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Posts Tagged ‘willow palin’

Palin: Kids, Follow Your Dreams, But Be Practical To Be Employable

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 13, 2013

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In honor of daughter Willow’s graduation from Penrose Academy, Gov. Palin posted the following message to her Facebook page.  I found this message of particular interest because I have a son who, at almost 16 years of age, is thinking of his future at this time.  So here ya go, common sense advice from a mother of five. 

 

Kids, Follow Your Dreams, But Be Practical To Be Employable

As my family travels to Arizona for Willow’s graduation this week, allow me to be a proud mom in congratulating Willow and her classmates at Penrose Academy on this achievement and also offer advice to young people that I always give in graduation speeches about following your dreams.

In planning for her future, Willow thought long and hard about what kind of work would make her happy and provide her with a good income in today’s economy. She’s artistic and has an interest in making people feel and look their best, and as an entrepreneur with a strong work ethic she desires to be her own boss as a small business owner. With all that in mind, she decided to finish her high school requirements quite early and enroll in an academy for hair and skin, which allowed her to study abroad, visit the sets of major media productions, and work with the best of the best in the industry. She’ll be graduated this week with no debt and a great career ahead of her doing something she loves in a recession-proof industry (everyone needs their hair cut after all!).

It’s crucially important today for young people to think about the big picture when making education decisions. And the big picture is the goal of self-reliant business opportunities based on work ethic and not entitlements. One of the reasons I aggressively encouraged vocational training opportunities as governor of Alaska is because they lead to good paying jobs and happy careers. Young people should not be pressured into assuming that a college degree is the only path to employment today. It’s not. Some college degrees obviously lead to clear professions, like those in the medical and engineering fields, but that’s not the case with many of the liberal arts degrees young people today gravitate toward either because they aren’t sure what they want to do after college or because they’ve been led to believe that college life is a sort of rite of passage for any career. That might have been the case once, but the salary and career opportunities a liberal arts education alone can get you have been dramatically limited these days.  It’s so sad to see young people holding expensive college diplomas that come with no practical job opportunities.

I’m not discouraging a student from getting a liberal arts degree if that is his or her dream. I am always for following your dreams. How could I be against a liberal arts education when I myself got a liberal arts degree in journalism/communications from the University of Idaho? However, I knew when I was graduated from high school what I wanted to do, so it wasn’t as if I was embarking on an expensive voyage of self-discovery. And I’m proud of the fact that I was able to pay for my degree myself and graduate debt free. See how times have changed? Back then I was able to work my way through college and pay as I went. I had to go to school part-time some semesters in order to work and intern full-time, so it took me five years instead of four to get my bachelor’s degree, for which I’ve been roundly criticized by the liberal media (but how many of those critics were shackled in debt after they perhaps gallivanted around the globe with their daddy’s credit card in their backpack before finally finishing college and snagging that gig at MSNBC?). It was actually possible back in the ‘80s to graduate debt free. Nowadays it is next to impossible unless you have a full scholarship. Students today often graduate with the equivalent of a mortgage in college debt for a degree they’re not even sure they can parlay into a job. As Daniel Mitchell recently wrote, young people are buried in college debt “yet they are having a hard time finding jobs because Obama’s policies are stunting the economy’s performance. And even if they do find a job, the research suggests they will get paid less. Not just today, but for the foreseeable future.”

Follow your dreams, by all means. But don’t be blind to the fact that your dreams might be achieved outside of acquiring an outrageously expensive traditional college degree. Do not be lulled into thinking that good jobs grow on trees or that the government will somehow take care of you. The bottom line is – as my dad always told me – find out what you love to do, then find out how to make a living doing it. Learning a trade can do both. No one can take those vo-tech real life skills away from you. They lead to independence, satisfaction, and a paycheck. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Kudos to Willow and all Class of 2013 students for taking this lesson to heart. We’re so proud of her!

– Sarah Palin

 

In a separate post, Palin honored Willow by posting an album of photos here

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Bristol and Mark dance a futuristic Paso Doble for Week 3 of DWTS All Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 9, 2012

Video retrieved from MamaBarracuda

Andrea Rieher at ZAP2it reports:

It was Iconic Dance Week on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” and Bristol Palin andMark Ballas chose to do the futuristic paso doble that Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough did during Season 9.

The dance was very dramatic, but the big drama was happening behind the scenes. Bristol was upset after last week’s critique and started accusing Mark of wanting to be paired with Shawn or Sabrina.

“I feel like you’re bummed that you have me as a partner … you’re like ‘Oh dang, I got paired up with Bristol,'” says Bristol. She also says she thinks Mark wants to go home already.

But they patched things up and were able to channel their energy into their dance, which the judges were very complimentary about.

“The most content I’ve seen in any dance you’ve done and without a doubt the best dance you’ve done,” says Len. And Bruno says, “Bristol, the ice queen with the killer streak. Your lines were better than ever. I liked the concept, your best dance to date.” Carrie Ann adds, “You’re proving yourself a worthy competitor.”

They ended up getting three 7.5s for a total of 22.5.

Governor Palin posted this photo and comment on her Facebook page after the show:

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Backstage in Bristol’s trailer at #DWTS. You can call 800-868-3409 to vote for Bristol & Mark. Here are instructions on the other ways to vote: http://is.gd/16SJeU

 

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Bristol Palin Reflects on Her Book Signing and the CPAC 2012 Convention

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 7, 2012

Earlier this week, Bristol gave us some interesting  insights into the CPAC 2012 conference from the viewpoint of a Palin daughter:

On Second Thought: Episode 5, Ms. Palin Goes to Washington

July 5, 2012 By Bristol Palin 138 Comments

This was the scene before Mom came out to speak at CPAC.

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!

Episode Five, Air Date: July 3, 2012

Washington, DC is not my type of place. I don’t love being up to my neck in politics, and it’s hard not to be in the nation’s capital.  However, it was worth flying down to do a book signing and to see Mom speak.

As many of you know, “Not Afraid of Life” came out last year.  (It hit the New York Times best sellers list!!) That meant, I spent much time at book stores around the country signing copies of my books and meeting fans.  I met people who voted for my mom in 2008, who voted for me on Dancing with the Stars, and who generally loved all things Palin.  I don’t thank you guys enough, but I do appreciate all of you who’ve stuck by me throughout all the drama.  You’re the best, and I loved meeting some of you face to face.

The booksigning in Washington was a little more nerve wracking than normal.  As soon as we got into DC, we saw Occupy Wall Street had set up protests outside our hotel.  They were screaming, yelling, and trying to get inside to disrupt the events.  Since the book signing was pretty close to the hotel, would they follow us? Thankfully, we had a wonderful – and gigantic! – security guard and no one caused trouble.  Once again, I was happy to meet so many fans in person.

I’d never attended the American Conservative Union’s CPAC, but it apparently is the most energetic conference of the year.  There were thousands of people there, yelling for their candidates.  This was before the Republicans had selected a nominee, so groups of supporters could be seen at the conference shouting each other down.  “Santorum!” one group would shout, only to be shouted down by another group shouting, “Romney!”  It was really crazy.

Of course, Mom wasn’t running for anything, but excitement seems to follow her. After our book signing, we went back to the hotel and got ready for Mom’s speech.  As you may have noticed during her 2008 Vice Presidential run, she loves to interact with people.  She shakes hands, hugs babies, and talks to everyone.  Willow and I don’t necessarily love this about her, especially when Occupy Wall Street was looming in everyone’s minds.  Would they get inside?  Would the police be able to keep them out?

As we settled into our seats, the room was completely packed, with lines of people snaking around the hallways as they waited to get in.  All of the other candidates had given speeches before Mom, but no one can captivate an audience quite like she can.  It’s hard to tell from the footage that Lifetime captured just how loud the room was.  They must’ve only had a microphone on Mom, but the audience was absolutely deafening as they clapped and yelled for her.  She had more standing ovations than I could count!

Then, an activist for Occupy Wall Street interrupted her speech.  I couldn’t tell what the protester screamed, but I could tell he was not yelling “Amen!” When the activist interrupted her, everyone went crazy, shouting “USA! USA!” They weren’t about to let him be able to steal the spotlight.

Mom handled it with her usual charm, and I was so proud of her.  She really has an amazing gift.  I might not have recognized it as she was nagging me to keep my dirty clothes off the floor of my room when I was a kid, but in a room the size of that auditorium?  It’s undeniable.  She can energize an audience like no one else.

Mainly, of course, she’s just mom to me.

When we got back to the room, Willow and I surprised her with a cake.  We knew we’d celebrate later with our family, but we wanted her to know that we remembered her birthday.  Our time with Mom in the hotel room provided some of the most memorable lines of the show so far:

Willow: I’d never want to live in DC.

Mom: Why?

Willow: Liberals!

And then, when Mom told her that she needed to “give hairdressers a good name,” she said, “I got into one of the top beauty schools!”

I love this episode, because it showed us for really what we are.  A typical American family, which finds itself in the most unique circumstances imaginable.

That’s why it’s always exciting to be a Palin!

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Bristol Palin: Happy Birthday, Willow!

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 5, 2012

Bristol Palin wished her sister a happy birthday today in this blog post  and included some fun pics:

Happy Birthday, Willow!

July 5, 2012 By Bristol Palin 52 Comments

Guess who turns eighteen today?

You can probably tell how proud I am of Willow.  Her name came from a small community that began in 1897 when miners discovered gold on Willow Creek.  Also, she was named after Willow Bay, one of my mother’s favorite sports reporters.

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re four years apart.  This meant that as we were growing up in the same house, we were each other’s best friends and worst enemies… depending on the day!

Now that we are both mature adults (don’t laugh!) we will probably get along much better. But one thing that will remain the same: I’m always so proud of her!

Not only does is she a great help with Tripp, she graduated high school more than a year early, and now is continuing her education at beauty school.

One of the reasons why I enjoyed shooting Life’s a Tripp is because she was there with me every step of the way.  (Tune in to see her move to Arizona, attend school, and experience some hilarious beauty treatments with me!)

I love you, Willow!  Happy birthday!!

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Happy 18th Birthday, Willow Palin!

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 5, 2012

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Today is Willow Palin’s 18th birthday. According to her Mom’s last Facebook post, she and Bristol have flown with their Dad to the family fishing site to fish for salmon, for which the peak season is approaching.   After finishing high school a year early, Willow has been accepted into a school for hairstylists, for which she will be earning tuition money while slaying salmon.

Willow is one of the stars in Bristol’s reality series, ‘Life’s a Tripp,”  which is airing on the Lifetime channel on Tuesday nights.  She went with Bristol to Los Angeles to help with Tripp at the start of the series and has been a regular part of the show during each episode so far.  Willow was also a star in the Sarah Palin’s Alaska series, which was filmed in 2010.

On behalf of all the authors at SPIB, I want to wish Willow a very happy 18th birthday and many more to come.   May the Lord light your path and help you achieve all your goals and make all your dreams come true.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLOW!

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Tuesday on ‘Life’s A Tripp’: CPAC 2012, A Book Signing. and Sarah’s Surprise Birthday Party

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 2, 2012

Tuesday’s Episode 5 of ‘Life’s A Tripp’ will be full of excitement as the Bristol, Willow, and their famous Mom go to Washington, D. C. for CPAC 2012 and Bristol has a book signing.  Then in Episode 6,  the family plans a surprise birthday party and Tripp’s discipline becomes an issue.

Be sure to tune in at 11 PM EST on Lifetime for what are sure to be two of the most exciting episodes yet!

From Lifetime’s ‘Life’s A Tripp’ Episode Guide:

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, Season 1 Episode 6

Episode: 6

Sarah’s SurpriseOriginal Airdate: July 3, 2012 Bristol, Willow and the family plan a surprise birthday party for Sarah. In the midst of the planning, Bristol realizes that Tripp’s discipline issues have gotten out of hand and the entire family weighs in on what should be done.

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, Season 1 Episode 5

Episode: 5

Ms. Palin Goes to WashingtonOriginal Airdate: July 3, 2012 Bristol and Willow join Sarah on her trip to Washington, DC, for the CPAC convention. While in DC, Bristol encounters hecklers, hosts a book signing and comes face to face with a Sarah Palin impersonator/imposter. Sarah, Bristol and Willow provide a behind-the-scenes look as they experience a whirlwind weekend packed with political punch.

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Gov. Palin Visits Reagan Country (via BigGovernment.com)

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

Seldom does someone like Ronald Reagan, or Sarah Palin, come along. It is fitting that we honor the 100th birthday of this great man. As those of you who follow us know, Sarah Palin gave a speech sponsored by the Young Americas Foundation to kick off a weekend of celebration of Reagan’s 100th birthday, which is today.

In her speech, Gov. Palin talked a bit about her experience when she visited the Reagan Ranch earlier that day. A wonderful (and accurate) account of this by Andrew Coffin can be found at BigGovernment.com. With Bristol and her son Tripp, as well as Willow and Trig, Sarah Palin enjoyed so much of what this place had to offer.

“Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.”


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

But also she gave back to those at the ranch and the Young Americas Foundation. She met with the students and spent time with everyone there.

“Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, director of several films on Ronald Reagan, was present throughout the Governor’s trip. ‘Throughout the day,’ Steve told me, ‘whether it was Ranch hands, students, staff, or donors, it was obvious to me that Governor Palin was there not for herself but to give of herself. She epitomized the values she mentioned in her speech—those of duty and service she equated to our grandparents’ generation.'”


Photo credit: (c) Kevin Steele

Please follow the link below to see more amazing photos and read more of this account:

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Palin Visits Reagan Country

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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