Lady Love

Good morning from the great state of New Jersey, y'all!

Yes, I'm back home, having made my great escape from Nashville. It was an... interesting trip. I wish I had more time {and better means of transport} to see more of Downtown Nashville {which, as best I can tell, is about 2 blocks with as much neon signage as the town could possibly stick onto roughly 12 buildings}, but it was definitely nice to be away for a couple of days. But it's nice to be back in the dirty too.

Anyway, March is a big month. It's my birthday month {!!}, the start of spring, Daylight Saving Time, and the time where we can finally feel like it's okay to start coming out of hibernation. It's Women's History Month too, which I can totally get on board with.

So to mark the occasion and spread a little lady love, here are some of my favorite pieces of wisdom from some of my favorite ladies, past and present.

"You can live a lifetime in a summer, especially when you're young."
Judy Blume

Ah, Judy Blume, the woman who taught us about "men-stroo-ation," bust-increasing exercises, the joy of female friendship, the hardship and heartache implicit in growing up, and that no matter how weird we are, or how alone we feel, we can always find solace, comfort, and companionship in the pages of her books.
This, of course, is far from her best piece of wisdom, but it's one I have always loved and that always sticks with me. Remembering it at the beginning and end of each summer tends to help me bookend another new year, and lets me believe I am, even now in my twenties, still what she meant by "young." :)

"Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss.
Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it."
Tina Fey

Tina, oh sweet, beautiful Tina. The woman who brought us Liz Lemon, a gal you know you relate to, no matter how much you want to act like you don't. The woman who brought us MEAN GIRLS, for crying out loud. She taught us about being blorft {"'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.'" – Bossypants} and showed us, with the help of another wonderful lady of show biz, the importance of supporting and encouraging your fellow woman.

"I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."
Amy Poehler

This gal. She's full of so much wisdom — just spend a few minutes with Smart Girls if you don't believe me. Amy is a champion for women and girls, and exactly what comedy had been missing. Leslie Knope, y'all! Galentine's Day! Ask Amy! And let's not forget what is arguably her greatest contribution to popular culture — her portrayal of Regina George's mother in Mean Girls. Was there ever a role so iconic and memorable? I think not.
For real though, if you ever want to feel empowered or supported as a woman, spend some time with Amy and the Smart Girls. She knows her stuff, and yes, I'm being a bossy woman and telling you to go watch some Ask Amy videos like right now.

"You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That's how I've done it. There's no other way."
Elizabeth Taylor

She's right, you know. And you better believe we should take any advice we can from her. 

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
Audrey Hepburn

Call me a cliche if you'd like, but I adore this woman — the shrine to her that is my bedroom would like to support that claim. Has there been any woman since her who was so easily {it seems} able to capture grace, mirth, style, beauty, and kindness in one small package? She's an icon, no doubt, and, in my estimation, a beautiful example of a woman who set and played by her own rules and enjoyed life how she saw fit. What else do you want?

What's the best piece of wisdom you've heard from an iconic woman, past or present? I want to know who your female role models are! Shout them out in the comments :) & Happy Women's History Month!