What We Learned From Drew Barrymore’s New Memoir

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Drew Barrymore is the ultimate career girl! We’ve written about her before, there are so many reasons to be inspired by her, she’s just released her memoir ‘Wildflower’, a thoughtful, funny and inspiring collection of essays that make this book the perfect gift to get fellow career girls this Christmas, it’s far from being just another salacious autobiography, this wildly inspiring look into Drew’s life has taught us some great lessons!

#1 Use the bad times to make yourself better

Drew doesn’t harbour negative feelings towards her parents, even though her upbringing was unorthodox and she had a very public legal emancipation from her mother. Of her circumstances she says, “…if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons? That is the only way to live.” We all go through tough times, but you have to use them to find your own happiness.

#2 Doing what you love requires hard work

When you’re working hard for what you love it seems like you’re the only one breaking your back. Drew’s company Flower produces films, makes cosmetics, has a range of eyewear and is only looking to expand. She says, “I have an insane work ethic! I am strict with myself. I’m trained to work. I don’t know life without it. Work takes giving it your all, or it will not get done right. You have to kill yourself. Do your homework. Exhaust yourself. Focus on every detail.”

#3 You can be a mom and a boss at the same time

This is something that a lot of women struggle with, maybe if you’re in your 20’s you’re not so worried about it – but Drew’s words of wisdom are very relevant.

“I am a stay-at-home mom some days and a working mom others. But I am always first and foremost a mom. When we mothers worry or guilt-trip ourselves, or try to convince ourselves we will ever be the same after having kids, we are missing the point. Because we won’t be the same. I feel like I was born the day my kids were and that my life before was only to gain wisdom for them. The point is you do your best. Your very best every day. You do it, and you do it for them.”

#4 Being single isn’t bad

It’s weird that being single is something that comes with negative undertones. Drew’s sage advice on being single is really important for us all to understand. “It’s ironic that we rush through being ‘single’ as if it’s some disease or malady to get rid of or overcome. The truth is, most likely, one day you will meet someone and it will be gone. And once it’s gone, it’s really gone! Why does no one tell us how important it is to enjoy being single and being by yourself? That time is defining and amazing and nothing to ‘cure.'”

There are many, many more lessons to gain from Drew’s book. On one hand I really enjoyed reading about the love she had for her dogs, the struggles she faced as a child star and her relationship with Steven Spielberg and Adam Sandler, but on the other I felt like Drew was a wise mother figure translating parts of her life into sage wisdom and advice for me. What a woman!

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