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

 

 

Three sites that will get you excited about being a girl…or woman…(or whichever you’re feeling like on any particular day)

This is what happens when I don’t have to go to work. I spend copious amounts of time online reading everything and anything that will entertain my ADD (I’ll never admit it) mind. I can’t just sleep in all day or watch countless hours of Breaking Bad so I can finally catch up! No. No, I have to fuel my restless brain and fill it up with the thoughts and ponderings of some of the most creative and inspiring minds on the internet. To be fair, I actually KNOW men and women who are incredibly bright and amazing….but they don’t have blogs. And they can’t always meet me at my favorite coffee shop. So, I’m left with finding my fix on the world wide web.

In the last few years there have been 3 websites that have never failed to amuse, educate and inspire me. They each satisfy my various moods and they each have a unique point of view. I’d be a jerk if I didn’t admit that they inspired me to start my little blog.

You need to check them out for yourself, but here is a little taste of what they each have to offer! In no particular order:

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HelloGiggles is my go-to site when I want to smile. It’s a self-proclaimed positive online community for women, although men are always welcome. They cover a variety of topics like fashion, love, DYI, pop culture and friendship…but the special thing about them is that they’re alway positive. Even the reader comments couldn’t be more lovely. I consider myself to be a nice person but hellogiggles reminds me that I can always be nicer…and less cynical! The site was founded by  Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the daily giggles.

Check out one of my recent favorite posts: Who doesn’t like a good Top 10 List?

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The Perfect Words of Julia Alvarez


 When I was a teenager I came across a book called ‘How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents’. It was able to capture how I felt being, essentially, an immigrants daughter. I was born In Lima, Peru but moved to Canada when I was 7. I actually turned 7 the day I got here. Epic.

I have had a pretty amazing life here. Never had to deal with any issues of racism or prejudice, but I definitely have felt different. It’s a feeling that I sometimes like. I like having a different background than the rest of my friends. I enjoy being able to live parallel lives…my life in Toronto and my life when I go to Lima. Those things have shaped who I am today. They have made me, well, me.

My struggles have been centred around trying to figure out where I belong. Where am I meant to be. Who was I meant to be. What if I had stayed in Lima and never moved? Who would I become?

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