Happy Monday Everyone!! Hopefully everyone had a great weekend. I certainly did. I actually spent most of my weekend celebrating a bunch of birthdays in Atlantic City. Who doesn’t love a good Jersey style birthday filled with short skirts, high hair, and overly bronzed skin? Along with the birthday celebrations, I also spent a few hours in AC at a Q&A session with Mr. Bravo himself, Andy Cohen. Being Bravo TV addicts, my friends and I were thrilled at the chance to listen to Andy give away all the juicy details on shows like The Real Housewives and Top Chef. What I didn’t expect was the chance to get a real insight on Andy’s career and the path he took to get into the Executive Producer seat he sits in today.
There’s something to be said about a person who has achieved a level of success that some can only dream of, and yet can still be relatable. Mr. Cohen is one of those people. The list of this man’s accomplishments seems endless: Executive Producer, Bravo Guru, Blogger, Author, Host…… I mean there is not much that he has not tackled and yet he is one of the most funny and approachable people I have ever met. So, I sit there listening to him tell his story and then he says something that hits me. He tells everyone that he knows he has found his purpose because he is happy. Even in the beginning when he was just another person answering phones in a cubicle for CBS News, he was genuinely happy and that alone was a driving force to the career he has made for himself today. That my friends is a defining moment, when you find a state of happiness and turn that into a purpose.
The discussion really made me think about how big of a role happiness plays in our lives. From our personal lives to our careers, happiness is truly an emotion that drives people. It is something that people spend their entire lives looking for and sometimes lose themselves trying to achieve.
One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, has this amazing quote on happiness that to me, defines the emotion perfectly. She says “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”Pin It