Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy birthday, Martha!

Today is Martha Stewart's 68th birthday. Happy birthday, Martha!

This cake was made for Martha at the Bedford Post, an inn co-owned by Richard Gere. You know, George Clooney made me a birthday cake once. It was chocolate with buttercream frosting. He messed up on the roses, but I told him it looked fine anyways. George gets really touchy about those kinds of things.

From Richard Gere, and chef Brian Lewis of the Bedford Post on Twitpic

Okay, George Clooney didn't really make me a cake, but wouldn't it be awesome if he did? Sigh.

Anyways, Martha's birthday has given me a lot to think about, and thanks to my week off, I had time to think those thoughts. Deep thoughts. Walk with me for a moment through Martha's earlier life events:

Martha fun facts
Born in 1941
Married at 20
Had a child at 24
Became a stockbroker at 26
Became a stay-at-home mom at 32
Started her catering company at 35
Published her first book (Entertaining) at 41

Now, let's compare my life to Martha's. We don't match up in terms of when we got married or had that first child, but I do see a unique window of opportunity for me to become more like Martha...she started a new career when her child was two, and had her own business at age 35.

Do you see where I am going with this?

My Little Guy will be two in a few months, and I'll hit 35 in a few years. And having my own business (though I'm not exactly sure what) is a dream I've had for many, many years. And I think it's time. Time for me to get serious about what it is that I want to do with the next 30 years of my life, and time to start taking steps to make it happen.

It's amazing what a week of deep thoughts and extra sleep can do for a person. That, and being inspired by Martha's example, have motivated me to finally take that first step. It's a good thing!

Thanks, Martha. And happy birthday!


Jamie said...

Martha is 68?! Holy Moly, I didn't realize she's that old! I hope I look that good at 68! I'd like to start my own business too... I'm not sure what I'd do, but this 9-5 is getting old! :)

Chicagolandia said...

I'd love to start my own business - either a bakery or a beaded jewelry shop. Though I dreawm of seeing my cookbook finally published. By the end of this year, I hope to have 500 original recipe drafted!

Anonymous said...

I admire anyone who aspires to entrepreneurship. I think you'd be fabulous with organization/life coaching. I'm glad that your week off gave you time to reflect on What's Next. Don't worry about comparing your timeline to Martha's- don't forget that she's done prison time, and that is not something we want to add to your list, m'kay? Love you, L