I know what I’m going to do with my life. And it involves construction paper.
In the 16th century tulips were as valuable as diamonds in the Netherlands. People invested their entire family fortunes in one bulb. When the tulip market crashed the Dutch were devastated. Their small fortunes reduced to the value of a sack of onions. Depressing. BUT! The Dutch picked themselves up and went on to become a founding member of the European Union, the OECD and the World Trade Organization. They have a tulip festival every year. I’m having a miniature one right now in my office. My husband had two dozen delivered to my office for Valentine’s Day. The pink ones are still alive. I love having them around.
There are six people I’m inspired by (outside of family): Eric Carl, the artist. Ted Geisel, the poet. Walt Disney, the dreamer. Ginger Rogers, the beauty. Ebby Halliday, the visionary. And Anna Wintour the decision maker. I think if you blend the personalities of these six people into one person you would get exactly what I strive to be.
Anna Wintour is the most misunderstood person on my short list. She’s on my short list because:
She makes decisions.
Even the tough ones.
Because of her influence the next time someone asks me what I want for dinner or whether or not I like the tulips or the orchids I won’t shrug and say “I donno, what do you think?” I’ll make a decision. If I make a habit of decisiveness I can have a powerful influence on the world around me. That is what I learned from Anna Wintour and why I admire her so much.
I’m very thankful for where I’m at in life.
When I was single, out of high school, leasing apartments, making $9/hr, living in an empty one bedroom apartment with nothing to my name I had nothing to do but sit around and dream.
Today I started looking back on those dreams and realized I got exactly the life I wanted. Cashmere sweaters, husband, house, two dogs and all. Down to the last detail. And in all seriousness 90% of it sorted itself out.
I don’t know how it all works whether or not it’s God, Allah, magic, optimism, witchcraft, imagination, the universe, the secret, personality, karma, the all-seeing eye, secret societies, Martin Luther King Jr., a fairy god mother, tinker bell, luck, too many Disney Movies as a child or the Easter bunny… I just know that good things do just happen. And I really appreciate all of the dreams I have that come true.
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true
– Cinderella, Disney
Six months ago I cut my long hair and donated it to Locks of Love. Now I have a mousy quasi grown out shoulder-length bob that needs reshaping. For five years I’ve gone au natural. Virgin hair. No color. No bangs. One length. It’s time to branch out and try something new.
I have an appointment with my stylist, Manny, next Tuesday. Manny did an excellent job pulling together my wedding hairstyle from hodge podge web pictures on a flash drive. Giving him free rein has always worked out in my best interest. These are the pictures I plan to take with me Tuesday (above).
The SPCA is a nonprofit that started in England in an effort to protect carriage horses from abuse and neglect. Now it assists any animal in distress – lost, abandoned, injured, diseased, neglected, ill treated or unwanted – all without profit. A volunteer told us they receive an average of 70 DOGS (just dogs) a day at one shelter and are always needing food, blankets, volunteers, donations and families willing to adopt. This organization has saved millions of animal lives and in the process improved the lives of thousands of humans all over the world. That’s beautiful.