Yup, that’s me…and MARIA SHRIVER.
Tonight I attended a private book signing with Maria Shriver at Books Inc. in Palo Alto. Silicon Valley Moms Blog hosted the event and it was a blast! Maria spoke for about 30 minutes, discussing her books and answering questions. She then signed copies of her latest book “Just Who Will You Be?” and we sampled her new venture, Lovin’ Scoopful…more on that in a minute!
Maria was awesome. Gracious and kind, a great speaker, good sense of humor and beautiful (that hair!). She was so easy to talk to. Hope she’s ready to be my friend because I’m ready to be hers. I read her new book “Just Who Will You Be?” a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. A simple, fun, thoughtful book. One line that stuck with me is that you should never use the word “JUST” to describe yourself (i.e. “I’m just a mom”). SO TRUE. How many times have we all done this? Stop it! You’re not “just” anything!
I was happy for the opportunity to sample Lovin’ Scoopful, since this IS a food blog, after all. Lovin’ Scoopful was delicious! You can currently find it in California and the Pacific Northwest. It’s 1/2 the fat, 1/3 the calories…but still creamy and good. The best part of Lovin’ Scoopful is that 25% of the proceeds go to Special Olympics. Yes, 25%. It’s a great product supporting a great cause…and Maria sure would be happy if you bought some! Lovin’ Scoopful also gave each of us a goodie bag with bowls painted by Special Olympics athletes. It was a very sweet gift.
- Everyone should take a time of stillness every day. She talked about how she grew up in a large family and didn’t know you COULD do that. She does it whenever and wherever she can. Yesterday her time of stillness was in her closet…sometimes she bursts into tears…sometimes it’s hard, with to-do lists running through her head. Regardless, she finds a moment to be still, alone, everyday.
- Go home, get online and look up “The Journey” by poet Mary Oliver.
- In her words, “You all have one wild and precious life. May you all be blessed with men who understand that!” (She said the men should understand that about themselves, too.) Go out and live your wild and precious life to the fullest! Find joy in your life!
Thanks to Silicon Valley Moms Blog for a great event! It was wonderful meeting Maria and all the great women who were there this evening!