it’s now or never, february

february is my birthday month, this is my birthday week and i am coming up on my birthday weekend.

i am tired of january, glad it's over, if it never comes back i will be happy.  zie gezundt.  i had a very difficult december, health wise, family wise, weather wise, and january was colder, darker, full of self fulfilling prophecies, resolutions, goals and g*d knows what else i was expected to embrace.  my friend henry david says this on the last day of january. 

in january i read the 12 secrets of highly creative women, and even though, as kath will attest, i hate crap like that, i liked the book, and it helped me.  took me a while to realize that the book was not about me changing, or me being MORE creative than my non creative self, this book was just about turning around, looking at yourself and going hello.  you can say hello nicely at yourself or you can say hellooo, as if you are saying give your head a shake.  i am more the give your head a shake type.

once on my birthday FOUR of my friends got me the same card, including kath.

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twelve steps was not crap and it was also not about change. 
 it was just about recognition.

i spend a good 30 – 45 minutes a day on my hair, have since i was twelve and i doubt i am going to change now. i will always be the person making things visually perfect for myself.  this is both a bonus and an annoyance for the people that live with me but it is unlikely i am going to change that.  ask kath, when i bend over and incessantly pick dirt up off the carpet, she says to the kids, look, mommy is vacuuming, and they all laugh hysterically. 

charley needs a good hour of me time each day, that's the exercising part for me.  i do like to meditate and i do sit with charley and listen to a meditation podcast a couple of times a week.  i cook terrific stuff.  i get tired easily and i do have to rest.  i love to read.  i'm not going to change any of that.

and a year ago today, i bought my beloved camera, then i got photoshop and went to town having fun.  i love taking pictures.  it makes me SO HAPPY.  imagine, knowing that something makes you happy and you can just go do it! how good is that? hellooo?  i look at this photo of the babies and i think to myself that if i didn't know it was mine, i'd be real impressed.

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i always think things happen for a reason, beshert, meant to be.  on friday night, the same FOUR fortunes popped out of our fortune cookies, one after the other.   
(my art work)

Now or never

and i decided it's now or never, february, the birthday month, i am going to lose ten pounds and THE SECOND that i do it i am going to buy me a lensbaby

i am going to stop overthinking everything and just do the crap i want to do, with the necessary stuff thrown in for good measure.  

 it's now or never and i will accomplish more if i start now.

margie xo

10 thoughts on “it’s now or never, february

  1. you “create” the funniest posts about your life…I really enjoy you just the way you are right now!!
    but 30-45 mins on your hair?!?
    tee-hee could not resist…happy birthday

  2. That is an awesome mantra! I may steal it on occasion ;)
    I have been very aware of “special” occurrences, although I can’t recall getting four of the same exact message at any specific time.
    I will share that when we went to breakfast this past weekend, we always get a paper, and as I went through the paper I came across an article about a new photography exhibit……of course I read it, which yeah….nothing abnormal about that, right?! But then, as I went through the rest of the paper, I came across FOUR MORE photography related articles, which NEVER occurs.
    I may be weird, but I felt like it was a sign, especially since we usually get the other paper because it has a crossword. And it also seemed appropriate given what I set out to do this past weekend.
    You’ll have to visit WW to get the whole story :)

  3. Did I ever buy you the book or was that an empty promise card? I probably owe you a book but you can’t have one because you know, you have the whole downsizing thing to do. I love your art … make me a painting!
    xo

  4. LOL I loved this post so much.
    “ask kath, when i bend over and incessantly pick dirt up off the carpet, she says to the kids, look, mommy is vacuuming, and they all laugh hysterically.” This made me laugh out loud for some reason, but not only is your post humorous, it has a great message. Yes,I say do what you want to do and love it!! especially in your birthday month. Have a wonderful birthday

  5. Happy Birthday month!
    I had the same epiphany you did a couple years ago. Which is when I came up with celebrating my birthday week? I usually drag it out as long as I can but The Hubs usually lets me get away with a week of my antics.
    It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the everyday stuff and forget to enjoy the little things. I have a really hard time enjoying the moment but I’m making a much bigger effort. I’m also trying new things instead of being scared of failing. It’s hard.
    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s always fun to have someone new stop by and comment. The Hubs got one of the chandeliers hung up last night. Tonight the other one gets hung up. I’ll have to post pictures of them both when they are up and lovely. I don’t know how far you read back on my blog (you should check out my birthday week Official Kick off Week blog) but this has been going on since December with the remodel of our bathroom. The toilet and chandelier are now in. The Hubs told me that was the entire bathroom really needed. So I’m sure getting the sink and the trim put in isn’t going to be priority.
    Thank you again and stop by again sometime
    Timi

  6. And your post was entirely crap-free as well!!! Whooohoooo!!!
    Happy February, Birthday, and Birthday week~!
    May you get all the crap you DO want, and none of that you don’t.
    The photo of the babies is terrific! Enjoy it all, and yes, 30 minutes a day on hair is the norm.
    xoxo

  7. Happy Birthday, Margie!
    REALLY loved the card. How funny! Sounds like your friends know you well.
    I understand hating January … so hard to get motivated with all the cold and ice. Darn those Winter Blues! That’s why your Ten Minute Tuesday has been so good for me. Just a tiny shot in the arm … so I’m continuing it. I made another post today.
    Thanks for the inspiration … and humor. So glad I found your blog.
    Cameo @–>–>—

  8. I am with you all the way! It’s now or never! Your such a beautiful inspiration to me. : ) I used to spend a lot of time on my hair too.. then one day I looked around me and so many people were gone. I don’t know… I went in the bathroom and cut it off! All the way down. No more straighteners to hide my curls, just some color to hide my grey. It’s something about us women and our hair. It’s ok to spend time on it or no time at all. Hairstyles, hold many stories. I love that!
    I love you!

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