First of all, if you truly want to get in the spirit of this post, let this play in the background.

Lady Lesson #8:  Be Prepared!

“Well..duh!”  I can smell your thoughts before you think them.  I know this seems like a pretty obvious lesson.  We’ve been told to be prepared all of our lives, but how many of us actually take that to heart?  I really didn’t until now.  I mean, I always carried extra pens at school, but that’s mostly because I was a pen hoarder.  But here I am, 24, fully realizing the benefits of being prepared.

On a smaller, more practical scale, it’s just less stressful to be prepared.  Live in a city like Los Angeles or New York for a while and you’ll learn this.  Sometimes you don’t have time to go home between appointments.  Sometimes you stay over at a friend’s house after a party night.  Sometimes you run into Leonardo DiCaprio and both of you have forgotten your phones.  What’s a lady to do?

Look at your day.  What do you have to do?  What do you need? How can you make everything go as smoothly as possible?  Have you figured out what to do?  Okay, then do it.  In the long run, you’ll be thankful that you keep army pants and flip flops in your car.  You know, for those mornings you don’t want to grab your Starbucks in knock off knock off Louboutins and a sequined dress.  

ImageJust FYI-wearing this before 5PM automatically brands you “Walk of Shame.”  Ladies never walk in shame.

Wanna be prepared?  Here’s how!

Keep resumes and business cards in your car or backpack so you can whip em out whenever opportunity knocks!

ImageKeep your gym bag stocked and in your car!*



Make a “Get Yo Sh*t Togetha Kit” and keep it in your car!*

ImageBuy lots of toilet paper and keep it in your car!  (Just kidding-but seriously, always have a spare roll)

ImageLook, there are a million ways to be prepared, these are just some of my silly favorites.  The main point I’m getting at is this. Being as prepared as possible just makes life easier, on a superficial level (much like the majority of this post) but also on a higher level.  When it comes to your goals in life, be prepared.  Do your homework.  You never know when you’re going to get the opportunity that’ll change everything for you.  Wouldn’t it be a shame if that opportunity knocked and you couldn’t answer the door because you were too busy trying to get ready?  Be prepared.  If you’re not, someone else will be.  

Someone said it best (the internet has conflicting opinions on who.  Typical.)  “Success is where preparation meets opportunity.”  That success could be as small as being able to touch up your eyeliner after an unexpected rainstorm or punch in the face.  Or, it could be being the only girl at Leo’s party who opted to bring a business card.  You decide.

-Jadey Lady