review: Love Life.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.23.14

in Reviews

Since I’ve recently started watching The West Wing, I’ve developed a bit of a fascination with the cast including the very handsome Rob Lowe. I’ve actually had his first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, sitting on my bookshelf for awhile now but have yet to read it. When I saw his new book, Love Life, at the library, I snatched it up.

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In Love Life, Rob (I feel like we’re close, personal friends now, so I can call him Rob) tells stories of his life as a Hollywood actor and the more behind-the-scenes stories about his life as a husband and father. I really love pop culture, so I really enjoyed the Hollywood stories. What makes him most relatable, and thus the stories I found most enjoyable, were those that stemmed from his “real life” experiences, such as chaperoning a camping field trip with his son at Sea World. Those are the chapters where he doesn’t come across as Hollywood Actor Rob Lowe, but Real Dude Rob Lowe.

The people I admire the most are those who have the courage, foresight, and ability to see themselves with cold-eyed honesty and fundamentally change themselves. Those who, with no guarantees of greater success or happiness, find it in themselves to completely alter the course of their lives to follow what is oftentimes just a small voice telling them they can do better. That they can be better.

There’s really no rhyme or reason to the stories he tells or the order in which they happen in the book, which can be difficult to keep up with the timeline (one minute, his son is off to college and a few chapters later, he’s a young boy). Yet, I feel like that’s what makes it more conversational in the “friends catching up over coffee” kind of way.

Adventure is important in life. Making memories matters. It doesn’t have to be a secret seaplane and a historic sports moment, but to have a great life you need great memories. Grab any intriguing offer. Say yes to a challenge and to the unknown. Be creative in adding drama and scope to your life. Work at it like a job. Money from effort comes and goes, but effort from imagination and following adventure creates stories that you keep forever. And anyone can do it.

Rob wrote his first book without the assistance of a ghostwriter (source) and I’m assuming this second book is the same. I am very impressed with Rob’s writing; he comes across as incredibly intelligent, well-versed. Given the characters he’s played, this isn’t entirely surprising, but very refreshing. I most love and appreciate his final thoughts:

Life is unpredictable and has very different plans for all of us. There will be heroism and tragedy; each new day has the promise of both. Learning to live in (and accept) that dichotomy provides the adrenaline to always move ahead and be grateful for what we have. It can power us all to great things if we recognize it. It can be the source of our greatest possibility, to know and to feel with every level of our own consciousness that we are alive. That this, right here, right now, is our life. Our life is ours. It is the only one we will ever have. And we should love it.

All in all, Love Life is a great take on life from a Hollywood actor who has taken his share of hits and failures over the course of his career. While we may not all know what it feels like to have a network television show that doesn’t pan out, we’ve known some level of that which we poured our hearts into that didn’t pan out. So, make the most of each day. Love and cherish this life we’ve been given.

4 out of 5 stars.

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twosday, volume 53.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.22.14

in Twosday

what’s making me happy this week.

1. There have been some seriously beautiful sunrises lately! The sun is usually coming up over the city during my morning commute and it just looks awesome over our cute little skyline. The natural light earlier in the day makes getting up in the morning a whole heck of a lot easier, which is really nice.

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2. The plants/herbs I’m attempting to grow are off to a good start, minus the cilantro which wasn’t made an appearance yet. The lettuce is growing like gangbusters and I think I may have planted too much. I don’t really know what I’m doing, so the fact that anything is growing is a serious win in my book.

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boston marathon.

1. I was seriously rooting for my girl Shalane to win the women’s race, but I am super pumped that we still had an American win with Meb taking the men’s race. After last year’s events, I think this year’s race was the perfect example of how strong the running community is. I felt such pride both in the one year anniversary last week and in Monday’s race at how the running community really came together.

2. I went to a “Run for Boston” group run on Marathon Monday and wore the same blue and yellow Boston shirt I wore during last year’s Lansing Half Marathon where I earned my current 13.1 PR. I don’t know that I’ll wear that shirt on many occasions beyond marathon day, but it did make me smile to put it on again, especially thinking back to how awesome and emotional that half marathon was for me.

random happenings.

1. I’m house/dog sitting again, but for a different family this time around. Right now, I’m hanging out with Scout, and he’s pretty feisty, but a good pup overall. I’m back with Norman and Rosie, the pups I usually watch, next week. I have one night at home to sleep in my own bed before packing up again. Dog sitting is a great gig.

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2. Can we talk about the Parenthood season finale and how much it felt like series finale? (Spoiler alerts!) I know that they’ve wrapped up pretty much every season with that sense, since NBC always leaves the show in limbo, but this one felt particularly final, and I’m not okay with that. I thought the Haddie storyline was a bit out of left field, but I am so hopeful for Joel and Julia to reconcile. Gosh, I just really love this show so much. I think it’s probably my favorite thing on television right now. I mean, I love love love Big Bag Theory but this show is just so well done. I want to be a Braverman in my next life.

boston marathon tweets I loved.

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Twosday posts are inspired by my friend Heather over at Then Heather Said.

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2014 workouts, week 16.

04.21.2014

I’ve been really into walking lately, as I’ve mentioned in recent weeks. It’s been a really great way to mix things up and get in some fitness that’s still getting me moving, but isn’t quite as taxing as running. I know I’m going to get in plenty of running once marathon training starts in a […]

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it’s supposed to be hard.

04.20.2014
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reading list, volume 33.

04.19.2014

Can I Run a Marathon via Mile Posts because it really got me excited to fully believe I can – and will – finish my 26.2 this fall. If you want to become a marathoner in 2014 just make it happen. Make 2014 the year you embrace your fear, give up on your excuses and find […]

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what do you want more?

04.18.2014

Awhile back, I was listening to an episode of the Jillian Michaels podcast and in this particular episode, she talked to a caller who had been working on her core and wanted her ab muscles to be visible, while still having her glass of wine at night. Jillian, as she tends to be, was quite […]

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gran fondo.

04.17.2014

Although I enjoy riding my bike recreationally and even tried my hand at the triathlon in 2012 (and hope to do more in the future!), cycling has never been a particular strength of mine. Last year was the inaugural Gran Fondo (Italian for big ride, which is about the extent of my Italian proficiency), put on by […]

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The Giver.

04.16.2014

One of my absolute favorite books growing up was The Giver by Lois Lowry. If I remember correctly, I first read it in sixth grade and many times over in the years that followed. As a huge fan of dystopian fiction, I fully believe this was the book that got me hooked! I’ve been wanting to […]

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twosday, volume 52.

04.15.2014

what’s making me happy this week. 1. After a rough couple of weeks, my grandma is finally on the mend! It’ll be another week or so before she can go home, but does she ever look fantastic! Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and thoughts her way; it means so, so much to me […]

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2014 workouts, week 15.

04.14.2014

After the previous two weeks which had been pretty stressful and out out of the ordinary, I tried really hard to feel like I had some bit of normalcy in my life these past seven days. I tried to eat clean, healthy foods (of which some days were more on point than others, but isn’t […]

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