My birthday (it's like a month of celebration here between visits from my mom, dinner out with friends tonight, traveling to see friends next weekend) has me feeling introspective and thinking about what people in my life have taught me.
They aren't all profound, and not everyone's lessons are on the list...
In no particular order:
From my sister: Your hair is the accessory you wear every day. Don't skimp on haircuts or try to do them yourself.
From Brad: Strength, in its most tenacious form, isn't physical.
From Shannon: You can raise a thoughtful, loving, well-adjusted, intelligent child without sacrificing, or even stagnating, your career.
From my father: You can be gregarious, outgoing, and loud without being rude. As such, you may stick your foot in your mouth from time to time, but if you tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said. Be a decent human being.
From Gwen: Sometimes it's not WHAT you say, it's how you say it. It's not enough to be right. You also have to be kind.
From my brother-in-law Tom: Even if you feel torn between two courses of action, when all is said and done, you'll never regret taking the high road.
From my mom: You can do it all and have it all- travel, work, own your own home, raise a family, go to graduate school- you just can't do it all *at the same time.*
From Nanny: Be a career woman, go to Atlantic City with your girlfriends, and don't get married until you turn 30. ;)