We sat down with the always inspiring Olivia Lovenmark of Bergdorf to Bloomberg to chat friendship, career, love and life. We left feeling a little more motivated, optimistic and unafraid to face our fears. We hope you do too!
LWTL: On a typical Tuesday night at 9pm what would we find you doing?
OL: Realistically I’ll be hunkered down on the couch with my laptop working on content or website edits for my new site, Bergdorf to Bloomberg (bergdorftobloomberg.com). I’d like to say I would be relaxing with a book after dinner, but life never seems to be that smooth.
LWTL: Describe a time when a woman has helped you or you have helped another woman?
OL: A couple of years ago I made the decision to join a company as their Social Media Manager. I thought that because I loved doing the social media for my then blog and had helped friends with their strategies, that I could easily manage the role of manager for a brand. I was wrong. The company was not the right environment for me, the whole situation was just ill-fitting, but it felt irresponsible to leave after only being there a few months. A friend, with a few years more life experience than me, sat me down and said if you know you’re miserable, then it’s not working. Don’t waste anymore of your time and certainly don’t waste anymore of the company’s time and money. I did leave the following week and the weight that was lifted off my shoulders was enormous. I thank her for that advice.
LWTL: If you could trade shoes with someone for a day who would it be and why?
OL: A female Wall Street investment banker. I have a tenacious curiosity for Wall Street and I’ve often wondered what it would be like to work in such a male dominated, sell-crazy environment.
LWTL: How do you stay connected with your girlfriends?
OL: Quite honestly, I’m not very good at it. I try to text as often as possible, and I do follow their lives on instagram, but I’m not the girl who is constantly in touch. Thank goodness my friends are understanding and confident in our friendship!
LWTL: Virtue & Vice?
OL: I believe in harnessing the true talent and skill you are given, so virtue I relate to more. Vice, to me, almost seems like a nicer way of saying “excuse.” Calling my shoe-shopping habit my vice is a nicer way of saying I need better control.
LWTL: What is your favourite quote?
OL: “Create a life you love.” & “You can if you think you can.”
LWTL: What has been your biggest challenge? How did you overcome it?
OL: Letting go of a fear that I won’t be considered smart enough. I’m not sure I can say I have completely overcome it, but I am managing it. I recently gave myself a personal challenge: complete the Canadian Securities Course. Prior to taking the course I had zero experience in finance. It was intimidating, but I passed and the confidence this has given me to believe in myself is tremendous.
LWTL: What piece of advice would you tell women getting started in their career?
OL: Go after whatever it is you want to do. If you find out later on that it was not meant for you after all, have no hesitation or self-doubt about starting over despite whatever training you may have taken or costs incurred. Don’t worry about how it looks or what people might think. Make your life the best you can for you, making your life a happy one is the best possible investment you can make.
LWTL: What was the last book you read?
OL: Almost finished “Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle.” Before that it was “Revenge Wears Prada,” the Devils Wears Prada sequel. My next books up are: “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg and “More Money Than God,” another Wall St story…
LWTL: If you could share one piece of advice with other women what would it be?
Kidding. Kind of.
Take yourself seriously in the sense that you are absolutely smart and talented enough to achieve whatever it is that you set your sights on. Don’t take yourself too seriously in that life will throw you challenges that test you, take it in stride, have a laugh, and if need be, a glass of wine always helps.
LWTL: Fill in the blanks:
OL: I am ridiculous . I dream huge and get a bit nuts sometimes. But I like to think it’s endearing and that my ambition rubs off on others.
Friends are treasures.
Love is what makes life worth the trials and tribulations.
If more women helped one another _I’d think we finally “got it.” Female comradery is how we’ll achieve our greatest successes.
One thing I would change about myself is being less stubborn. I’m trying.
One thing I love about myself is that I believe I can do anything. (We believe you can too!)
Olivia Lovenmark is the editor of Bergdorf to Bloomberg, a site dedicated to offering simplified business news, with a lean towards finance. Follow her on Twitter @OliviaLovenmark.