15 Lessons I Learned From My Dad

10 Things I Learned From My Dad - The Calm Collective

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As some of you may know, I lost my dad in December of 2013. It’s been quite the journey learning how grief works – having it melt away for a little while and rear it’s ugly head the next, almost making it hard to breathe.  Father’s Day is always a difficult time, but I’ve learned to celebrate quietly in my own little way. To take pride in the lessons he taught me for the 28 years that I had him.  Some people are just born to do things – play baseball, to be a leader.. My dad? He was born to be a father.  I miss him every single day. I couldn’t be more proud to be half of his make-up, to have his eyes, his hands, and so much of his personality and drive.

Here are 15 lessons that have stuck with me that I learned from him.

  1. Learn people’s names. Remember them. It matters.
  2. When you give out hugs, squeeze.  You release more love that way.
  3. Don’t deny your sweet tooth.
  4. Nothing is free.
  5. There are better things to talk about than other people.
  6. Think Big, Be Big.
  7. Embrace your sensitivity. It’s a beautiful thing to be soft.
  8. Handwritten notes can last forever. Write more of them.
  9. Be humble. Always.
  10. Something can always come from nothing.
  11. Speak with purpose.
  12. Never settle for anything less than great big love.
  13. An independent, strong woman can move mountains.
  14. Treat yourself.
  15. If you don’t know the answer, go look for it.

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