The Problem With Insta-Worthy Experiences with Arielle Rose
"What you do for a living is not your job, it’s how you choose to spend your free time that is living." - Arielle Rose
Q&A with Arielle Rose
This third generation Barber Shop owner is anything but small town. Her refreshing views on hard work, the millennial-age and feeling fulfilled, are provoking and yet totally humour driven!
Q: You are a pretty content individual that has lived in the same regional town your entire life, why do you think you’ve stayed here all this time?
A: I guess we’re in that millenial age now where everyone is brought up to think that unless your life is filled with insta-worthy experiences, then your life isn’t worth living. I don’t need to travel the world chasing adventure (except the odd holiday of course!) to feel fulfilled because everything I want, need and love is right here. I manage our family business, I get to see my nieces and nephew everyday, I’m able to live the life I want to and make it a real home. And it is a home, I may not have a crazy social media following, but every morning when I get my morning coffee, I cross paths with the same people and there is always a friendly ‘hello, how are you’ because even if we don’t know each other on a person level, we’re friends simply because we are a part of each others world.
Q: You mentioned your thoughts on the millenial age, what is your main frustration with it?
A: Well I think today’s young adults are living their lives to gain approval from strangers on the internet, in order to feel fulfilled. But how miserable must life be if you’re constantly living it for other people?
I think comparing yourself to people online that appear to have it all, is just going to lead to unhappiness.
Why do we measure our success in life based on the size of our house and the kind of car we own. And why are we tricked into thinking that life is easy, you can’t just ‘want it enough’ you have to actually work for it, even if it means doing jobs that you’d be too embarrassed to tell social media about.
Q: I like how you mentioned the struggle we all face in trying to feel fulfilled, how do you make sure you’re always working towards it each day?
A: You always have to be working towards, like a new piece of furniture in your house, an overseas holiday, or even just a night out with the girls. Finding a balance between life and work is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled. What you do for a living is not your job, it’s how you choose to spend your free time that is living.
Q: You have such a refreshing mindset, do you have any daily practices that keep accountable or motivated.
A: I consult my planner everyday and make sure that it’s not all work.
I try and include something that is just for me every. single. day.
Whether it’s treating myself to getting my nails done, or taking an hour or two out to play video games or giving myself little reminders to make sure I am practising what I’m preaching.
Q: Do you have any advice to women who are falling into the pattern of ‘I need to be like this…’?
A: The only thing anyone needs to be, is happy and that comes from self acceptance and doing what makes YOU feel awesome. Stop trying to compare yourself to everyone else, because you’re not everyone else, you’re you and why should you apologise for that!
Q: What do think of the launch gals and do you think it can make a positive impact?
A: I think it’s kinda cool. It’s a platform of women supporting women in whatever endeavour it may be. I definitely think it can! The actions that you are already taking means that the launch gals can be a catalyst for change. It’s helping women realise no matter what you do, how you do it, or what lead you there, you freaking matter.
We’re not typecasts, we are who WE are, and that’s important.
Just for a bit of fun!
Q: When I face a big challenge…
A: My immediate reaction is to panic, then I try and think about how great I’m going to feel when it’s done, and then I face it head on and do it.
Q: The most courageous thing I’ve ever done as a woman is…
A: Not apologise for anything. My thoughts and feelings are justified and everything I do comes from a place of love and caring, why should I apologise for trying?
Q: The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
A: My dad has always said ‘just do it, because if you don’t it won’t get done.’ I think he was talking about me brushing my teeth, but the sentiment is there.
Q: My BGP (best gal pal!) would describe me as…
A: I’m that no-bullshit kinda friend who says it like it is, even if it hurts their feelings, but I’m also aggressively protective of those I care about.
Q: My favorite girl crush is… because…
A: Jennifer Lawrence and Liza Koshy because duh.
Q: My go-to beverage order is…
A: Flat white, no sugar.
Q: One book I’ve read that I’ve considered life changing is…
A: Harry Potter for so many reasons, first because it’s Harry Potter. Second, because if J.K. Rowling took no for an answer and didn’t fight for it, the world would be without Harry Potter.
Q: My favorite quote is…
A: Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.