Welcome to the GRIT formula interview series!
We created this space for girls and women to get REAL and share their “gritty moments”.
Meet charlotte Wasserman
Charlotte Wasserman is a teen blogger who loves cooking, shopping, having fun with friends, and discovering and sharing the newest trends and local favorites from her home town of Cleveland. She has a blog called “It’s a Girl’s Life” where she writes about food, fashion, & fun for girls. Her blog also likes to focus on teen wellness, self care and developing self confidence while dealing with the highs and lows of life as a teen girl. Charlotte is helping to co-host our first “GET GRITTY” event in Cleveland, Ohio this coming February.
Tell us about a GRITTY MOMENT in your life that has forced you to learn what you are truly made of…
Luckily, I haven’t had too many gritty moments in my short 15 year life, but I have to say life isn’t always just bowl of cherries for any of us teens out there. Whether it’s dealing with transitioning friend groups, all consuming social media, or stressful amounts of homework, every day is an opportunity to practice being ‘gritty’ and really staying strong and resilient to handle the punches that life throws your way. I work hard to stay focused and centered using meditation, journaling and daily reflection. I am just learning to how to use these tools and feel it’s a continuous journey that every girl should explore. That is why I am so excited to bring GET GRITTY to Cleveland. I can’t wait to learn more and discover new ways of thinking and working through moments of doubt, imperfection and overall resiliency.
GUTS: How did you “grow guts” and be brave enough to get through your “gritty moment”? Were you afraid? Where did you find your courage? How did facing that moment affect your confidence? Did you feel more confident afterward?
Growing guts to face all the gritty moments takes a lot of practice. Of course, I was afraid and still get afraid sometimes when I have to face challenges that sometimes seem hard to overcome. But every time you face these tough times and work through them, you become a little more confident. And knowing that you’ve done it, really builds your confidence as you set out to tackle different obstacles that arise.
RESILIENCE: What did you learn from pushing through your “gritty moment”? What helped you “not give up” and persevere?
(1) I learned that you should always go with your gut. If you smell something fishy, throw it away. (2) Do not let little foolish moments take advantage of you. (3) When you make a mistake, the ball is in your court to make it right. You have the power to make the right descion. (4) The feeling deep down in your heart is always the right one. My own self confidence helped me preserve through this time. Though this took some time to gain, I really helped me to be able to know, that I got this, and there is no going back from now. Talking to people about your struggles and asking them for advice can also really help get you through a tough time.
IMPERFECTION: How do you deal with failure and making mistakes? Did your “gritty moment” force you to learn and grow?
My gritty moments forced me to realize that nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. I always try hard to focus on everything as a learning experience. I try to remember to take a deep breath, accept my mistake and make a plan to figure out how to do better the next time. I always feel much better when I have a plan to fix whatever needs attention.
TEAM: What role did your support system play in helping you through this challenging time? What role has this “team” had in your life?
Having a support team of people who I can talk to is very helpful when things get upside down. Peers, older friends, parents, family and even teachers can all be really helpful.
What advice would you give to your younger “gritty girl self”?
I would tell myself so much advice. I wish I knew what I know now back then. Something I would tell myself, is go with your gut, if you feel something deep down, it is probably right. If something feels not right, it probably isn’t. Trust your inner instincts. I would also tell myself to just go for it, push yourself to talk to other people, push yourself to do new things, push yourself to really be true to you. Lastly, I would say, find people who you can be yourself around, and find people who make your feel happy and carefree!