I never watched Amy Poehler on "Saturday Night Live," and I’ve seen only two episodes of "Parks and Recreation" (but it’s in my Netflix cue to binge watch sometime soon). Still, after recently listening to the audiobook of her book, "Yes, Please!" I feel like Poehler is my best friend. If the book is on your to-read list, I highly recommend listening to Poehler read it. It’s an incredibly inspiring and entertaining seven and a half hours.
Not only is Poehler an entertainer, she's a fierce advocate for women treating each other with kindness and respect while celebrating the achievements of women and girls. I follow her Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Facebook page — which links to stories about strong, smart women — and every day, I'm inspired by the stories.
Today is a Poehler-created holiday, Galentine’s Day. What is Galentine’s Day? In the words of Poehler’s "Parks and Recreation" character Leslie Knope, it’s only the best day of the year.
Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!
Those lines are from the 2010 "Galentine’s Day" episode of "Parks and Recreation" when the holiday was first introduced.
Galentine’s Day happened more than once on the show, and it’s taken on a life outside "Parks and Recreation." In the five years since, the concept has spread, and it’s become a pop culture holiday, much like Festivus from "Seinfeld" (the pre-Chistmas airing of grievances) or Christmukkah (merging Christmas and Hanukkuh together) from "The O.C."
I can absolutely get behind Galentine’s Day. My girlfriends mean the world to me. They are smart girls, inspiring women, and fiercely loyal lady friends. I'm all over a holiday that gives me one more reason to tell them how special they are and how my life would be less without them.
Maybe next year I’ll throw a Galentine’s Day party. This year, I’m going to head to Amy’s Smart Girls and download some Galentine’s Day Cards to send to my girlfriends.
Happy Galentine's Day!