Girl Crush: Amy Poehler

If you haven't had a chance to read the introduction to my Girl Crush series, make sure to check it out here.

If you don't know Amy Poehler from anything other than her hilarious antics with (equally crush worthy) Tina Fey, then prepare yourself for a treat.

I've always known of Amy from Saturday Night Live but hadn't been a huge fan until my college roommate introduced me to Parks and Rec. If you haven't had a chance to watch the show, I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of your arbitrarily assigned demographic. It's quick, weird, and full of heart.

Since starting the show, I have been able to watch Amy's career flourish and she has become almost impossible to avoid on television, in magazines and in the #1 slot of The New York Times Best Sellers List. 

In her memoir, Yes Please, Amy tells her story in a way that is both brutally honest and incredibly relatable. She talks about living in New York City in her early twenties and being unsure of what was next for her; she talked about the pain of divorce and how she learned to be a kick-ass single mom and, of course, she dished on her favorite SNL hosts. But beyond her stoner stories and hilarious pop culture commentary, the biggest lesson I took from Yes Please and the reason I find Amy girl-crush worthy, is how she taught me to respect myself and others around me. 

The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others.
— Amy Poehler, Yes Please

I think that as women, we often face an internal struggle over finding where we "fit". In today's digital age, women are pursuing further education, fighting to fix the wage gap and are having less children than any other generation before. With change comes uncertainty, and in those times of uncertainty, Amy tells us to praise other women -- while also speaking up for ourselves.

Beyond recommending you check out Yes Please as soon as possible, I hope this post serves as a reminder to whomever you are, that you are amazing. And in the future, when unforeseen challenges come your way, remember what Amy said...

Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is.
— Amy Poehler, Yes Please