05 January 2014

Get Real Girl

I was born August 31, with a pair of rose colored glasses on. 

Mom said I was a month late and now I know why, I was being 

fitted with just the right tint of rose colored glasses.


I arrived into this world seeing all the love, goodness and joy I could 

in each day and in everyone I met.  I suppose like most glasses they 

do come in different levels of tint.  As you can see mine are the 

heavy tinted ones.  I didn't really have a choice-I arrived this way, 

sort of like a cabbage patch kid with a pre-designed outfit and birth 



Although these glasses have served me quite well for all of these 

years.  I think it is time to trade them in for a lighter shade of rose. 

Getting real for me means, accepting what is and making the 

very most of it daily.

If I am ever going to get real this seems like the year to start, after 

all I am aging, well we all are and ...I really don't want to miss out 

on all the opportunities of being real. 

I just have to share this quote from one of my favorite childhood 



"Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been 

loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints 

and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once

you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't 

understand." -Margery Williams

Get Real Girl-

1-She lives a life with gratitude not expectations.

2-She accepts where she is in life, letting go of the past,

embracing the now and has Faith in the future.

3-She knows how to laugh and find joy in the small things.

4-She is growing daily from the lessons of the past.


5-She knows that life is not perfect and that love will always 

prevail, being real, is a fabulous way to age with style.


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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. Hi Jemma, was just shutting off for the night when I saw your title pop up on my blogroll.
    Real is it for me, with a few insecurities I'm still working on at 50, but I can't be anything but myself. Laughter is a gift that I am grateful for each day. I inherited from my dad. It's key to a childlike heart.
    I detest expectations, so I'm with you 100% on this one. The only thing I expect ...and well, now draw very clear boundaries to protect my health is KINDNESS.
    Now, if only the pesky details would cooperate by painting the world in a friendly pink so we would not need to wear our shades as often. teehee
    Have a beautiful week, love.

  2. I like optimistic people! In my opinion, there's not enough of them in the world. Don't feel bad about wearing rose colored glasses. We need more people like you that can see the good in things.

  3. I'm a worrier about the smallest details, but try so hard to keep it to myself and not burden my family. I think I need to get the tint increased on my shades just a bit ;) Happy New Year Jemma! Wendy x

  4. Oh yes, being real takes a certain something. Sometimes it has been hard for others to accept me because I say what I mean and mean what I say, and it comes across a bit direct. But I can't be any other way but REAL, and I liked this post a lot Jemma, and I thank you for sharing your words. I hope I never lose my sweetness, however, because there are so many people who are harsh and bitter. You, my friend, have that same sweetness. And I think you're more real than you think. Your character tells me so. :~)


    ps I used to read The Velveteen Rabbit to my kids when they were little. I love that book.

  5. I have so much to say I want to write a book. This was better than excellent. I sent it to myself to ponder on it more. Love, sandie

  6. Jemma, I just loved this post. You are right on the dime! Maturity (aging) is not for sissies and takes tremendous courage. I have red the Velveteen Rabbit so many times to my kids when they were young. I'd forgotten the quote! Hope you week is off to a wondeef start!

  7. Being optimistic is fantastic, but you also have to balance it with a dose or reality. That's the hard part! :-)

  8. Happy New Year, Jemma!

    A fantastically thought provoking post, my friend! I think the trick is to master the right ratio of real:optimistic, an equation that certainly needs to be studied and analyzed, and perhaps the best way to accomplish this feat is by being fitted with ultra chic bifocals that focus JUST SO, and provide the perfect perspective into each view.

    Thanks for your wisdom and your own clarity of vision!

  9. Jemma, I love this post! I too was born with very very Rose Colored Glasses. The years have made the tint lighten a little, but I still see the positive in most everything. STILL I try to be practical and not naive! Hugs, Linda

  10. Hi my friend, what an interesting blog post and so much to think about. I think I often need some rose colored glasses! I will be interested to see how you develop this.
    Love ya,

  11. I like this! One of the things I'd like to do this year is worry less - to spend more time letting things fall where they may, without working so hard to manage situations, make things perfect (or my version of perfect!). I'll be following this with interest.

  12. I think i wear rose tinted glasses too. Not sure if I want to give them up just yet!

  13. I love that quote from The Velveteen Rabbit, so very true! I'm feeling more like that rabbit all the time. My husband is the one who I alway say has the rose colored glasses - he still loves me after all these years, one of my greatest blessings!

  14. Jemma, what a great post and one to ponder....I too want to become more real and authentic but a little tint in the glasses can be good.....
    Happy New Year my friend....

  15. Love the reality of your post - depth with a light hand much appreciated =)
    blessings in the journey...

  16. Very interesting post. And the quote, one of my favorites. Loved the photos and reading along. The glasses slip, they slide, they get changed ... that's all part of getting real in the long run. Sometimes painful run and yes, the rose-colored glasses can distort things. Oh well, "Get Real" as you say. ;) Enjoyed thinking along with you. Happy Pink Saturday!


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