“Every Inch of You is Perfect from the Bottom to the Top”
or Why I Love Meghan Trainor
Image credit: “Bass Fiddle” by Julie Brugh Riffey
Trainor, Meghan. “All About That Bass.” By Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish. Epic Records, 2014.
I am not a pop music fan. I am, however, a fan of the 2014 breakout singer Meghan Trainor whose song, “All About That Bass,” sped to the top of the music charts. What is she singing about? One of my favorite topics – loving yourself just the way you are. Ms. Trainor is speaking the truth about women, size, and the perfection in being imperfect in her 1960’s-style pop song about female body types. It’s all about embracing being perfectly imperfect.
Ms. Trainor said her mom’s constant positive encouragement helped to inspire the song. According to Meghan’s mother, you don’t have to be a size two to be comfortable in your own skin. Yay, Mom!
And being comfortable in your own skin is where grit, resilience, and perseverance begin. The strength of the relationship you have with yourself ultimately dictates how you move in the world. And how you project to the rest of the world will impact the strength of your collegial and client relationships. Relationships are a critical component of professional success – not to mention satisfaction and happiness.
So, thank you, Meghan Trainor, for having the courage to speak your truth. And in the process, encourage all of us to do the same.
Everyone has heard, seen and dissected the “slap” Will Smith bestowed on Chris Rock. On the precipice of receiving the crowning achievement of his career, the Academy Award for Best Actor, Smith slapped Rock on television before a global audience.
As we enter this new year, the pandemic is still creating uncertainty in our personal and professional lives. That said, now is the most popular time to set goals and resolutions. In order to set ourselves up for success, we need to be thoughtful about what we want to accomplish.
Who among us hasn’t had a moment, a day or a week where we felt the pressure in our lives – professionally and personally – to “go out there” and do what is expected of us even when all we really wanted to do was get back under the covers?
As part of my goal to practice wellness during the work week, I committed to do a short mindfulness exercise. I downloaded a Mindfulness app and began using it for a 10-minute practice three times a week.
Covid has caused us to reevaluate many aspects of our lives and ask the questions: What am I doing with my life? Is this what I really want?
Getting into a good public high school in NYC, where I grew up, was a high-stakes, competitive process. My older brother was already attending the Bronx High School of Science, the crown jewel of the magnet schools, and now it was my turn to take the exam, pass it, and follow in his footsteps.