Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I am woman watch me grow, See me standing toe to toe!

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland
I was reading today (instead of studying for my bio final) about the 100 greatest screen actresses of all time, and became fascinated.  All these woman were like the first movie stars ever, and they looked so glamorous - Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland.  All so iconic, all have made their mark in the cinema world that will last forever.  All such powerful woman, and all went through such personal struggles.  Audrey Hepburn had a few miscarriages trying to conceive and battled cancer.  Greta Garbo suffered depression and often just wanted to alone and away from the fame. And Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times.  Yet all these woman are admirable, look at all they've accomplished. There so much like us, like regular people following their dreams.

Have you ever heard of the 'Halo Effect'? It's when we place often people of great social status or beauty to be better than us or that we see them in the light of that they have no trouble, their life is perfect.  Sometimes we forget that people are people, we all go through struggles.  And these woman show we can all rise and do whatever we put our minds to, no matter what we're going through. (I'm feeling really feminist today, I'm on the rag.  I just cried over the commercial with the polar bear and how he hugs that man for buying a 'green' car. ITS SO CUTE!)

Anyway, I really wrote this to talk about the quote "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." Because as I was reading this, I was like 'Wow, that is such a good quote.' So true, too.  However, I have one question. What if we don't know who in the world we are yet?! I don't know what kind of person I am, moods and feelings on certain things change everyday! I don't know what I want in my life yet. I don't know what I'm going to be doing in 5 years, let alone 1 year! How many of you feel that way?

But I'm here to tell you (and myself) that IT'S OKAY! We don't have to know any of that. We are supposed to try new things and make mistakes. We are supposed to be crazy and dream.  We aren't supposed to have it all figured out yet, but isn't that the beauty of it? I'll admit, sometimes (are you in denial Jamie? most of the time) I am stressing out too much about what's going to happen in the future.  But I've decided that that's alright.  All we need to do is trust in ourselves. And I do believe that's what else the quote says - to trust. We are complicated beings, and we feel every emotion with every fiber of our beings. And the actresses above I'm sure at some point didn't have any idea what they were doing, but things turned out pretty good for them.  Did you ever hear the song, 'I am Woman, Hear Me Roar' by Helen Reddy?.  If you haven't dl that.  It's a great and will put you in such a good mood.  As the lyrics go, 'I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman, hear me roar!' (I know, so cheesy, give it a chance though haha. It was on sex and the city 2, and it makes you want to throw your fist in the air.)

So loves, my question of the day to you is how do I get rid of period cramps? Just kidding haha (but really it feels like someone has punched me in the ovaries).  But the real question is "What is one thing you know about yourself?" It could be one of your personality traits or just something you know you want in your life. We may not know everything, but we do know some things :). One thing I know about my personality is that I am more confidant when I have others behind me.  I work better one-on-one than in large groups.

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, stats ruled my life.  And today I had to hand in the test, and my professor didn't have his usual glasses on today and his piercing blue eyes made me stutter. He is gorgeous.  And now off to study for biology.  I have a final at 8 in the morning tomorrow, definitely not so fun.  However I did curl my hair tonight so tomorrow it'll be nice and fluffy, so that's a plus.  I can sleep til about 7. I need to have breakfast before I take the test, I'm a breakfast eater.  Probably some cheerios, oh and a banana. Okay, I'm rambling haha. 

Until tomorrow cupcakes! Remember - You are woman, Roar! Haha, <33 Jamie.


  1. Jamie, I replied to your post on my blog but wanted to stop by and comment here as well. Thanks for your post and for following! It is greatly appreciated! Nice post, here. I've heard that quote before and love it. And you are right, life is an act of constantly figuring out new things about ourselves. Life is ever-changing, and so are certain aspsects of us. My one thing I know about myself? I know that I am one tough cookie. That life can throw some pretty tough stuff my way, but with a positive attitude and God by my side, I will always pull through.

  2. I love love love Audrey Hepburn! Such an icon :)
    That is a really good quote and I agree with it. This is such an awesome post because I always get overwhelmed with not knowing what the future holds, so this just made me step back & take a breather and relax lol I feel like a lot of what you write about I can relate too.

    One thing I know about myself? I actually sat here forever with a blank thought. Shit. Okay I got it... I know under my hard front I put up I'm really a softy that is more traditional than a rebel. I've never told anyone that:/..

    Don't stress about your Bio! You got this :) Hope you're almost done with the semester!

  3. I Love this post! I need to tell myself all of that far too often.. I stress out about my future TOO much. This quote may be posted up on my mirror today :)

    Hope your finals went well!

  4. I love that! we women really are soo powerful people, (including ourselves) underestimate us!! time for it to stop! finals can just suck it, because they suck anyways!! i feel the same way, everyone says "just be yourself" but how do we even know who that is??
    i know for certain i havent any idea who i am, one thing i do know about myself though, is that: i can do Anything i set my mind too. and right now i have my sights set on a very special particular goal [:
    love this post, it made my night!
    love your blog! btw im have anxiety disorder too! yuck,
    people probably think im crazy seeing as i always have to talk to myself to make me feel better and calm down.

  5. This is the greatest post, ever. And after the day I had... I really needed it!! Thank you! :)