O Magazine

I remember first picking up an Oprah Magazine when I just started dating Jimmy. His roommate's parents were staying at the house and there were more female-like items laying around than normal. It became a thing: I would look forward to, and they would save me the O Mag.

Now that I'm a grown-up gal, I get my own copies thank you very much.

Every month, I get something out of this magazine. There's so many different topics of inspiration and education. I always learn so much about some amazing women and what they are doing. This month, there's an artist from Charlotte featured who carves cities out with an X-Acto knife and sells the maps. That's a very specific, very cool talent.

President Obama recently said, "Oprah's greatest strength has always been her ability to help us discover the best in ourselves."

Alright. Enough with the Oprah lovefest. She doesn't need any help. I really just wanted to share something lovely I came across in the February issue; just a few little life nuggets.

I'd like to have coffee and cake with this lady.

5 Things I Know For Sure
By Anna Quindlen
  1. Teachers rule the world. -- There's nothing more powerful when you're a kid than having the influential people in your life tell you you're good at something. If I had it my way, teachers would be paid a fortune. 
  2. Chocolate is a food group. Pie, too. -- Yeah, I get it that kale and salmon are good for us, but the Italian part of me says eating is supposed to be joyful (at least some of the time). There's good reason for marking birthdays and weddings with cake, so have some!
  3. Motherhood is not a test. -- I wasted years asking, Am I doing this right? But right is careful. Love cut liberally with fun -- that's the ticket. You want a kitchen sink full of pans and flour spread over the counter from making cookies, and memories. And who cares how the cookies turned out?
  4. I can't get by without my friends. -- I often hear brides say their groom is their best friend. Really? My husband is my husband. My best friend is someone who has the patience to listen to a monologue about the heinously expensive purse I want. When I'm falling, my girlfriends are my soft landing. 
  5. The best things take effort. -- With all our talk about God-given gifts, we've convinced a generation of kids that if you're good at something, it must be effortless. That's so, so wrong. The best work is a slog. Then you reach the summit, take a breath, and say, Well that wasn't easy, but here I am.


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