Are You Wearing Your True Colors?

when I am an old woman I shall wear purple

 

Today is my birthday!! I thought it quite appropriate to post this today, since I am entering a “milestone” birthday this year–that of receiving Medicare. Yes, this lady right here is turning 65 years old today!! I can’t believe it. Because I am waaaay too young at heart to be 65!! Right? That’s what living with gusto and passion will do fer ya!! Ha!

 

The above picture is an excerpt from a poem written by Jenny Joseph in 1961 when she was 29 years old. You really should read it all. This poem became Jenny’s most popular one even though she wrote all her life and won several awards and published numerous poetry books.

 

Perhaps it gained popularity because it speaks of women doing what suits them instead of what others expect of them. A freeing thought to women of the 60s and continues to be even now.

Our clothing standards for “older” women (whatever that means) have loosened some in the last decades, but conquering societal expectations on women is still a struggle. So here is my take on this idea of what to wear:

I’m older—I guess—and I enjoy wearing purple and many other colors. But how I most want to clothe myself is by wearing the honest, true version of my own essence. Not someone’s idea of who I am, not anyone’s opinion of how I should behave, and certainly not another person’s idea of what I should be. Who’s with me?

 

Age has given me perspective and wisdom. Navigating through difficult times—suffering because of wrong choices, persevering through grief, loss, and change—as well as experiencing wonderful and joyful things like parenthood and being loved, will do that for you.

 

Age has given me guts. Guts to break free and throw out all that isn’t truly my authentic self. Age has liberated me. I finally got tired enough to call it quits. I couldn’t take care of everyone else any more. I couldn’t be what “they” wanted and demanded. And good Lord, why should I be? How does allowing someone else to frame my character, personality, and behaviors honor myself or my Creator?

 

As with most of us, the reduction and dismissal of my true self started at an early age when I began believing lies about myself. Experiences in my young life caused me to feel “less than” and that was the filter I used to interpret what people said about me. I heard words and perceived behaviors that convinced me I was, indeed, less than I should be.

 

For the record, when we hear something, we must accept it and agree with it before it can become truth to us. How we feel about ourselves, often determined early in our lives, affects that.

 

As I got older and began to dismiss other’s opinions and expectations, and tasted the freedom of determining my authentic self, I’ve discovered lots of treasures in my character. I’m not really those awful things people said about me. I know that they were lies. And I’m fervently hoping that you, too, will make the same discovery of truth.

 

So what about that purple? Please wear whatever colors make you feel alive and vibrant! But, most importantly, clothe yourself in the dazzling radiance of your perfectly true self.

And, darling, won’t we SHINE!!

 

 

I wrote this for the Women2Women Michigan Magazine. You might really enjoy reading the whole magazine online, as it is FULL of great articles for and about and by women! Here is the link to read the free magazine: W2WMichigan Magazine

Love and hugs,

Passionista Mimi

 

 

 

 

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EmPOWordment Cards by Mimi

Perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Hmmm?

Well one thing for sure, I haven’t posted in a while. You see, I’ve been just a tad busy. 

“Doing what?” you may ask. SOOO glad you did! Because I have an announcement to make!!

TaDaaaaa!! Presenting~~~~~

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Say WHAAAT? What kind of word is “EmPOWordment”, anyway?

It’s a Mimi kind of word. It means

words that empower and encourage“!

And that is the kind of person I am. My goal is to help you empower and encourage others too, because, for goodness sake, we NEED it these days!!

You are amazing with a side of sprinkles

As Passionista At Large (my speaking-for-events business) my goal is to uplift, empower, inspire, ignite, inform, and give hugs to as many women (and some men too) as I possibly can. Thus, I signed up for a vendor show,

to “get myself out there”.

As I pondered how to draw people to my otherwise-empty booth,

I thought…

your life is a canvas

“If I have something to attract them to my table,

then I can talk to them, they will fall in love with me, and invite me to speak!”

Great plan, right?

You've got this

In no time at all the idea of creating inexpensive cards for people to give to others just burst from my heart into my computer and I had designed several cards. Then as the idea grew into a full-blown forest fire I designed even more, thinking of the people these cards could touch

WOW YOU DID IT!Whoo hoo great job

~Parents can put them in lunch boxes, back packs, on the bathroom mirror, or their child’s door or bed to support and congratulate.

~Teachers can hand them out as encouragement.

impossible only means I'm possible

~Lovers can leave them in conspicuous spots.

oh darling I love you flight

~Workers can drop them on their friends’ desks.

YOU'RE AN OVERCOMER BLACK

think live believe BIG

~Military families can mail them to their loved ones.

This one is her favorite, and she wants to give it to her two daughters in a frame.

Love is friendship caught fire.

~Those who send cards as a ministry will find them useful.   Believe

My brain kept seeing new ways for these words to bring light into people’s hearts and lives. 

Why are you trying to fit in

As Passionista, I designed many of them for the women I’ll be speaking to.

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To help them understand how amazing and awesome they are!

don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle

To reassure them that they are not alone in their struggles and walk.

 Don't live afraid (2)

That many of us have been through it.

Don't tell me the sky

We survived. We blossomed. We are united.

Your dreams

But I know that everyone’s spirit blossoms with encouragement so these are for YOU too.

I hope that you feel encouraged just reading them!

And if you’d like to pass them along via sharing and liking and pinning, that’s great! Please do!

If, like me, you prefer the paper variety, something tangible you can hold, return to and reread when you need it, then I actually have these for SALE!! Can you believe it?

You can shop right here! EmPOWordmentCards

Take a look. And I would be sooo delighted if you would share the word. I feel honored that my words will end up in the hearts and hands of others.

Thank you for your encouragement and support. You are part of why I do this!

May you have many sprinkles to share today!

Hugs, Passionista

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