My New Definition of Success – Alice from The Brady Bunch

Posted by on Sep 09 2009

Success doesn’t mean the same thing to me today as it meant 10 years ago.

I don’t want a fancier house or a fancier car. I don’t want scads of jewelry. I don’t want to collect gold fountain pens. I’ve already been to 42 out of 50 states, been to Paris twice, and to England 37 times (my husband is British, so we visit often, both for business and for pleasure.)

So what would show me I’m successful? A housekeeper.

Not a cleaning lady (we have one already), but a real, old-fashioned housekeeper, like the Alice character from The Brady Bunch.

Someone who makes all the meals (with fresh, organic products, of course!), does the cleaning, the shopping, the errands. Someone who makes the vet appointments and takes the car for inspection. Someone who reminds me that people’s birthdays are coming up and makes a killer lemon meringue pie. Does all the laundry — including putting it away — and has a personal relationship with an ironing board.

NOW I have a new image to for my Vision Board!



9 comments for now

9 Responses to “My New Definition of Success – Alice from The Brady Bunch”

  1. Beth FlaridaNo Gravatar

    Hi Karyn,
    Sounds wonderful! I need to make an addition to my vision board. Thanks for the idea!
    Beth Flarida

    21 Sep 2009 at 5:24 pm

  2. Evakarin WallinNo Gravatar

    Why a women? why not ask for a good looking young man who loves to do these things. Then you will have something nice to look at also 🙂

    I actually did this once, tried to find a picture on the internet and it always came up cleaningladys, no men. so I took a cleaninglady and put a beard on her to make it look like a man. I did not intend it to but the result came up as my boyfriend at the time. Funny I think.

    22 Sep 2009 at 12:14 am

  3. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Now that’s creative thinking, Evakarin! I wonder if my husband would agree to a “houseman”?

    Funny story about your picture with a beard. Maybe there was something about that boyfriend that he didn’t want to tell you. 🙂


    22 Sep 2009 at 4:59 am

  4. Ali RodriguezNo Gravatar

    This hits home, Karyn!

    When developing my first Business Plan, one of the bullet points was “House-Keeper Fund”, then “Cats Fund”, “Travel Fund, “Fun Fund”, etc., and it became a huge incentive to create a “Vision For Success” plus I firmly believe it belongs in a business plan!

    LuV this post.


    22 Sep 2009 at 6:10 am

  5. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    Well, you KNOW I always approve a “cats fund!”



    22 Sep 2009 at 6:50 am

  6. Ali RodriguezNo Gravatar

    Nothing beats a good old-fashioned business plan where things that really matter…are actually in it! Cats and all.

    You know how I feel about the creation of all things that maters to each and everyone of us. Success does not come in “One size fits MOST” – 🙂

    22 Sep 2009 at 10:16 pm

  7. Diana SchneidmanNo Gravatar

    I’m on my second marriage. We each have 3 children from our previous marriages. Together we have 3 boys and 3 girls. We say that we are just like the Brady Bunch but without Alice.

    yes, everyone needs an alice.


    13 Dec 2012 at 6:28 pm

  8. Karyn GreenstreetNo Gravatar

    I think you should write a book, Diana. “Everyone Needs An Alice.” 🙂

    14 Dec 2012 at 10:09 am

  9. CarolynNo Gravatar

    For the two years I lived in the Philippines we had a live in “house girl”. I totally recommend it!

    26 Dec 2012 at 12:20 am

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