Friday, March 19, 2010

International Princess Project

I read blogs.
Okay, I read a lot of blogs.
FINE, I am obsessed with reading blogs.

And NO ONE blogs like pioneer woman. I worship her. I idolize her. I love her.

If you have a spare 100 hours, you should go read her archives, especially her love story about how she met her husband. If you don't have 100 extra hours of time, you may want to consider reading her blog anyway because it will change your life and make you a happier person.

Anyway, one of her posts was so incredible, I just had to share it with everyone else. (Normally I'm selfish and I keep Pioneer Woman all to myself because I'm an obsessive blogger like that)
PW (as I nicknamed her because we are virtual BFF's) has a section on her blog called "Home and Garden." The best part about this section is PW's Favorite things (Think Oprah, but country and cute) she recently posted something about "punjammies," or handsewn pajama pants made by women who have been rescued, released, or escaped from a life of prostitution. The International Princess Project is a way for these battered women to develop skills and confidence to help them not only survive, but succeed in life.
I grew up in a home with 3 sisters, 126 pairs of shoes (sizes 7-10), Jane Austen books, the movie "The Little Princess," and a mother with a passionate love for Oprah Winfrey. Needless to say, it was Girl Power 24/7, 365. While reading about the International Princess Project, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have been given. My mom always told us we were beautiful and special and despite having three incredibly gorgeous, talented, smart, funny, and confident sisters, I never felt like I had to compete with them. Sure I wanted to copy them, so I stole clothes without asking and wrote my name on Chelsea's En Vogue CD because I wanted to listen to the same music she did, but I can honestly say that I've always been proud about my potential as a woman. Don't get me wrong, I have definitely had moments of self-pity and maybe one or two of melodrama (no more than two though), but my Mom (and Dad) have always made sure that the Smart girls knew that we deserved Mr. Darcy and much more.
Whether you want to buy a pair of "punjammies," or not, the International Princess Project is still inspiring and well-worth the read.
Now go put a Spice Girls CD in your car and roll the windows down!
Girl Power!


Darrell said...

Almost makes me want to go a pair of punjammies. How would your puff daddy look in PJs like that?

Not only did you deserve Mr. Darcy, you married him!

Krystal Ann said...

I love Pioneer Woman too!!! She is the best...I follow her on Twitter. Did you hear they are talking a movie deal with her?

Darcee said...

Great post, Syd! I haven't read her blog, but just heard about it. You've inspired me to read it. :)

Rachey Smart said...

What the...I almost started crying while reading this. You guys have such a great family, and so good looking! I haven't heard of Pioneer Woman but I will definitely look into it! Spice Girls....check. :) love ya Syd!

chelsea said...

Love it Syd! You should check out the book "Half the Sky" It's about the difficulties of women in poor countries--changed my life.

Sara said...

dang it, Sydney, you've both cursed and blessed my life with the pioneer woman blog. I adore it...much, much more than I do school work.