29 March 2011

My Girl Tuesday: Jennifer Nettles

My stunning friend Shelby, of shelbylately.com recently started a new feature on Tuesdays titled 'My Girl Tuesday'. In her words: "I suffer from too many girl crushes to count, so every Tuesday I'm going to share one with you."


Which is why I'm participating this week.

Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) is one of the most effervescent women I've ever seen. Granted, I've never actually met her, but she has inspired me beyond what I can articulately portray. She's bubbly, she's vivacious, her enthusiasm for life and everything in it is so outrageously potent that it is contagious. And her voice? Incredible.

Sugarland's songs have a way of recapturing that magic of summer love and the hope of youth we all crave to always keep clutched in our hearts. They inject much needed energy and light into my (toughest) days.

Plus, I adored the outfit she wore on American Idol last week. She has killer style.

Their song 'Little Miss' has motivated the The Little Miss Project. Here's the video:

I fell in love with what Jennifer had to say about the song. The best part, is when she belts out it's alright, it's all right, it's all right...it'll be all right again, you believe her.

"She is a woman coming to terms with the fact that just because you CAN do everything doesn't mean you SHOULD do everything. She is a woman who often forgets herself in her attempts to try and do for everyone else. She is a woman who has learned the hard way that often when we try to do everything for everybody all the time, we can wind up losing ourselves. And when that happens, everybody loses. But all is not lost in "Little Miss!" Oh no! "Little Miss" has a spark of hope. She has had enough life experience and loss to know that anything forgotten can just as well be remembered. That anything she has tossed aside in a fog of perfectionist martyr bullshit can be reclaimed, including her sense of self, her body, her passion, her inspiration, and her desire to savor the marrow of life. While "Little Miss" was written in the voice of a woman, the disappointments of being under appreciated and the pressure to be perfect are struggles that are often felt by men as well. The emotion we each feel within these struggles is the same…whether male or female, our tears all taste of salt, my dear ones."

“I hope this song holds up a mirror. If you happen to catch a glimpse of yourself there, I hope you are reminded that you are enough, that you are worthy, that perfect is completely boring and, most of all, that it'll be all right again.”

I just want to give her a big bear hug.