9.4.17 Just a Little Like Audrey

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“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

This Friday I will be turning thirty-five. I am not ashamed to admit it (though in my math mind I readily recognize it is half way to seventy). I am happy! If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you know that I adore birthdays, mostly because I believe in the power of wishes, of goodwill, and of love – all of these things happen on birthdays, and somehow leave me feeling infused with positivity.

Somehow, this year, both my mother and mother-in-law, have bought me gifts that revolve around the one and only, fabulous, Audrey Hepburn. One of the presents my mother sent me early was a boutique book about style, featuring Audrey on the cover. A day earlier, my mother-in-law had given me an Audrey-inspired lace dress, high-necked and sleeveless with a silk bow in the back. How both of these women knew I’d need to feel “Just a little like Audrey” on this key birthday, I’ll never know, but I’m certainly glad they did.

Inspired by their gifts, I’ve been watching my favorite Hepburn film, How to Steal a Million, reading about her iconic fashion sense, and skimming her best quotes. But do you know what made her best of all, worthy of praise and recognition? She had a true heart for love, for showing emotion to those who needed it, and for giving genuinely. Dedicating much of her life toward being a UNICEF Ambassador, Audrey replaced her film career with volunteerism. She is noted as having said, “Success is like reaching an important birthday, and realizing you’re exactly the same.” She was humble. She was gracious. She was a classy, intelligent lady.

More than any other year, in this last I have pushed myself as a writer. I have blogged, guest blogged for others, published poetry in magazines, went to conferences, submitted novels to agents, and began more than my fair share of new endeavors. And yet, here I sit … waiting. My son asked me today, “Hey mom, you have one book published and a bunch of magazine stuff, but when are you going to get another book published?” When indeed my dear!?! How is it that we humans are SO good at doing, and SO bad at being? Ambitious and restless, I find that I revert so quickly back to, “Where am I going?” that I rarely look back and appreciate where I have been.

And this is why I think this year’s birthday wish is to be a little more like Audrey. She reminds us that, “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives – the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” Just now, I’m going to believe that she was right, and this is true. I may or may not get published again in the coming year, but I know my passion will continue to light the path of my words. I most certainly will earn myself a few more smile lines (wrinkles) and a few more strands of silver in my hair, (that I will promptly highlight, thank you very much) but I will also take time for long conversations and lingering hugs just because.

This year, I will nurture my best-self. I will polish my soul to shining. I will guard my faith. I will raise my head high and smile at the “what ifs” to come. I will laugh. I will wear dresses. I will step (in heels) toward those who need me. I will wear my heart on my sleeve, and hold the hand of whoever needs mine. I will be, just a little, like Audrey.

All my love darlings,


9 thoughts on “9.4.17 Just a Little Like Audrey

  1. Happy early birthday! 🙂 I, too, recently turned 35, and I can’t begin to tell you about my lifelong admiration for the incredible AH. The reminder to ‘just be’ has been coming up for me very frequently as of late, and reading your post is serendipitous. Thank you.

  2. Happy Early birthday darling soul! I’m turning 30 this year myself and found each word of this passage hitting my heart. It is so important to just be. To allow life and love to be seen and felt and not rush anything. Time moves so swiftly already. Sending you giant hugs and massive love for your birthday ahead! ✨✨✨

    • Well you must tell me when so I can join in the dance of the heaven’s celebrating you!!! I will do my best to “be” this year! This moment! As I stay up way too late writing of all the important imaginings of my heart! I am somewhere between here and Neverland, and I think among the in-between of real and make-believe is where we all belong! Dance with the stars tonight friend! And make-a-wish while you’re at it!

  3. Happy Early Birthday. Such wise words. I am at the other end, and although not yet 70…getting close. Cannot believe how that has happened. HA!! The mid to late 30’s are such a wonderful age I think. You are beginning to become what you want to be, beginning to realize what is important and what is not so much, and learning to enjoy the things in life without too much fuss. All of you enjoy this decade. Each one gets better and better.

  4. As soon as I saw the name Audrey I knew I had to read this post of yours. I already knew you meant Audrey Hepburn before reading the post.
    I was very blessed some years ago to meet Audrey in person, more than once. Got to spend some time with her. She was truly a very humble and kind woman. I will never forget the gift of time with her and her partner/manager/soul mate.

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