Seriously. I was looking for a particular quote for a PowerPoint I was making for work (yes, the dreaded meeting with PowerPoint. A cliché, yes, but sometimes you’ve got to do it) and look at all these gems:
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
This is kind of my major operating principle right now as I learn my new job.
“We can not direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”
Good advice for the someone who is in charge of some things but not all things.
“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”
Good advice for anyone who ever hears the voice of the critical family member/spouse/boss/teacher creeping in when you are trying to do big and new things.
“There is no such thing as natural beauty.” (okay, this one is from Steel Magnolias, but I Dolly’s character says it and I strongly suspect she agrees with the sentiment in real life)
I have been, well, making an effort with my clothing and hair and make up for the last two weeks and I have to confess that it does make a difference. I think I like to think I’m low maintenance, and I comparatively I am, but I think since the birth of the baby monkey especially I’ve drifted from low maintenance to “doesn’t give a damn” and/or lazy and I’d forgotten that it feels nice to feel cute. Shallow? Maybe. True? Yep. I need to keep embracing my inner Dolly and have some intentionality behind the way I look.
In closing, a little of the Dolly Parton song that was a staple of my college slightly drunken karaoke moments