I feel like a year has passed in just a few weeks! It's been crazy and hectic and chaotic (they all mean the same thing, right?) and I have to make sure to catch my breath every now and then.
I've learned organization is wonderful! I am definitely not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person. I want things planned out. I want to know my schedule ahead of time. I don't want any surprises or unexpected distractions. But during all the scheduling with everyone's activities, I make sure there is time for myself as well.
I've learned communication is key in EVERYTHING!!! I can't stand it when people ask me about something I'm supposed to know, but in fact, don't have a clue what they are talking about. That is so frustrating!!! One reason my marriage has been so great is that we've always communicated with each other...the good, the bad, and the ugly. We don't make any decisions without talking about it first. That needs to be the same way in every relationship. Talk to people and don't leave them in the dark. If someone should know something that is factual or involves them, tell them.
I've learned nobody really wants to hear your opinions. As much as it's important to communicate, your opinion is not always one of them, unless you're asked. Too often has an opinion been stated to only cause anger in others. So, I'm learning to just not give my opinion. Better to keep it to myself than cause hurt feelings.
I've learned being a person of your word holds so much value. It's not fair to those around you if you tell them one thing but then never stick to your word. Making excuses all the time will lower people's trust in you. They will no longer rely on you or even believe what you say. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
I've learned being unique is the greatest characteristic one can have. I tell my kids all the time to be their own person, have their own thoughts, and don't always follow the crowd. I don't ever want them to do things simply because other people are doing them. I want them to do things because that is something they want to do. The way they dress, act, things they listen to or watch (age appropriate)...I want them to make their own choices about these things. And as much as I tell them these things, I need to apply it to myself as well.