I was Martha Stewart’s first executive assistant in NYC.
And yes, it was very similar to the Devil Wears Prada in many respects. And I got caught up in it all and lost about 22 pounds in 8 weeks (because I was a nervous wreck) and I left the position when everyone in my life thought I was crazy. And I have more to share on the topic some other time.
What is most important to share right now is that I “get” Martha - now more than I did then. Now that I’m an entrepreneur with a passionate point of view and a vision I can’t shake.
Now that I’m a mother and a wife and the quintessential emotional gatekeeper that all women are (and it’s not fair but you’re better off owning it than fighting it).
Now, when every detail in my diverse life requires my decision in one big or small way or another.
Yeah, so I get Martha and admire her and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to experience a person’s life purpose so utterly charged - electrifying everything and everyone. And isn’t positive and negative charge required for successful illumination?
I’m grateful for every trying moment I spent with Martha. I found a kind of enlightenment actually.
Which brings me to the reason for this post.
I am enthralled with documentaries that showcase the complexities of women in business and art, balancing love and life (or not). I am certain that a woman following her muse (be it a demon or an angel) faces and must traverse a particularly more complex emotional landscape. And when I can peek inside the life of a female artist who has managed to create a life following her passion, then I am filled with a certain hope. No matter how bittersweet this life might have been.
And so, I can’t wait to see this documentary about Diana Vreeland - to add to the collection of inspirations so that maybe I can escape falling too far or burning too bright… or not.