Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.
By Kavita Gurm
Caroline Calloway’s Instagram account is like a black hole that just keeps sucking you in. After reading one of her captions, I guarantee you won’t be able to stop yourself from reading the next one… and the next one… and the next one. The minute I stumbled across her account, I was captivated. I challenge anyone to scroll through her account and not become obsessed with her. It’s practically impossible (fellow SDWSW writer Kelsey, who I introduced to Caroline’s wondrous Instagram account, can confirm this).
Caroline is a 25-year-old American writer/blogger and recent Art History graduate from the University of Cambridge. Originally from Virginia, she first moved to New York and briefly attended NYU, while continuing to apply to Cambridge. After being rejected a couple times, she applied again in her sophomore year at NYU and was finally accepted to her dream school. While at Cambridge, Caroline used Instagram as a way to write about her life and her daily adventures, each picture accompanied by long, story-like autobiographical captions—something that isn’t usually seen on a photo sharing platform like Instagram. Caroline has created a storytelling experience like no other, all while crafting an authentic, unique voice.
One of the biggest reasons I admire Caroline is because she inspires people to do what they love and be true to themselves, no matter what. Caroline got a book deal because she was determined, hardworking, and literally refused to give up. Getting rejection e-mails from publishers didn’t stop her from continuing to pursue her dream. What’s more impressive is that she didn’t just settle for any publisher, but she persisted until she finally landed her dream publisher and agent– the agent she had decided she wanted at age 18. Now, at 25, Caroline’s first memoir, And We Were Like, is expected to be released sometime this year. She promises that she has saved her best stories for her book, and I absolutely cannot wait. And We Were Like isn’t even out yet and I’m already certain it’s going to secure a place on the list of my all-time favourite books!
I love Caroline’s writing because she writes with honesty and humour. She writes openly about what happens in her life, and it’s clear that she isn’t afraid to say what she’s thinking. And while her stories seem magical and unbelievable, they are also real, unfiltered, and often relatable. They help us escape the dull days we might all have sometimes, but they simultaneously remind us that adventure is out there for everyone. Caroline sparks her readers to seek our own little glimmer of magic in our lives, and she inspires us to be more carefree and positive. Here is one of my favourite things that Caroline has said: “It’s definitely not cool to be so in awe of things. It’s definitely very embarrassing and not very classy at all. But I can’t tell what would be sadder: to react to these things in the right way or to live without wonder entirely.”
Since she shares such personal things with her readers, Caroline considers us to be some of her best friends. Although I have never met Caroline and obviously don’t know her personally, I really do feel like she is a friend of mine. I have been following her posts for so long that I know so much about her life (in a non-creepy way) and she has truly made an impact on me and the way I look at life. Also, I literally felt like a proud mom when she announced her book deal. When I read her Instagram posts and her tweets, or watch her Snapchat stories, I instantly get filled with joy. She seems like the kind of person everyone wants as a friend– positive, honest, funny, thoughtful, and not afraid to be herself (plus she’s a Harry Potter fan, so she is automatically ten times cooler). I’m 100% sure Caroline is the human embodiment of a ray of sunshine.
There’s this quote from the last episode of The Office, where Pam says, “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” That line always reminds me of Caroline and what I think she shows people.
She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.