10. Let's start this countdown off with my favorite Gossip Girl member, Blake Lively. Not only is she absolutely beautiful, but she's talented and extremely charitable. Also, you never really hear negative things about her in the media, which is very encouraging. If you haven't heard, she and husband Ryan Reynolds now have a daughter named... James. She gets points for creativity. I can't wait to see her newest film (The Age of Adaline), which came out last Friday.
9. Singer Ariana Grande comes in at number nine because I've watched her start out as a tween show star to being nominated for a Grammy award! Though she takes a lot of criticism (she looks like she's twelve, she can't sing, etc), I think she's extremely talented, and in my opinion, she seems very grateful for her success and fame. Her music is honestly fantastic, and I'm so excited for her concert in Hershey in July!
8. Mr. Walt Disney slides into spot eight for obvious reasons. The man's name is literally everywhere, and his legacy will last as long as there as humans on this Earth. His company today is gigantic, and films made in his name are making history as we speak. Who knew that drawing a mouse could create an entire cultural phenomenon? Think of all the other celebrities and talents who made their starts somewhere in the Disney brand. Now, that's success.
7. Let's take a trip to Broadway and pay homage to Ms. Sutton Foster. Believe it or not, this beauty is 40 years old, yet she's still a Broadway and television goddess. From Anything Goes to Bunheads, she's a dancer, actor, and singer who has tons and tons of talent. Though her newest TV Land venture, Younger, is kind of terrible, I still adore her. She can basically pull off everything, and if I look like her at age 40, I'll have no complaints.
6. As an aspiring journalist, I obviously admire Robin Roberts. No only has she literally been through Hell and back (she was diagnosed with cancer), but she is also fantastic at her job. She always knows what to say, and she never makes awkward on-air comments. Also, she had the courage to tell the world who she really was when she announced that she had a girlfriend. In my opinion, she's a true inspiration of how to make the best of bad situations.
5. Now casually a millionaire, JK Rowling was once living in complete poverty. However, a vision of a boy with a lightening bolt shaped scar came to her on a train, and seven novels later, Harry Potter was a household name. If that's not success, I'm a little unclear on the definition. I've always loved writing since I was young, so I'm very inspired by Rowling's huge degree of success. It must be so amazing for her to walk in Universal Studios to see the world she created in real life.
4. If you haven't see The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you haven't lived. DeGeneres is contagiously funny and apologetically herself. She's not afraid to poke fun at herself, which I really admire and love about her. When she hosted the Oscars, I think I enjoyed the show the most (sorry Neil Patrick Harris), and I love following her on social media. I find myself laughing at her insane humor all the time.
3. In case you can't tell by my DWTS posts, I love Mr. Valentín Chmerkovskiy. To clarify, Chmerkovskiy is a professional ballroom dancer on the hit show Dancing With the Stars. Currently, he's partnered with actress/singer Rumer Willis, and in the past, he's danced with Zendaya Coleman and Kelly Monaco. I've met this wonderful human being twice, and he is just as lovely in person as he is on TV. Trust me. I really admire how he worked his way up from dancing in Brooklyn to making it to national TV.
2. I'm sure you were waiting to see T-Swizzle on my countdown, and here she is at number two. Sure, I think she went through a phase in her career that was a bit too whiny, but now, I think she's made history with 1989. She has become a strong, independent, wonderful woman who doesn't need a man but might like one every now and then. I'm proud to call myself a Taylor Swift fan with what she's accomplished and who she is.
1. Unlike the other people on this countdown, the entire world doesn't know my number one idol, but in my opinion, everyone should. My mom is my number one idol for an uncountable amount of reasons. She's basically taught me everything I know about life, and she's the person who really encouraged me to start this blog. I'm sure that most people think that their mom is the best, but mine actually is. So ha.
Recently, feminism has become more and more prevalent in politics and social media, but honestly, (even as a woman), some of the points made leave me scratching my head. So, today is the day that I’m sharing my thoughts on feminism and how I feel about gender inequality.
We have a problem. That much is clear, but some people are very fuzzy about what the problem is. An overarching problem is that as a world, we do not treat genders equally. Notice that I don’t say that we don’t treat women equally because yes, there are pay gaps and discrimination, but there are women who discriminate against men as well. Let’s just say it: not every man is bad, and not every woman is good.
To me, feminism should not be a group of women screaming that they should be able to do whatever they want and be respected. You must respect yourself to earn respect, and that doesn’t just go for women. No, you shouldn’t be judged for something you wear, but it’s also your responsibility to wear clothes that are appropriate.
What I have found is that the most successful people are the ones who don’t harp on the issue. For instance, Morgan Freeman is a worshipped African American actor, and he chooses not to constantly talk about racial discrimination. He is a person, I am a person, and we move on from there. If we stop trying to make the entire female population better than male population and simply put our heads down and work towards personal success, each of us will achieve more in our lives. Think about how inspired we are by successful women. They didn’t complain their way there. They put their heads down and worked.
I’ve touched on this so far, but I really think it’s a problem that some feminists make men the enemy. Not every man is going to treat you differently, and if one does, I don’t see the purpose of making a scene. Just put your head down and do your best work so he has nothing to criticize. In this world, too many people want to play the victim when it’s completely unnecessary. No matter what your gender, race, or background is, you’re going to meet someone who doesn’t like you because you’re you. And, guess what? You have to deal with it.
With all that said, I would have to say that I am not a feminist by the definition that many women use. I am a humanist. I want us all to realize that we are getting nowhere by creating a group of similar people, shouting the word “unfair,” and complaining about it. I want us to remember Abraham Lincoln’s words: “A divided house cannot stand.” What are we gaining by carving out groups and hating others instead of simply working towards a personal best? Just food for thought. Happy kommenting :)
It’s no secret that our appetites change with the weather, and with May only two days away, it’s time to search recipe books for warm weather recipes.
Fruit salads are perfect for warm weather because tons of fruits are in season during the spring and summer. Personally, even though this sounds weird, fruit salads are one of my favorite things. There are so many different variations of fruits that create unique flavor combinations. You can really put anything together, and it’s a great way to empty out your refrigerator of fruits. Also, don’t forget about traditional salads! Add your favorite meats, vegetables, croutons, and nuts to make a super flavorful lunch or dinner. If you need tips on how to make your salad a perfect 10, check out one of my first posts.
Lemonade, of all variations, is a summer favorite of mine. Combine this tangy drink with any sort of fruit or freeze it for an awesome treat. If you’re looking for a great frozen lemonade, check out your local Panera because they have the best I’ve ever tasted. Also, if you want to make your own, just blend your favorite lemonade with ice (and fruit if you want a different flavor). It’s simple and delicious!
In my opinion, guacamole screams summer. I understand that this green dip is quite polarizing, but if you enjoy it as much as I do, it’s lovely on a warm day. You can basically combine it with anything: chips, vegetables, sandwiches, and more. Fun tip: there are some restaurants that make fresh guacamole right in front of you, and it’s a cool experience!
Sushi is an all-year thing, but of course, the sun and warm weather makes it better. I always feel so cultured when I eat sushi and talk about life with a friend. Find a local sushi place that you can be a regular at and find your favorite rolls to complete your meal! Also, if you have doubts because of the whole “raw fish” stereotype, read my Sushi: Fact or Fiction piece!
It’s also time to change your order at Starbucks for the season. Instead of ordering that soul-warming coffee or tea, you get to transition to your iced favorite. Right now, my favorites are an iced Chai tea latter and Starbs’s new Peach Green Tea Lemonade. Don’t be afraid of the occasional Frappuccino as well because who doesn’t love a coffee milkshake?
When I think of summer, I also think of cook-outs with really delicious burgers. A burger is not something from McDonalds, and summer is the perfect time to make something that hasn’t been processed 50 times. My mom stuffs the patties with cheese, which is spectacular! If you want more tips on cook-outs, check out my 4th of July post!
What are your favorite things to eat in warm weather? Let me know, and don’t be afraid to send pictures to me on Twitter @KarlysKomments or on Facebook! Happy kommenting :)
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