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If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more. —CRISTINA YANG, GREY’S ANATOMY.

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“We will always be the hottest women in the old folks’ home. ”.

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I am known for giving good story. The kind of good story told over dinner that makes my friends laugh, that gets my date to accidentally spit his cocktail across a table. The kind of good story that has everyone asking me to “tell that one again. ” That’s my superpower—telling good stories.

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More comfortable with books than new situations.

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I’m a doer. I do. So. When I say I’m going to do something, I do it. When I say I’m going to do something, I really do it. I throw myself into it and I do. I do my ass off. I do right up to the finish line. No matter what. No. Matter. What.

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I was baptized Catholic but I was Church of Oprah.

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“Synergy. ” Meaningful look. I nod and smile, but between you and me? I think synergy sounds like the word one uses to define the calories two people burn off during sex. Think about it. Synergy. Anyway.

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Put some food on top of my stress.

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The things that you can do when you are at the bottom of the ladder change as you move up. At the top of that ladder, doing many of those very same things makes you an asshole.

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The only mommy I am ever at war with is me.

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I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.

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LESSON ONE: DITCH THE DREAM. BE A DOER, NOT A DREAMER.

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So yes, tomorrow may suck for you—as it did for me. But as you stare at the lint in your navel, have some perspective. We are incredibly lucky.

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Shonda, how do you do it all? The answer is this: I don’t. Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means that I am failing in another area of my life.

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That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel 100 percent okay,.

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You are no longer students. You are no longer works in progress. You are now citizens of the real world. You have a responsibility to become a person worthy of joining and contributing to society.

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Nobody has this thing figured out. Except doesn’t it feel like everyone else has figured it out?.

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“But being a mother is also a job, Shonda. ” I can hear someone reading this book saying those words right now. You know what I say to that? NO. IT IS NOT. Being a mother is not a job. Stop throwing things at me. I’m sorry but it is not. I find it offensive to motherhood to call being a mother a job. Being a mother isn’t a job. It’s who someone is. It’s who I am. You can quit a job. I can’t quit being a mother. I’m a mother forever. Mothers are never off the clock, mothers are never on vacation.

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Being a mother still happens if you don’t stay home with your kids. It still happens if you get a job and go to work.

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If you try to tell me that I must define my motherhood in the same terms as yours.

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We all have to acknowledge that our way is not the way.

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And I am always going to yell “What the fuck!” at the PTA meeting if you tell me the brownies need to be homemade.

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It’s not about working moms vs. Nonworking moms. It’s about people who love hot-gluing beads on capes vs. People who do not know what a hot-glue gun is. And it’s not even that. It’s about the non–glue gun people not assuming the glue gun people are judging them, and vice versa.

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I am not a naturally optimistic person. I’m too in my own head to be a constant source of cheer. I have to work at happy. Dark and twisty is where my brain likes to settle. So I can use some reminders of what is good and optimistic and glass-half-full about this world. And nothing does that for me like the faces and souls of my tiny humans.

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Is about giving yourself the permission to shift the focus of what is a priority from what’s good for you over to what makes you feel good.

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I make a rule that I will not work on Saturday or Sunday unless it’s an emergency or unless the show is filming. I’ve been guilty of working straight through far too many weekends in order to “get ahead. ” There’s no such thing. The work is always there in the morning.

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She has treated herself like an athlete in training. Ellen believes that to do her job well, she needs to take care of herself—inside and out.

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When they asked about race. But you can’t be raised black in America and not know. This wasn’t just my shot. It was ours.

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“You have to be twice as good to get half as much. . . ” I didn’t want half. I wanted it all. And so I worked four times as hard.

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It irritated me to my core that we live in an era of ignorance great enough that it was still necessary for me to be a role model, but that didn’t change the fact that I was one.

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