Taylor Swift’s Jury Duty Proves She’s Entered a New, Less Golden Era
We’re used to an untouchable Taylor Swift, a version of Taylor that’s pretty much flawless. Some said this version of Taylor was somehow still relatable, which added to her charm, while others might argue that her flawlessness — her ability to leave the gym, for example, looking like she didn’t even know the word “sweat” existed — made her seem like she was on some sort of pedestal. That thing that celebrities have, where we know they’re just like us, but somehow… not.
But recently, Taylor Swift’s image has taken a few left turns (but, y’know, not quite enough left turns to end up back at the start). She’s reportedly been banned from all of Tom Hiddleston’s events so as not to overshadow his accomplishments with buzz about their relationship. Kim and Kanye (okay, pretty much just Kim, the social media savant) revealed that, all along, they’ve had footage of her listening to segments of the song she said she didn’t hear. She’s also been seen doing things like this weird crab walk to avoid paparazzi (which really, we’re just including because it’s funny).
The thing is, these left turns have started a new era for Tay. A decidedly less golden era, for sure — but a new one, just the same. Maybe she’s been humbled by her Kimye feud, maybe she’s laying low while she records new music, maybe she’s just doing a lot of deep conditioning treatments on her hair to get it back to its former glory pre-bleach days — but whatever the reason, she’s a normie just like the rest of us now, as proven today by this tweet from Twitter user Madi, whose mom (a regular person!) just happens to be at jury duty with Taylor Swift (a… regular person?).
Previous versions of Taylor would likely be brunching right now, recounting details from last night’s VMAs, but this year, she actually didn’t attend — and now we know the REAL reason why. Because she’s a regular person, just like us, and she had to be up early to be at jury duty on time.
What would you do if you saw Tay at jury duty? Tweet us at @BritandCo!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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