We are so excited about today’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! This week you have the pleasure of getting to know yet another amazing YGTG Army member, Olivia McRae! This is a girl who loves to step outside her comfort zone. We love that she challenges the status quo and isn’t afraid to break the mold, push boundaries or accept new challenges. Olivia unapologetically stands by what she believes in and fights for what she wants out of her life no matter what! Her strong-will is so inspiring and we are so proud of the example she is setting for so many young women like her who have big goals and dreams!

Olivia studied Strategic Communications at the University of Utah where she graduated in 2017. During her time in university, she was a member of the Chi Omega Xi Alpha Chapter and was the Treasurer for one year. Most recently, Olivia started a podcast with a friend of hers in the summer of 2019 called Big Poppy! The podcast covers a myriad of topics and truly has something to offer to everyone. Big Poppy believes that all women have an important voice, especially millennial women, and they are passionate about harvesting those voices and shouting them from the rooftops! Be sure to check them out and follow them on Instagram @biddiecity!

Olivia encourages us to always be our number one fan. Have no doubts that you can achieve whatever you set out to do and don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you otherwise! Olivia also reminds us that cultivating that inner self-confidence takes times and it is important to allow yourself to experience the ups and downs of life fully because they are what ultimately help you grow. Always do your best, accept where you’re at and learn to only listen to the voice that tells you not to give up, take the risks and GO FOR IT! Thank you Olivia for reminding us how wildly capable we all are!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What challenges have you encountered simply because you are a woman? How did you handle the situation and what advice would you give to someone who might be experiencing similar obstacles?

A challenge I’ve have encountered is that people expect only one thing from me- growing up and getting married at a young age. Where I’m from that’s super common and that wasn’t what I wanted. I was raised by a single mother who owned her own business. She inspired me daily! I want to have a career and make a name for myself, and make a change in the world. As I was getting ready to graduate high school, I was asked “So when are you getting married?” and it always felt like a jab because I’d reply that I was going to school and people looked confused. Why was I going to school, instead of marrying someone from high school? Why did I want that? They looked at me like my goals where less then or unheard of because they weren’t the same as theirs. 

I loved going to college and it taught me so much about myself and what I am able to accomplish! I met amazing people and traveled all over the world and that was the right decision for me. I wouldn’t change that for anything. 

If someone else is experiences this, I’ll tell you what my mom told me to do. She’d say, “Be a duck, not a sponge.” Don’t getting absorbed into their negativity; let it run off your back like a duck. Also take a look at why you are doing it. Remember that you are doing it for yourself, and to better yourself, to challenge yourself, to open more doors.

What has been the most defining moment in your life so far?

I moved to Los Angeles in January with one of my greatest friends. I left behind my family, friends and job to start something new. I felt like I had outgrown my hometown, and needed a change of pace and a new start. It was really scary to move away from a life I created and was so comfortable with. It’s been difficult to move because I had stayed home for school and created a life that I loved, even though I did feel that something was missing. I don’t believe that moving will solve problems because there are always problems as we go. This has been something that I’ve wanted for a long time, and I just needed the push for it. Sometimes we stay in the same place because we think it’s safer, but what’s out there is much better and more helpful for our wellbeing.

What changes do you hope to see for women in the future? If you could encourage all women to do one thing for themselves, what would it be?

Remember that you are AMAZING! You are outstanding, and unique and STRONG. Don’t underestimate yourself. We are all rooting for you. 

What does having self-confidence mean to you?

To never give up on yourself. You believe in yourself and love yourself. It’s okay if that’s not 100% of the time, because that’s hard. But you want to be able to love yourself 99% of the time. We have faults and flaws but that’s what makes us unique, different and special.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

A girl who doesn’t give up, who can lift other women and people up as well as her self. She’s humble, kind, smart, and a bad ass!