Hello my Royal Rebels! It’s CC here.
Today is MOOs first birthday!
As someone who writes her thoughts down on the internet on a somewhat regular basis, I can entirely understand what an accomplishment this feels like for KJ. While she’s off saving the world (read: in Joplin fighting the good fight), Buff, Bouffant and I have a few words we would like to say in celebration of this momentous (because it is) occasion.
I’m going to go first because we’re doing reverse alphabetical order because IRL my last name is always first.
On April 20, 2010, I received an email from KJ, congratulating me on the completion of my thesis. She ended the email with this:
“Thank you for sharing a piece of your genius with others so we can rediscover the dormant flames within ourselves.”
From the beginning, KJ was thinking. She was seeking. She was talking to me about ‘following bliss’, and after countless exchanged emails… this baby (calf) was born. I pre-read the first article before it was published, and afterwards I sent KJ an email that said:
“I thought it was brilliant. Flawless. I want you to publish it NOW. “
“oh jesus, really?! I was just about to hit DELETE and scrap the whole thing. I thought it leaned towards self-indulgent at times.”
Silly girl had no idea what profound ideas she was putting down from day one. Immediately after this blog got off the ground, it stood on it’s own two feet, got some wings and flew away to the Land of Perfection.
Week after week KJ writes not only about Stew, but also about another royal rebel. I personally love the articles on Judy Garland and Kate Winslet, but I love everything she writes because they pertain to Ms. Stewart. Thank you, KJ, for being the type of fan we all strive to be, and for writing words that are nothing short of inspirational.
So here we are a year later, and my oh my time has flown. I love MOO. I love KJ. I’ve had the very distinct honor of meeting KJ several times, and listen to me when I tell you that she is EXACTLY the same person in real life that she is on the internet. She speaks the way she types. She loves you even harder in person. She emits an aura of generosity, happiness, euphoria and understanding. SHE. REALLY. IS. THAT. COOL. IN. PERSON. And she wears lovely, flowy dresses, and she has luscious, plump lips.
KJ? Congratulations. Thank you for pouring your blood, sweat and tears into MOO. You make a difference. You inspire. You create. You encourage. You set a bar and you practice what you preach. In short, you are everything I am not and everything I will never be. But that’s okay. Because you’re KJ. The best. The only. You are THE Queen Other.
Take it away, Buff!
Thanks CC! 🙂 When I think of MOO I think in terms of sunny days, tiaras, music, chucks, and bubbles. Mainly because those are the types of images I’ve dealt with when making banners, etc. So when I sat down to write my blurb on why I’ve loved this blog my head was filled with those images. And you know what? How awesome is that? Sunny days, tiaras, music, chucks, and bubbles, in my opinion, are some of the best things in this world.
Musings On Other had already been birthed from KJ’s magnificent brain before I was ever any part of it and I was thrilled when she asked me to help. A year later, I continue to be honored to be at least a small part. This blog is something I believe to be set a part from anything else that I’ve come across. KJ’s writing is smart, witty, sympathetic, and touching. She always has a way of relating things that makes me go “huh… yeah …wow, that is totally true!”
I adore the way she breaks things down, relating Kristen to not only us ‘others’, but other prominent people as well. I have learned more about some of my favorite musicians and actors than I ever knew before, and always find it so interesting to learn just how much they stand out from their own respective crowds. It’s taught me a lot about myself and the types of people I am drawn to.
I’ll conclude my gushing (sorry this read like a bad book review, I am not as elegant as Ms. KJ.) with something to our true Royal Rebel Queen, KJ. *bows reverently*
Your passion is catching. Even though I have never had the privilege to meet you in person, I can feel it in your writing. It oozes from everything you do. Be it an email that makes me tear up from your sincerity and overwhelming support, or your weekly musings that make us all stop and think.
I appreciate you and what you do more than I can express. Putting yourself out there, sharing your thoughts and opinions is endlessly amazing and brave. Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing what you do. This is an accomplishment that you should be so very proud of. I’ve told you before – you are destined to do great things. I’m elated to know you and call you friend.
Much love and squeezie hugs,
Go Bouffant, go! *hands off baton*
I’ve had a ringside seat to MOO from its inception. I listened as KJ examined her interest in Kristen, to uncover what it was about Kristen that drew her. She wrote to me:
“There was a great article on Kristen addressing that position she was in: Indie darling juggling the effects of starring in a huge franchise…No one so young has done it before, I don’t think, not with such grace and dignity anyway.”
Agreed. Then the inspiration for MOO hit:
“My focus will be on Kristen’s resilience and abilities to prevail in setting a new standard and model for beauty for women [people]of all ages.”
Clearly, this was not to be your typical fan blog. Kristen is her muse, but KJ endeavors to celebrate the Other in all of us:
“my blog will be about defining beauty across cultures, accepting of self-image, the embrace of “OTHER”: that spark that sets as aside from all else, what can alienate us as well as draw attention to us.”
As CC said… profound ideas. KJ connected with Kristen’s authenticity, her grace in the face of incredible pressures, her self-acceptance (BTW, Kristen? THAT is inner beauty) and has spent the past year hooking us up. KJ knows Other resides within all of us. She illustrates it by highlighting Other well-known artists and by inviting us to share our MOO musings (pssst, CC… Judy Garland? All moi, bebe!).
K, you represent Other to me in that you’re a true free spirit. When you’re moved by inspiration, you follows its lead. A year ago, you were moved by your admiration of Kristen Stewart to start this blog. Today you’re in a convention center in Joplin, Missouri, counseling people who have lost homes, possessions and loved ones in last week’s tornado.“Gather out of stardust, earth-dust,cloud-dust, storm-dust, and splinters of hail,
One handful of dream-dust not for sale.”
— Langston Hughes I watch you use your gifts of insight and healing to uplift everyone you touch. And I remain in awe of you. Can’t wait to find out where you’ll be – literally and figuratively – on MOO’s second birthday. xoxo, Bouffant
So there you have it. Nothing but love for MOO and KJ. I thought it would apt to end this post with the same thanks KJ once passed on to me because it applies infinitely more to her…
Thank you for sharing a piece of your genius with others so we can rediscover the dormant flames within ourselves.
[CC Note: Please help lift KJ’s spirits and celebrate this incredible achievement/first birthday of MOO by leaving our Queen Other some love. Any posts stick out in your memory? Any favorite featured Royal Rebel? Here’s your chance to return the favor after all that KJ has done for us ❤
Happy Birthday, MOO! And thank you, readers. I know how much you mean to KJ. She loves you with all of her heart and soul. Today is your day.]
[Buff Note: Bouffant went above and beyond and picked out some music for this post. I was able to get one on project playlist —-> (the first song on the player to the ri-zight) The two others weren’t available. So, for your listening pleasure, I present youtube links. Yay!
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y M O O!!]