I'm going to go ahead and call it now: my joyful moment today was meeting Lisa Jakub.
It is known by a select few that I can quote the entire movie Mrs. Doubtfire. It's my self-proclaimed favorite movie (which is a question I hate answering because I have no way of accurately judging my favorite, other than movies I can quote in their entirety. And Mrs. Doubtfire is perhaps the first movie I memorized, before I understood why "a run by fruiting" was so funny...and also it's just a classic, wonderful movie).
So, I had a total fan girl moment when I realized who Lisa Jakub is. I was attending the PVD Lady Project Summit, and she was giving the keynote address. I'd actually been excited to listen to her talk solely because I saw that the speaker was a writer who had published a memoir, and then I put the two together, and ALL OF MY WORLDS COLLIDED.
I'm sad to say that I'm one of those people who's kind of obsessed with stardom. Like, "I'm in the presence of greatness!" I felt like being ten feet away from George Clooney was one of my life's greatest achievements, just after being a judge at a state-wide Cookie contest, but unfortunately, with the small exception of me tripping and catching his eye, George has no idea I exist.
But Lisa! This woman is amazing. She's so down to earth and she makes you want to be her best friend instantaneously. Her talk was honest, open, and funny, and we [as audience members] got a sense of who she is and what she values. Plus, her transition from fame to what am I doing with my life to writer really resonated with me.* I walked out of her keynote address feeling inspired to continue pursuing writing and to own up to all that is who I am: embrace the weirdness.
*with the exception of fame. But we both made huge life changes at the age of 22 (!)
Then, of course, I chased her down and wept until she took a photo with me.
But I did talk to her when I serendipitously ran into her and no one else was around. We had a good chat: I gave her restaurant recommendations; she gave me writing advice; I plugged my own blog (sorry). And then I asked for a photo.
Conclusion: I stand by my original assessment--she's the kind of person anyone would want to be friends with, just a glowing, positive person.
Thanks to Lisa for her time and kindness, to The PVD Lady Project for putting on such an amazing event, and for my editor who gave me a golden ticket. xox
"Your authentic expression can be someone else's inspiration..." --Jakub (yogic wisdom)