Friday, 30 December 2011

Fabulously Flawed

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 "I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre & flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her & imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that you are out there & read this & know that, yes, it's true I'm here & I'm just as strange as you."
-Frida Kahlo

Do you ever feel strange, flawed; wonder what on earth our time here is all about, really?
 I know I do.
I was so relieved when I found Freda Kahlo's reflection.
The older I grow the more flawed I feel, yet I am making peace with those imperfections & dealing kindly with myself.
I am kinda wondering more though, how do I make the most of this coming year being me, in the life that I have?
You really do have to have a bit of a think about such things...did you notice, by any chance, how fast last year just disappeared?

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives.... not looking for flaws, but for potential"
Ellen Goodman 

There are lots of quotes like the one below floating around, but this one I liked best..
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 "Live in the present & make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering".

The thing that has always really bothered me is all the ugly, the grotesque, the boring.
 Not ordinary, ordinary has it's place, but ugly, ugly is awful.
Looks like my quest is still to seek out, notice & create that which is beautiful.
I can do that!

After all as Pearl says..
That means you have to like the life you have & give it your best shot & if you don't like it then change little bit at a time!

A month or so ago, Sophie at Her Library Adventures shared her Life List that she'd recently invented.
Reading through Sophie's list I became aware that my list would be entirely different were I to write one. Where as Sophie dreams of teaching English in a foreign country, taking singing lessons, learning to juggle & about cloud formations etc

mine would be...?? mmm

Take a goose on an outing???
This is soooo Rob's grandmother Patsy, it really could be her. She was completely ditsy, eccentric & delightful!
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Actually I want to:
~ Read the Wind in the Willows.
~Worry a lot less.
~I am going to spend this year building up my health
and not carrying other people's stuff around.
~I want to make the calico/tablecloth patchwork curtains for the bedroom that I've had sitting there for ages.

Rob says he wants to learn to spell better.
And we thought being kind to each other all year would be good and after all...
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and what was the other thing?

oh yes fun, I want to have more fun! about you?




  1. Lovely list.
    I must pull out my wind in the willows book and ready again. Its been a long time.

    I hope you have a very happy new year Catherine. Thankyou so much for your regular comments on my blog, they make me smile so very much.


  2. Yere I do wonder why maybe if we didnt get hit with dramas it would be more fun? Anyway may we both have awesome and less stress free years xxx

  3. That swan picture is funny!
    I want to acquire toadstools, you know! I DO know not to eat them. You're so dear.
    I want to give myself flowers.
    I want to tell my students the TRUTH.
    I want to read the Psalms and respond like an eager child.
    I'm SO happy that you will soon be enjoying The Wind in the Willows. It's such a delight. Mole is my favorite but Ratty is so nice, too. Badger, he's very good, as well.
    You'll love it. Oh, I appreciate you so much, my fairy friend.

  4. AMIGA, felicidades pra você e sua familia nestes novos dias. Que seus sonhos se tornem realidade. Obrigada pelas lições de vida, pelas inspirações e por você existir. Que sua lista de bem querer se concretizae. Com amor, Rosi

  5. I LOVE your Frida Kahlo quote! I need to print that out and.. No, I need to completely cover one wall of the house with that entire quote (an outer wall perhaps? :P)

    Ah, what are my aspirations for this next year? From late childhood to my early 20's I would write up a bulleted list (that was forgotten by Jan 2nd) but now I have barely given it a thought. I'll reflect on that one tonight I'm sure!

    Hope you have a fantastic New Year :)

  6. Thoroughly enjoyable post and yes, we all feel strange, flawed and bizarre but in our own ways -smile-. Love the quotes!

  7. Dearest Catherine,

    I am back and I really wanted to wish you - oh wonderful flawed lady - a fabulously harmonious, creative, and peaceful new year.

    I cannot wait to see how your personal year evolves. I believe in the one day at the time philosophy BUT I have a tendency to get bogged down with the mundane when I plod through. It is awfully good to step back and dream big!

    See you soon friend,



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