According to Amy…

Amy Poehler's

Amy Poehler has a long list of roles on her resume. Comedian. Actress. Director. Producer. Writer.

She can also add ‘mentor’ to that list.

In her best-selling first book, “Yes Please,” Poehler describes her life not only as an award-winning actress, but also as a woman who has gone through her fair share of setbacks. She’s honest and uncensored, adding a high level of transparency to her writing.

Poehler shares her [good and bad] experiences and meaningful advice in a way that makes her seem relatable to anyone. You don’t have to be an Emmy-nominated actress (fingers crossed this year for “Parks and Recreation”) to find relevance in her stories.

Below are ten quotes from her book that prove it.

  1. “I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do.” (12)

  2. “Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.” (21)

  3. “Sleep can change your entire outlook on life. One good night’s sleep can help you realize that you shouldn’t break up with someone, or you are being too hard on your friend, or you actually will win the race or the game or get the job.” (177)

  4. “Too often we are told to visualize what we want, cut out pictures of it and repeat it like a mantra over and over again. Books and magazines tell us to create vision boards. Late night commercials remind us that ‘anything is possible.’ Positive affirmations are written on our tea bags. I’m introducing a new idea. Try to care less. Practice ambivalence. Learn to let go of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend.” (222)

  5. “It doesn’t matter how much you get; you are left wanting more. Success is filled with MSG.” (225)

  6. “Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being.” (279)

  7. “Some people hate the word, and I understand how ‘bossy’ can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader.” (304)

  8. “Not enough is made of the fact that being of service makes you feel good. I think nonprofits should guarantee that giving your time and money makes your skin better and your ass smaller.” (306)

  9. “A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren’t one story.” (312)

  10. “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” (329)

Have you read Poehler’s book yet? What are your favorite quotes?

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The List of Lists

To-Do Lists

The ladies behind the House of Marbury blog have the right idea: Making to-do lists for use outside of work/school.

A blog post on the site from last month features five lists that you (and I) should consider making. It’s always necessary to make to-do lists for obligations concerning work, school and other responsibilities. Yet, it’s also important to prioritize parts of our personal lives, too (let’s not forget that we still have those!). The post includes five lists to use outside of our normal obligations and responsibilities:

  • A travel list

  • A reading list

  • A shopping list

  • A “bucket list” (of course)

  • A goals list

I have sticky notes and notepads full of lists for work and other responsibilities, but I’m all for making the above lists, too. Below is my own reading to-do list, which I hope to get through this summer (with a glass of wine nearby, of course).

Reading To-Do List

  • “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” by Adelle Waldman
    I read in an online article that actress Kate Hudson was reading this book. After reading a few reviews, I knew I had to add it to my list.

  • “The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
    I first learned about this book on the blog Pink Champagne Problems. I loved “The Devil Wears Prada,” so I think I’ll enjoy this one, too.

  • “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari
    It’s written by Aziz. Enough said. (It comes out next week!)

  • “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling
    Mindy’s first book is one of my favorites, so I might just have to preorder this one as I impatiently await the return of her show.

So, what’s on your to-do lists?