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Thoughts on that nasty “f” word – FAILURE

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As a multifaceted woman who wears many hats and honors many titles (gah, can y’all relate?!), the one I’m most proud of is encourager.

Meet Courtney

This is it. June 24th. We’re exactly one week away from being half way to 2025. 

Seriously? Wtf. 

Anyways, it got me thinking about missing the mark. 

Halfway through the year, I think it’s natural that any of us (myself included) start to feel pressure regarding our vision, goals, dreams and desires – whatever they may be. 

I mean, we are in fact, human, right? 

And then it got me thinking about, ya know, that nasty “f” word…failure.

Which instead got me thinking about just how far I’ve come.

About all the times someone, something, someplace and yes, even myself, tried to hold me back or attempted to squash me. 

Or how sometimes, it (shocker!) didn’t work out as planned. 

But then, of course, without that moment, it *actually* wouldn’t have worked out as planned and I literally wouldn’t be in your inbox right now…

Y’all know what I’m talking about, yeah?

Like, when I got fired from my very first job. Yes, you read that right: FIRED

Or how I initially accepted a position with NYC Teaching Fellows upon college graduation and was set to teach a bilingual second grade class at a public school in Manhattan (hello dream come true!) but had to resign before I even started because I couldn’t afford the move. (My parents abruptly divorced right as I was graduating and my Dad cut me off.) 

Or that time in highschool when folks said I was too bossy…they (gasp!) thought I was a bitch. Turns out, I’m a leader.  

Or what about when I didn’t get into my MBA program? I mean, I did. But technically through the back door. I still graduated on time and with honors, anyways. 

Then there’s the unplanned c-section and the baby that went to the NICU. 

And that time the “d” word got thrown around in my marriage. Yup, that one: divorce

The truth is, there’s a laundry list a mile high I could share and these are just a few that barely scratch the surface. 

So, you ask, what’s the freaking point?

Well, we can look at where we’ve missed the mark (goodness, there are plenty!) or we can flip it on its head and instead acknowledge how far we’ve come. 

Personally, I choose the latter.

My hope for you today is that you too will honor just how far you’ve come. Hit reply on this email, I’d love to hear about it! 

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