What is a #MONTHLYMUSE?BoMa’s Monthly Muse is our way of celebrating strong women who inspire others to do great. Each month, we’ll be featuring women we think embody ambition, power, strength, and inner beauty. A BoMa Muse is driven, dedicated, and goes about her day with confidence. She’s expressive and stands for what she loves, whether it be in fashion or personal beliefs. Going further than fashion, she refuses to follow the crowd as she proudly creates her own style. We’d like to bring well-deserved acknowledgment to women who shine from within, spreading peace and positivity wherever they go. These women exude kindness and compassion while lifting others up. Optimistic, they try to find good in anything and everything and make the most of situations. The beauty of her genuine soul radiates a kind of light that brightens the day of anyone who crosses her path.
As a fourth-grade teacher from Philly, Bohemian babe Lindsey Jednak has captured our hearts for the month of September. An inspiration in both the fashion scene and the classroom, she reflects good vibes and a Boho spirit. As “The Fashionably Broke Teacher,” Lindsey has opened up to us about how she balances her passion for fashion, an established blog and social media presence, her career, and life.
When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as a teacher?
I think I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but the light bulb truly went on when I was in high school and we had our senior service day. I went back to my old elementary school and helped out in a 2nd grade classroom for the day. The kids were adorable and the energy in the classroom that day truly made me realize I had to follow the path of my sister and mom being a teacher. It's one of the most rewarding jobs I have every done and every day is an adventure!
Does your career have any influence on how you dress?
My career as a teacher definitely has influenced my love of feminine dresses and skirts. I love how flattering they are and how fun it is to pair with different printed tops and booties. I also have a career that embraces fun and creativity, so I love bringing in trends into the classroom.
What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?
I think social media has an important role to connect people and bring out body positivity and uniqueness. Fashion is all about expressing yourself no matter what profession you are in and I love that I can find my favorite styles to wear and see girls that I adore in the clothes, not just from magazines. It is also so amazing to see how different trends can be translated based on a person's personal style.
As the season is coming to a close, back-to-school time is quickly approaching. Any style tips on transitioning from summer to fall fashion?
I love layering! Strappy maxi dresses go perfect with a rock tee underneath or turtleneck. Booties and a summer floral dress is also perfection in the fall. I also adore wearing kimonos as a transitional piece over everything. The more the colorful print, the better!
Balancing work with personal life can get overwhelming. Do you have any advice for other working women out there?
If you love something enough, you will find the time. Teaching and blogging can take up a lot of my time but I truly love them both so what I have found is if I stay organized and plan out your time I can do it! I have also learned that is important to make time to wind down and disconnect. Communication is key in relationships and taking the time to just enjoy your time with who you are with is what will matter most in the end. Deadlines will get done, but that conversation and laugher with a good friend and not worrying about what is going on with your phone is the best feeling.
Besides manifesting the opportunity to inspire, how else does teaching compare to fashion? In what ways do you inspire?
I think I show my students that you can accomplish anything if you are yourself and work hard. I think in both industries it is so important to stay positive and be proud of what makes you unique. I like to think I inspire my students daily to be their best and be a kind person in all that they do. In fashion, I love inspiring others to find their own personal style!
“Some women fear the fire.
Some women simply become it.”
― R.H. Sin
Images via Thefashionablybroketeacher.com
Keep up with Lindsey here!