Just watched this episode and I want to sit down and have a big pow-wow with Amy and Julia. Sometimes I wished we lived in the same city.
OK first off, Menace lobs a ridiculous claim. Nothing about this is a shock. Menace was put on this planet to torture me with his interpretation of my values, and for his many other wonderful gifts (of course).
Sure, I believe that our past shapes who we are, but to say that it has harmed all my relationships isn’t the case. While my childhood impacted me, it’s not completely ruling my relationships or my life.
I love going home to Michigan. I can only take it for a week. Not because I don’t relish every minute in the “Great Lake State,” I just find it hard to be away from my life and work in San Francisco.
Dinner at my mom’s house always includes “spirited” conversations. My mom most of all wants me to be happy and does support my work. I’d say one of the most common questions I get asked (aside from “How do I reignite the spark in my relationship?” or a myriad of other relationship questions) is this: What does your mom think about your career? Answer: She has always been supportive and was an amazing role model to me in many ways. Especially around cultivating my own independence. In the first episode of Miss Advised, I have a discussion with my brother Michael about the advice my mom once gave me -- "Never rely on a man to take care of you" -- and I don’t think it was awful guidance. It shaped who I am today and I’m grateful.