I've been reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance for over 10 years . I always start the year with her. I remember to read when times are good and I don't even acknowledge the existence of the book when I'm not being my own Leading Lady. However, I know the good days almost by heart.
A Meditation for Bad Girls is my all time favorite. There's even a quote at the beginning written by a certain 'Anne Shirley' and so I've staked a personal claim on this one! I've read it over and over again. I've typed it out and printed it for many of my friends, attaching it to girly gifts that I like to give from time to time. It always tickles us all and keeps us happy! And so, today's inspiration is borrowed.
"Meditation For Bad Girls
"It’s so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it?" Anne Shirley
A friend and I were chatting away on the phone when she blithely confessed doing something totally outrageous but hilarious. “You’re so bad,” I admonished her with admiration (especially because 99% of the time she’s too good for her own good). After we stopped laughing long enough to catch our breath, she suggested that bad girls have something to teach the rest of us.
How to spot a bad girl.
Bad girls sip only champagne and cocktails- not beer, wine, sherry, mineral water, café latte, or Darjeeling tea. (Think Martinis, Stingers, Black Russians.) Bad girls prefer spandex, halters, high heels, fishnet stockings, silk, suede, leather, or white satin cut on the bias and black satin cut down to here. Bad girls have blond, raven or flaming tresses, red mouths and nails. Think Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner. (But the baddest girls have mousy brown hair). Bad girls wear Capri pants, mules, cashmere or mohair twinsets, silk scarves covering their pin curls, and black sunglasses to the grocery, then don black tuxedos and silver fox boas at night.
Bad girls are in touch with their inner bitch because they run with Dobermans wearing studded black leather collars. Bad girls travel to Vegas with their ex’s gold card while their own name is still on it. Are passionately loyal to their friends. Have been known to torture those who break the hearts of pals. Bad girls call the psychic friends network. Have their own astrologer. Know a cusp is not an intimately transmitted condition. Bad girls listen to Billie Holiday. Know the importance of regular waxing. Bad girls smell expensive and never leave the house without wearing fabulous earrings. Buy the National Enquirer. Can pronounce Goethe and recite Fleurs du Mal. Bad girls use cigarette holders; really bad girls attend cigar dinners.
Bad girls like disguise: they like presenting themselves as perfect moms, ice princesses, and librarians.
Bad girls are passionate while the rest of the world is cool.
Prefer gold to silver. Bare their midriffs, never their souls. Bad girls make hay on Ralph Lauren sheets. Bad girls never marry for love, which is why they often change their names. Really bad girls have numbered bank accounts. Bad girls know it’s not the cards you’re dealt but how well you play your hand. Bad girls win at blackjack. Vacation at backgammon tournaments in Monaco. Frequent pool halls but shoot billiards. Bad girls send large checks to good causes and never take a tax deduction. Bad girls don’t just want to have fun, they make sure they do. Bad girls are committed to the philosophy of personal pleasure.
Most of us are only bad girls in our dreams. But there’s a pattern in the bad-girl lifestyle that deserves contemplation. Bad girls buy what they want, eat what they want to eat, wear what they want to wear, sleep when they want to sleep. Bad girls do not have therapists because they don’t need them. Instead, bad girls have housekeepers and masseuses."
As Leading Ladies, we may not be able to score a perfect 10 out of 10 here, however, it's something to aspire to don't you think?
There are going to be some Leading Lady Auditions opening up. If you would like to explore your inner Bad Girl, your Leading Lady, keep your eyes open....the invitation will be here soon.
And again, there's Mae........
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often. Mae West