Eileen Kelly is the feminist and model turned sex-educator-in-training behind the site Killer And A Sweet Thang, a site by and for young people to talk about sexuality on their terms. She’s also our “Boss of the Week.”
The (NSFW) platform aims to be a comprehensive resource for millennial sex ed. The kind we all wish we had more of in our youth. Kelly enlists writers from diverse backgrounds to break down everything from STIs, different types of sex, to period management.
So how does a young journalist and founder define “success,” and what keeps her going everyday?
What was your very first job?
My first job was as a secretary for my Dad. I was really young, so all I did was answer the phone and scan documents but it gave me a really important sense of confidence that I still hold with me today.
What do you “call yourself” now?
I have a plaque on my desk that says “GIRL BOSS.” No joke!
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
There are two quotes that come to mind when I am asked this question. One is, “Focus on doing it well, not doing it the fastest” and the other; “Opportunities come your way because they’re meant to, so remember to say ‘yes’ to the universe and know that they come because you are ready.”
What does “success” mean to you?
For me, success is discovering your inner confidence and truly being happy living in the present moment. Success has such an individual definition for each person, so I believe it comes from loving what you do and doing it to the best of your ability.
How do you manage stress?
I see an amazing therapist and I love taking baths!
What do you wish someone told you when you were 21?
Ha! Well that was less than a year ago and I’m very happy with where I am, so whatever people told me or didn’t tell me, I’m okay with how it went.
What inspires you and gets you out of bed in the morning?
One thing is definitely, the courage my writers have on a daily basis to share their intimate stories. Also, the community our readers have created online between each other is really inspiring to see. Sometimes I get stressed out at the idea that so many people depend on me, but then I remember back to when I was 16 and how desperately I wished I had someone to talk to about the topics we discuss on my site.
I made my dream a reality for young people like me looking for a place to open up and learn. That’s what gets me out of bed each morning.
Words: Jerico MandyburPhoto: Instagram/Eileen Kelly