Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lessons I've Learned from the Queens of Comedy; Kristen Wiig Edition

Kristen Wiig is HILARIOUS. I love all of my SNL girls, but she cracked the top three for me (If you HAVE to ask, the ones above her are Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, obviously.) She's someone I would love to go karaokeing with or even going to play BINGO at the community center or something, because it would be the best night! Of.My.Life. She's a strong woman which I just LOVE, she's an excellent writer (Bridesmaids!), hilarious comedian and a great actress. 

1. I run the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious here, but I love to write. I've written since I was in 7th grade and haven't stopped since. I like the research that takes place leading up to an essay just as much as actually writing the essay itself (yes, I'm that kid that loves English homework!) and I also love the creativity that goes on in writing stories or poems. I love it all. I haven't always been able to admit that. It's a closely guarded secret (well, not anymore I guess) that I've kept for a long time from most people. I was always afraid of what other people thought about what I'd written because it was so deeply personal for me. When I started this blog last November (2013) is was to get over this very fear. And this helps me to be braver. Your creativity is your life force. Don't let ANYONE tamper it down. Create for you and you alone, and let others' appreciate it if they want to.

2. Yes! Most of us have been there before. I definitely have. A good 1 1/2 years in my late teens that I would call definite ROCK BOTTOM for me. But that's okay. Instead of resenting that part of our lives, embrace it. Don't let it hold you down and keep fighting the good fight!

 3. Figure out what your strengths are and play to them. You can be proud of yourself and enjoy your greatness without being cocky or arrogant. AND YOU SHOULD! If you don't know what those things are just yet, don't fret! Dedicate some real time to soul searching and meditating. If you're still struggling to find what you're good at, make lists of all the things you love, even the little things or try a whole bunch of EVERYTHING until you find what you love and are good at. If you have trouble acknowledging or accepting the things you're good at, don't hesitate to ask your friends and family what they think your strengths are. Guaranteed they see your talents even if you don't

BTW: You don't have to be GOOD at the things you love to do them. Just sayin'. I LOVE to draw but I'm awful at it! 

4. Seriously true words. Listen, I know having the courage to do what you love isn't always easy. I never had a thought in the world about doing anything other than my favorite thing in the world (soccer) until I got hurt really bad and physically wasn't able to do it anymore. And after that I got scared. For the first time in my life I wasn't sure about who I was, where I was going or what I wanted to do. It was the absolute worst time of my life. I didn't want to commit to anything else because the last time I had done so, it ended in the worst possible way. I had had the snot kicked out of me and I didn't think I could handle going through that again. But you know what, NOT doing what you love (even if it's your second best thing) is miserable. It's no way to live. You might get hurt again. You might fall but then again you might fly. Be true to who you are and jump off the cliff, even though you don't know what's underneath you. Believe in yourself, it's the only parachute you need.

5. Yes! Break down those walls! I mean, Bridesmaids was a real turning point for the industry, being a comedy completely centered on a female cast and written by a woman, no less! I love the headway she's making in a male-dominated field. It's inspirational for us career-minded women to see someone who's taking it head on. You go girlfriend! Girl Power! (Sorry, I'm a 90's kid...) It doesn't matter what field you're in, as a woman, you can be game changers. You WILL be game changers! Work hard and don't be afraid to challenge the norm!

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