The moment I accepted my life was a beautiful, chaotic, sometimes a little-messy-but-always-entertaining circus was the moment I felt a true release.

There's no sense in fighting the madness, but I've picked up a few tricks to keep the show going along the way.

I hope they work as well for you as they have [and still do] for me.

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the birthday of the ad-libber

Posted in celebration, circus

20 January ~ the birthday of the ad-libber

 

“People born on January 20 are life’s ad-libbers. They may not always be sure where they are going but they also have no doubt that they will get somewhere.  They are liberal, sensitive and charming individuals with a remarkable skill for cooperation and improvisation. They are constantly learning, adapting and perfecting their skills, and these qualities help them climb the ladder of success, sometimes to the very top.

Others may sometimes mistake people born on this day as dreamy, disorganized and scatter-brained. Although they give the appearance of confusion, every detail is stored in their methodical and analytical mind and they simply have an original way of approaching life. They are capable of remarkable endurance, their flexible style ensuring that they overcome the toughest of setbacks with their sense of humor intact.

People born on this day have a ge3nuine compassion and love for people, and will go to extraordinary lengths to help them. They are typically supportive of the underdog but when they are thrown into the role of leader they can come across as dictatorial. It is important for them to carefully consider their approach to leadership, given that their attitude toward the authority of others tends to be light-hearted rather than respectful.

Although they appear tough, the respect of others is extremely important, sometimes too important to them. They need to learn to trust their own judgments more as they are usually right. Fortunately, around the age of thirty there is often a turning point which heightens their sense of self-worth and emphasizes the need for working with their gut instinct.

The considerable personal charm and flexibility that characterizes people born on this day suggests that they have the potential to become well-rounded personalities. Once they can build a sense of self-worth and find a direction and sense of balance, people born on January 20 can display surprisingly intense powers of concentration and commitment that not only assure success but also win them the lasting admiration and respect of others.

Your greatest challenge is: overcoming your lack of self-confidence.

The way forward is: to stop comparing yourself to others. You are a special and unique person and you are totally irreplaceable.”

Twenty-eight and my life, the circus, is going pretty great. Happy Birthday to all my fellow life ad-libbers out there. Cheers to making it up as we go!

*all information from The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Theresa Cheung

sassy starter : what the f*@$

**WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**

Starting out a new year we all try to have the best of intentions, myself included. Going into 2012 I decided it was the year I was going to live .. really and truly live. And to be honest – just thinking about that one statement really started to get a tad overwhelming to me. I mean, that’s kind of a big proclamation. It’s a moment. Like a standing on top of a mountain shouting out your zest for life type of moment, no? Maybe I’m over-analyzing that one, but regardless I’ve changed my mind for this year’s “resolution”.

Here’s my new one:

Every now and then say “What the f*@$.”

 

Because as those of us who’ve seen Risky Business know, “What the f*@$” gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.

And I feel like maybe I need a little more WTF in my life.

If you can’t say it, you can’t do it.

What the f*@$ !

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way.

sassy starter *the mad ones

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars ….

– Jack Kerouac

Become a little more mad in 2012, shall we?

Indeed.

Cheers!

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way.

I’m still here!

Posted in circus, housekeeping, Random

Hi. Remember me, Jennie B? I’m still here! I just ….. took a slight, unplanned hiatus. Here’s a brief – very brief – summary of what has kept me away from you these last few weeks of 2011:

Thanksgiving: I spent Thanksgiving down in Tampa visiting family. It was honestly one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve had since College. I arrived at Uncle’s house at about 9 Wednesday night and stayed up with my Aunt talking about life till 4 a.m.. I was able to hang out with my cousins, who I absolutely adore, and their lil one – Baby G – and be completely stress and care free. My Aunt is a very wise woman who I can talk to about anything, and my Uncle is one of my all time favorite people. I cherish every opportunity I have to even sit in the room with them so you can imagine how wonderful it was for me to spend a couple of days at their house.

The next week was full of preparations for the following week….

The first week of December: My work had a huge Open House on December 6th. Huge. We’re talking 170 people. It was a great success! I was a bit tired from running around all night snapping photos and updating our online media. It was the first year I’d been on the working side as the last two years I’d been as a guest. Completely different! Good stuff either way. That Friday night was the annual King Street Shop Walk I always do with Duchess. A night of cocktails and shopping – the perfect girl’s night out – unfortunately ended with both of us getting food poisoning from a restaurant downtown. No bueno. I was out of commission the entire weekend after that.

After that it was non-stop all the way. I found myself with a terrible little head cold due to the sudden weather changes in this city by the sea, a fundraising event to attend, preparing for the Christmas Holiday (which included figuring out my travel plans, gifts, etc.), and ….

packing to move into a new apartment! That’s right – I’m moving to a new apartment and I’m so very exhaustingly excited about it!

Let me back up a bit on this one. The Sunday before Thanksgiving I discovered a former roommie of mine was in need of a new place and on the fast.  The Monday before Thanksgiving we started our joint search. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving we went and looked at a place which we immediately determined we would make ours. We both left for Florida the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The Monday after Thanksgiving we meet Landlord Jim and his wife Sarah and sign the lease. It was a crazy whirl-wind of a week but once it was said and done and things were in ink, I couldn’t stop smiling from being on Cloud 9! I have lived in the same duplex since moving here to this city by the sea nearly 4 1/2 years ago. It was time for me to move. And the new place ….. is amazing! Two minutes to Sullivan’s Island, five minutes to the Interstate I take to get to work – amazing.

So yes, you can imagine things have been quite hectic lately. In the past four months I’ve started a new job, started moving into a new apartment, and soon it will be a new year and I’ll be a new age, and holy cannoli – I’m hardly going to recognize my life! Last week I did start to get a little lost with everything going on, mixed with worrying if I would have enough time to get everything done and manage to see everyone for the Holiday and so on. I drove the 11 1/2 hour drive to my home town in West Tennessee on Christmas Eve (woke up at 5:30 a.m.) and as soon as I hit publish on this post, I’ll be out the door and on my way to Nashville to spend the day with two of my brothers, two sisters, and two nephews. (Actually that’s 1 brother, 1 sister-in-law, two nephews, 1 sister, and 1 brother-in-law) And then Wednesday morning it’s back on the road to my city by the sea to finish up the move.

Whew. I’m kinda tired from just thinking about all of that! But in the end it’s all worth it, and I don’t think my Holidays have ever (or will ever) be any different. Remember …. my life is a bit of a circus 😉

So that’s where I’ve been lately. I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday and are looking forward to the new year! Before I head East to Nash-vegas I thought I’d share a few pictures my Aunt and godmother, Mary Jo, sent for me. One is of me and my Grandpa Joe and the other is just to show you that apparently I’ve never been able to control the lion king situation that is my hair.

   

I’ll be back soon, promise!

love & magic, jennie b

Music Snack …. Isn’t it ironic?

Posted in circus, life, Music Snack

Don’t you think?

I’m working on a guest post at the moment. Of all songs that come to mind for a soundtrack to writing my guest post, it had to be this one. It somewhat ties in to what I’m writing for the post …. in a round about sort of way I suppose. But I guess that would be the ironic part, huh?

Alanis Morissette – Ironic

 Life has a funny funny way…..

You’ll have to wait and see what I’m talking about when my guest post comes out. (of course I’ll let you know when!) Until then, it’s back to the writing desk for this girl.  Hope you’re having a great one, kids!

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!

Music Snack …. Isn’t it ironic?

Posted in circus, life, Music Snack

Don’t you think?

I’m working on a guest post at the moment. Of all songs that come to mind for a soundtrack to writing my guest post, it had to be this one. It somewhat ties in to what I’m writing for the post …. in a round about sort of way I suppose. But I guess that would be the ironic part, huh?

Alanis Morissette – Ironic

 Life has a funny funny way…..

You’ll have to wait and see what I’m talking about when my guest post comes out. (of course I’ll let you know when!) Until then, it’s back to the writing desk for this girl.  Hope you’re having a great one, kids!

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The Music Snack comes out every Wednesday to put a little rhythm in your week. Requests are always welcome, so don’t be shy!

jumping with eyes wide open

If you caught Saturday’s post you know The Sassy Steel Magnolia is officially 2 years old. What you may not know, however, is the month of October marks the 4th year of my adventures in blogging. The SSM is actually my 3rd blog. A culmination of blogs 1 & 2, it has taken on a life of it’s own – one that I could have ever imagined. Now people join the blogosphere for all kinds of different reasons. Sports. Politics. Fashion. Business. The list is huge. However, some joined not really knowing what they were getting into. Some people …. just jumped. With eyes wide open, we jumped. Straight down the rabbit hole. Plummeting into chaos. I’m one of those.

When I first started blogging I was very hesitant. I’d kept my love for writing a secret from many people for a long time because I didn’t know how people would react. The first blog was post after post of long-winded, mind boggling thoughts. I was rambling. I was ranting. I was dreaming out loud. I was a newbie.

The second is where I started to experiment with posting photos. I began writing shorter posts, started to embrace the idea I was a “blogger,” and began reaching out to more people, letting them know about my blog. I really liked my 2nd blog, but I was searching for something more. I wanted the balance – the right fit for me.

Then came The Sassy Steel Magnolia. I poured hours and hours into creating the first site (cheers to the red couch!) and really thinking about what I wanted to do with it all. I wanted more than just a blog. I wanted a place where I felt safe, where I could still be a dreamer, where I could rant and scream if I needed, where I could tap into this idea …. this persona …. and give myself the permission to be as candid (or as vague) as I damn well pleased. I wanted my home in the world wide web. And now two years later, that is exactly what I’ve found.

I’d be lying if I said my adventures in blogging have been all satchels of gold and roses. Because they definitely haven’t. Not by a long shot. No matter how little or seemingly insignificant the post, that’s me you’re reading on your computer screen. It’s my life unfolding. My heart that’s sometimes breaking. My laugh that’s often a little too loud. It’s scary when you sit back and think about it and any other blogger will surely agree.

I’ve had my freak-outs, been made fun of, been completely misunderstood, and received comments and emails so unbelievably cruel they brought tears to my eyes. Most of these incidents I have kept to myself, but everyone caused me to pause and question why I ever started in the first place.

But then the other side steps in …… I start thinking about the people I’ve met -the amazing bits of inspiration that have been sent my way – how much I’ve grown from my blogging. I start thinking about how even though I don’t know a majority of you in person, I deeply cherish the bond which has formed between us. You are all a part of my life now. And you always seem to turn things back around to satchels of gold & roses. And I’m very grateful for that. And I don’t think I say it quite often enough.

So yes, four years ago I did jump down the rabbit hole, with eyes wide open and plummeted into chaos. And when I do eventually make it out I will be changed. And I know this …..  because I already am.

~ Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here with me. ~

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sassy starter: the rabbit hole

Posted in circus, Sassy Starter

Question:  How does a girl who falls, no actually jumps eyes wide open, down a rabbit hole, plummeting into chaos come out unchanged?

Answer: She doesn’t.

 – Brittany Murphy as Stacy in Little Black Book

Any questions?

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When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way