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shirt: Madewell // jeans: American Eagle // shoes: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) // backpack: c/o ESPEROS // earrings: Larissa Loden


By the time I was a junior in high school, I had pretty much decided I was going to be a writer. For the first time, I felt like I finally found what I was good at, and it was time for me to show everyone else. I took that confidence into my AP English course taught by Mrs. Bradley, who was renowned throughout the school for being a bit of a hard-ass when it came to grading. On the first day of class, Mrs. Bradley explained that she simply did not give a grade of 100%. That is, unless, as she put it, she "heard angels sing." Challenge accepted, Mrs. Bradley.

Our first assignment was to write about ourselves. I guess you could say I was pretty good at it, because guess who was the only student to receive 100%? I will never forget the big red score at the top of those two stapled pages. For the remainder of the year, I was flying on a high that made me work harder and push myself to write better. I shared class with the future valedictorian and salutatorian of my year, whose presence I took as extra encouragement to score as high as possible on each assignment. I may not have been in the top 10% of students in my grade, but I was one of the best writers, and that was enough for me.

It's fun to think back on where Writes Like a Girl began as a flicker in me throughout my education. It sounds silly or exaggerated, but my college experience as an English major and my career as a writer may not have been possible without those moments in high school with educators who saw a light in me. Before I found my "thing," I didn't think I was any good at school. It took a few teachers believing in me and showing me my worth to ignite that fire within.

ESPEROS, the makers of this little backpack (that I'm totally obsessed with), recognizes the importance of lighting that flame early in a child's education. Through the sales of their stylish and high-quality bags, ESPEROS is dedicated to making education available to children experiencing a cycle of poverty. Cute-as-heck bags and a mission to promote education? That's something worth investing in.

If you've seen me around Austin in the month of April, then you've seen me toting around ESPEROS' Petite Pack, AKA the best bag I've ever owned. I realized recently that my crossbody bags were causing me to slouch, so I extra love that my little backpack lets me stand up straight and not have to adjust a clunky purse while I'm out and about. Get ready to see this bag all spring and summer long because it goes with everything and is way too comfortable to stop taking everywhere I go!

Do you have all the heart eyes for ESPEROS? Use code WRITESLIKEAGIRL for 15% off your order through May 31!

Tell me about your favorite teacher growing up whose influence had a little something to do with who or where you are now!

*While I did receive an ESPEROS backpack in exchange for this post, all opinions (and high school stories) are my own!

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