Sunday, December 30, 2012

What Every Girl Needs to Know

Maria Menounos is well known as a correspondent for Access Hollywood and Today and reporter for NBC’s Nightly News and Dateline.  As if she wasn’t busy enough with her very active TV career, Menounos somehow found the time to author a new book, The Everygirl’s Guide to Life.

Fortunately for readers, Maria’s crazy schedule has led her to devise some great methods and tips for managing everything from a budding career to losing weight to saving money.  Everygirl’s Guide is a docu-journal that includes not only a how-to-guide, but Maria’s personal experiences and photographs as well.

What many people may not know about Menounos is that she was born to working class Greek immigrant parents who made a living as cleaners.  Maria spoke of working in her parents business, cleaning up at nightclubs, while trying to start her career in television.  Her strong work ethic was certainly influenced by her father, whom Menounos calls “very resourceful”.  She learned not to wait around for someone to tell her to do something, she just goes ahead and does it.

Early in her TV career, Menounos struggled to keep everything together. She was so busy, that she relied on fast food, working late hours and getting little sleep.  She realized that it was necessary to get organized and come up with a system for creating a work-life balance in her daily schedule.  Of course, Maria did find a way, and she shares her secrets with readers in Everygirl’s Guide.

Menounos has such a positive energy and can do demeanor, yet is down-to-earth and friendly.  Her “everything is possible” outlook on life sets a foundation for her “full-time, no holds barred” work ethic.  She thrives on the pressure and the variety she encounters each and every day.  Yet, Menounos sets boundaries between work and family, shares her success by giving back through charitable work.

Check out Katerin’s video interview with Maria and be sure to pick up a copy of The Everygirl’s Guide to Life at your local bookstore.

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