Meredith’s Thirteen Lessons of 2013

by Meredith on December 31, 2013

This has been a SUPER busy year.

I was a guest on Katie Couric’s dumb talk show, where her “people” jacked up my hair.

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I traveled the country and taught business people about the best practices in social media and recruiting. That was pretty awesome.

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I said goodbye to Human Resources, and I quit firing people for a paycheck.

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I began selling cars. As it turns out, I’m not half bad at it, and it’s a lot of fun. I even show up to work on time now.

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There was even a weird part of the year where Shaun and I contemplated if we still liked each other. We almost called it quits, but that’s a story for another day. The good news is, we are stronger than ever.

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Needless to say, I’m totally exhausted. This has been a roller coaster of a year.

I’ve said it before, I only learn lessons the hard way. After all, I’m human, and it’s hard to navigate a year like this without learning a few hard lessons. So let’s take a  look at 2013, and hopefully these lessons will make me better human in 2014.

1. My husband is my best friend. I am his best friend. When we put each other first in all things, our house is in order.

2. Sometimes no one understands what you’re doing, or why you’re doing it. Do it anyway if it feels right – even if people tell you you’ll fail – or that you’re a “whack job”. 

3. FOLLOW YOUR MORAL BEACON. SLEEPING AT NIGHT MATTERS. GET PAID WHAT YOU’RE WORTH. DON’T STAY BECAUSE IT’S COMFORTABLE. CHANGE IS GOOD. 

4. Being on drugs is not a bad thing, no matter what Katie Couric says. Just ask my new boss. He reminds me to stay medicated. Daily.

5. The people who hate you the most are probably jealous of you because you: a) are more likable, b) succeed at whatever you do or, c) have better hair. Make them dead to you. They are a cancer in your life.

6. Happiness is contagious. I can easily make people happier anywhere I go. Sadness is also contagious. I can easily spread sadness, too.

7. Biting your tongue is overrated. 

8. You find out who your friends are when you’re having a nervous breakdown on your kitchen floor.

9. People want to laugh. If you can make people laugh, do it. Laughter is an easy way to forge new friendships and close down $60,000 deals.

10. Date nights are important. So have a pocket-full of date night babysitters. 

11. People will eventually show you their true colors. Sometimes those colors are poop brown. And that sucks.

12. Never write an article about how white privilege is exaggerated… when you’re a white girl.

13. Sometimes you have to let go of things like titles, salaries, and responsibility to find your happy self again.

What lessons did you learn in 2013? Are you glad it’s over? Or did you have a great year?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather

Just thought I would let you know that your big leap this year (#3 & #8) has been a piece of my reassurance this year. I think that’s the cool thing about the internet and blogs- we never know when the words we write and what we share about our lives can change someone else to take action. So thanks for sharing and being a part of my “take action”.

Here’s to 2014!

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Meredith

Sometimes, we all just mentally break down. I am glad the internet pulls us together to get through our crap to move forward to happier times! GOD BLESS AL GORE!

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Heather Bailey

Haha, Meredith, you make me laugh. Keep doing it. Very valuable lessons. You had a great year, and should feel proud of yourself. Like I am pretty sure you said before, haters gonna hate. Not that I love that term, but makes sense. I have a very strong desire to want everyone to like me, to a fault sometimes. And it is a pretty hard lesson to learn that you can’t make everyone like you, it is just not possible. But I agree that you have to hold on to those who are your friends, make them a priority (and not just your husband, which I learned this year). I don’t want to lose friends because it is sometimes hard to make time for them. And TOTALLY agree with the drugs. I have family with mental illness, it is NOT a way to abuse medication, that is just silliness. There IS such a thing as chemical imbalance in our bodies, and some of us just need to control that with medication. It is science, people, SO F-U KATIE COURIC haha (or her writer’s, not sure who is exactly at fault?). Keep rockin 2014, cuz you are awesome, and you deserve it :-)

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Meredith

Another great point, not everyone is meant to be your friend. You cannot make everyone like you. It’s impossible. So do what makes YOU happy! And keep people close who want you close.

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Heather Bailey

Agreed! It is even hard to keep those close that I want to keep close though… especially when they move far away :-( Our little friend group keeps having a hard time finding a time to align our schedules and meet up…

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Kate

Great lessons!!!! I learned (experienced) this year to leave my comfort zone and move away from my family for a job. The job didn’t work out and I moved back to my home town, but I didn’t think that I liked it there anymore, do I’m glad I had the courage to leave for awhile. I’m glad to know I’m where I’m supposed to be now, even if it means I’m on the hunt for a job again.

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Meredith

That’s a GREAT lesson! I think we all have to walk away sometimes to figure out where we need to be.

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Robin

I’ve learned more lessens this year than I care to share and while they were all necessary, they were all learned the hard way. I’m paraphrasing some comment I’ve seen all over the place lately that captures my feelings most accurately: I’m staying up until midnight tonight, not to welcome in 2014 but to make sure 2013 gets the f**k outta here!!

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Bill Boorman

Lots of love for Soleau, and I still need you to come to london, even if you sell cars and dont fire people

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Charissa

I love this post. You’re a doll. Thanks for sharing your world! It’s always inspiring to see a fellow career focused wife and mom doing her thing.

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Nuala Reilly

Sometimes you post exactly what I need to read exactly when I need to read it. Thanks Meredith. You are very appreciated.

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Erin @ Miss Lifesaver

For the record, I think your hair looked great! ;)

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Yvonne

Meredith for President!

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