5 boss lady lessons from Ocean’s 8

I watched Ocean’s 8 last night and it was awesome sauce(and yes I still say awesome sauce, deal with it) I really loved it. The eight leading women had me feeling so bad ass I can’t even explain it.

Don’t worry, I’m not big on spoilers when it comes to movies…spoiler alert: I used to be an official movie reviewer in a past life, but this isn’t a movie review, it’s a list of things Ocean’s 8 reminded me regarding boss-ladydom

So what is Ocean’s 8…Well, it’s a funny and exhilarating story similiar to the other Ocean’s movies, you know, a group of criminals join forces to pull off a seemingly impossible crime. In this one,  Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

The women are kick ass and sexy without having to take off their clothes and it’s really just a good girls night out flick which leaves you feeling inspired and perhaps contemplating a life of crime (only slightly, police detective husband).

So what are these 5  lessons Oceans 8 reminded me of?

1. Find your tribe

In the movie the women find kindred spirits in each other. I’m not saying form a gang, but do surround yourself with people who share your passions or who are atleast rooting for you. There is such comfort in talking to someone who gives a damn, honestly. I am not part of a group of friends, but I have these individuals in my life who get me or accept me despite not getting me and they keep me going strong.

2. Pool your strengths

I’ve mentioned this before in my “behind the #ECMeetup post” I mentioned how Luchae and I work well together because we have different strengths. Ocean’s 8 reminded me of the importance of this. Building a team with diverse talents gives you the opportunity to learn from others and help each other shine.

3. There is enough loot to go around

I’ve seen first hand how jealousy, entitlement and meanness can creep into the business and blogging world. Sometimes I feel like women act like it’s highschool and the cutest boy at school winked into the group of girls. The girls then turn on each other either assuming that the wink was for them or thinking it was for someone else, but they rightfully deserved it. It’s so unnecessary. The chance of the boy winking at his reflection in the window behind the girls is so large that it’s pointless to catch feelings. I pray for a time where people can just be happy for each other and remember that there is enough room in the sun for everyone, no need to throw shade (see what I did there, hehehe)

4. Be you

Conforming might seem like the logical choice, but honestly it’s really not needed or interesting. What I loved about the movie was the fact that each of the leading ladies had a different look and personality. Cookie cutters are for the bakery…be you! even if it’s not the most popular choice. I would rather someone just not like me than someone like me for someone I pretend to be…true story.

5. There is nothing wrong with being a lil vain

The women clean up real nice for the Met Gala. So often it seems that being a hot mess is some sort of badge of honour. Don’t get me wrong I drop Aidan off in yoga pants and my hair shoved under a beanie, every day, BUT I like dressing up, taking selfies, and feeling cute. There is no shame in your game girl. Rock the pj bottoms in the middle of the day but never feel bad for dressing up. Looking good, feeling better should be #goals me thinks.

I loved Ocean’s 8, it releases in cinemas around the country this week.  I got to watch it early as part of NuMetro’s Girls Night Out event.

In Port Elizabeth, it is held at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World. Think goodie bags, snacks (sorry guys, girls only).
Do yourself a favor, grab your friends and have a NuMetro Girls night out, it’s very friendly on your wallet and a much-needed chill out session.

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