Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Having the BEST job ever!

My name is Kathie....
(Hello, Kathie)
And I am a.....clothes whore.
Sad, but true. And it only seems to get worse with age.
So, what better way to feed my habit than to work in a clothing store. But not just any clothing store, mind you.
No siree.
When I moved to Texas I fell in love with a boutique called Runway Seven.
I first stumbled upon it when I was staying in Fort Worth for a few days and THEN (choir sings!)....
I found out there was one in my own 'hood. 
As a matter of fact I shopped there so often that the manager offered me a job.
I said yes.
And so, the love affair continues.

Because the only think I love more than shopping there is working there!

For the most part our things are what I'd call 'gypsy cowgirl' - something you could wear cowboy boots with, but can also slip on a pair of Tori Burch flats if you're not the cowboy boot wearin' type.

I have been here since October.
I love my boss.
I love my co-workers.
I love my customers (many have become friends).
The best part?
Besides the discount, you mean?
Well, how about minimal stress? NO drama?
(Two big things that can keep a person from having a happy/positive life). 
Between Runway Seven, Hillbilly Debutante, upcoming book signings and working on my next book, I'm a pretty busy girl.
But a happy one, too!
I've been writing a lot about living a positive and happy life.
What makes one happy, of course differs from person to person, but as for me, I have never equated making or having a lot of money with happiness.
Happiness to me is spending large amounts of time with family (especially grandchildren), having a home filled with things that I love (The Hillbilly Hacienda), a reliable car that gets me where I need to go (Clemontine, my 10 year old lemon yellow mini-cooper), wonderful friends and neighbors (that also happen to be family), a lazy dog that camps in front of the fireplace (Sally) and a God who loves me.
THAT, my friends - is what I call the perfect life.
What about you?
What is YOUR perfect life?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Today and Every Day, I'm Just Me

Living a Positive, Happy and (almost) Worry-Free Life
(Part II)
Today and everyday, I'm just me!

Okay, so it's also a title from a 1970's Charley Pride song, but anyway. 
Everyone wants to know 'how I do it' - how I am able to remain positive in this crazy world.

Well, I've found that the happiest people in the world are ones that stay true to themselves and I can definitely attest to that fact!

I am a very simple person.
I like what I like and I don't let anyone influence me.

For instance, I like old cars.
Especially old beat up Suburbans.

I drove this ol' beaute for 4 years. I named her Dixie and she was a 'star' in the earlier days of this blog.

And it was EXTREME fun to be all dressed up and drive her to a fun event where other people were driving Lexus or BMW's.
  The reaction of other people was just priceless!
You see - positive, confident people can laugh at themselves and don't mind if other people do, too!

I am also not afraid to let my creative juices flow for all the world to see------

and criticize.

While I loved the end result of decorating this house in Shabby Chic style I definitely received criticism over it but never dreamed of changing it.

Same thing about my work.
Some people like it. And some really, really don't.

Ouch, you'd think - right?

Water off a duck's back.

It used to hurt when I first started out, but then I reminded myself why I do what I do - because I enjoy it!

And I also don't want to be on my death-bed regretting that I was too afraid of criticism to step out and take a chance on the things I want to do.

According to palliative care worker and author Bronnie Ware, the biggest regret dying patients have is that they've lived their lives the way others thought they should - not the way they wanted.

I live every single day to not let that be me.

Til Next Time,