The HoneyLine is my web site and TV segments that were birthed out of the stark reality that we all need a few people to help navigate this life. Women are masters for using their network or HoneyLine to get the answers they need. My husband Laird always says follow the bee to get to the honey, hence the HoneyLine. If you have a few quality connections on your line then you're able to pick up the phone and get some solutions.
The idea of the HoneyLine is not just "I need a good doctor for my kid or someone to help me with aging skin," but to have others on your line who are willing to lend an ear to listen to a much needed vent or someone whom you respect is fighting the good fight and keeping you inspired. Hell, maybe you need to contact your fun friend on the HoneyLine who will go out and have a few margaritas with you to dull the ache of a broken heart.
We air the HoneyLine segments on Rachael Ray and in that format I interview well known celebrities and ask them how they get it done. Up until now the shows have featured all women, but we were lucky enough to speak to our first male guest. You probably are wondering what Bobby (Kid Rock) has to share with you. I mean the guy goes out with hot, young women and his occupation is a rock star. I am a friend of Bobby's but I don't have a lot in common with his outward life.
You don't have to agree with his politics, but it's good to learn how this single father of a sixteen year old boy juggles everything. Bobby Jr. was dropped off at six months old with his Dad who took on the single father role at the ripe old age of 22. We all know how difficult it is to start a career and raise a child. Bobby was straight up about how the first calls he made for help were to his Mom and sister. These two women were willing to help keep his home a grounded and nurturing place for his son as long as Bobby was going out and working, and not just partying. Funny, how Mom's can tell you what to do no matter how old or big you are.
If you don't know one thing about Kid Rock it's that he's loyal. His band has been together for a long time, he stands by his friends, and the guy still lives in his home state of Michigan. One thing that doesn't make it on the show is that on a lark Bobby got involved with starting Kick Ass Beer, which now employs over 300 people in Michigan (which as we all know could really use more jobs). The HoneyLine show is a unique opportunity to see another side of Bobby. He shared a story about an incident where his teenage son didn't sit with him during a movie because who wants to be caught dead with their 'dad'!? The parallel lines that connect us are all so similar yet we try to make it seem as if certain people get to live in different universes all together. I can't sing but I can understand wanting to keep a balance, trying to pursue dreams, while creating a stable environment for my children. Mix in hard work, fun, and getting to a place where at least I understand why I do things, and not worry about if everyone get's it. Oh, and all the other things in between: staying in shape, love, sex, and just trying to be happy.
At the end of the day the HoneyLine is meant to use these individuals to spark you. Whether it's borrowing a good idea from them or just reminding you to use your HoneyLine more often. It is important to be a positive contributor on your line, and to also require that those people are pulling their load too. Create this strong and dynamic network where each of you is taking and giving.
I have to share this 'line of all lines.' Since Rachael Ray has a cooking show, I asked Bobby if he had a favorite thing to make in the kitchen, and in good rock star form he said "love."
visit thehoneyline.com for more of Gabby's HoneyLine interviews: Sheryl Crow, Cindy Crawford, Courteney Cox, Eva Longoria Parker, Julia Louis Dreyfus
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