Dolly Parton is my life coach

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


4 thoughts on “Dolly Parton is my life coach

  1. LizScott says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I don’t think I’ve been to a meeting in the past 5 years that hasn’t included a PowerPoint. I’m at the point in my life where a welldone PowerPoint preso is a highly regarding skill (and, um, apparently, where I abbreviate “preso”).

    I actually had a moment a few months ago when I thought to myself: “I am a little too proud of this ppt deck I just put together.” And I was serious.

    Which is all my way of saying: I am living your cliche. I kind of want to go punch myself now 🙂

    Oh! Speaking of cliches! (this is related to your post, I swear): I always used to hear that saying “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have” — and you know, I really believe it to be true, especially for women, where so much of our perceived value starts at a visual first impression. Sucks, but also: is within our control.

    Congrats on new job!! I love that first Dolly quote – it’s a good one to remember.

  2. Kansas Wiley says:

    All very good sentiments *except* for the last one. Maybe it’s easy to say as a guy, but at the end of the day natural beauty is the only kind of beauty that lasts. (Have you seen Joan Rivers lately? Or Cher?) Ironic too, because I think the things that most account for Dolly’s real beauty aren’t the big beauty “enhancements” on her chest but her smarts and her talent.

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