Having influence is not about elevating self, but about lifting others.
Elizabeth Berg: I’ve termed Berg my hot fudge sundae author, which means her words taste good and cause you to say Ahhhh, Ooooo, Yessss. I’ve read all of her books more than once, including Talk before Sleep, The Day I Ate Whatever I wanted, Pull of the Moon, Open House & Home Safe. She says what women want to say before we say it. ( Pull of the Moon is my favorite )
Lady Gaga: I’ve always known she was more than glitter, gold, green eye shadow, and raw steaks. She has a powerful voice, which speaks to volumes of women about rising, empowerment, hope, freedom, and speaking out without apology. Although she’s much younger than me, I look up to her as a role model and leader of the next generation of girls.
My Daddy: He’s read every single thing I’ve ever written and not once E V E R judged me for my beliefs, crazy mourning, and numerous F words. He’s taught me about God, love, forgiveness, hope, and being curious about the simple things in life…Such as home-made spaghetti sauce, the old testament, Black Eyed Susan’s, and the Oscar winning actors of the films, Casablanca and White Heat. He texts me each morning to say he loves me. It never gets old.
Billy Bob Thornton: I like bad boys. What can I say? But Billy has much more substance and depth than just a bad boy. He’s not your typical, good looking actor, but who cares when you’re smart as hell, insightful, and amazingly talented. Also, I REALLY love what he says about his brother and mourning and grieving in this video.
Malala: A girl after my own heart. Malala was born to lead and change the world…even if that meant losing her own life in the process. Read her book “I Am Malala” and fall in love with her, too!
Jesus: The KING of the freaking universe. I mean, He saved me from self destruction. Need I elaborate? Ok, I will. He knows what I need before I do: the books, the poetry, the words, and the people he brings into my life. WOW, I find that kind of miraculous.
Sylvia Plath: In the beginning, there was Sylvia Plath. I met her in my dark, icky, seeking purpose hours as a teenager, and I was like, “Hey, I’m not going crazy after all!” Too bad her poetry couldn’t save her the way it saved me. If you read one book by Plath, let it be The Unabridged Journals. Simply sublime.
Jane Fonda: I’ve always adored me some Jane. She’s been around as long as Cher and has influenced me with her strong feminist voice, political activity, philanthropy, acting ( I love Klute ), and yes, I used to do her exercise tapes every single day. ~BTW, if you haven’t watched Jane Fonda in 5 Acts, YOU MUST!
—-Note: I have several people who blow my tiger socks off; these are only a few. How about you, darlings?