Who are you?
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Talisa, and I’m a 20-something writer (online and off), Marketing professional and coffee-fiend. I am a MSc. Marketing Communications graduate of the University of the West of England, Bristol, England.
Tell me about That New Girl
That New Girl is a social safe-space I created for teens and twenty-somethings, dedicated to the uplifting and encouragement of young women and girls everywhere. It’s my way of helping you navigate through the ins & outs of life as a millennial.
Over here, I talk about it all! From anxiety, bullies, to post-breakup couch-binges; from geeky-girl crushes on badboys, to friendship fails, first-day-at-work woes and everything in between!
Why did you start That New Girl?
Grab a cuppa, it’s gonna be a bit of a story. I’ve been told by friends and people that have met me that I have many stories that were important to tell. Not the once-upon-a-time type, but something of a ‘history’ (or herstory in this case) that other people, namely other young women needed to hear and would benefit from. I sat on that idea for several years. Being a bit of a shy gal, I didn’t readily jump at the opportunity to go online and ‘tell all’ to a bunch of strangers.
Then one day I was on my way to a friend’s house in Kingswood, Bristol. Ahead of me was a girl, (no older than nine years old) and her mother on the bus. Her mother was on the phone with her adorable daughter’s school, enquiring about a stream of ongoing bullying experiences that her daughter had told her about, even though she had been assured by the school something would be done about it.
It took me back to when I was twelve and my parents were also assured that the things I experienced at school would stop. Except they didn’t. After I managed to calm my watery eyes from overhearing this conversation, seeing the look on the cutie’s face and the absolute exasperation and concern in her mother’s voice, the decision was made then and there that I couldn’t stay silent.
For the girls
Girls today face a world where the pressures, demands and expectations coming at them make the ones I experienced pale in comparison. The stories I needed to share are for them. The messy, rocky places they’re in, they won’t be in forever. They need to be assured of that. The challenges, hurts and the tough stuff won’t last forever. They need to know that they can push through them.
That’s where, I hope, I come in. For help, assurance and that gentle push in different areas of a girl’s life. Whether it’s friendship, crushes, physical and mental health, social awkwardness, entering the working world, and so much more!
Thank you for being here!