05 December 2014

5 Tried & True Life Lessons

This week has been…interesting…to say the very least. It’s been a random mixed bag of some good, some not so good and some things that are just downright puzzling and disappointing but such is life. We all go through the seasons of ups and downs. 

Having said that, this week has really challenged me to draw on a few life skills and lessons that have pretty much proven themselves to be true in my 38 years of life that I thought I’d share them with you all today. Nothing too earth-shattering but certainly things to ponder.

ONE | Despite the horrible bill of goods we’ve been sold as women and mothers living in the world today, you simply can’t do, be and have everything in all ways all at once. Something, maybe many things, will suffer in your life. The key in managing this is knowing what is important to you and feeling confident in your choice of what your priorities are. For me, Michael and Chickie will always be first. There is just no room for negotiation on this so anything that interrupts that focus has to go or be put on the back-burner, at the very least. Sadly, there will always be people who don’t understand or respect this but at the end of the day, their opinions aren't eternal to your destiny. People’s choices to be in your life or not have no bearing on your life's purpose so KEEP. IT. MOVIN.

TWO | It has taken me learning this lesson the hard way many, many times over but there is a HUGE difference between having friends vs. acquaintances. The sooner you learn the difference between the two and apply the knowledge in your life, the better off you will be. And when you do find those rare friend gems, love them, nurture them and appreciate them. Having good friends you can depend on in this life is worth its weight in gold.

THREE | Very simply: When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.

FOUR | Everything you think you know in life will probably change and that’s okay. Change is the only constant in life. How ironic and some-what reassuring is this?! When you learn to try and go with the flow and ride the waves of life, the trip is a little easier to handle.

FIVE | It isn’t always going to be easy, acceptable to others or popular but there is no greater joy or contentment in life than simply being who you are (And making no apologies for it!) while giving others the freedom and acceptance to do the same. Never compromise or waiver on the core beliefs that make you who you are. Even if your voice shakes, always stand up for what is right. Offer grace to others but even more so, to yourself because really, at the end of the day, we’re all focused on the same goal: being the best woman/mother/spouse/friend possible.  

What life skills have you learned over the years that help make your days easier? 

Have a great weekend, friends. I hope to be back to regularly scheduled blog programming next week but in the meantime, make sure to check me out on one of my most absolutely favorite blogs EVAH, Wife Mommy Me, on Monday. Stephanie is a lady after my own heart and I’m pretty sure my sister from another mister. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to do a "Getting to know" post for her readers.

Happy weekend!



Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Courtney is a published author, mom, taco enthusiast, and a Star Wars and Tennessee Volunteers fanatic. She's never met a piece of sushi she didn’t like and enjoys an amazing glass of wine and a great cut of meat. You can read more of her wine-induced, sleep-deprived adventures on The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy.


  1. One of the biggest things I've learned through several (sometimes hard) life lessons is when to simply let go. Let go of things that hold me down or back, let go of fears, let go of people whom I thought we friends, let go of so much. While there is still a lot I could probably say good-bye to, letting go has been such a big and important lesson.

    Loved this.

    Hope you and the family have a fabulous weekend!!

    1. Yes, that's a GREAT one and totally very very true! I often have to remind myself to "Let go and let God." Thank you for the kind words, friend. Heart you.

  2. Life is so much easier when you are yourself and you focus on what's important to you. but it's so easy to forget when things get hard. Thanks for the reminder. Oh and superwoman nonsense needs to stop. it's insane. no one is "super" just the best you can be that makes you happy should be enough!

    1. You couldn't have said it any better. The sooner we all are satisfied with ourselves, the happier we will all be. Love your comment. XO