The Fearless Award

The Fearless Award

The Fearless Award is an award for #BOSSBABES who empower other women to do what they love! Style Collective is a platform for female influencers to connect, grow, and learn how to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs. The Fearless Award is a way to empower and connect with other bloggers/Instagrammers that you want to get to know, affirm a girl boss you’ve always looked up to, share the love around your network, or encourage a new blogger/Instagrammer on her path!

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Fearless Award Questions:

Who are you?!

My name is Annie Spano and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, this means that I can do my work from anywhere in the world from my laptop. I founded the company Style Collective, I blog, host a podcast, and am a public speaker. My job is to inspire women all over the world and give them the tools they need to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs.

What is your blog/Instagram all about?

My blog is about sharing the personal side of the person behind Style Collective. I write to inspire and share how I’ve overcome personal struggles because let’s be honest, life is hard. It’s easy to give up and be a victim, but I believe you should just keep persevering. Don’t ever give up.

What do you LOVE about blogging/Instagramming?

I love how many women it has connected me with! I feel like I have friends all over the world and it’s created amazing opportunities for me to travel, speak, host events, and inspire.

What do you not love about blogging/Instagramming?

The façade; I think it’s important to be authentic and real about what’s going on in life. It’s easy to show the highlights, but people relate even more to the struggle and when you can be vulnerable.

What are your goals (big and small!) for your blog/Instagram?

To help women realize their potential, speak on industry and university panels, and eventually, I’d love to teach a weekend seminar to students about influencer and social media marketing.

If you could be better at one thing, what would it be?

I know my strengths, and therefore I try to stick to what I am good at and what I enjoy doing. I’d like to continue to hone in on my writing and public speaking skills.

Who are your biggest supporters? How/why?

My family; my husband helps me with so much of Style Collective behind the scenes, he is way more technical and strategic than I am, so I really appreciate his guidance and input. He tackles the legal side of my business, too, which has been a huge help. Mike’s Mom and my Dad are my biggest cheerleaders from afar, always interested in what I’m doing, sharing what I’m doing on social media, emailing coworkers articles that I’ve written, and even listening to my podcast!

What do you wish there was more of in your life?

I feel very fulfilled in all aspects of my life, but I am looking forward to financial freedom. I am still in investing mode with Style Collective and pay myself minimum wage (I didn’t pay myself at all for the first year). I am fortunate enough that my husband makes a good salary, but I can’t wait until I, too, have financial independence!

Fearless Award Secret Facts:

  1. When I was 19 years old, I had corrective surgery for scoliosis, meaning my spine is fused with metal rods and screws!
  2. In high school and college, I was on the swimming and diving team. In college, I placed top 5 in 3m springboard diving at the state championship my freshman year.
  3. I also love to sing; I sang the national anthem at sporting events in college.
  4. I met my now-husband while shopping at the mall in 2006. More on that next month!
  5. I secretly love cars; one of my favorite shows is the old Top Gear series and the new Grand Tour series.

Fearless Award

I nominate:

All of the SC Regional Leaders! Thank you, ladies, so much for hosting podcast launch parties in May. I appreciate you more than you know!

Kelli Austin, Texas
Gretchen Boston, MA
Lindsay Boston, MA
Erica Brooklyn, New York
Vidya Calgary, Alberta
Roketa Charlotte, NC
Alaya Charlotte, North Carolina
Sylvie Cleveland, OH
Stephanie Columbus, OH
Cindy Dallas
Jackie Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas
Niqui Dallas, Texas
Elizabeth Dallas, Texas
Amanda Dallas, TX
Vanessa Dallas, TX
Deanna Dallas, Texas
Alyssa Denver, CO
Robin Edmonton, Alberta
Diane Hartford, CT
Bianca Hopewell Junction, NY
Jenna Houston, Texas
Melissa Houston, Texas
Stephanie Jacksonville, Florida
Lacey Knoxville, TN
Melanie Las Vegas, NV
Lynlee Little Rock, Arkansas
Jessica Los Angeles, CA
Jessie Miami, FL
Katherine Milwaukee, WI
Leslie Minneapolis, MN
Olivia Nashville, Tennessee
Rachel Nashville, TN
Kerrylorene New York
Agnieszka New York City
Laura New York, New York
Devon New York, New York
Nejla New York, NY
Azadeh New York, NY
Lillian New York, NY
Nikki Orlando, FL
Kimberly Orlando, Florida
Zulma Pensacola Florida
Meghan Philadelphia, PA
Tiffany Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Azanique Raleigh, NC
Victoria Raleigh, NC
Megan Richmond, VA
Laura Richmond, Virginia
Mindie Salt Lake City, Utah
Chelsey San Antonio, Texas
Jasmine San Fran, CA
Clara San Francisco, CA
Mukta San Francisco, California
Carmen St Louis, Mo
Valerie St. Louis, MO
Lucielle Tampa, Florida
Yaima Vero Beach, Florida
Tarra Washington, DC
Belen Washington DC
Katlyn Washington, D.C.
Samantha Washington, D.C.
Kristen Washington, DC
Karen Washington, DC
Savannah Wilmington, NC / Myrtle Beach, SC

Here’s what you do next:

Compose the post on your blog (or Instagram? Could be kind of fun?!) and THANK the person who nominated you! Be sure to link to their blog/Instagram!

Answer the Fearless Award questions (the questions that I answered above). List out 5 secret facts about yourself/blog/brand. Have fun with this!

Post on your blog/Instagram! If on blog: Include the Fearless Award graphic (available here & here). If on Instagram: use the hashtag #BecomingFearless and tag @stylecollective_

Nominate at least 5 #bossbabes who you think align with the Style Collective mantra of women championing women! List them and link to their blogs/Instagram. Include a sentence or two on why you love their blog/Instagram!

Inform the nominees that you’ve elected them for the Fearless Award! They should post their answers and award rules on their blog/Instagram.

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  • Kimberly Samantha

    Annie, thank you for sharing your life with us. You are an inspiration and I’m so proud to be part of the Style Collective group. I love listening to the podcast, I listened to this on my commute to work. It’s one of the best ways to start my week and I look forward for more to come 🙂

    Kimberly
    http://www.brunchandgloss.com

    • Aw, thank you so much for reading my Q&A and being an SC boss babe!! xo

  • Oh my gosh! Thank you Annie! So honored you nominated me!

    Xx,

    Lacey // http://www.theglittergospelblog.com

    • Yay, I’m so excited to have you part of this amazing award!

  • Thank you for this post Annie ! So excited and happy that we could make the podcast meet possible ! Looking forward to more fun with style collective sisters and boss babes ! Xo Xo
    Miki
    http://www.blogtrendz.com/

    • Yay, so excited to hear this!! Can’t wait for the next round of meetups this summer! 🙂

  • Nikki Arnold

    Thank you so much Annie!!! I will definitely post about this soon!! Xoxo

    • YAY, I can’t wait!! xo much love to you!

  • Vanessa Espinoza

    Thank you Anne! Working on the blog to post before this month is over! So excited! Thanks again 🙂

  • My favourite part of this was reading about what you love & not so much love about blogging. The connections are what makes it all so amazing and I am so thankful to have you {&SC!} to connect me with so many like minded women!

    WELL I am coming here to nominate YOU for an award! I nominated you & your fabulous self for the Blogger Recognition Award 😉 Here is the link to check it out & spread the blog love: http://bit.ly/bloggerreccaward xx Shannon || http://www.champagneatshannons.com