Kelly Cutrone’s, Normal Gets You Nowhere + A Giveaway

2011 June 27
by Grace Boyle

I’m a big fan of Kelly Cutrone. I love her honesty, raw ability to tell stories, her deep spirituality and her fierceness. With my own mom as an entrepreneur, I dig it and her booming business she built from scratch.

A few months ago I posted my favorite quotes from her last book (If You Have To Cry Go Outside) here on the bloggity.

Luckily enough, her publisher from HarperOne was listening and sent Small Hands, Big Ideas a copy of her new book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, to giveaway to one lucky winner.

To enter to win this brand-new copy of Normal Gets You Nowhere, leave a comment here on this post with your name and e-mail. Feel free to add why you totally dig Kelly Cutrone or if you want to learn more about her. Must be in the U.S. to enter. I will select a winner this Friday.

For now, enjoy some amazing quotes this time around:

I’ve told you many times that I do not believe in coincidences. I do believe every moment is engineered by our soul and the Divine. In fact, some experiences, both good and bad, are meant to teach us what we need to know at a certain time.

We have been programmed in this world to accept the suffering and devastation of other beings on an epic scale, not just around the world, but in our own fucking backyards. We are all suffering and suffering deeply in our hearts. And our chaos, confusion, pain and unfulfillment are manifesting outwardly in devastating ways. We know that Mother Nature can’t hold us the way we’re behaving with her, overusing and busing her resources. We know the world is becoming a more violent place. Yet we continue in the dance of repetition – we refuse to evolve as a species.

I believe that all of the things you do for other people, you’re actually doing for yourself. Life is like a bank account. Random acts of kindness, telling the truth, being loving, showing up for yourself and others — these are all deposits.

If we give more than we take, we progress. If we take more than we give, we regress.

I’ve been the village girl from Syracuse, the penniless yoga with a shaved head out in L.A., and the black-haired fierce bitch taking over the runways, I dare say. It’s important that no matter what your position, you savor and make the best of it – that you take from each reality what it has to offer you (and they all have something trust me). And that you show compassion. After all, I refuse to be killed by your narcissistic psychic footprint.

A lot of people say they want to be special, but they don’t want to do the work or to occasionally eat crow in order to grow.

And in closing her book (and this post):

I was clearly trying my best to go all the way on this karmayogic path I’d chosen. And at times it seemed overrated, or at least like it was making me miss out on things. And it was, The Mother herself warned people off the path of spirituality — she said it was not for the meek. Few people ever manage to commit totally to the Divine, become a swami or a prophet, and a few commit to darkness either, becoming a Jeffrey Dahmer or a Charles Manson. Most of us dance between the two, with one foot on either side, our entire lives. These forces are both incredibly powerful and, on the surface, attractive; as one side starts to consume us, we grab the other as a way to balance ourselves. That is what’s normal.

Updated WINNER: Congrats to Miss Delish on winning the book! Thanks all for entering.

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  • Danielle

    Love Kelly Cutrone and how she tells it like it is. I feel like we all have a lot we could learn from her. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Anonymous

    Kelly Cutrone is everything I strive to be: blunt, honest and very business driven. I hate that women are always assumed to bring in their personal baggage, and I find Cutrone’s philosophy on it refreshing, to the point and what we should all encompass on a daily basis.

    Gen Y, I think, could really learn from books such as this (thinking of #u30pro here) from this type of thinking:

    A lot of people say they want to be special, but they don’t want to do the work or to occasionally eat crow in order to grow.

    A-men.

    Email: laurenafernandez@gmail.com :)

  • carly ryan

    Sign me up, she looks great and I’m sure I could gain a lot from her books judging by what you and laurenf below say as feedback. -Carly

    carolineryan1019@gmail:disqus .com

  • http://www.dressupyourmind.com Lynn Koves

    Cool opportunity, Grace!  Loved “Kell on Earth” and am more intrigued to buy the book. 

  • http://parisianfeline.wordpress.com Tatiana

    Enter me into the drawing please? :3 

    Tatiana
    MsChristian88@gmail.com

  • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

    I’d love to win this book!  Don’t know much about Kelly Cutrone but I’m intrigued to learn more!

    ~Kelly
    kelly@cordeliacallsitquits.com

  • http://twitter.com/devilishdelish Miss Delish

    Kelly is kind of a bad-ass, and I love it!
    -Bria
    devilishdelish(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Emilystern14

    Dude. I love Kelly, her honesty is so rad.
    -Emily Stern

    emilystern14@gmail.com

  • Emilystern14

    Dude. I love Kelly, her honesty is so rad.
    -Emily Stern

    emilystern14@gmail.com

  • Kxdavies

    Just started reading about Kelly .. she’s pretty awesome! Would be very intrigued to read her latest installment!

  • http://prettysandyfeet.com katelin

    oh i haven’t read her other book but this sounds pretty good, she’s a fierce lady.

  • http://ilovelovee.wordpress.com/ Melanie Cohn

    Grace–this makes me SO happy! I read her last book “If you have to cry go outside” while I was in Mexico and finished it within hours it was that good. She’s one PR bad ass–and I’ve been wanting to read her new book for some inspiration! Yay. Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    Melanie Cohn
    MelanieL.Cohn@gmail.com

  • Jill

    I love Kelly, seriously.  Her life’s highs and lows have made her the foremost authority on the idea that success = no bullsh$t.  I would LOVE to read this book!

    Thank you for offering this, Grace!

    jillpuleo@gmail.com

  • http://doniree.com/ doniree

    I LOVE her. Loved her first book and can’t wait to read this one. 

    Doni, doniree@gmail.com :)

  • Anonymous

    I have heard her name but have no idea who she is. However love the title of her book.

  • http://downhometravel.blogspot.com Dianabockus

    She is honest, hardworking, strong, and proves that you can make it byworking your butt off and not necessarily kissing people’s asses. It’s about karma and putting your heart into what your goal.  She’s an inspriation!

  • http://www.gems99.com/ Gems99

    I’ve heard lots of good things about her first book but haven’t read it yet. It’s time to add it to my reading list along with this book.

  • http://twitter.com/suzanbond Suzan Bond

    Again you bring wonderful insights in my world Grace. So, so appreciate you!

  • http://livitluvit.com rachaelgk

    I’ve already got this bad ass piece of literature on my iPad, thanks to Chelsea making me SWEAR to read it (per yoosh, she was right) – this book is so inspiring. And not in that mushy, dreamy way – in that MAKE YOU WANT TO GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING kind of way!!! I heart Kelly.

  • http://livitluvit.com rachaelgk

    I’ve already got this bad ass piece of literature on my iPad, thanks to Chelsea making me SWEAR to read it (per yoosh, she was right) – this book is so inspiring. And not in that mushy, dreamy way – in that MAKE YOU WANT TO GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING kind of way!!! I heart Kelly.

  • http://seriouslywonderful.blogspot.com Courtney

    Sounds like a great read! Even if I don’t win, I’m adding this to my library book list! seriouslywonderful@gmail.com 

  • http://twitter.com/joecouturehouse Joseph benjamin

    sounds like its going to be a good book. We all know kelly is a queen at what she does. I aspire to be like her. watching her ont he @hills changed my life honestly. I like someone that is going to be honest no matter what. the world need more people like that. Who better to encourage people to be who they are ment to be then someone the world or the people pick around them to be.. major kudos to Kelly… love it love ya ! josephcoutuehousegmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/joecouturehouse Joseph benjamin

    sounds like its going to be a good book. We all know kelly is a queen at what she does. I aspire to be like her. watching her ont he @hills changed my life honestly. I like someone that is going to be honest no matter what. the world need more people like that. Who better to encourage people to be who they are ment to be then someone the world or the people pick around them to be.. major kudos to Kelly… love it love ya ! josephcoutuehousegmail.com

  • Tracy Schwartz

    Absolutely love the book and love your blog even more. Your such an inspiration!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Thank you, Tracy :)