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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

Today’s list is all about the people you want to be like. I’ll refrain from judging you if you refrain from judging me about who made the cut for me! LOL OK, here we go:52lists

  • Ann Wilson
  • Gene Simmons (The man is a brilliant businessman)
  • Judy Blume (In my opinion one of the best authors ever!)
  • JK Rowling (I love the fact that she kept her common sense in the face of writing such an amazing story!)
  • Martha Stewart
  • My grandmother
  • My former religion teacher who has more faith than I will EVER have.

I know it seems like a short list, but in so many of these categories, I have never thought about this stuff before. The authors ask us to take action this week by finding the person you most want to emulate in your own life and try to be more like them.

Who do you admire? Feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Fabulous Fridays: #52 Lists Project

52listsHey Everyone!

This week’s list tells us to list the happiest moments of our lives. According to the author, “sometimes it’s easy to forget all of the wonderful things that have happened in our lives.” This list is a good way to remind us that we really have had a wonderful life! (BTW: This list is not in any particular order…as you will see, I have had some pretty awesome experiences so it’s impossible to put it in any kind of numerical order.)

  1. When I first met Nancy Wilson.
  2. When I got to interview Ann Wilson.
  3. When I saw them both and got to personally tell them how much they meant to me. (I also got to give Nancy a copy of my first book since she is mentioned in the acknowledgements. LOL)
  4. When I met Pope Benedict XVI
  5. When I got to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
  6. Whenever I sing.
  7. The Christmas I got my black guitar.
  8. Whenever I have fallen in love. (It’s only happened a couple of times so…yeah)
  9. When my children were born.
  10. When my children have a big milestone or get to do something really cool and I get to be part of it.
  11. Whenever I am at Disney World.
  12. When I met Ivan Lendl.
  13. When I met Gene Simmons.
  14. Whenever I meet someone I admire.
  15. The summer I was 13.
  16. When I was with my parents.

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Buy It, Borrow It or Bag It: Growing Up Duggar by Jana, Jinger, Jessa and Jill Duggar

Duggar    First of all in full disclosure…I only Borrowed this book from the library. I do not have a daughter that I could share a book like this with so it made no sense for me to purchase it at all. However, I was curious. I have been very fascinated by this family for a long time and I was curious as to what a book “all about relationships” would be about.

As you might expect (or know, if you watch the show) the Duggars have VERY conservative Christian values. The books they read, the limited TV they watch, the Internet sites that they use are all heavily monitored by their parents. They dress modestly, the girls are usually in dresses (unless safety is an issue and they would have to wear pants for some reason), although they are not prevented from receiving a college education, there’s nothing to suggest that any of the daughters have big plans to enroll in Harvard any time soon.

So what would these kids have to say about relationships? Quite a lot and to my surprise, some of it I actually agree with. Oh, I don’t think I would tell my daughter (if I had one) to hold off on kissing her boyfriend until her wedding day, but I do see a lot of value in concentrating on getting to know a person better through non-physical ways of communication and not concerning oneself with having the best clothes, shoes, etc. I may not care or their long denim skirts, but the Duggar girls don’t look like frumpy slobs either. In one part of the book, they mention wedding dress designers that make modest gowns and out of curiosity, I went to the websites they listed…I was shocked. I expected to see something really….well outdated, but I saw some gorgeous gowns that I NEVER would have categorized as “Duggarish.”

Os there a lot of mention of God? You bet. Is there a lot of conservative claptrap? Yeppers. I cracked up when they talked about getting involved with politics and “finding a good conservative candidate” because ok, maybe that’s not the best message to send. However, it’s their book and if you are buying a book by the Duggars and expecting it to be radically different from what you see on TV…well, then you are barking up the wrong tree.

I am all about positive roe models for today’s girls and unfortunately it seems like there aren’t a lot so I will take what I can get. Years ago, I had Jo, Blair, Natalie and Tootie each week to help me make sense of life, not Khloe, Kourtney and the rest of the Kardashian crew. If you are a mother, Borrow this book and read it for yourself before introducing it to your daughter. If you like what you read, then there you go (believe me, this book is NOT for everyone)…if it’s not for your family find something else. But find something else. Because if we don’t identify solid mentors for them, they will find their own.

As an aside and speaking as a former daughter: If your daughter does have a role model that you feel is inappropriate, talk to her about why she likes that person. You may be surprised. Once upon a time, my mother HATED the fact that I admired Gene Simmons of KISS…she called him a “freak.” Finally one day she said, “I just don’t see why you like him, Julie.” To which I replied, ” Well mom, he has a strong work ethic, is devoted to his mother, used to be a school teacher, has a degree and at one time thought about becoming a rabbi. His mother survived the Nazi death camps and he vowed never to do drugs or touch alcohol. I also heard that he can speak seven different languages. Still think he is a bad influence on me?” She never said another bad thing about him and actually started watching his show! My point is, don’t criticize what you don’t understand until you take the time to find out more.

As for the Duggar girls…check it out and decide for yourself.

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Fabulous Fridays: Happy August

My favorite month of the year has officially begun! I positively LOVE August. Although it tends to be blisteringly hot, school starts, and it is a painful reminder that summer is coming to an end, it is the only month of the year with no holiday in it other than my birthday making it an extra special month indeed!!

I got to thinking about people who were born in the month of August along with me and I discovered that there are a lot of famous faces who will celebrate this month alongside me. While some are Leos and others are Virgos, I can’t help feeling a kinship to a few of them. Here are a few of those who have upcoming Birthdays this month:

Martha Stewart    1. Martha Stewart 8/3: The diva of domesticity is (not surprisingly) a Leo. I read that she actually organized a Leo-themed birthday party one year and in a spur of the “fan girl” moment, I actually sent Ms. Stewart a birthday card. I received a lovely thank you note in return.


Gene    2. Gene Simmons 8/10: My buddy Gene will be celebrating his 65th birthday this year and I have to hand it to anyone who can still tour the way he does. Mazel Tov to you, my friend!


madonna300     3. Madonna 8/16: Somehow I am not surprised that the Material Girl and I share a birthday month and it is explains so much to know that she is a Leo. Although there are times I like her and times I hate her…she was a game changer in the music world.


Robert Plant    4. Robert Plant 8/20: Yes, the Golden God and I share a birth month and I have to admit, I get a little thrill in knowing this. I will never be as good of a singer as he is. I highly doubt I will ever see Led Zeppelin in concert (outside of a DVD) so at least I have this one little thing in common with him.


Michael Jackson    5. Michael Jackson (Deceased) 8/29: Sorry, I ordinarily do not commemorate the birthdays of dead people (that strikes me as a bit counter productive) but in this case, I am only too happy to share a birthday month with the most famous Hoosier of them all.

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