Emma of The Broke Generation
Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello! I'm Emma, 28 and a British expat living in Melbourne. I work full time as a copywriter, while being a side hustle queen and plugging away at freelance work, my blog, cat sitting in my local area and selling second hand clothing online.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
My main "thing" that lights me up is my blog, The Broke Generation. I used to be absolutely terrible with money, any I earned or received would burn a hole in my pocket and I was consumed with spending. I turned my spending habits around and learned just how many other people feel so stuck with money, so I started writing and Instagramming about the lessons I'd learned and how I shifted my perspective. It's been a wild ride and I still can't believe how far it's come, how the community has grown and how many doors it's opened for me.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
One of my favourite words is brave, which I guess is the same sort of thing. I had a friend at uni who I admired so much because she was just so brave. She just got on with stuff. If there was a spider in our house, she'd get it. If someone had a flat tyre, she'd roll up her sleeves and fix it. I made the decision to become more like that, so really, I feel my most courageous when I find myself overriding that voice in my head that tells me not to do something, or that tells me something is scary or hard. I thrive on just DOING THE THING. My three most courageous moments would be launching my first eBook, changing jobs on a complete whim when an opportunity arose, and doing a 30 minute live radio segment with 3 days notice.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Oh, so many things! But probably I'd tell her to think bigger, in every aspect of life. When you're young you truly believe that what's happening right now is the way it will be forever, or what happens tomorrow is the most important thing in the whole world. I wish 16 year old me could have seen what life would be like when you get full independence, when you can choose to walk away from people or things that don't light you up. Your school years are so governed by processes and structure, and you're so consumed by what other people think of you. Nobody tells you that one day you'll love yourself and not give a stuff what anyone thinks.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
I'd probably tell her to ask herself, 'what's the worst that could happen'? When you're lacking courage to do something, think about the worst case scenario. Maybe it's about wearing bathers on holiday and feeling confident – the worst that can happen is someone else sees you and MAYBE they judge you for a second.... but then what...what happens after that? Nothing. Maybe it's about applying for a job or starting a side hustle. What's the worst that can happen? it doesn't work out. Sit with the feeling of that 'worst case scenario' for a minute, and once you accept that eventuality, you'll realise that the best case scenario is SO worth shooting for.