Poppy Montgomery: “I would tell my teenage self so many things! Of course, I’d say you’re prettier than you think you are, you’re thinner than you think you are, you’re better than you think you are. But the one thing I really would want to tell myself is this: “Life is going to go faster than you think. Don’t squander your time.” The biggest mistake I made as a teenager was to think I had all the time in the world. But there’s so much to do and so much to see. I would tell myself, ‘Get up, get out and get on! Faster, faster, faster!'”
Poppy Montgomery stars on CBS’s Unforgettable. She’s the mother of two children, Jackson, 6 years and Violet, 9 months. To read Sweden With Love‘s exclusive cover story with Poppy, please click here.
Hollye Jacobs: “It’s easy to be happy when things are going along swimmingly in life, when all you have to worry about is what to make for dinner. But when your world is shaken — by a diagnosis, natural disaster, heartbreak, you name it — finding resilience becomes difficult. I know that was the case for me when, as a healthy, happy, vegan, marathon-running young mother, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
What got me through this incredibly painful time was my hopeful outlook on life. On my most difficult days (and there were many!), I always looked for — and found — a silver lining. Though they didn’t take away the awful side effects of treatment, they helped me find balance and perspective. What I know for sure is that there is always something for which to be grateful, even if it’s something very small. Hope is what pulled me through, often one day at a time.
So what would I tell my teenage self? Whenever you feel life is hard, or even if you’re just having a rotten day, look up at the sky, take a deep breath and think of one thing for which you are grateful. No matter how awful things get — and there will be extraordinary difficult times — finding that silver lining of light will help you though the darkest, most challenging times. Trust that something wonderful is always present, even if it seems impossible at the time. All you have to do is look for it.”
Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, is the author of the The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Beautifully photographed by Elizabeth Messina — one of the 10 Best Photographers in the World by American Photo — the visually beautiful book serves as both a memoir and a practical, supportive resource.
Kathryn Ireland: “I never did everything I was ‘supposed to’ when I was younger. I chose not to go to college. I pretty much did everything my own way, and at times it was scary. But looking back, I don’t have any regrets. So I’d tell that young girl to keep going! Trust your heart and everything will work out better than you can ever dream of. I’d tell her to listen to that little voice inside of her and not be afraid. To take the road less traveled is not always easy, but it’s easier when you know in your heart that what you’re doing is right for you. Live your life according to your own rules, enjoy every second of the day, and the minute you’re not enjoying something, bow out gracefully and move on.”
The British-born Kathryn M. Ireland is one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world. Her clientele include Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Mamet. The author of four books, she divides her time between her homes in Santa Monica, California and the south of France.
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Photograph of Poppy Montgomery courtesy of Poppy. Photograph of Hollye Jacobs by Elizabeth Messina. Photograph of Kathryn Ireland courtesy of Kathryn.