Posts Tagged ‘Fabulous’

Be fabulous and don’t let any one thing ruin your life.”
~ Kylee Halko,

Awesome advice, don’t you think?  Especially when you consider it was offered by a seven-year-old who suffers with Progeria.


Kylee with her parents and Barbara Walters.

For those who might not know, Progeria is a rare, fatal genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Signs include growth failure, loss of body fat and hair, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocation, generalized atherosclerosis, cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke. Children with Progeria die of atherosclerosis (heart disease) at an average age of thirteen years.

Kylee’s life is certainly not what most of us would consider the optimal circumstances to be fabulous.  Most of us encounter far fewer obstacles and look forward to a much brighter future. Yet too often we are unable to muster the energy to be fabulous. Why is that?

How many times do we unnecessarily allow one failure, one disappointment, or one unexpected detour ruin our entire life?

Well, maybe not our entire life, but certainly affect things for far too long of a stretch. We moan and complain and exclaim to anyone who will listen how “Life’s Not Fair!”  Okay, I’ll give you that — life isn’t fair. So what?

Why do we let the negativity and stress and ugliness take control? Why do we feel compelled to become just another victim of random circumstances?

If you don’t like what you’ve been handed, why not recycle it into something else? You can if you want to — changing your present starts with changing your attitude.

How about just being fabulous regardless of the madness swirling around you?  Determine to rise above and be your very best self — in spite of what is being thrown your way, or what the future looks like, or what the doctors say. Why not embrace an attitude that is exceptionally good, marvelous, and superb? Laugh at your unfair life.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.

We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our attitudes.”
[Charles Swindoll].

Whatever life hands you, be fabulous in spite of it!


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“When I went to art school, that’s when I got fabulous” [Christian Siriano].”

While reading through a magazine the other day, I came across the “fabulous” quote by Siriano, a former Project Runway winner. I really liked it.  The designer was always a bit flamboyant for my tastes, but this quote struck a chord with me.

I started thinking about when I got fabulous.  I think it was the year I turned 40.  What a year that was, and it kicked off a string of great years.

I lived through the big hair of the 80’s and the weird looks of the 90’s. I adopted a corporate attitude in the early part of the new millennium, and business casual toward the middle of the first decade.

But it has been within the past couple of years that I’ve really come into my own, became comfortable in my own skin. Felt confident speaking out. Pulled MY favorite color from the box and started creating.

Said, “yes,” because I wanted to. Replied “no,” without regret. Took chances. Let the phone ring unanswered.  Asked forgiveness more often than permission. Pushed back. Interrupted the interrupters. Demanded answers. Allowed others to live their own lives with the freedom I enjoyed my own.

And somewhere along the way, I got fabulous. ( Just saying it makes me smile.)

If you follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while,
waiting for you,
and the life that you ought to be living
is the one you are living.

When you can see that,
you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss,
and they open doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
~ Joseph Campbell

When did you get fabulous?

Don’t sit there and say fabulous has passed you by. Don’t you dare point to the piles of laundry and the dishes in the sink and the messy desk and say that your fabulous-ness has expired. Lies!  All lies!

You are amazing, astonishing, almost impossible to believe.  That’s what you are.  Oh, yeah! You’ve got fabulous written all over you.

You got fabulous the day you decided to believe in yourself.

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.”
~ Marianne Williamson

Whatever you are, be a fabulous one!


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