I just finished reading (listening to) Amy Poehler’s new book Yes, Please and I loved it!
Along with its hysterical moments and inside scoop on some of our favorite Hollywood stars, the book gave some really great life advice. Not I’m-better-than-you-because-I’m-an-actress advice that you can’t believe for even a second, but advice that you could really understand because…well, maybe you’ve been through it yourself.
Below are some of my favorite quotes and moments of wisdom from Yes, Please (I promise I’m not ruining the book…please don’t sue me Amy haha):
You can be whoever you want to be. Your only job is to surround yourself with people who respect and support that choice. Preach, Amy. Preach.
Learn to live with your demon – it never goes away. She talks about being a young girl with passion and excitement and love for yourself. Then, somewhere along the way, a demon shows up and tells us we’re not beautiful. We’re too fat, too skinny, not worth being loved, etc. While we don’t want to give into it, she talks about learning to live with it because, even as a movie star, it doesn’t go away. Get real. Work on ways to fight it and love yourself.
Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general wellbeing…If you can surf your life, rather than plant your feet, you can be happier.
Good for her. Not for me. Along the same lines as dealing with demons, Amy talks about recognizing what’s for you and what’s just not for you. She uses this to talk about pregnancy plans, which is totally valid I assume, but personally I took it for so many other things. At some point, you get better at knowing what you want and need – and you’re not just following a fad or listening to what’s “right” for you.
Learn the right balance of sorry. I’ve posted about this sorry phenomenon before…it’s tough to change. I’ve been working to find the right balance of taking responsibility for things I’m actually sorry for and using that word for when it matters. Otherwise, there are usually other ways to express yourself and apologize, if you even need to.
Sleep will help you win at life. I need more of it…to win. :)
Too often we try to tackle the chaos that is not ours to fix. Oh yes yes yes…way too often. It’s hard to let go, but worth letting go sometimes to keep your sanity and to practice self control. I’ve put this one on a post-it and put it next to my computer to remind me regularly!
The only way we will survive us by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it along, no matter how great the machines are.
Ok, so I don’t want to ruin the book but basically it’s a really great read/listen! Go check it out for yourself!
As I mentioned, I listened to this book. Seriously, Audible.com is fantastic! The coolest part is that you can listen to the author read their book! Yes, Amy read her own book – which seems to make much more sense because she is really the only one who knows how she meant a chapter or phrase to come across.