It's true, laughter really is the best medicine and there's nothing better than laughing till your side hurts with your girlfriends. Sorry, but there really isn't. Connecting with other women is so important to our well-being. We need each other. We need to laugh together, cry together, eat carbs together, proof read each other's text messages together and navigate life's ups and downs – together.
When I try to imagine my life without the inspiring, kind, funny, brave, bossy, beautiful women I have on speed dial, I don't like it. These women speak so much wisdom, grace, and courage into my every day that I don't know how I would survive without them. I would be a mess.
So, to celebrate International Women's Day, here are some funny/brave/wise words from today's leading comedic ladies. From Miss Poehler to the hilarious Mindy, prepare to laugh (and learn). Xo!
O N T A K I N G R I S K S:
“Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that– that's what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” ― Amy Poehler
O N L I F E I T S E L F
“The chorus of “Jack and Diane” is: Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. Are you kidding me? The thrill of living was high school? Come on, Mr. Cougar Mellencamp. Get a life.” ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
"I'm a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome because you get more practice." ― Zooey Deschanel
O N B E I N G C O N F I D E N T
“Let me take a minute to say that I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how “bossy” can seem like a sucky way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader. Also, even though I’m bossy, I like being told what to do by people who are smarter and more interesting than me.” ―Amy Poehler, Yes Please
"Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice.”― Tina Fey, Bossypants
“Proving people wrong is probably my favorite thing to do.”― Zooey Deschanel
“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” ― Mindy Kaling
O N B E I N G I N T H E W O R K P L A C E
“So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.” ―Tina Fey, Bossypants
O N B E I N G T R U E T O Y O U R S E L F
“It was one of those things where you’re like, what am I doing with my life? It sounds so cheesy, but there’s something very powerful about looking in the mirror and asking yourself a question. Because I think it’s really hard to lie.” ― Kristen Wiig
O N B E I N G F E M A L E
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things.” ― Zooey Deschanel
"I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that? I love mothers who teach their children that listening is often better than talking. I love obedient daughters who absorb everything—being perceptive can be more important than being expressive."― Mindy Kaling
"Girls get competitive, as though there's only one spot in the world for everything– but that's not true. We need to stick together and see there's more to life than pleasing men. It's important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other."― Zooey Deschanel
O N D A T I N G:
“Girls, if a boy says something that isn't funny, you don't have to laugh.” ―Amy Poehler
“I think when men hear that women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that's not it. It's a commitment to not floating around anywhere. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life.” ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
“Until I was thirty, I only dated boys, as far as I can tell. Men know what they want. Men make concrete plans. Men own alarm clocks. Men sleep on a mattress that isn't on the floor. Men tip generously. Men buy new shampoo instead of adding water to a nearly empty bottle of shampoo. Men go to the dentist. Men make reservations. Men go in for a kiss without giving you some long preamble about how they're thinking of kissing you.
So I’m into men now, even though they can be frightening. I want a schedule-keeping, waking-up-early, wallet-carrying, non-Velcro-shoe-wearing man.” ― Mindy Kaling