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10 Reasons Why I Love Martha Stewart

Friday night, I was lucky enough to be sitting 6 feet away from Martha Stewart. She was doing a talk about her new book, Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations, put on by Rainy Day Books in Kansas City. I was feeling terrible, did not want to go at all, but I knew that I needed to get it together and just go. The ticket was $75, and when was I ever going to be in the same room with Martha Stewart ever again? I took a shower, threw some makeup on, got in the car (by myself!), belted out some Adele (because she can’t right now, so someone needs to be singing her songs, right?), and made it to the theater in time. Thankfully, my friend Johnna saved me a seat, a really good seat at that, and at exactly 7:00, (it is Martha after all), she sat down in her seat and I spent the next hour hanging on her every word.

1. She is stunning. I know, I know, you shouldn’t love someone for how they look, but she is beautiful. She is tall and graceful, elegant and poised. Her skin, is not the skin of a 70 year old woman. Neither were her stilettos, or her leather skirt. She was perfectly dressed, yet fashionable at the same time.

2. She has been a fervent supporter of organic farming and sustainable living long before it was on trend. She has working farms on her properties and her magazines and shows use the eggs and produce from her farms. She cooks at home, using the produce she grows, and the eggs from her chickens, and the roosters that get too old. If they say you are what you eat, I’ll have what she is having. She is a testament to eating a healthy and unprocessed diet, if that is how I will look at 70, build me a chicken coop STAT.

3. She is funny. I always expected her to be drab and sort of boring. But she was not. She laughed at herself, and even Martha knows that you cannot take yourself too seriously. She made a comment about “an unfortunate time when she had to spend 5 months at home”, and had the place laughing in moments of her being on stage. She told a few stories about things that she made mistakes about, or decisions that she did not think through. She laughed about her mistakes and never made them again. She was charming and warm. Unlike how I think she can be perceived.

4. She only got better after an obstacle. Whether you think that it was right or wrong that Martha served time, she did it with grace. She did what she had to do, and came out even more successful than before. Despite the embarrassment, the loss of income, and what have you, she has only proven to be more resilient. Don’t we all need to learn to bounce like that?

5. She is a teacher not a perfectionist. During the Q&A, she was called a perfectionist. She said that it is something that really irks her because she feels that the term is not accurate. She went to explain that she is a teacher. When someone teaches you something, it needs to be taught correctly. If you were in high school Algebra, and the teacher taught you how to do the equation incorrectly that would be irresponsible right? What she is saying is that she is no different. She is teaching people how to cook, decorate, garden, and it needs to be right. As a blogger, this hit home. I write this blog to teach you how to cook something, and I need to make sure that there are no mistakes.

6. Everyone makes sacrifices for success. Whatever your definition of success is, you will make concessions and sacrifices in your life to reach those goals. I do not believe that we can have it all, and neither does Martha. I know that in my life, someone is always losing. My husband, my children, my job, someone is always coming in second place at some time or another. Juggling is hard, and the more opportunities and successes that come your way, only make the juggle harder. Martha spoke honestly about this topic, and it is nice to hear someone else agree that it is not as easy as it looks.

7. She is very, very, smart. It absolutely amazed me how much knowledge she had about so many topics. Whether it be about plants (she knows all of the Latin names) or antiques (she knew which dates of random pieces were collectors), or food, she knew it off the top of her head. She has a genuine interest in the world around her and soaks up any knowledge she can.

8. Martha was asking about Kansas City barbecue, and she told us that she had it ordered for her and her staff for the flight home. She rattled off a crazy huge order of any and everything that was on the menu, and was particularly interested in burnt ends. I am curious as to which institution she ordered from. Arthur Bryants? Oklahoma Joes? I loved that she was taking advantage of what Kansas City is famous for.

9. She said that they had a few hours to kill before the show, and that she and her staff went to museums, shopped at the Plaza (can you imagine working at Williams-Sonoma, just minding your own business and having Martha Stewart come in to browse? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall.), and visited a candle factory. She said that she could have been sleeping on the plane, but if she did, she would have missed out on opportunities to learn and new experiences. I like this about Martha, I have always said that one of the best things about moving as much as we do it is to be a tourist in your own town.

10. Her attention to detail shows in her new book. It is hands down, one of the most gorgeous books I have ever laid my eyes on. It was shot in film, and the photographs will take your breath away. She styled and cooked (all of the sweets) a great deal of the book herself, and it makes me want to be at one of her parties. She shares a very intimate look into parties that she has thrown in her home for friends and family. How she chooses who will be invited, how she plans the menu, every last detail.

It was one of the best nights that I have had in a long time. When I left the Unity Theater, I felt inspired and invigorated. I think that we all could learn a few things from Martha.

 

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  1. shawna [of styleberryBLOG

    November 13th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    What fun, Bree! I LOVE #5!! I used to listen to her on her “ask Martha” show on Sirius back when I was driving 70k miles a year & I was tickled the day she took my call & I got to speak with her live. I learned SO much from her on those drives!! The breadth of knowledge really is impressive!

  2. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    #5 is something that clicked for me. It made so much sense.

  3. Piper@GotItCookIt

    November 14th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Me too. Count me in. That womam rocks. I like the jokes about “staying home for 5 months”…. she’s funny, she’s naughty (!) and she can COOK and be creative with other stuff too.

  4. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    She is amazing Piper.

  5. Susan

    November 14th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Lovely review, I would like to meet Martha myself, not much chance living in the UK! But she is a fascinating personality and like you say very intelligent. There has to be a huge creative team behind the woman but she still does it for me.

  6. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I agree Susan, she does have a huge team, but that makes me love her even more.

  7. Julie

    November 14th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Loved reading this! Martha has always inspired me to try new things and I love hearing more about her. I’m so glad you decided to go.

  8. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Me too Julie, I am glad that I went.

  9. Cora White

    November 14th, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I think she is great. She took the traditional roles of a woman that when she stared were all out of fashion and made them chic again. And a lot of what she paid for success we all got to see.

  10. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    You are right Cora.

  11. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    November 14th, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I agree – Martha rocks! How fun that her show was so great.

  12. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    It was Barbara.

  13. RedsKitchenDiaries

    November 14th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Martha ROCKS! I’ve been reading her magazines since they hit the shelves and still read them today – I always learn something new from them, whether it’s getting a new idea for decorating or something new to try in the kitchen. The best thing is that I can always rely on one thing: if it’s in her magazine, it’s been well-tested and will work every time. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    It is true, I always get something from her magazines.

  15. Marie

    November 14th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I have always been and will forever be a HUGE Martha fan! My family and friends bug me about it; but there’s just something about her that has always rung true. I miss that we no longer get her show where I live bc it always contained something that I wanted to try! Lucky you for being able to see her.

  16. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Where do you live that you do not get her show?

  17. Caroline

    November 14th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Admittedly, I’ve never been a huge Martha fan. However, after reading your post, I may just have to reconsider…. thanks for sharing!

  18. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Please do, Caroline. πŸ™‚

  19. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    November 14th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Sounds like an amazing time! She is such an inspiration and how wonderful that you had a chance to see her. I read about her book in the November issue of Living and now after reading this I am anxious to get the book!

  20. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Jennifer!

  21. Carrie

    November 14th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Sounds amazing! I am so jealous!!!

  22. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    It was Carrie!

  23. Brittney

    November 14th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I love Martha too! I always forget that she served a little time, but you’re right she did it very gracefully and I think thats why it’s easily forgotten.

  24. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    She is fabulous and an inspiration.

  25. shawna [of styleberryBLOG]

    November 14th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Oh how fun! I wish I could have joined you! #5 is my favorite. I remember back in my corporate days, driving 70k miles a year and listening to “Ask Martha” daily. I was just tickled the day she took my question & I got to speak with her live. Her breadth of knowledge is so impressive!! πŸ™‚

  26. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    What did you ask her???

  27. Kristen

    November 14th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    OMG! You met royalty! I am so happy for you…. It must have been so surreal to be sitting there with her right in front of you. Thank you SO much for making us all feel that we were there with you. She certainly is coming to Sacramento, so you moved just in time!!! πŸ™‚

  28. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    thank you Kristen, it was a great night.

  29. Brandon

    November 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, and I must say that this is one of my favorite entries you have posted. I may be partial because I find Martha Stewart so inspirational and intelligent, but you really wrote this well (and who knew how old she was? not me!). I watched an interview with her on YouTube once where she told the reporter that she got something like three or four hours of sleep a night and exercises every day. When asked what happened when she gets sick, she simply responds, “I don’t have time to get sick.”

    I would love to get my hands on a copy of that book, it sounds great. Great post, Bree.

  30. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Brandon, thank you so much, this comment might be my very favorite. She also told us that she sleeps about 4 hours a night. And takes little 15 minute power naps. The book is gorgeous, and even though it is an investment, it is worth it.

  31. sue

    November 14th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    what a fun experience, would love to meet her.

  32. Becca

    November 14th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Again, I will say I envy you. I really like Martha a lot and I’ve come accross some people that just don’t like her at all, and I can’t seem to find a reason why. She seems like a likeable person on her show and it looks like she has fun on them. Sure, her humor is a little blunt, but I like Martha, and it’s good to know she is a good person πŸ™‚

  33. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    She was great Becca!

  34. Lee

    November 15th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I have long been a Martha fan – even with much opposition. I love how you articulated your admiration and really made her “come to life” through your eyes. Her words on perfectionism/teaching are simply brilliant. I’m so glad you decided to go! Thank you for sharing. Wonderful article!

  35. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you so much Lee.

  36. Courtney

    November 15th, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I wish I would have been able to come, it seemed awesome but I loved your recap!!

  37. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks Courtney! It was really fun, hope to see you Thursday.

  38. Shelby

    November 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I, too am a dedicated Martha fan..This post was fantastic… In face, it was “A Good Thing.”
    So happy to hear you enjoyed the company of such an innovator of life..
    Thanks for sharing!

  39. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    thank you, it was good thing for sure. πŸ™‚

  40. Glocal Girl

    November 15th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    What a special occasion! I definitely admire Martha, she is the epitome of entertaining, home decor, fabulous food in a very classic yet modern way. How lucky are you to have seen her in person!!

  41. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Jeanelle – she was amazing.

  42. Christi's Chirps

    November 15th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, wow! What an exciting evening! I love Martha, too! πŸ™‚ Your top 10 list is so, so great!! I loved #5. πŸ™‚ I’ve got her new book on my Christmas list!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Cheers!
    Christi

  43. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    thank you Christi!

  44. Cara

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity! And great list!

  45. bakedbree

    November 15th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    thank you Cara!

  46. Johnna

    November 16th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    What a great recap of a fabulous evening! I had high expectations and they were exceeded. So typical of Martha. I left feeling so inspired and reminded of the importance of sharing what we all do as food bloggers. And I’m going to start practicing walking in heels so I can look that great at 70.

  47. bakedbree

    November 16th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for saving me such a fabulous seat! It was a great night, and I too, left inspired and motivated. And seriously wanting her legs. πŸ™‚

  48. Emily (Roots+Platters)

    November 21st, 2011 at 10:13 am

    How inspiring! πŸ™‚ I remember watching her first TV show with my mom and we would run to the kitchen after it was over, cooking the things Martha cooked, figuring out how to decorate something the way Martha did. I have some of her books that are older than I am! I love how you described her – no matter what people say about her, she’s amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  49. bakedbree

    November 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    She is inspiring, and timeless.

  50. Holly

    November 24th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I am so jealous! That must have been amazing πŸ™‚
    My mind is blown that Martha Stewart is 70 years old–I just can’t believe it! I had to look it up to be sure or else I would have never guessed. She is so inspiring and graceful.

  51. bakedbree

    November 27th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    It was Holly!

  52. Anna

    December 6th, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I used to dream of meeting Martha Stewart. She was a huge inspiration for me becoming a better house keeper, entertainer, wife, etc. I got chickens because I had to have those green eggs in my kitchen and I haven’t looked back. I appreciate the path that she helped lead me to. My husband used to tease that Martha was simply a booze hound and I would have to defend her honor. Too funny she spoke of making a great cocktail. But making a great cocktail is part of being a great hostess. I also didn’t believe she was 70 and had to look it up. Crazy! Great blog! Cheers.

    -Anna in Alaska

  53. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I see that we have something in common! I love MS, and will defend her to the death!

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