Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 6 1971 to high school teachers Eileen and William Poehler. She grew up in nearby Burlington and moved to Chicago in 1993, after graduating from Boston College. Amy joined the improvisational theater troupe, Second City where she met the fabulous Tina Fey — the dynamic duo would go on to work on SNL together and host the hell out of the Golden Globes for 3 consecutive years. Amy started her TV career in 1998 on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizen Brigade. She appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 2001-2008 and in 2009, she starred as the quirky and lovable Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation for 7 seasons.
Amy Poehler, as we’ve all come to know and love her, is an actress, comedian, voice-over artist, director, producer and writer. She is dynamic and one of the funniest women in the business. So today my lovelies, in honor of the 5’2 powerhouse, I’m sharing with you 7 Life Lessons from the amazing…Amy ‘Boston’ Poehler.
1. Embrace your silly.
“Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun.”
There is nothing wrong with embracing your silly. Some of my most soul renewing moments happen while I’m letting go, laughing and just acting a fool. There is a definite freedom in silliness.
2. Be inspired by others.
“Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself.”
Surrounding yourself with people you find inspirational is good for the soul. Seeing other people shining and living the life we aim for passionately only fuels our drive.
3. Finding your voice won’t happen overnight.
“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate.”
As we mature we realize what kind of woman we are becoming. And along with that we realize that our life decisions are only ours to make. So give yourself time. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen. The most important thing is that you give yourself time to get to know YOU.
4. Don’t let society or the media determine your value.
“I had already made a decision early on that I would be a plain girl with tons of personality, and accepting it made everything a lot easier. If you are lucky, there is a moment in your life when you have some say as to what your currency is going to be. I decided early on it was not going to be my looks. I have spent a lifetime coming to terms with this idea and I would say I am about 15 to 20 percent there….Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”
Society and the media will always try to tell you what you should look like, what you should wear and what you should value. But ultimately, it’s up to us to decide what kind of person we want to be. Don’t worry about meeting the “standards” of others, it’s your body and your life make the best decisions for yourself.
5. It’s okay to stand up for yourself.
“Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m a little timid when it comes to standing up for myself. I am quick to jump up and speak out for a friend but for myself, I normally get quiet and try to avoid any form of confrontation. The problem with that is I allow myself to be pushed to the point that I just snap, and that’s not good either. So let’s all take this life lesson to heart. Speak up for yourself, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with letting someone know they’ve hurt your feelings or overstepped a boundary.
6. Surround yourself with people that make your life better.
“Now that you’re starting to have a sense of who you are, you know better what kind of friend you want and need. My peers are crushing it right now and it’s totally amazing and energizing to watch. I have made friends with older women whom I have admired for years who let me learn from their experience. I drink from their life well. They tell me about hormones and vacation spots and neck cream. I am interested in people who swim in the deep end. I want to have conversations about real things. I’m tired of talking about movies and gossiping about friends. Life is crunchy and complicated and all the more delicious.”
One of the most amazing things we could do for our own growth is surround ourselves with positive and inspiring people. As you get older you begin to appreciate positive people on a higher level. Life is so filled with stress and negativity the last thing you want to add in your life are people that only bring the same. I want to be with people that nurture my spirit and my mind, people that enrich my life not take away from it.
7. Empowering other women and girls is important.
“Change the world by being yourself”
Empowering other women and young girls is one of the most important contributions we can make to society. And Amy along with best friend, writer and SNL alumni Meredith Walker are doing just that via Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which “aims to help girls find confidence in their own aspirations and talents.”
I hope you enjoyed today’s Life Lessons. Until next time my lovelies,