S O L O is a destination for women who want to find their best selves, create their own success, and live with passion and adventure.
We live in a fast-paced, digitally driven society, and we know that women face ENORMOUS amounts of pressure to look and act in ways that are considered attractive, enviable or “socially acceptable.”
Armed with these observations, we decided to build SOLO on the notion that true beauty, fulfillment, and success are created WITHIN.
Each week, we will provide purposeful posts in the realm of self-improvement, exploration and healthy living. We will also feature real, honest interviews with influencers and female entrepreneurs, as well as stories from women with diverse experiences and insights to share (Solo Storytellers).
At SOLO, our vision is to build a community of women who want to find great strength as individuals so that we may RISE UP in the world, together.
>> about ryan <<
Ryan graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism/ Public Relations.
She moved to Santa Monica in 2012, and quickly landed her “dream job” producing events for Red Bull, Teva and Nike. Two years later, after realizing the stress of her job was consuming her life, she decided it was time to quit, take a step back, and redefine her path and her purpose.
Ryan began writing about the ups and downs of her career transition for Career Contessa, which led to published work on Refinery 29, Levo League and WeWork. Today, Ryan is a regular contributor to Career Contessa, The Western Wild, Simply Stylist and the Preppy Post Grad.
Ryan sees the crippling effects that social media messaging can have on a woman’s self esteem, and is dedicated to creating uplifting, positive content that women can learn from and relate to.
((On a personal note)) Ryan loves spending time with her boyfriend and friends, chasing sunsets, lifting weights, sippin on some vino, and journaling never-ending ideas for SOLO!
>> about erica <<
Erica moved to California with her fiancé in January 2014 from Chicago to pursue a life on the West Coast.
While living in California had always been a dream of hers, being thousands of miles away from friends, family and comfort, had her drowning in a deep pool of self doubt and forced her to reevaluate her life path.
For the past few years, Erica has been fortunate to work at a variety of agencies in Chicago & LA where she has helped mold/develop college programs as well as help students discover their paths, dreams and passions. Erica believes her purpose is to live and mentor an authentic life, while empowering young women to take control of their lives and encouraging them to become their best, soul selves - she is able to do all of this through the creation of SOLO!
Currently, Erica resides in Manhattan Beach with her fiancé and pup, Bo and is a Talent Manager at a collegiate marketing agency having worked on brands such as Vans, Bedsider & Bud Light.
When she’s not working her 9-5, she’s evolving SOLO, staying active - hiking, running, yoga (recently tried soulcycle, woah!) - reading & exploring new self-love methodologies, listening to inspiring podcasts, enjoying beach days with her beautiful friends & embracing every moment in life.
A self empowerment blog by Ryan & Erica. Made for women discovering their strongest, most authentic selves.
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