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celebrate & encourage

A friend once said to me, “It only takes one minute to make someone’s day,” referring to how simple it is to send a quick text or email to a friend, and how much of an impact that little act can have. Think about it. How loved do you feel when a friend remembers to ask you about how a difficult meeting you were worried about went, or tell you happy birthday, or even, let you know why you’re awesome? It totally makes your day!

Inspired most recently by the waitress I met in Rhode Island, I want to be the kind of person who celebrates and encourages others. I admit that I haven’t been the best at this over the past couple years. I’ve forgotten to send birthday cards, neglected to congratulate friends on new jobs, and even missed a few thank you notes. Shameful, yes, but sadly it’s true.

So often, girls can become each other’s enemies. We can get it into our minds that we will feel better and more worthy if someone else feels worse or less worthy. But the truth is, we’re all on the same team. Rather than ignore or compete with each other, let’s encourage each other and affirm one another’s value.

Although I’ve been majorly slacking on my personal correspondence for far too long, I’m ready to start fresh in 2012. Number one on the to-do list is to make a master calendar of everything important: birthdays, anniversaries, graduation and wedding dates. From there, it really only takes a minute.

What small steps can you take today toward celebrating and encouraging the women around you?

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4 Comments

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    Milena Gruber
    January 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    That’s awesome and I couldn’t have said it better myself! That’s actually something that I really would like to start doing myself this year so thank you for making me feel that I’m not alone in this area haha

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    Anabel Gonzalez
    January 2, 2013 at 1:36 am

    this is something that i have thought about in the past, but reading this post makes me want to make it one of my new year’s resolution! thanks Natalie :)

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