Thursday, April 29, 2010
JO IN A NUTSHELL
Firstly, I want to thank my 'brother from another mother', Steven Anthony (from 'No Excuse, No Explanation' -- you can get to his blog on my sidebar under "Favorite Blogs'), for featuring me yesterday in his Wednesdays 'Hump Day Heroes' feature.
I so adore him and appreciate his kind heart and support.
I'm not so sure I'm deserving of his kind words, but I know how heartfelt they were from him and let me just say ditto! Right back at you, my friend.
Thank you for bringing light to my MS cause and mostly for being the kind soul you are, Steven.
In other news:
I officially entered the More Magazine 2010 writing/beauty contest.
I don't think it's 'beauty' per se as in 'aesthetically pleasing to the eye' they're looking for. If that was the case, I wouldn't have spent $25.00 on the entry fee for a hopelessly lost cause!
It's more how women over forty (which is what the magazine is all about) perceive themselves.
Boy, I took that and ran with it figuring I have everything to gain and nothing to lose but the entry fee.
On the chance it pays off, the grand prize winner receives $10,000 and two first prize winners will be awarded $5000 each with all prize winners being flown to New York for a photo shoot to be published in More magazine.
Without risks, there are no rewards.
This I know.
While I am admittedly still a work in progress, I nonetheless felt my story was as viable to tell as the next woman's. Plus -- well, let's face it as it has to be said -- I have fabulous new hair to boot!
The kicker? I had to do this in 150 words or less. For someone who likes to be as verbose as I do, that was the real challenge: summing me and my neurosis up in 150 words.
I guess this goes by how many votes each story/entry receives -- so, should you vote for me and should I win, I will give 10% of my earnings to the MS Society.
Please copy and paste the following url into your search bar (because I STILL cannot figure out how to post direct links on my blog):
You may also go to More.com and search for 'Jo, age 44' under "More 2010 Beauty Search Contest" and click "Vote For Most Fab" at the end of my article (look for the pink check mark!).
A vote for me is a vote for MS!
So, in a shameless plug -- coupled with a plea to fund research for a cause and cure for MS -- and without further adieu, I present to you Jo in a nutshell:
In my twenties it was all about the accessories. Now, my accessory is the self actualization that being over forty allows me. It’s comfort in my own skin with an acceptance that didn’t accompany me before.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that 2010’s best actress/best supporting actress winners were both over forty. Hollywood is recognizing the value of these women and I think we’re starting to recognize that same value in ourselves.
In my twenties, I was simply wife and Mom. Now, I am wife, Mom, vegan, an advocate for those who are afflicted with MS and I’m a woman.
After two years of financial hardship with losing our home of sixteen years and having to file bankruptcy, I’ve also learned that if I know nothing else now it’s that these same events twenty years ago would have weakened my spirit.
Now, I am a woman and a survivor.