Lucille Ball-Queen Bitch of Comedy!

The fabulous Lucille Ball from Love Those Classic Movies

Lucille Ball-Queen Bitch of Comedy and one of my favorite all time inspirations.  She was a shy on the outside girl who on the inside “wanted to make some noise.”  And did she ever.

1.  Regarding “I Love Lucy,”  Lucy and her husband knew exactly what they wanted and went for it, together.  Lucy was offered the TV show by CBS.  She agreed with the following conditions: That Desi would play her husband, they would film the show and took a pay cut to do so, and lastly that their movie studio, Desilu would retain all rights to the series.   Her brilliant husband, Desi Arnaz, pioneered the 3 camera technique now standard on TV sitcoms.

2.  She was the first woman to own her own movie studio.

3.  TV Guide picked her as The Greatest Star of All Time.

4.  Early in her modeling career she was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and spent 2 years re-learning how to walk.

5.  When she was nicknamed “Queen of Comedy,” she was steadfast in her belief that her idol and girlfriend, Carole Lombard deserved the honor.  I would have loved to have had the pleasure of having a night out with these two!

6.  Tutored in comedy by Buster Keaton-one of my favorites of all time!  I’m a bit jealous about this fact.  🙂

7.  Desi Arnaz on her extraordinary beauty:  “That’s a hunk o’ woman.”

8.  Girlfriend starred in over 72 films in her lifetime.  And that’s just her film career.  We aren’t talking about her modeling career, stage career, television career and running a production studio!

Some of my favorite quotes from Luscious Lucy:

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.

I’m not funny. What I am is brave.

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.

A man who correctly guesses a woman’s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright.

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

[About her meeting Desi Arnaz for the first time]: It wasn’t love at first sight. It took a full five minutes.

Sassy, successful, brilliant and beautiful.  Lucille Ball is a true Bitch that I’ve always loved and looked up to.  And she still makes people laugh to this day.  I showed my two little nieces clips of I Love Lucy on YouTube.  They loved her and laughed over her antics.  They started performing I Love Lucy shows in their home.  How cute.  Thank you so much for the laughter and inspiration you’ve brought me Lucy.  We will always love you!  Love, Goddess

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Do We Need Fun Boot Camp?

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Gorgeous beach from Dear Chrissy:

I love Jillian Michaels, the kick-ass trainer form The Biggest Loser.   She has a radio program on KFI AM 640.  I listened to her yesterday and she was really inspiring.  Have you ever done her workouts in On Demand?  She pushes you in a no BS type way.  You know me: “I’m don’t have time for the BS girl.”  My favorite thing that she says?  She says:

“Don’t think you can’t do it.  I have 400 pound people doing jumping jacks.  So can you.  When they say “just take the stairs” to get in shape, it doesn’t serve you.  Your body can do so much more.”

She goes on to say that before you lose the weight you have to realize that you have a problem. You need to go inward to fix the problem first before you succeed in your weight goals.  She thinks like one of my favorite authors:  Louise Hay:  You Can Heal Your Life

I love it because every day I’m bombarded with things that people say I can and can’t do.  Are you?  Lucille Ball was told she would never be a successful actress.   How’d that turn out? Lucille Balls’ Wikipedia  She was rejected time and time again.  She went for what she wanted and became the Queen of Comedy.  She got her own TV show and I Love Lucy still runs on television—60 years later!  That woman was brilliant.  Which brings me to Fun Boot Camp.  When I decided I wanted to bring fun and play back into the world, focus on it and share, people thought I was nuts.  Build a business around frivolous fun and play?  For adults?  Absolutely, yes!  Because people were so resistant to the idea it made me realize I had a winner.  I know that the things I resist doing most give me the most fun, pleasure and joy.

The busier we get the easier it is to put off doing the “fun things” that light us up.  It seems frivolous to take a dance class when we have a house to clean.   I so hear you on that one.  So we resist that fun.  We’re taught it’s wrong to accept a fun sounding offer when we have so many “responsibilities.”  So we resist so we keep disciplined.  Discipline is important.  It makes everything run smoothly.  We’re disciplined at work, with Family, our Health.  (This is a new one for me.  I find that the more I fell in love with myself, the better I take care of myself)

So how do we have “fun” without being looked down at in a “No Pain No Gain Society?”  For me…I giggle at that ridiculous phrase and MAKE fun something I live for.  And since discipline is so important, practice the “discipline of fun.” And I get so much more done!  It’s really amazing.  By taking time for my fun whenever I get a little edgy and impatient, I get more done in less the time.  And I’m happier.  And the “fun” break can be as little as a couple minutes.  So lets start our “daily discipline of fun.”   It’s Fun Boot Camp!  Whoo Hoo!

1.  Dance to an upbeat song and really shake your booty.  Do it with your kids, on your lunch break, with your boyfriend, lover, husband. 2.  If you’re in a store this week, try on something ridiculously extravagant and admire your fine self in the mirror. 3.  Uhm….have I mentioned tickling before?  Find a new spot to tickle on somebody.  I’m sure they will return the favor. 4.  Really play with your pet.  Or find one to play with. 5.  Is there something fun that you have always wanted to do?  Make a list and actually DO them this summer.  Do one today. 6.  Have someone feed you something yummy.  Slowly. 7.  Take a chore that you don’t like doing and make it fun.  I blast the music and dance while I wash the dishes. 8.  Decorate yourself:  Glitter, stickers, favorite lipstick, perfume, and have a little “I love me celebration.”  Eat your favorite food, listen to your favorite music, and write a little poem dedicated to you.

Love, Goddess

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