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In my defense, I was actually reading Nora Ephron when I came across this quote.

I look up to Nora Ephron for obvious reasons. Wiki her. She's pretty rad.

Anyway, so I'm reading Wallflower at the Orgy (mom, calm down. It's not at all about orgies) wherein Ephron profiles Helen Gurley Brown, the one-woman-army who saved Cosmopolitan from the brink of extinction and turned the magazine into the sex-tastic little number it is today.

If you have a little time on your hands, here's a treat: read the article for yourself.

Helen Gurley Brown made too many scandalous comments to count in her day in her effort to help the "secretaries, the nurses, the telephone-company clerks who live out there somewhere" make something of themselves (what, exactly, she expects them to make of themselves is yet to be determined).

In an attempt to explain herself, she said:

"Self-help. I wish there were better words, but that is my whole credo. You cannot sit around like a cupcake asking other people to come and eat you up and discover your great sweetness and charm. You've got to make yourself more cupcakable all the time so that you're a better cupcake to be gobbled up."

And you know what? For the "girlish advertising copy," as Ephron puts it, for all the things I find scary, silly, or stupid about Ms. Brown, I have to agree.

Reading this article got me wondering if I would consider myself cupcakable. The short answer is no.

Concerned family and friends! Don't be alarmed. I think highly enough of myself to say that I have average to even above average self esteem. Generally speaking, I like myself.

But there area always habits to change, goals to achieve, improvements to make.

Welcome, friends, to my journey.

Currently, I couldn't tell you what I see when I look in the mirror. Sometimes she's a gorgeous tigress with the power of flight blooming from her shoulder blades. Sometimes she's a dowdy schoolmarm with premature crow's feet and too many dark days.

I want to look in the mirror and see an Amazon of a woman who dares the whole universe to gobble her up.

Inevitably, I will post about beauty (if you read anything inspired by HGB, you gotta expect it), my foray into the world of plant-based eating, reason vegetables are so cool (phytochemicals kick ass!), spirituality, lack of spirituality, trying to overcome a true and abiding addiction to procrastination, and anything else I find share-worthy on the journey towards a more cubcakable self.

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