April 21, 2015


Sometimes, when I'm struggling to get myself motivated to take action (or even get out of bed, because I've built myself such a comfortable cocoon overnight) I like to imagine what women I admire would say or do to encourage me.

Tina Fey would refer me to her amazing memoir, Bossypants, which equal parts awesome and inspiration.
You can't be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.

Our mutual best friend, Amy Poehler, would offer me a quote from Yes, Please that seals the deal and gets me out of bed:
I believe great people do things before they are ready.

Beyonce is, therefore she inspires. And one of the songs off of her most recent album is just about the most perfect power anthem a young woman could listen to on her morning commute to work.

I know when you were little girls/ You dreamt of being in my world/ Don't forget, don't forget/ Respect that, bow down bitches.

When I look at myself in the mirror and feel guilty about not working out harder or for eating a donut for breakfast when I could have just as easily had a green smoothie, I can turn to my girl, Mindy Kaling, who in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) will remind me:
If someone called me chubby, it would no longer be something that kept me up late at night. Being called fat is not like being called stupid or unfunny, which is the worst thing you could ever say to me. Do I envy Jennifer Hudson for being able to lose all that weight and look smokin’ hot? Of course, yes. Do I sometimes look at Gisele Bundchen and wonder how awesome life would be if I never had to wear Spanx? Duh, of course. That’s kind of the point of Gisele Bundchen. And maybe I will, once or twice, for a very short period of time. But on the list of things I want to do in my lifetime, that’s not near the top. I mean, it’s not near the bottom either. I’d say it’s right above “Learn to drive a vespa,” but several notches below “film a chase scene for a movie.” 

When I still feel like that little kid on the first day of school who is worried she won't have any friends to sit with during lunch, I remember my mom telling me that everything will work out. And that even when things are hard, you just have to believe in yourself and try your best.

I think of women I know. I think of women I read about in the paper or online. They're all women who get up and do their thing just because they were given another day to it. With so many powerful, motivational, inspirational women around, it's hard to be stuck for too long.

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