Lead, Parent, Reflect

40 THINGS

40 things over 40 years that stay with me and matter most right now.

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For Ava + Carson

Choose courage over comfort.
Your ability to be resilient changes everything.
Live and love with the long-term perspective in mind.
Humility is rare and beautiful.
Make self-care a priority.
Forgiveness will set you free.
Self-compassion first.
Find the humor in everything.
Be flexible.
Make time to do the things you love.
There’s freedom on the other side of acceptance.
Focus on strengthening your top two strengths, not on where you are weak.
Quality of life is determined by the quality of your questions (Tony Robbins).
Go outside more often.
Call your mom.
Energy is contagious, spread the good kind.
Ask for help, you weren’t designed to do it alone.
More heart, less hustle.
You can’t take others where you aren’t willing to go yourself.
Listen to understand + listen more than you speak.
Plan for a day with pj’s, coffee, a good book, and bad food.
Learn to enjoy your own company.
Move and care for your body, it will determine the capability of your mind.
Traditions are treasures, protect them.
Those you spend the most time with will have the greatest influence on your life, choose wisely.
Read often.  Be a teacher and a student, we never stop learning.
Dance. Dance. Dance.  You can never be too old or too cool.
Pause to praise people.
Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
Nothing is worth closing your heart over, ever.

You’ll never be alone, Jesus goes with you.
Ambiguity is often perceived negatively, take time to create clarity.
We become what we repeatedly do (Stephen Covey). Be mindful of your habits.
Invest in comfortable, good quality pajamas.
Create and make stuff.
Give people what they need, not what they deserve.
You can do anything you want, just not all at once.
Time has a way of changing things, stay open.
There is wisdom in both the experienced and beginner perspective.
Motherhood (parenthood) will change who you want to be in this world, lean in for the adventure and discovery.

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