non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley and are developing ways to create mentorship for young girls.

 

This is the evolution of Workit-Girl, and we will continue to evolve through time. If you would like to be a part of Workit-Girl in some way, reach out to us. We are always looking to connect with other women who desire to make an impact in their community, and in the lives of someone who may need you.

 

Be blessed, and work for what you believe in!