Happy Birthday to me!

So, it’s been a week… a week since I made the grand exit from my 30’s with a fabulous entrance into my 40’s. Three words… What. The Heck. Yes, I cleaned it up… you’re welcome. How can this be? I’m sure my parents are kind of wondering the same thing while they comb thru their abundance of grey hair so generously provided by me. It happened, I turned 40. I remember when 40 was considered “Over the Hill.” Wait, is it still? Hope not! I’m not over the hill… I’m simply 40, happily married (shockingly yes and if you know Colby, you know he’s doing the Colby giggle right now too) have two beautiful boys that share my amazing DNA… they’ll thank me later, I just know it, and own my own business with the best business partner on the face of the planet… paws off, she’s mine, all mine… and Ramon’s too. I live in a state I never thought I’d live in, also known as The Gold Bubble. Get it? Good. I’m sure I’m supposed to write amazing philosophical thoughts but y’all, that’s so not me. Instead… 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you from the very bottom of my ‘over the hill’ heart. Thank you to my parents for keeping me alive for 18+ years. Thank you to my husband for being my best friend for 10+ years. Thank you for the calls, voicemails (McCord, Marilyn never gets old), texts, social media posts (Bird, I could kill you for posting that horrendous pic, but I won’t… just going to tell myself that I look better than that now), likes, & loves, celebrations (y’all know who you are), cards, cupcakes, cakes, flowers ( I have the best brother in law!), prezzies, libations, dinners, donuts, balloons, etc. THANK YOU for all of it. Truly. I’m the first one to say ‘hello, it’s Kasietober, it’s all about me for 31 days.’ But truth be told, I get a little gun shy when it comes right down to it. Shocker, I know. But really, thank you.

 

[ya'll, click thru those pics, they're kinda fun and you get to see my super cute kids!]

Now back to the real fact… I’m 40. Perhaps the more I type it the more I’ll get it. For now, I just kinda think I’m 39 and hanging. I’m sure it’ll slap me upside the face when one of our always cute interns pops off with … Snoop Dog, I know him, he’s known for Drop It Like It’s Hot. UM, NO HE IS NOT, PLEASE GOOGLE AND TRY AGAIN. Or… I love old music from the 80s. BLANK STARE.  And a recent fave… Princess Lei, what was she in? Oh wait, is she the one with the buns on her head? WINNER. I sort of feel like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused where I get older and everyone else stays the same age and yet they never understand why I think I’m so funny or bust out in song while they just stare at me. It’s ok, I tell myself. And if it’s not… there’s always Leslie there to give me the laugh and boost I need. And while I type this, she just walked in my office with not one, not two, not even three, but a package ofSIX 40th Birthday candles. Are SIX 40th Birthday candles really necessary? We get it, we 40 year olds are older. Check the box, move on. But SIX huge 40th Birthday candles? On one cake? No, I don’t think so. Not cool. You either get ONE 40th Birthday candle or 40 little candles… you don’t get both. It’s like heels and swimsuits, you don’t get both unless you’re on a pole. Click here for the reference… a cover-up buys you a wedge. [mini rant, not sure where that came from]

In summary, just wanted to give a shout out of thanks…

THANK YOU! 

xoxo,

GNA last night at Shindig for #artfeedday!

We were invited to the cutest party (or should we say Par-Tee or Tee Party) last night at the Shindig & Shirley’s Flowers shop in downtown Bentonville. Our sweet friend Marcy Camacho hosted a little get-together for a great cause.

She invited 16 of her gal pals to decorate Art Feeds tshirts. If you don’t know what the #artfeedsday movement is all about, you need to get on board. Now. 

Our new besties, Marcy Camacho and Meg Bourne Hulsey!

Our new besties, Marcy Camacho and Meg Bourne Hulsey!

Art Feeds was created and founded by Meg Bourne Hulsey. Meg (can we just say how amazing she is?!) knows that all children are artists. Her nonprofit exists to feed creative development and emotional expression in children. The organization provides free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools and children’s organizations by facilitating teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms.

In the spirit of hosting a fabulous party, Marcy served the most delicious cookies from Frosted Cakerie in Joplin, Mo., and champagne cocktails, of course. Each of the women we met last night were fabulous and a powerhouse in their own right. 

Ummmmm, you had me at cookies!

Ummmmm, you had me at cookies!

Each of the 16 guests paid a $30 registration for the tshirt, and the money raised provides art packs for 32 kids. An Art Pack is a tote filled with all the essential supplies that Art Feeds gives to students in its program. This way, the students learn to express and create in class with Art Feeds, and then get to take their art packs home to continue the creative process. 

The shiny beginnings of our new "sleeves!"

The shiny beginnings of our new "sleeves!"

Each of the 16 guests paid a $30 registration for the tshirt, and the money raised provides art packs for 32 kids. An Art Pack is a tote filled with all the essential supplies that Art Feeds gives to students in its program. This way, the students learn to express and create in class with Art Feeds, and then get to take their art packs home to continue the creative process.

xo,

Sorry, I'm busy!

Busy. The badge of honor. People are prideful about it. We feel justified in all our hard work and exhaustion when we’re running ragged. We’re striving for perfection because anything else is inexcusable. We get it! We’re all busy! The problem is everyone thinks they’re winning the busy contest. And thank you Charlie Sheen … now we’re all #winning.

Well, we’re over it. No one is busier than anyone else. We could go into the conversation about the judgment that moms and women pass on everyone, but we won’t.

If you’re not busy, then you must be lazy. Slowing down is gross. But is it? We like the saying “Self care is not selfish.” We’ve taken up tennis, Barre and spin class in an effort to do something for ourselves. We hear you complainers saying…you’ve just added one more thing on your plate! We know, we know. Didn’t we just tell you that we’re all busy?

Being in a hurry and “busy” causes major stress and anxiety for us. We joke that we can hide life’s stresses well. (Cue the pageant wave.) How are you? I’m great! Everything’s fabulous. Meanwhile, we’re all secretly drowning in to-do lists and telling ourselves, “just keep swimming.” It’s important to be authentic about your busyness, but know thy audience. Keep your dumping for close friends and family.

Also, we’d like to give a shout out and thank you to social media! Whoop, whoop! Thank you for constantly making us feel like we’re failing. Kids aren’t in enough activities? Check. Used dry shampoo for four days. Check. Have told the last three people I saw that I’m exhausted. Checkity-check.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any tips to help you free up your time or make you un-busy, but there are plenty of other blog posts about organization, planning and what highly effective leaders do to help you with that. 

Doesn’t busy really mean you’re overworked, on edge and hard-pressed to find time to do anything? Guess what? We all are. You don’t win. No one should be too busy to have manners and recognize when things are out of control. All we’re asking is for you to respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner.  Text back, at least within two days. Bottom line, pass the damn ball back during conversation so I can tell you how busy I am too. Kidding (sort of).

We all need to take a minute. Breathe. Slow down. And maybe we need to replace the word busy with motivated? Inspired? Driven? Whatever you want to call it, we’re all doing the same things, trying our best and hustling through this crazy, yet wonderful thing called life. We don’t have all the answers, but we do know one thing – you’re not #winning the busy contest.

xo,