You never know when a casual comment will change your life. Jacqueline Cochran had already achieved success as a highly sought-after New York City hairdresser—and this was during the Depression!
“When it comes to resolutions, I try to put myself into the next New Year’s Eve and think really hard about what I’d like to be grateful for then.”
"The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion." Last month, I stood on stage in front of a theater full of accomplished businesspeople, activists, doctors, and influencers and shared that as an educated, professional woman, I enjoy playing with clothes. I may not have used those exact words, but still, the admission of this as a passion was quite a departure from anything I’d ever shared publicly in a professional space. I mean, I’m Chris the writer. [...]
Our attachment to life depends on our interest in it, on our sense of wonder and reverence, our enthusiasm and gratitude, and our active participation in seeking meaning.
“I face decisions and planning that flat out SCARE me on a weekly basis. If I said no to opportunities or didn’t dream big because I was scared, I would not be where I am today.”
She went to Paris and found love, but this romance is all about delicious little treats called macarons. Event Manager by day, pastry chef by night, Amy Vardeman is making her dream come true.