Dec 6, 2008

It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want Too!

Yes, friends, it's my birthday today and I have not met my goal to be ready for Christmas! I know - I'm trying to move beyond it. Don't you think it is just IN women to set expectations for ourselves - usually a bit too high? Then it's kind of a let down when it doesn't happen. Well, ladies, meet the Queen of Too High Expectations! I have always been a perfectionist. As a kid, no paper was written well enough for me. As a parent, if the paper is due in a month, why let it go beyond a day or two? As a homemaker, doesn't everything just HAVE to be perfect? Christmas - well, of course it's got to be a DREAM! Yep, that's me - as all of my family and friends will gladly tell you - (no laughing, CeeKay). However, I am making efforts to change this about myself. Setting impossible expectations for oneself really does set you up for unhappiness and discontent. I know this, but to implement new tricks to an O-L-D dog is easier said than done! I am determined that this year, my 56th, will be a more relaxed year. Life is just too short to worry about anything unnecessarily. Life really can be hard enough sometimes without creating things to be displeased about!

So, ladies, with this new leaf turned, I am off to spend my birthday with my husband - a day of shopping, movie, and dinner. And guess what??? MY HOUSE IS A MESS!!!

(And I'm happy anyway!)


A Hint of Home said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Kathy!!
I hope you had a fun date with hubby.
Your tree is gorgeous and the rest of your decorations are lovely.

Donna said...

Happy Birthday Kathy! I will be 56 on Valentine's day so I'm not far behind you. How did we get here so fast?! I hope you have a wonderful birthday. D~~~~

Heather said...

woo hoo! congrats! happy birthday! now, walk away from the house and the chores and the mess and you go enjoy yourself! today is YOUR day! go celebrate with the hubby and have a wonderful day together. the mess and the to-do list will still be there tomorrow, lol. have fun!!!!

ceekay said...

Happiest of birthdays dear "ole" friend! I'm trying hard not to laugh....remember my hubby and the closet closet...we are definately out there!!!

Neabear said...

Happy Birthday!! Mine is coming up on Wednesday. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. And don't worry about the messy house for rignt now. That can wait a day or two or three.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!

Have a great!!!

grey like snuffie said...

WOO HOO---HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We have a daughter who was an extreme over achiever through high school. It has it's benefits. I'm no where near that kind of thinking. I so much go with the flow and more towards the lazy side. We NEED people like you--we all blend together. You may need to chill, I know there are times I need to step it up, we all have our ways. PARTAY!!!! And know you are loved!

Cori G. said...

Happy birthday Kathy!

Don't worry about the house being a mess. Once it's spotless it'll be a mess two seconds later. Have fun, enjoy your birthday and know that God loves you even with a messy house. It's the house of the heart He's concerned with.

xo Cori

Heather said...

i left you something on my blog today!

justabeachkat said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I hope your day is perfect. Enjoy...the mess will be the waiting, I'm sure. Just like mine. wink


kari and kijsa said...

Wonderful post! And a very Happy Birthday to you!!

kari & kijsa

Mary Beth said...

Hope you had a FABULOUS day... relaxed... and enjoyed your messy house! You go girl. ENJOY LIFE.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday, Kathy! You are joining me in turning 56. My birthday was in September.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I hope you've had a wonderful day!

What movie did you see? I want to see Australia (soon.)


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I hope you are enjoying a very Happy Birthday.
I'm the same way about setting my expectations of myself way too high. But I'm learning!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a good one. My daughter's birthday is tomorrow, the 7th and my son's the 19th. We have so many December birthdays in our family!

Sondra Behne' said...

Hello Kathy
Happy Birthday Kathy!!!!!!!!! The messwill wait......a date with hubby wont. Enjoy every precious moment you can get.

do stop by my Many Shades of Pink blog...we have a contest goin on...hope to see you.


char72 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Don't worry about not getting everything done to perfection. Nobody's perfect you know. I turned 56 once, a long time ago. Enjoy each year. The time flies by so fast.

Bonnie said...

Kathy,I see I am a few days late to wish you a very Happy Birthday! I know what you mean about the perfectionism~it is a problem but we shall overcome, right?

I hope your enjoyed your day with your husband and saw a great movie. I love movies but I'm a picky. It has to be fun or uplifting~nothing violent or depressing. Have a great new year.