My 2012 Word of the Year: Education
I wanted to share a brief list of what I learned and hope that you might be able to learn a thing or two from my brilliant friends as well. If I don't mention you in this post, don't take offense- I most likely learned something from you that might be too personal to post online (yes, I do have a filter on occasion...).
The Loving No
I am a yes person. Always have been and probably always will be. To a fault. An article that my friend and fellow 30Second Mom writer Dr. Christina Hibbert penned really hit home. She introduced the term "loving no" to me, and I have been trying achingly hard to incorporate it into my life. I was blown away that by the simple fact that you can say no in a loving way. Thanks Christi! To read more about this mind-blowing concept, check out her article on Achieving Balance.
Old Friendships and Belly Laughs
Family First- This Means You Too!
I met Elisa All through 30Second Mom this year. When she and I sat down a while back, she shared her vision of a company where family came first and where women could learn from each other. As many of you know, corporate America doesn't often subscribe to that same set of beliefs. Her faith and trust inspired me to continue to forge a career of my own, on my own terms. She is such an inspiration with all that she has accomplished on the business end in addition to being such an integral part of her children's lives. Family comes first, you included!
The Supreme Court Rulings & R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
I have a group of two friends that I lovingly refer to as the Supreme Court or SC (I don't even think they know this, but they know who they are). Whenever I have a problem that drives me batty, I send a group text to get their take on it. The request could be anything from what to wear under yoga pants at the gym to dealing with a personal identity crisis. These gals don't tell me what I want to hear because, well, they know that doesn't do any good. I learned one of the biggest lessons from them this year- you deserve respect from everyone in your life. If someone isn't treating you with respect, it is time to respectfully put it to rest.