This One’s For Amanda de Cadenet

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Thank you for sparking conversation.

Thank you for sparking a dialogue among women.

Thank you for showing us that a strong woman is a process.

Thank you for putting a premium on strong opinions. On female leadership. On community.

Dear readers, I have a confession to make. I have no idea what I’m doing. I never know what’s in store in the world, or in my thoughts. I still feel like a kid, a sponge, trying to absorb as much as I can so that I can one day say I have it figured out. I have a feeling that day will never come, but it’s the journey that counts, right?

The one thing I do know is that I’ve always relied on those wiser than me to guide the way. I seek them out constantly so as not to miss a single lesson. When I was a kid it was my teachers, my family, a close friend. As I got older, and was exposed to more of the world through books and television, I began to realize that there were wise people everywhere! What kid of the 90s wasn’t inspired by Judy Blume, Rosie O’Donnell or any and every segment of Reading Rainbow?

These days I’m especially drawn to women who are paving their own path, and at the same time, in a way, paving the way for me. In the last few years I’m finding these women everywhere, practically chanting for the rest of us to follow suit. I love it. Authors, actresses, business women, hosts, professionals in any field, and even women in my own life are inspiring me every single day. It’s exciting.

I discovered Amanda de Cadenet a couple of years ago on Youtube. After watching one episode of The Conversation I was forever hooked on her passion, her straightforwardness and her honesty. I immediately wanted to talk to her and learn from her, and to be honest, I really wanted to do what she did! How amazing would it be to go to work every day and just chat with inspiring people about topics that affect us all. Even cooler, how amazing would it be to be able to help others by doing something you truly love. That idea really stuck with me, and I’ve been a follower ever since.

This interview with Chelsea Handler is perhaps one of my favorites. Two powerhouse women speaking honestly about love,  life and careers. No pretense, no one worrying about their image, and sincerity all around. If you’re not hooked after this I don’t know what’s wrong with you ;)

Tonight, Amanda premieres her new talk show on Lifetime Television. This time it’s live and it’s called #Undone. I really can’t wait. As we all know, Chelsea Handler is leaving late night at the end of August and I can’t think of a better woman to take the torch! #TeamUndone is going to inspire a new generation of smart ladies and gents and I can’t wait to see what we all do next!

Amanda, I thank you :)

#Undone premieres tonight on Lifetime Television at 10:30pm EST/9:30pm PST

 

 

20 Things About Me

There’s this hashtag thing going around twitter right now, #20ThingsAboutMe, and since I have SO MUCH to do today before a three week trip tomorrow, I decided that creating a blog post about it would be the logical thing to do. Sometimes I surprise myself with my logical thinking.

I don’t really feel like any deep thinking today so this list will be a random cluster of facts and things I love. I’m pretty sure about 3 people in the entire world will care AT ALL about this list, but I am not selfish, so, I will put the effort in just for them. You’re welcome.

20. I can’t resist lists like this. It reminds me of the old days of Facebook….before it got annoying. (twitter is still cool in my books).

19. I am very loyal to my favorite things. They don’t tend to change (because I’m super stubborn) and I will defend them to the end. Like this:

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18. My favorite Singer: Gloria Estefan…I mean…come on.

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17. My favorite Musical Theatre Performer: The one and only Bernadette Peters

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16. My current favorite all-around human being: Chelsea Handler (ok, so I was late to the CH party, but now I am a loyal follower).

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15. Favorite Musical? Ohhh it’s a toss up between Gypsy and Into The Woods

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14. Favorite Genius? Stephen Sondheim. Beyond genius.

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13. Favorite Movie: I want to say The Wizard of Oz….but there are so many!

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12. My most favorite place in the world is the coast of Lima, Peru. So many memories.

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11. My sister and could not be more different. I mean, it’s pretty crazy.

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10. I moved to Canada the day I turned 7. I think at this point I’ve recovered. I think…

9. I’m obsessed with my friends. I could not have asked for a better group of people in my life. In every corner of my life. I feel so lucky to have always enjoyed school and all of my friends during those years!

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8. I’d be pretty ok if the only season was SUMMER. And if I spent the rest of my life on a beach.

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7. NYC is maybe the greatest city in the world. The energy I feel when I’m there is ridiculous. It makes you feel like you can do anything.

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6. Oh, Aaron Sorkin is another Genius. And don’t even get me started with Jason Katims. The West Wing and Parenthood, anyone?

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5. If you haven’t noticed I love anything to do with acting, film/tv and theatre. Yay theatre school!

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4. Reading is probably one of my favorite things to do. It does nothing for my social life;)

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3. I’m obsessed with beautiful things like this:

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2. Sometimes when I’m alone in the car I feel the need sing through the entire cast recording of In The Heights. This also happens when I work out, and occasionally when I’m alone in the house. You should hear me do the opening rap.

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1. I’m so excited for a whole new adventure to begin tomorrow…..:)

Random Inspiration To Get You Through The Day

All things that are inspiring me at the moment. I couldn’t decide what to include but this is a random cluster of my inspirational fuel for the past little while. There is a lot more where this came from….but I hate long blogs ;)

I tend to draw a lot of my creative fuel from books, but I also love quotations and beautiful design. Also, who doesn’t love a good Stephen Sondheim quote or song. The Weepies will never let you down, Bernadette Peters will get anyone through anything…..And Chelsea Handler is just the most honest hilarious woman in the world. Period.

Enjoy and use as needed :)

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10 Reasons ‘After Lately’ Deserves A Season 4 – I’m Talking To You E! Network

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If you haven’t seen any episodes of After Lately you are ridiculous, or….you just don’t have money to pay for cable and you don’t get the E! Network, in which case, I’m sorry.

(Sidebar – E!, what’s up with you not letting Canadians watch your videos on Youtube? What is up with that? We deserve access to Chelsea Handler and the gang as much as any American. You can, however, keep almost everything else on your network to yourselves.)

ANYWAY, I won’t bore you with personal details of my obsession, but I did feel the need to publicly state that After Lately is one of the funniest things I’ve seen on television (or online) in a very long time. A very, very, long time. E!, you were onto something that was getting closer and closer to the brilliance that was 30 Rock….and then you blew it! I hear that there will NOT be a season 4 of After Lately and this news is devastating. Don’t you see that you could have carried the torch for hilarious mockumentary office comedies?? 30 Rock and The Office….and you. It could have been you! I need an explanation immediately.

I realize that we, the fans, need to take matters into our own hands. So, I’m hoping that we can all harass E! until they cave and we start seeing new After Lately behind-the-scenes pictures of Brad Wollack stalking Chelsea at her own home, or Sarah Colonna and her ridiculously amazing hair. Let’s tweet and retweet until they get sick of us and give us what we want. It really worked for me as kid.

But seriously, After Lately is pretty special. For me, there is nothing better than comedy created out of love and by a group of people that are just trying to make each other laugh. Who knows if my observations are true….but that’s what it looks like to me. And I’m usually right about these things…just sayin’ ;)

Just in case you needed any more reason to chant ‘give us more Lately‘, here are my Top 10 Reason ‘After Lately’ Deserves A Season 4:

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