Mondays with Marnie | I'm Perfect-Ish

With so much to do and so many things to juggle, I find that perfection is essentially unobtainable. (Not that I have ever been a perfectionist.) I can hear the perfectionists reading this saying, “It is possible!” I consider myself a “get it done and do it well” person. 

Being a single mom with four kids and a demanding career pretty much requires being this kind of person. People often ask me how I do it all. They will compare themselves and say things like, “I only have one kid and can barely manage.” My answer is a variation of, “I don’t sweat the small stuff” or “I take one day at a time.” What I really mean is that I am 100% fine with -“Ish” being on the end of most words and numbers. 

When I was 25yrs old and first married, we recorded all deposits and checks we wrote in a checkbook register. I had a very good grasp on how much money I had at any given time. Having waited tables to pay my way through The University of Texas, I could manage my finances better than most of my peers. It didn’t take me long at all to reconcile my checkbook. One evening, my husband asked me how much money I had in my bank account. I answered, “$500.00-ish.” I whipped out my checkbook and told him to see for himself. I had it all written down. When he opened the register and saw that I literally used “-ish” as part of a number, he almost passed out!  It looked something like this:

Depost: $1580.00

Dry Cleaners: -$20.00-ish

Gas: -$25.00-ish

Simple math. I always rounded up on the withdrawals and never rounded up on the deposits. Sure fire, bullet proof way to never be overdrawn. It wasn’t perfect but it worked. These days, I still focus on making sure things get done and never expect perfection. Sometimes I cook dinner and sometimes I cook dinner-ish by ordering Door Dash. Either way, we all eat. Do I work out a lot? I work out-ish. Enough to stay in shape but not everyday or even every week. Either way, I make sure that my jeans fit. Sometimes I get my hair colored by Ceron at the salon, and sometimes I cover my roots-ish in my bathroom when I realize I have a listing appointment in an hour. Either way, I don’t show up to the appointment with roots! Can you even imagine? LOL

If you find yourself trying to get everything perfect, give yourself a break and I promise that getting it done is just as good….

Maybe even better-ish! 


Searches for outdoor space up 230% and searches for pools up 360% since COVID-19, which is not just a passing trend, as there’s real demand for these types of homes continuing into the fall.



Journey back in time to old Bavaria as the King and Queen open the Festival season with a celebration of the best of the wurst (and the bier)! Join in the fun by taking part in the Oktoberfest costume contest or the bratwurst eating contest.

October 3 (Saturday) – 4 (Sunday)


What are Positive Affirmations?

Positive affirmations are phrases or mantras that you repeat to yourself, which describe a specific outcome or who you want to be.

At first, these affirmations might not be true, but with constant repetition, your subconscious mind will start to believe them. And eventually, these affirmations will become your reality. I start every morning with writing a positive affirmation over and over again on a lined sheet of paper until the page is full. It has been the same sentence for two years. Every few months, I have to update the amount of what I am stating because I reach that amount and realize I was thinking too small. I write it as if it already exists. My pages look like when I was made to write,”I will not talk in class” 100 times. Writing that never made me not talk in class, but maybe thats because I didn’t want to stop talking!


QUEEN OF THE SOUTH tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico.

She is a bad-ass and has a body to kill. Literally! LOL