So That Time I Met Katniss…and Pink

Did the title get you? I hope so. Because this is no ordinary post dear readers. This is about unapologetic beauty. Strong women. Talented people. One fiction/one real. Both very inspirational to me this past week. So that time I met Katniss…and Pink ->

Catching Fire

It started when I took my big kids to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Guys, it was a week-changer-type-of-movie. Not just because of the action…but because of our reaction to it. We talked about it at dinner. We replayed the scenes. My oldest got out the book (she has the whole trilogy) for me and I read it from cover-to-cover in a night (it’s a page turner!). I, like my big kids, were captivated by Katniss. She was smart, resourceful, ever-learning, and yes…human. My big kids connected with her as a character while I grew inspired by her beauty.

She was natural (in both look and character). She was unimpressed by the Capital Beauty (as was I). Such a strong character. Imperfect yet perfectly comfortable within her own skin. I admire that.

Fast forward a few days…

Pink ticket

Thanks to P & G, I was set to see Pink in concert at the Air Canada Centre (ironic how the ticket perfectly matched my CoverGirl lipslicks lip balm – meant to be right?!). Floor seats. I would have been excited to see the show..except that my tummy was turning instead. See..I was to MEET Pink backstage ahead of time (most people would be thrilled…I felt like throwing up).

See…I’m not fierce. Or Courageous. I’m not trend setting. Or CoverGirl beautiful. I’m not even really cool (erase the really…I’m just not cool. period). My thoughts of meeting Pink weren’t “wow, that’s amazing!” – it was more “what the heck do I wear? do? say?”

And you want to re-live that feeling of your grade-nine-nerd-self?!…stand next to a rock star…

Caroline Fernandez and Pink

Yes, I felt awkward at first. But you know what?! I left inspired. Not just because I sucked up my anxiety (seriously, took a lot of sucking…I was pretty nervous!). But I ended up taking a “This is Me” approach to the meeting.

My hair wasn’t professionally done. My clothes not the latest in style. My make-up simple. I thought of Katniss and realized…being comfortable in your own skin the best beauty.

And it worked for me.

Pink was lovely. Petite. In shape (I envy her abs). Stunning makeup and simple outfit (one-piece blue pantsuit, black jacket, heels). She welcomed me with a smile and a handshake. We talked about kids (yes, me and the rockstar talking kids…we could have easily been in a playground rather than a stadium). It was a moment between two Moms. And I realized. Pink and Katniss…I can learn from these women…

Pink in concert

I shouldn’t worry so much. I should feel confident in my abilities. Real. Pushing boundaries but staying true to who I am. Feel comfortable in my own skin.

You don’t need to be a “cool kid” or set the trend…you can break barriers and be beautiful. Always.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. You are too loving to be fierce, a common sense trend setter, in-depth and outwardly beautiful, and courageous (3 children au naturel!!!) and thus extraordinary cool. You are loved for exactly who you are – you rock the world of everyone around you!

    an admirer

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Beauty is not on the outside but on the inside as the saying goes and I believe this 100%. I had an uncle who must have been the ugliest man on this earth. In fact he was so ugly that the first time we were to meet him as children my mother warned us about this fact. He may have been ugly on the outside but on the inside he glowed with warmth and humour, a lovely and very successful man. That is a lesson that I will never forget.

    • That is an amazing lesson. And also never judge an uncle (or a rock star) by their looks. Inner beauty and the things which make us confident…that is what makes us beautiful!

  3. Big smiles here! I loved the Hunger Games books, and the movies were fine! Now we do not grow if we don’t get out of our comfort zones and you did, how cool is that. I would have felt the exact same way you did, in fact I could feel my body tensing, with the feelings as you described them. Again, well done!

    • I saw the movie and then read mockingjay (in one night). Loved the story. Thank you for your kind words…it’s hard to venture out of comfort zones…but I guess that is what makes them so comfortable ;-)

  4. WOW! That’s amazing. I love Pink! I love how you guys bounded over kids… I can’t believe she is a mother as well!

    • She was awesome and really made me think “motherhood” connects all once you become a Mom. She also talked about her daughter a few times during the concert…it was very cool.

  5. that amazing

  6. I love pink!!!! so jealous you got to meet her!

  7. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    Wow, that is so cool that you met Pink. Each time I see her perform I so wish I could do the physical things she does on stage.


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