The other day in one of our meetings, Autumn was remarking about a friend who was a successful actress, having a baby and launching a new clothing line, asking out loud “How does she do it all?” That is a question we often ask ourselves here at Move LifeStyle. Since there is no single path to success, and everyone’s process is a little different, we’ve been fortunate to learn from each other’s attempts to juggle life, families, careers and everything in between. Being a woman has added challenges, and it has been these stories of women who triumph, despite the possible pratfalls, that have resonated with us as we navigate this career landscape ourselves. Girl Friday is the embodiment of that line of questioning, and one of our favorite columns here at Move LifeStyle. We are inspired by the lives of working women and the circuitous paths that their lives take. Here are a few of our favorites, in the hope that you will be as inspired as we have been.
Our readers were so inspired by our Girl Friday interview with instigator provocateur Jenny Mollen Biggs, that we thought you might like to know a little more about goes on in that head of hers. I have known Jenny since High School and while she would gag at my maudlin interpretation of her as my inspiration mood board, she has always inspired me to be a little brave and to laugh at myself every once in a while. If you missed it, here is the interview with writer, actress, and schadenfreude connoisseur, Jenny Mollen Biggs. Here are some of her favorite things:
Janine Salinas Schoenberg is an emerging writer with an empathetic voice that speaks for the under represented. In her writing, she gamely explores the oft-overlooked landscape of faces in America: women, immigrants, and minority populations. A playwright, filmmaker and mother-to-be, Janine has been nominated for the coveted Wendy Wasserstein Prize, was selected to join the elite crop of women in AFI’s Women Directors Workshop, and was recently a MacDowell Fellow. I had the opportunity to talk to Janine about her journey as a writer and to find out about her new play, The Anatomy of Gazellas, which has its Los Angeles Premiere tonight, April 26, 2013, through the Playwrights’ Arena.
The cherubic Fiona Gubelmann is best known as Wilfred’s owner Jenna on the FX show Wilfred. Since this coming Monday, April 22, is Earth Day, we ask Fiona about her favorite charities, what it’s like to live with so many food allergies, and how she tries to live a conscious lifestyle.
Actress, writer, and schadenfreude connoisseur, Jenny Mollen Biggs lives in a world that many of us only wish to visit someday: the world of imaginary things. Both reviled by conservatives and heralded by the Huffington Post, Jenny’s social media presence is unmistakably that of a post-modern provocateur, consistently delivering ironic self-reflective tweets and Instagram photos to instigate and amuse. In this newfound role as a spinner of tall tales, Jenny has written a standing column for Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket, aptly titled ‘What She Said,’ and recently signed a book deal with St Martin’s Press for her collection of comedic essays entitled ‘I Like You Just The Way I Am.’
I think the month of love is desperately in need of a makeover. While I appreciate the intended sentiment of Valentine’s Day, I’m slightly peeved by the holiday’s tendency to divide us women into categories of coupled or not. Apart from the highly politicized fact that couples no longer look like the bride and groom cake toppers of the fifties, the current definition of love begs to be expanded beyond that of showering the real or imagined ‘love of your life’ with the sum total of our adoration and attention.
I lived and died by my watch. It was the metronome that kept my life from falling apart. I could parcel my life into incremental bite size moments that I could control, measure, file away and admire after their completion, but when I was with Mark, I had to take the watch off. It was his rule. Because, when I was with him, I was off the clock.
Jesse Draper has built the business empire, Valley Girl Inc., by talking about, well, business. A refreshing twist on typical number-crunching suit shows, her syndicated web talk program, The Valley Girl Show, can be accurately described as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show for business.” A typical day on the set of The Valley Girl Show may involve pink umbrellas, boas, or pom-poms, in addition to any number of silly parlor games for the unsuspecting Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Dovetailing on the success of her show, Jesse has started a networking organization for women in business, revealing her soft spot for helping women navigate the stereotypically masculine working world.
Brittany Ishibashi is an actress, seen most recently as Anne Ogami on USA’s Political Animals and soon to be seen on the CW’s Emily Owens, MD, but truly, she’s more accurately described as an artist. It was apparent at our first meeting more than a decade ago, that we were long lost twins. We bonded over a shared appreciation of corny jokes, dark chocolate and deep familial ties, and in return, she brought out the best in me: patience, generosity, and a joie de vivre. Upon meeting her, one is immediately struck by her bubbly charm and grace. However, what’s truly inspiring is her commitment to being an artist in all aspects of her life, and her dedication to keeping that spirit of play and childish wonder alive every day.
With a penchant for puns and a touch of the sarcastic, Ashley is a refined nest of contradictions – one who is equally comfortable cracking a can of PBR or wearing a stunning pair of Louboutins. She is my favorite type-A personality, meticulous and detail-oriented, while still managing to emanate an effortless beauty that belies the administrator crunching numbers in her head.