I know...I've been so bad....
But at least I have an excuse for being out of touch: Angelika McQueen Rubenstein was born on August 15th just before midnight. She has been keeping me busy...this sweet and adorable Alpha Kitty. Ari and I have been spending these early days of Angelika's life at our home in East Hampton - taking a break from the hustle and bustle of NYC. We are really enjoying the latest and greatest member of the A-Team. Life is a dream. I thank God every day.
Things weren't always like this for me: When I was younger, I was a total slacker and my mom used to always tell me, "Work hard now and you'll have everything later." Back then I'd roll my eyes but when I got a little older (in college), I started listening to her: I worked my butt off, two internships at a time, wanting so badly to make it big in the magazine business....and I guess I did when I created CosmoGIRL! ten years ago next month. I was 26 years old and felt that smart girls with attitude needed a magazine that spoke directly to them. Our team did a great job and CosmoGIRL! was a huge success for many years. And CosmoGIRL!s success was my success because I became the youngest Editor in Chief in the 100 year history of Hearst Magazines.
Sadly, I just found out on Friday that CosmoGIRL!'s December issue will be its last. My heart and mind are with the incredible staff of CosmoGIRL! who, I'm sure, poured their heart and souls into the magazine until the very last moment and of course with it's readers who soaked up every word and image that wonderful team created.
Even though I left the magazine 5 years ago, I always thought of it as "my baby" since I created the original concept on my bedroom floor with markers, a glue stick and lots of tubes of lipstick around me (to create the "Girl" in the CosmoGIRL! logo). Until Friday, it felt like my baby was still out there being taken care of by another wonderful family. It felt weird but the way things needed to be. Now that baby is gone....and replaced in my life by this new real life CosmoGIRL! - Angelika. The end of one important chapter and the beginning of another...
How does this relate to you? Well, a few ways I guess.
1-My mom was right. If you work hard now, you CAN have everything later. I worked my TAIL off for about 15 years and today I have just the life I always dreamed of and my new baby girl completes that picture. I didn't get here by accident - I designed this life and set the foundation with years of hard work. Yet I'm still pretty young - young enough to ENJOY the fruits of my labor. I want that for you so remember what my mom said: Work hard now and you'll have everything later. "Later" doesn't necessary mean when you are OLD so get focused, sister. It will pay off.
2-To the CosmoGIRL! readers of back in the day and today: You are still fierce and inspirational whether or not you have CosmoGIRL! telling you that you are. The world depends on you to be out there doing your thing. Please do so. Keep the spirit of the magazine -"Born to Lead" - in your heart so you can pave the way for the next generation of incredible girls. I loved you and will love you forever. Thanks for all you've done for me.
Please stay in touch.
I know I haven't been around much - but when Emily T. told me about this story, I just had to share it with you.
Listen to what this senior at Yale is doing for her art project:
"a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself 'as often as possible' while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process." [Yale Daily News]
Read about it here: http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/24513
Maybe I'm biased bc I'm pregnant - but I think this girl is so insane that I'd love to puke on her and collect all the puke as MY art project. (Okay - just teasing about the second part).
WHAT DO YOU THINK???
PS - I'm doing GREAT and found out that I'm having....a GIRL! Hurrah!!!
UPDATE: This article came out on the AP this morning:
Honestly, after reading the article I still don't totally get that it's a "hoax" bc her intention was there. Perhaps they are saying that despite her efforts she didn't get pregnant or there's no proof that she did? Sounds to me like Yale is trying to save face for admitting a loser.
So, have you heard of Juicy Campus? The college gossip blog?
It's a place where you can anonymously post gossip about people at your school.
It's the topic of the latest Alpha Kitty panel on the Huffington Post. It was Jill Belsley's idea (remember Jill from Miss Seventeen??) to do this as a topic. Please go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alpha-kitty/juicycampuscom-what-do-_b_89214.html and check out the opinion videos she put together on the topic.
Please feel free to make a comment on Huffington Post with YOUR comment too!
PS - I personally think it's a lame site because it gives power to people that are cowards. I always say - if you can't say it to my face, don't say it at all.
How are you?? Hope 2008 has been treating you like the Queen that you are.
I've been totally M.I.A, I know. Well...it's because I have some news - Check out this video HERE - mine is the first one in a row of different Alpha Kitties - for my big news...
So... what do you think????