Steph’s Smitten List: Strong Women, Maya Van Wagenen, Painting

This week I’m positively smitten with:

1. Strong Women: My friend shared this article with me, and I love it because 1) it’s a true story, 2) it’s refreshing to see a woman stand up for her body – persistently, and 3) it starts a conversation about how the media influences our idea of beauty and success. A quick rundown: after losing a lot of weight, this woman was contacted by Shape Magazine to do a success story on her weight loss, however when the magazine wanted her to cover up (most likely because she had some extra skin around her middle) she backs out. Women everywhere are applauding her strength and esteem. You gotta love a woman like that!


2. Maya Van Wagenen: She’s bright, well-spoken, and she had a brilliant idea to take a 1950s guide on how to become popular and give it a modern twist! Maya performed a social experiment and then wrote about her own take on the topic in her book, ‘Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’. Not only does this make me think of something I would have done at 15 (because I was shy and had very few friends), but the way Maya talks about kindness and personality makes me – at 27 – want to run out and grab this book!

3. Painting: I’m smitten with painting this week because I can’t seem to get enough of it! What started as freshening up the walls in one room has turned into tackling as many painting projects as I can: walls, door frames, base boards, etc. Painting is no easy task once you get started, but I love how I can change the look and feel of a room by giving it some color. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in making a room look new.

paint brush

What are you positively smitten with?



6 responses to “Steph’s Smitten List: Strong Women, Maya Van Wagenen, Painting

  1. Maya is such an impressive young lady! How many 15 year olds does anyone know that are so eloquent, poised, and “accomplished”? Writing a book at 15? Conducting her own social experiments? Writing and shooting videos on social critiques? Amazing!


  2. I’m with you Steph! I’m also smitten with Maya Van Wagenen, author of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. I ran out and grabbed her book. I devoured it. I loved it and I recommend it. Maya’s real-life journey through the chapters of Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide from the 1950’s is a brave and innovative idea that results in lessons learned for gals (and guys) of all ages. And by this I’m thinking even the mothers (and fathers) out there raising (pre)teens. The more parents understand what kids are thinking, the better equipped they are to parent. Read it and you’ll know what I mean. Maya’s writing is genuine and funny. She may not know it, but she’s a PS young lady!


    • What a good point — that parents could benefit from reading her book to understand what kids are thinking. I can’t believe how fast you read the book (it must have been very good) and I plan to read it soon. I agree, she is inspiring and very much a PS young lady 🙂


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