Dolly Parton is my Guru

Posted: Oct 21 2016

Dolly Definition

*source: Urban Dictionary

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Young Dolly Parton

Most girls have a Dear Diary, I had a Dear Dolly.

Growing up on a farm in Southern Saskatchewan

Dolly Parton was seemingly everywhere.

Being a fan of Dolly Parton wasn't a choice,

it was a way of life.

 

Needless to say, I was beyond excited when my amazing friend,

Alyx surprised me with Dolly tickets for my birthday.

We went, we dance, I had an epiphany and all is Dolly. 

 

 

LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM DOLLY:

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1) ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE 

Dolly came from a family of 12 in a little town in the smokey mountains. Her family often didn't have enough to eat. Nevertheless little Dolly followed her dream to become a professional singer songwriter.  She started writing and performing at the age of 9. Practicing every day on the farm and when her siblings would no longer listen to her, she would perform for the farm animals.

Dolly Parton is a living example that no matter where you were born, no matter what your family situation was, anything is possible.

 

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 "The magic is inside you. There aint no crystal ball."

 Dolly Parton as a Child

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2) FOLLOW YOUR OWN UNIQUE DREAM

Dolly is very candid about her surgically enhanced appearance. She said she wanted to look as beautiful on the outside as she felt on the inside. Her idea of beauty was inspired by a woman from her childhood small town....

"My look was inspired by the town tramp. I thought she was absolutely beautiful because she looked like a movie-star to me, she had piles of bleached hair, red lipstick, nails and cheeks and high heel shoes."

 

Dolly's looks are a major part of her brand and her worldwide recognition. She a reminder to stay true to your unique dreams, even if your dream is to grow up looking like the town tramp! Who knows how your dreams will weave into your life story.

 

"My boobs are fake, my hair is fake, but what's real is my voice and my heart."

 

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Dolly parton in red Through the years

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose."

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3) DONT GET SO BUSY MAKING A LIVING THAT YOU FORGET TO MAKE A LIFE.

AMEN DOLLY. This is one of my favourite Dolly'ism.

 

Make a list of your most favourite things to do on this planet. Then circle the ones you do every day...every week? Every month?

 

When I made my list I realized I wasn't doing any of the things that I love to do because I was "too busy" <insert eyeroll>

I now make a concentrated effort to prioritize the activities that make me feel alive.

Thank you Dolly.

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Dolly in the 80's 90's and Today  "If you see someone without a smile give them one of yours."

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4) NO LIMITS

I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.

Dolly Parton plays multiple instruments, has composed over 3000 country, bluegrass and pop songs + founded an amusement park + acted in numerous hit movies + started a literary program.... 

Don't listen to anyone who says you can only do one thing with your wild and precious life. Be multi passioned. Be you. And by all means, start a namesake amusement park.

 

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Dolly Partons words of wisdom inspired a necklace in The Kindness Collection

Dolly Parton Quote Inspired Necklace

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 4) If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.

I've taken a few entrepreneurial courses & this question is often posed: what value does your business offer? Admittedly I didn't have an answer beyond, "My business just offers jewelry." 

 

Here comes the epiphany:

In Dolly's live show she spoke of how performing for people and making them feel good started as a simple dream, that grew into a big life. The gift of lifting people up, making them feel better, has given her immense joy. She realized that was the real value of her musical gifts. 

 

And then I realized: I offer value beyond 'just jewelry'. My jewelry makes people feel good!  Eureka! Giving and receiving Sweet Harriet jewelry makes people feel great! Our jewelry is a representation of connection; tiny moments of shared joy. Wearable reminders of love and support. Oh my goodness, now that feels GOOD! 

 

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Dolly Parton Diary

 "You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try."

 

 

Dear Dolly,

Thank you.

love SARAH 

 

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