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For our 50th post, we’re taking a look at some of our best advice from 2019 (so far)! We’ve selected some of the best words of wisdom from our past featured women from our 2019 Woman Wednesdays! Enjoy!
Our dreams can change over time. Whether they do or don’t, enjoy the ride! Life is about the journey to the destination; not the destination itself.
Katie, Madison County, New York
“In high school, I thought I would be married, making good money at a reliable job, and adopting a couple horses by now. None of those things have happened so far, and I’m actually very happy that they haven’t! I have changed course so many more times, and it’s felt very hopeless and confusing at a couple points along the way. In the course of all of that turmoil and changing directions though, I have grown immensely. The setbacks have taught me strength and opened my eyes to ideas and opportunities I would have never imagined before recently. I am always looking forward, always feeling hungry for more.”
Anything is possible. Travel is achievable.
Justine, Somerset County, New Jersey
“People always ask me how I can afford to travel as much as I do at this age. Something I’d like others to know is that whatever you want to do is possible if you really want to make it happen. I make traveling and seeing the world a priority. This isn’t to say that I spend an extreme amount of money on it either. I budget it into my expenses just like groceries. I need to see the world. And while I love my job, I always feel a constant urge to know that the world and my life is bigger than sitting at a desk or on a train. It’s always worth it, and it is totally possible!“
Don’t let fear stop you from following your dreams.
Author, Dee J. Stone
“Don’t be afraid to put your work out there. It’s very daunting at first, but it’s so rewarding when people read your book and tell you how much they love it. What makes us feel good is when we get a message from a reader telling us how she had a pretty hard day and our book made her feel better.”
Mistakes are lessons. Learning from them is key.
Jess, Howard County, Maryland
“If you have a setback in the process of achieving your goals, and you feel as though you’ve failed, take a moment to reflect on why you weren’t successful and what you can do to ensure that you won’t make the same mistake(s) again. Then forgive yourself and get ready for another try. Self-improvement is not an endgame; it is a constant process.”
Find the things that give your life meaning.
Angela, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
“Before I was an esthetician, I had a different job that I thought was my “forever” job. However, I was let go from this job with no warning and on Valentine’s Day! And to make matters worse, we were right in the middle of buying a house and getting qualified for a mortgage. At the time, I was so upset and couldn’t see past what was happening. Just a short time later, I landed the receptionist job at the wax studio, and now I am a licensed esthetician doing work I absolutely love! If I had not been let go from that other job, I never would have found my true profession, nor have the enjoyment in a job that I have now. Looking back, I can see how all the pieces fit together and it makes sense, but at that time, I had no idea. So, no matter what is happening at the moment, continue to push forward and do your very best. What seems like the worst thing in the world can be a blessing in disguise.”
Failure is necessary.
Leire H., Barcelona, Spain
“Time has made me realize that it is good to try to be the best you can be and give the very best you can, but failure is permitted. And it is failure that made me learn many times.”
Don’t change yourself for anyone or anything.
Chanel, Annapolis, Maryland
“Staying true to yourself is important in any industry. It’s easy for others to laugh or joke or not take you seriously, so try and tune out those voices. No one else is responsible for your happiness or life successes.”
There will always be choices. You are in charge of your happiness.
Amiee, Lake County, Indiana
“”What I’ve learned in my journey is that life is a journey full of hills and valleys. I used to believe that I was a victim to life’s circumstances, but what I had to be awakened to is that I also had choices in the decisions I was making in my life.”
Don’t go it alone. Show your team some love!
Tabatha, Washtenaw County, Michigan
“Having a team is the cornerstone to success.”
Focus on improving yourself a little each day.
Jessica from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
“We are human. We can only learn from that and try to be better next time.”
True happiness will be found when you step outside your comfort zone.
Sarah, Seattle, Washington
“Sports have been a passion of mine since I started playing soccer at 4 years old, and I have been coaching for 15 years. In addition to being a soccer player, I have now joined the Seattle Majestics football team to try my hand at something new. As a rookie this year, I am excited to step outside of my comfort zone, learn to tackle, and hopefully win a championship with the impressive women who make up this team.”
Make time for what you love. Schedule it, if you have to!
Ioana, Cluj, Romania
“What I would like everyone to know and apply is passion! Find something that you love doing and go for it. Take time for it, show what you do to other people, involve your loved ones in your passion. Whenever you feel completely disappointed, desperate, and that life is completely pointless, turn to that color or canvas, pot or music, or whatever makes you feel joy.”
Positivity. Positivity. Positivity.
Kelly, Toronto, Canada
“One thing I’ve learned is this: You cannot control what happens in your life, but you can control how you react to it. I think if I continued to sulk and think negatively, nothing significantly positive would’ve happened in my life. Changing my perspective and immersing myself in hope and positive thinking only resulted in positive changes in my life.”
Realize you don’t know it all. Great work takes time, feedback, and the right mindset to keep going!
Carly, Melbourne, Australia
“I used to give up on projects too early without enough feedback to see it through, and I attribute my giving up too early mostly to self-limiting beliefs. You can have the best business model and the best-looking website and great marketing strategy, but if you don’t believe in yourself first, you will fail every time. So for me, first and foremost is get your mindset right in the beginning, and set the foundations to build an amazing life for yourself and stick at it! The only way you will stick at anything is self-reliance, discipline, and self-belief.”
Use the “negatives” in your life as your fuel!
Q and A with Julianne, Hartford County, Connecticut
“It’s all up to us whether we decide to use our broken pieces as a weapon or as a crutch.”
You’re harder on yourself than anyone else is. Be kinder to yourself.
Q and A with Idoia, Barcelona, Spain
“Once you are on stage, there is this magic, that it makes you shine even though you are under pressure. If you miss a step, the key is to continue no one is expecting you to be perfect but you! It about forgiving yourself and continuing. A mistake is an opportunity to grow.”
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