10 lessons Dad has taught me (so far)

There is something very special about a girl and her Dad. My Mom is my role model and best friend but Dad? He’s my hero and always has been my constant. My rock. It’s fun to think back on how our relationship has grown and evolved, from Dad battling his fear of flying to take me on my first mission trip to Panama in high school to him saying the prayer before Annie safely arrived in the delivery room.

One of my first and funniest memories of us was when Mom sent us both out for the evening while she hosted a shower of some sort at the house. I was five years old and Beauty and the Beast was playing in theaters so OF COURSE, Dad decided we would go, much to my excitement. He let me get all the candy I wanted (!!!) and allowed me to choose where we would sit (FRONT ROW!). All was right with the world until the movie was over and suddenly all the candy and up-close-and-personal-to-the-animation made me feel not so good. I had to go to the bathroom fast. Dad slightly panicked but he had no choice other than to take me to the men’s restroom and stand outside the door. I distinctly remember screaming from the bathroom to Dad, just outside, “I want my Mommy!” and he replied “I do too!” Lesson learned at an early age – less is more with candy and never, ever sit on the front row at the movie theater.

But for real, through his words and example Dad has taught me countless life lessons in my 30 years and I feel like every time we’re together I learn something new. Here are ten lessons Dad has taught me, so far:

  1. If you put God first, He’ll take care of the rest
  2. You are the company you keep
  3. You can’t go wrong with The Eagles or The Beatles
  4. With hard work and determination anything is possible
  5. The truth will find you out
  6. Mom knows what she’s talking about
  7. The two most important decisions you make in your life: to become a Christian and who you will marry
  8. Always be kind and love people
  9. Beware of: a waitress who seats you in the corner and a house built in a hole
  10. You can always come back home

What life lessons has your Dad taught you? I want to hear! If you’re fortunate enough to still have your dad with you on this earth give him a call. Thank him and tell him how much you love him because a good father is such a gift.

Lessons Learned From Mindy Kaling

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Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all take a moment to send Kelly Kapoor some birthday love! Happy 30-something birthday, girl! Keep on keeping on and proving that women can very well be smart, sexy, HYSTERICAL approachable and yes, successful. I’ve learned so much from Mindy – where do I even start?

Don’t take yourself too seriously 

Whether she’s making a fool of herself as herself on The Mindy Project or via her amazing Twitter  mini-rants with her bff BJ Novack, she never takes herself too seriously and that’s highly refreshing. I love that despite everything that solidifies her celebrity status and borderline Oprah-ness she can still laugh at herself/be completely accessible.

Write an honest book and you’ll hit the Times list

If you haven’t read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) stop reading this subpar post and immediately read Kaling’s masterpiece. I belly laughed through all 240 pages and refer back to many a quote on the daily. Case in point:

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”

“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”

“Listen, my body is attracted to your body but when you speak it makes my brain angry.”

Wear color

The woman is not afraid to throw on a crazy print with a magenta heel and own the fact that she looks like a fruit rollup. I love it. Thanks, Mindy for inspiring us all to stop wearing black on black a la NYC and venture into the California rainbow.

Work hard, Play Hard

She went from being a minor character on The Office to being one of the head writers on the show + more face time as Kelly to bestselling author to writer/producer/lead actress of her own show which I adore. With all that + speaking at ivy league commencements + media tours she has to be EXHAUSTED, right? Apparently not as much as normal humans because how is she celebrating her birthday?  In Vegas with her favorites and that makes her my favorite.

LOVE YOUR BODY

Yes, that needed to be screamed. I will not go on and on with a rant about how the media screams at women all day long to be waif-thin BUT I do love that Mindy owns her figure and is all the more beautiful for it. She’s not afraid to take chances with her wardrobe and she’s not afraid to eat a cheeseburger after the gym. She’s a REAL WOMAN and this girl who always eats way too much Mexican after yoga can relate.

Mindy, be my best friend.

XOXO,

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