Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rethink Your Story

Hey Everyone! Happy Friday!
It's time for Rethinking day with
Bare Escentuals at Rethink What Matters.
 Today's topic is Rethink Your Story.
{Disclaimer Alert} If you read Rethink and Grow,
you will see some serious similarities here.

When I was in college, or even high school for that matter, it was easy to imagine what my life was going to be...I had it all planned out. I was not going to get married or have kids. I wanted to go to design school in New York (I did go to design school...but in L.A.) and be the next Donna Karan. That was it - end of story - I was going to be fabulous and successful and never look back. Since then I have had to rethink...and rethink...and rethink my story.

I never imagined I would do anything with my life other than be a fashion designer...but it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I got married and hubby gave me the opportunity to explore a new path. He despised the last two bosses I worked for {um yeah, they were creeps in different ways} and he really hated where most of the companies were located - not the safest neighborhoods {do I have stories!}.

So hubby said {pleaded with me, really}, "Quit your job." I did and not long after than I received a phone call at 7 am {seriously 7 am! I am not working and do not have kids...who's calling at 7 am?}. It was a crazy woman {yet another story} asking me if I could write a book or part of a book...huh? "Sure," I say, "I got a A in English."

After that, I began working on my second book, and became a wedding planner. These events changed my story. Set me on a different path...a path that felt right and that I continued on...Until I became a mom - we all know how that changes our story {dads too!}. And then I moved...another change. Another kid...another change. With every change, I rethink my story.

My story is no where near done. I am not sure how it will end or what the next chapter will be. I want to write more, I want to be involved with my kids, I want to create beautiful things, I want to relax and enjoy this wonderful life I am so grateful for.

Of course, my letters will help tell my story to my kids one day. And, when all is said and done, I hope my story includes that I was a good friend, a good daughter, a good mom, a good wife. That I was kind, respectful, responsible, passionate, and compassionate. And I won't lie, or try to pretend that I do not want my story to include that I was successful in my career and looked fabulous while doing it all.

So, what's your story?
How has your story changed?
What are you hoping your story includes?

Go visit Rethink What Matters. Answer the five questions...{did I mention there are prizes?} Then come back next week for some more!
Happy Rethinking!


Check out the previous posts in this series:
Rethink and Grow
Rethink Your Environment
Rethink...Finding Yourself
Rethink PDA 
Rethink What A Revolution Feels Like 
Rethink Your Must Haves
Rethink What You Are Investing In
Rethink Friends With Benefits 

Rethink What Matters is a campaign by Bare Escentuals that challenges me...challenges all of us to Rethink What Matters. Each Friday through March 26, 2010, Bare Escentuals will pose a new topic for us to consider, to ponder, and to discuss. It is not just about is about living your life and what is truly important. So gather your never know what you'll discover! 

Want to join in on the discussion...
There are prizes and free products to be had..and more importantly thought provoking topics coming your way. Just visit Rethink What Matters to answer 5 simple questions. Then you can see how your answers compare with others. Seriously it takes no time at all to do this...and you may learn a little something about yourself or your friends! And if you are lucky enough to live in San Fransisco, New York, or Chicago the Quickie Van could be coming your way.
DISCLAIMER: So, here's the back story and legal who-ha I must include. I was contacted via email about this campaign and checked it out myself. I thought it was interesting and thought provoking. I was not paid for this review/post or compensated in any way (products or otherwise).


  1. So glad you posted this! You have BY FAR the most interesting blog out there. I'm not kidding! I want to read up on all of the rethink series. I'm for sure going to go answer the questions. Thanks Holly!

  2. i got a different journal just for your project and this weekend late at night when hubby is snoring and kid is asleep I will be answering the story, my story is not as fun and glamours as yours and I am still trying to figure out my purpose here on earth LOL but i love your classy blog my new blog friend.

  3. Just found your blog thru Stone Gable, and I look forward to going back and reading more.......I think I will love what I read! And I am intrigued by the Rethink What Matters book, so I will check that out. thanks and have a fabulous Saturday!


  4. I appreciate this topic so much! Especially as someone who has changed her mind about a thousand times; being a mom sure throws a wrench in the plans, doesn't it? In a totally awesome way, but still...

  5. An inspiring post--hadn't thought about this really. I had started off on the path to be a teacher. Along the way I became a master gardener, got my masters in educational administration and got a degree in aromatherapy. I started my own bath and body products business and continue to teach. What's ahead? I don't know but I look forward to each new chapter in my life!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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  7. At least you had a plan...when I was young my plan was to be a career woman--doing what????--no kids! Isn't it funny how things happen and change?

  8. That's a great story - and of course it's still being written :)

    I see my story as one of those multi-threaded novels where everything comes together in the end. At least, I'm kind of assuming it will - meanwhile, I'm happy following all my little threads ;)

  9. Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by. I love your story on re-thinking your life.
    I grew up in Gilbert, Az and dreamed of living in So. CA. never southeast Idaho. Yet here I am and wouldn't change it for the world.
    I'm going to read the rest of the post and hop on over to the other blog you mentioned.
    Happy Spring!

  10. Great Post. Just swinging by to wish you a happy weekend!

  11. This is great! I too, never imagined I'd be where I am today. Two yrs ago, I was a high powered attorney living the life in NYC. Now I went back to my home state (boring CT lol), live in the woods with my wonderful husband. I had two degrees and am now back into Nursing. Something that I though I'd never do. I have wanted to write a book for such a long time but don't know where to start.
    I lived my dream for many years and not sure about this new life that I live, it is very safe and comfortable but I miss the excitement of being single living in the city working and playing hard. It was time for me to grow up.

  12. Thanks so much for an interesting post! I found your blog through the Lady Bloggers Tea Party and am now following you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  13. What a fascinating post. I am forever re-thinking my story. And sometimes thing change so fast I can't keep up with my own life!

  14. Anonymous7:14 PM

    Hi, Holly. Sounds like you and I had similar aspirations early on (except for the fashion designer part). I never thought I'd be married with children. But I am so glad now that my path changed. For the future, I just hope to finally find a job that I enjoy after the boys are off to college. And to enjoy quality time and travels with my hubby.

  15. I dont' know my story yet but I love reading yours. I don't think we ever know it- I think it's ever knowing and ever changing.

  16. I had a million different ideas, but in the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted to be a wife and mother.

    I haven't had a "traditional" full time job since my son was born 17 years ago. I've been involved in all sorts of creative, artistic endeavors, though. I don't know what's next. I kind of take it as it comes.

  17. Like you, it has changed and changed and will probably change again. Story is still in the process. A happy ending would be wonderful!

  18. I look forward to going back and reading more.......I think I will love what I read! And I am intrigued by the Rethink What Matters book, so I will check that out. thanks and have a fabulous Saturday!

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