Written by Carissa Abazia

I have made it a habit to write down any lessons, quotes or pieces of advice I come across that seem relevant and valuable. Why?  If we take time to reflect on actionable wisdom and advice, we have a greater opportunity to become wealthier, wiser, happier, and more grateful.

In light of my birthday tomorrow, I would like to share some of the lessons and quotes that made it to my notebook. Some I wrote down years ago but am only beginning to understand now.  This upcoming year, as a thirty-three year old confident and fierce woman, I hope to not only remember these principles but also to better apply them to my life.

  1. You don’t have to like everyone, and you don’t have to feel bad about it.

  2. You are not designed for everyone to like you. Just like yourself.

  3. Be the bigger person.

  4. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how you really feel.

  5. You are the sum of your five closest people.

  6. Happiness is the most attractive quality.

  7. Thou shall not project unto others.

  8. Kindness is invaluable.

  9. Building a book of business takes time, energy, and money.

  10. Honesty is the best policy.

  11. Empower others.

  12. Act now – someday is today.

  13. Don’t apologize if you have nothing to apologize for.

  14. People project, so don’t take things so personally.

  15. Live your best life.

  16. Call your parents, and tell them “I love you.”

  17. Politics in business is a real thing.

  18. What you fear most is what you should be doing.

  19. Confidence is the magic ingredient.

  20. Avoid debt.

  21. Be disciplined and consistent.

  22. Great work takes time.

  23. Listen to people when they talk.

  24. Pay attention to how people make you feel.

  25. Find a man that makes you feel safe, secure and loved.

  26. It’s okay to be single in your thirties.

  27. Avoid time and energy vampires.

  28. You cannot control other people.

  29. The less you need, the more you will have.

  30. Accept your flaws.

  31. You can learn something new everyday if you pay attention.

  32. Text less – and don’t text after two glasses of wine.

  33. Make sure to follow Rule #32.

Happy Birthday, December babies!


Thanks for reading!

Carissa Abazia