Introducing outstanding woman of the day, Rosie Molinary! A wonderful series addition.
What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
I read every night before bed and usually have a few books going at once. Right now, I am working my way through Poser by Claire Dederer, We the Animals by Justin Torres, and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
You write a lot about self-acceptance. What do you love most about yourself?
What I love most about myself in general is my earnestness. I am passionate about engaging in life.
Physically, I love my legs. They are strong and sturdy and have delivered me through countless adventures. They never let me down, even when my mind isn’t as willing as my legs.
When you’re having a moment of self-doubt, how do you turn your mood around?
I remind myself that I have always met the challenge at hand— even if it was hard or I wasn’t the best at it. Then, I put on some kick-ass music and put together a plan that shows me how I reach my vision.
If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?
The former high school teacher in me just came out- I had to make a list! I think these are also the things I hope my students- past and future- learn(ed) from me.
1. You’ll never regret having a big heart. It’s having a small heart that will disappoint you. Go big.
2. If he or she is not that into you, he or she is not worth being that into. Promise.
3. Be the girl. The one who helps a friend who is in trouble, who stays sober and drives everyone home safely, who can befriend anyone, who sees the best in people, who is magnanimous. But don’t be That Girl. The one who is mean, gossips, has to be rescued from one too many boys, beers, or other excesses that, while you might think otherwise, won’t ever make you feel better or fill you up.
4. You spend way too much time in your teen years trying to blend in and the rest of your life trying to show your uniqueness. Don’t worry about blending in. Go ahead and be who you are now.
5. Know there’s enough. Enough talent, time, joy, luck, success, possibility, out there for everyone. Don’t worry. Don’t compete.
Your perfect day. What would it look like?
A run, time on the water either kayaking or stand up paddling, a massage, time with girlfriends, outdoor play with my family, a home-cooked meal, and then time to finish a great book before crashing.
And what’s playing on your ipod these days?
This morning’s playlist included REM, U2, Usher, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Eminem, and The Dixie Chicks.
Thanks for sharing, Rosie!