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Book Review: Normal Gets You Nowhere

Note: This post contains explicit language

While on vacation, I read Kelly Cutrone‘s Normal Gets You Nowhere. This is her second book after the wildly popular If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so I’m glad the opportunity presented itself on vacation. I was not disappointed; I couldn’t put the book down and finished before the cruise was over.

Normal Gets You NowhereCutrone’s straightforward attitude shined in this book, as she offers insights on topics including religion, empowering young girls and death. She holds nothing back and provides a fresh perspective on ideas that aren’t frequently challenged. Below are my favorite de-normalizing thoughts from Cutrone with my opinion mixed in.

  • Cutrone starts by telling everyone to figure out how they are sacred, magical and special. This is an individual truth that all must nurture and develop. In her words, “I want you to fuck the Earth with your energy.” We are each responsible for the energy we put out to the universe so we might as well put positive energy out there.
  • Next, she discussed the media and how society is overstimulated with ridiculous distractions. We should be challenging what is fed to us via the media, whether it be through traditional, digital or social channels. People are programmed to not dig deeper; we should ignore that programming and push the envelope.
  • In speaking about empowering young women, Cutrone talks about sexual repression and how we teach young girls to be coy but not how to be honest. Amen! All women should be comfortable talking about sex and empowered to say what they feel versus doing the norm.
  • I LOVED the chapter about holidays: Why celebrate and spend money on days you don’t believe in? Tailor holidays to your personal belief system and only back ideas you firmly believe in.
  • She describes life as a bank account: random acts of kindness and telling truths are the deposits. Kelly CutroneBeing stupid and messing with others are withdrawals. If we give more than we take, we progress. I couldn’t agree more with this concept. It ties back to the energy we put out there – the more good we put out, the more good we shall receive.
  • Your “no matter what” club: The people who you would do anything for, not because they’d do it for but because you want to; because your life would not be the same without them. Sometimes, these people disappoint you and don’t progress as quickly as you do. That is not a reason to discard them. Do not let your ambition get in the way of this group of people.
  • Lastly, Cutrone approaches the topic of death with clarity and vulnerability, speaking about her grandparents’ and father’s passings. As someone who is still grieving, this chapter was hard but necessary to get through. You should plan your death, who’s there and how you want your life to be celebrated. That’s the key – death should be a celebration of someone’s life.

I could write another 500 words about Normal Gets You Nowhere¬†and all of the examples Cutrone provides about why being normal isn’t the best way to live. To that end, I want to thank Kelly Cutrone for putting it out there and challenging the stereotypes. I also want to thank all of the women in my life: my mom, grandmothers, girlfriends and colleagues, who have embraced being different and have lived their lives on their terms versus others.

I highly recommend Normal Gets You Nowhere – you’ll feel inspired to think and live in a more authentic way. If you have read the book, please share your opinions in the comments section!

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

Most people are unaware of today’s national holiday. It’s National Mean Girls Day! Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams was released in 2oo4. The movie centers around The Plastics, the popular girl clique that does ridiculous things like wear pink on Wednesdays. So why is October 3rd National Mean Girls Day? In the movie, Lohan’s character speaks to her big-time crush for the first time when he asks the date, which happened to be October 3rd. After seeing a bunch of #NationalMeanGirlsDay tweets on my timeline this morning, I thought about what the holiday means to me.

Like I said in yesterday’s post, PR professionals must stay up-to-date on current events, including random holidays or days that celebrate a specific thing. Now National Mean Girls Day is an extremely silly example but could work if the movie was being rereleased or if a company was promoting something pink. It’s the job of the PR person to use these holidays in a creative way to benefit the client.

While I do not believe in being mean and fake like The Plastics, I do believe in girl groups that support one another. Let me introduce you to Club Rockstar, a group of PR-obsessed, OCD girls from Temple. We started our little group last December and haven’t looked back since. We are certainly not mean girls, but we are powerful and have matching pink ‘Club Rockstar’ shirts. We have a lot of fun and always goof around, but these girls have taught me so much in the last year.

When the club started, there were three seniors and five underclassmen. The five younger girls like to refer to the three now alumni as their mothers. They come to us for a variety of things, both personal and professional. The most rewarding part of my young career has been watching these five young girls grow and mature. Mentoring them has taught me so much and they never fail to give my confidence a boost.

The best part of Club Rockstar is that we are the total opposite of The Plastics. We are upfront and honest about everything and give each other real advice. No one is better, smarter or more popular. We each bring something special to the group and can count on each other for anything.

It’s hard not having Club Rockstar together but it’s clear to see nothing has changed. So on National Mean Girls Day, I must thank my rockstars: Lauren, Niki, Kurie, Mackenzie, Jackie, Marianna, Brianna and Amber, for their brutal honesty and continued support. I am prouder each day of this club and hope you all are wearing pink today!

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