There are a lot of superstar women I admire for their fearlessness and overall badassery: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ellen Degeneres, Mindy Kaling, Sophia Amoruso, and, duhh, Beyoncé.
For a long time I didn’t even like Taylor Swift. I thought she was a sugary superficial pop-princess singing catchy tunes that someone else wrote about missing your ex.
At some point in 2014, before the release of 1989, but after “Shake it Off” came out as the album’s first single, I got really into Taylor Swift’s music. I don’t quite remember what the tipping point was, but all of the sudden I’d be about for a run and I’d catch myself singing along to every song from Red that somehow got on my playlist. I’d become one of them: A Taylor Swift Fan.
When I made my new year’s resolutions this year I had some common themes: be a boss, get stuff done, be a better friend, try new stuff that I originally wouldn’t have, and just to all-around keep my shit together. The more that I thought about it (while listening to 1989 on repeat, of course), the more I began to realize that the Taylor Swift brand is really well aligned with my new year’s resolutions.
Take “Shake it Off”: it’s about doing your own darn thing and not giving a flying frog what other people think about it. Of course, it’s no lyrical Shakespeare, but in terms of a pop anthem, it’s perfect. It doesn’t have to be complex to be good. We can all use a little more shaking it off.
Towards the end of last year Taylor famously took her music off the streaming site Spotify, and it turns out, some people were kind of pissed off by that. While I love Spotify’s music service, I see nothing wrong with what Taylor did. Saying no to guaranteed revenue in order to take ownership of how your product is distributed is a ballsy move and for Taylor Swift, it’s a smart one. While it might be unpopular to some, she shouldn’t feel the need to apologize to anyone for putting her art and business first and refusing to compromise on what’s important. This is an idea I’m going to keep coming back to this year: am I making work that is of quality or am I just doing something kind of crappy for the money? If it’s the latter, then it’s time to change things. It also means taking on more personal projects that don’t necessarily mean more money.
When she’s not being an incredible artist and boss business woman, Taylor Swift still somehow makes time for her pals. If you follow her on Instagram you know what I mean. Taylor is all about spending time with her besties doing fun stuff. While I’m not expecting I’ll be able to haul all my girlfriends on a trip to Maui any time soon, I think I can make some more time in 2015 for kitchen parties. A few weeks ago I had a weird realization that I suddenly had become a bit of a hermit, which was something I never thought would happen to me as an extroverted person. I’m back to making a concentrated effort these days to make sure I get out in the world, see lots of people that I love and actually work on building stronger friendships.
Lastly, Taylor Swift’s style is killer. KILLER. Just look at how Taylor Swift influenced my Pinterest has become. I dream of matching crop-top and skirt sets, you guys. I feel like there needs to be another post entirely dedicated to Taylor Swift-izing my closet.
If you had asked me one year ago if I was a Taylor Swift fan I would have stared blankly as I tried to recall a single Taylor Swift song by name. Things change, ya know? Turns out, I had a lot to learn from T.Swift.