I can and I will!

I love me some Golden Globes.

I’m not going to lie, I love, love, love award show season. I am one of those people who can watch the 2 hour pre-show, plus the whole thing straight-through.

Guiliana Rancic over at the E! network and I work together to analyze the celebrity fashion choices (not just the ladies- how could anyone not notice Alan Cumming in that 3-piece flesh colored suit? Well I guess you may have missed him since he blended into every wall in the Beverly Hilton…) and I am a champion guesser at who will win the big awards (Eddie Redmayne? Called it!).

On a related note, I’m a big fan of pageants.

I know, I know, big surprise.


So I am fan-girling out, watching the awards, and they finally arrive at a “big” category (all the awards are big, but the ones for acting are the ones most people pay attention to): Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Bryan Cranston and Kerry Washington (such an interesting dress!) presented, and the award went to Gina Rodriguez for her title role in Jane the Virgin on the CW.


Jane the Virgin is a really cute show, and those of you out there who love campy fun TV as much as this girl should really check it out. The premise is pretty out there- in fact, a lot of it is pretty out there- but what’s an Americanized telenovella without some twists and turns? Jane is a twenty-something-year-old virgin who has been saving herself for marriage. During a routine gynecological exam, her doctor accidentally inseminates her with the only sperm sample of a cancer-survivor…who happens to be Jane’s really hot, really married, boss. Campy fun ensues, as I said before.

Gina Rodriguez plays Jane, and she is so endearing and genuine in a role that could have been way too much for a less skilled actress. She never overplays the part, and is really just wonderful. I was so glad that she won!

The best part about Gina winning?

Her acceptance speech.


Second only to the great fashion and the (hopefully) funny opening monologue by the host(s), acceptance speeches are the best part of award shows. Don’t be a snooze and thank people that you are going to send roses to tomorrow. Take that 30 seconds and run with it people! That’s what I like to see.

Gina did do the requisite effusive thanking, but at the very end of her speech, she added something so wonderful, that it has been the talk of the Internet ever since.

She said:

Thanks to my mom and dad for telling me to dream and to never stop dreaming.

My father used to tell me to say to myself every morning, “Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.” Well dad, today is a great day. I can and I did!

Cue the fountain of tears.

Gina cried too.

I just love this. I love parents who are involved. I love people (parents & other relatives, friends, really great school teachers) who fill others up with love and hope and send them out into the world all filled up with goodness. It’s the best.

I also love this because what a great thing to say! Especially as Chronics, how many days do we wake up and think about all the things that we can’t do, don’t think we’re able to do, wish we could do? A lot, I know. What if everyone said to themselves, every morning, Today is going to be a great day, I can and I will?

Personally, I am waiting for the inspirational posters to go on sale. I want one for my ceiling, so when I wake up it’s the first thing I see. I want one for my bathroom mirror, so I can look myself in the eye and say it out loud. I want one for the back of my front door so I can say it one more time before walking out into the great big world.

I actually have been kind of doing this lately. When I go to get on my treadmill to do my couch to 5K program, I tend to get an icky sinking feeling, like this is not going to be good. My mind starts in on the “Is this really a good idea?” and “Do you really want to do this?” thoughts. But I do it. 3 times a week, I do it. And I say to myself the whole time “I can do this, I can do this,” as I do the warm-up walk. When I get to the run part and pick up my pace, I change “I can do this” to “I am doing this,” because, well I am. It makes tiny fireworks go off in my brain.

I love award shows. I love Gina Rodriguez. I love that she took a moment to share how she fills herself up with goodness so that others can follow her lead and learn how to also.

So altogether now…

Today is going to be a great day!




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