11 Things The Gilmore Girls Taught Me

11 Things The Gilmore Girls Taught Me

About life and other things

In the early 2000s, the world was introduced to the Gilmore Girls. The life of Lorelai and Rory took the world by storm and won over a dozen awards. A mother and daughter relationship that most girls envy and most moms aim for. The show is full of words of wisdom intertwined with quirky anecdotes dealing with real life situations. This fast talking, coffee drinking and adventure seeking duo taught me a lot, so keep up.

1. Being a bookworm is okay.

Most bookworms are okay with being bookworms. In school, sometimes being a bookworm is frowned upon. Rory Gilmore would just throw the book at that idea, but she’s too busy reading it.

2. Not all families are the same.

Some families consist of moms and dads while some only consist of moms or dads. It’s okay to not have that family unit most people aim for. It doesn’t mean you’re loved any more or less.

3. Money doesn’t make everything right.

Lorelai had the world at her feet and enough money to entertain her. She realized early on that money could change people, but not usually for the better. She worked her way up from the bottom as a single mother helping an inn and eventually went on to run her own inn with her best friend.

4. Small towns have their charm.

Stars Hollow is literally perfect in every way. Full of bright characters and street names, it’s pretty similar to every small town in America. Everything shuts down at 10pm and church takes up most Sundays. Sound familiar?

5. Everyone knows a “Kirk”.

He’s usually the last invited to every event, but is always there. He is socially awkward, but knows it and it makes it that much more awkward. You can’t help but love him. He’s like the goofy kid next door that never made it out of his awkward teenage stage. Also, he's a master of all trades.

6. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.

For real. There is nothing like a fresh cup of good coffee. Or a few hours old coffee. Even left over coffee in the pot from yesterday is good. Today’s world runs on coffee and the Gilmores knew that in 2000.

7. Honesty is the best policy.

There were very few lies told throughout the show. Exaggerations of truth, maybe even lies by omission, but actual bold face lies were rare. Honesty was always pushed, regardless of what the situation was. Even Rory went to Lorelai when she was thinking of sex.

8. Making mistakes is a part of life.

While I never stole a boat or ruined a marriage like the infamous Rory Gilmore, I have made mistakes in my life. It’s okay and they happen. This show never encouraged making mistakes, but it let everyone know that mistakes happen and life goes on.

9. Love is messy.

This is a no brainer for most people, but still, it was a lesson learned. Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you need to be with that person. Lorelai and Christopher loved each other with every part of their beings, but watching them together was like watching a train crash happen.

10. Sometimes your worst enemy can be your best friend.

Sometimes the person we consider the enemy can actually be our biggest asset. Paris was Rory’s nemesis when she first arrived at Chilton. However, since they were both after the same thing, they realized they had a lot of things in common.

11. Life is an adventure; challenge it.

There was never a dull moment in the Gilmore world. Whether it was egging Jess’s car, starting fights at school dances or making an impromptu trip to Harvard, the Gilmores made the most out of every moment. They said yes to a lot of opportunities, but always knew when enough was enough. And no matter where they got in life, they always knew the way back home.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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