Grow, Nikki, Grow!

August 10th, 2010

After reading the headlines on the cover of ┬áthe new issue of Oprah’s magazine, I can hardly catch my breath. There’s just not enough time to:

* Meditate and Lose Weight
* Clean Up a Mess of Debt
* Transform Your Look, Luck, Life
* Get a Great Job in 3 Steps
* Find Out What Wonders You Can Achieve

Between fulltime work, worrying about my family and counting points on Weight Watchers, I’m already pretty busy. But this month, Oprah is practically jumping out of the cover in her eagerness to give my life a makeover. I wish she would step back a pace or two from the camera. I know her enthusiasm is supposed to be “empowering,” but sometimes it feels a little Calvinistic. Perfect thyself! Make progress! Pull yourself up by your own underwear! With Oprah, there is always a new guru to follow, a new exercise plan, a new Aha! moment, a new thing to know for sure. There is no rest for the unimproved in the world of O. Of course I want to Grow, to become the best possible version of myself that I can be, but what if I’m always the KMart version of myself instead of the Neiman-Marcus Me? Part sow’s ear, part silk purse? A little lazy, a little selfish, a little prone to self-doubt. I know I will religiously read all “178 Inspiring Ways to Change Things Up” in this issue, and I’ll mean to try them, I really will. But most likely I’ll take a nap, skip spinning or read some Jane-Austeny novel instead of Eckhart Tolle. It’s what I know for sure about myself.

10 Responses to “Grow, Nikki, Grow!”

  1. I get tired just looking at that list……sheesh. I’m with you. I’m gonna just be me for awhile. Recently I have children and grand child living with my husband and I. This has been a fabulous opportunity to have some quality time and I’m thinkin, that’s enough. Some days I don’t do a very good job of pulling myself up by my big girl panties but hey, no one is perfect and this family is sure learning to embrace that concept.

    Come on over and I’ll shake up some cosmos and we’ll sit out back and watch the lizards run around the garden.

  2. gloria says:

    I don’t have time for Oprah. All she does is talk about weight gain. She loses it, gains it, loses it, gains it. Sheesh. forget about that. I too will be just me. So I’m 20 25 pounds over what I should be, heck I can lose that if I really tried, but I don’t worry about it. I exercise every day. Yeah, I’d rather have a Margarita and kick back in the backyard and not worry about weight gain. have a great Wednesday. Bye now.

  3. ~Kristina says:

    This post should be broadcast on CNN. Thank you for telling it like it is.

  4. nikki says:

    I’ll have a Margarita too, with some sea salted chips.

  5. I picked up that issue at checkout, scanned the cover, flipped through it, and said, “Thanks but no thanks.” Not in the mood for attending the Church of the Holy Oprah.

  6. jpm says:

    You need to send this to “O” as a letter to the editor. Perfectly said.

  7. Hey Nikki! Are YOU OK?!! I see YOU have some flooding in your area! I was there believe it or not last July eating at the King Street Grille and where is the VooDoo Lounge?! I went there too one night to hear a cuban band! hehe LOVE their CD! My daughter used to teach at James Simons(sp?!!) on King Street! and lived on Harbor View Road!

  8. nikki says:

    Such incredible storms but my neighborhood is fine.

  9. Elana says:

    LOL! Thank you! How succintly put. And…t r u e. It’s enough to make you want to just throw in the towel…Too much self-helpy stuff at once is a recipe for stress and overwhelm. And that’s one thing I know for sure about me. Love your blog! And Frida is my fave, even tho she was crackers…I have 2 shrines of her in my house ; )

  10. claire says:

    you make me smile.

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