What Would Gwyneth Do?
I don’t often write about Gwyneth Paltrow.
But today she crossed my mind.
I was thinking about why I named the blog “What Would Gwyneth Do?” in the first place (here is my very first post, to give you a glimpse at the moment that spawned the madness).
I was thinking about my mission statement. It’s one I revisit often to remind myself why I sit down and publish the things I do.
I was thinking about how since I started this blog, I have committed to my passion for writing, I have taken up cooking for my family, I have “found my happy,” I have stuck with a consistent exercise program, I have put myself out there creatively, I have learned how to use an eyelash curler, and I have done a pretty damn good job of balancing a career, marriage and life with two kids with a decent sense of humor and humility, if I do say so myself.
So I decided to write about Gwyneth Paltrow. And about all the things that inspire me about her and her life that make me proud to pen this page:
She puts her family first, always. She truly seems like a committed, engaged mother to her two young kids, despite what is obviously an untraditional lifestyle. And yes, of course she has a ton of help, I am not saying she’s a martyr of motherhood, but it’s nice to see a role model in the public eye who puts her family at the forefront, without putting them in the limelight.
She thinks outside the box – even if it’s really comfortable in there. Acting came first. But since then, she has made her name in singing, cooking, GOOPing…it’s a great example of how we as women can put our hands – and our talents – into many different pots and they can all be fulfilling, despite how scary it may seem.
She believes in personal style, health and beauty – and does not feel selfish for doing so. I love that she works out hard and promotes it. That she loves fashion and flaunts it. That she takes pride in looking good as a mother of two with a full-time career, a husband, and a hectic travel schedule. We shouldn’t feel guilty for putting time and effort into feeling good, we should encourage it.
She commits to clean eating. The macrobiotic thing was a little much for me, but I have mentioned numerous times how much I loved her first cookbook (her second is coming soon); not only because it has good, simple recipes, but because it really helped propel me into my “real food” phase. We don’t eat low-fat, we don’t eat light all the time, but we eat real food for the most part (Kettle brand salt and vinegar chips being a happy exception to the rule) and she showed me how easy and unintimidating it can be.
She dances like no one is watching. She celebrated New Year’s Eve this year at a Jay Z concert with her husband and kids on stage and some ridiculous blog posted a video of her showing off her “mom dance moves,” and had a good chuckle at her expense. I watched the video and guess what? My moves are pretty similar. And if that’s what they call “mom dancing” these days, then I am more proud than ever to be one…and I am sure she feels the same.
Because that’s what Gwyneth would do.