She-ro of the Week

How Great Is Kristen Bell?

I have always wanted to do a “30 in 30”. I once did 30 blogs in 30 days, but there was wiggle room as I could cheat and blog about blogging or post something super old and pretend it was new. I see people around me doing thirty days of yoga and thirty days of juicing but I haven’t done either because I’m afraid I would fail. It’s a problem I have, not doing things I think I could fail doing. Another problem is that I tend to be pretty hard on myself if I’m not perfect. It’s a bad combination. I’ve been trying to jump into things I wouldn’t normally just jump into lately and I like it. I’ve learned things about myself. I’ve learned that it feels good to see things through regardless of how they work out. At the genesis of this discovery I was on Twitter when I saw a tweet from a friend that hash tagged “30 day homies”. I clicked it to find all of these people tweeting back and forth about their successes and challenges with doing thirty work outs in thirty days. It was a great feeling to see all of these folks coming together. A backward search took me to the source, one Kristen Bell.

At the end of May she tweeted the idea of 30 work out classes in 30 days, then it shifted to 60 minutes a day doing anything that gets your heart rate up for 30 days. The point is that a whole bunch of people are doing it together and can share the successes and challenges with each other. Anyone can start at anytime and have tons of support. Kristen regularly has tweet exchanges with other “30 day homies” and posts little tips here and there, along with her own complaints. It all feels very “real”, though I hate this use of the word, and I think it’s really inspiring. From what I’ve just learned about her I like her in a “wow, I wish we were friends” kind of way. She comes off publicly as the girl next door – or rather, the girl you wish lived next door. The best part? I have it on good authority that she actually is like that. Clearly, she’s a unicorn.

Okay, so she’s not actually a unicorn. She’s an actress. Depending on your generation, and level of cult-show appreciation, you know her as either Veronica Mars or Sarah Marshall in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or both. She’s also the voice of gossip girl on the show of the same name, which might be the most exciting bit for me. (I’m kidding).

Kristen Bell was has an impressive resume. She went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts and left before graduating only because she’d been offered a role on Broadway in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hello! Broadway! She’s worked hard for everything she’s got and is not one to rest on her laurels. A quote from a 2009 interview she did with Cosmo is one of the best I’ve read – ever. “I’m very proactive with my career and when I heard about Gossip Girl, I called someone at the network and asked if I could do something on it. At that time, I didn’t have a job, and I’m not some idiot who just wants to hang out in LA — I want to work.” I suspect we could all learn from that kind of focus.

As if it couldn’t get better, the woman is also an animal rights activist. Having been a vegetarian since she was eleven, she made the transition to veganism this year. The way she saw it, there was no difference between the family dog and the cow on her plate. Transitioning to a fully plant based diet, while a natural extension of her beliefs, was also a no brainer for her after watching the film Forks Over Knives. The health benefits persuaded her to make the change. She takes care of herself.

Kristen Bell is fully committed, both to life and her career. She has that balance that we all strive for and a healthy sense of self. For all those reasons she is She-ro of the Week. Well, those and who doesn’t love that sloth video?

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