It’s impossible to escape feeling completely and utterly mortified when one* of your most awkward life moments is being shared with a large group of people. And I am right in the thick of that uncomfortable fidgety feeling. Why? Mainly because a picture of me at age 13 is sitting right above this paragraph. The reason it’s there has to do with an outstanding and truly important podcast series created and hosted by actress, comedian and all-around awesome woman, Janet Varney.
Janet created an amazing podcast series called The JV Club, where she interviews women about what it was like being a teenager. Her previous guests have included talented women like Christina Hendricks, Maria Bamford (I love her so much), Mary Lynn Rajskub and Connie Chung. So when Janet asked me to participate, I just about fell out of my chair. I feel completely out of my league here, but I am nonetheless thrilled to be part of a series that I think is so important. Being reminded of everyone’s awkward years (even those that continued well beyond our teens) is a wonderfully unifying experience and really helps you see what shapes people and pushes them toward who they’ll become.
I really can’t believe I get to be part of this, so I just wanted to send a very special thank you to Janet for including me in such incredible company. Thanks, Janet. xo, grace
*Let’s just say I’m glad my mom didn’t send in my Glamour Shots from middle school. They were BRUTAL.