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"I learned that hard things can be fun"



“I learned that hard things can be fun.”


This is what my 6-year-old said after summiting her first “mountain” last weekend with her dad. Along the way, she and her 3-year-old sister kept telling themselves a series of refrains:


“We won’t quit!”

“We are strong and tough!”

“We can do this!”


I loved bearing witness to these two girls learning that they can do hard things – and having fun along the way.


Because that’s what life is really all about, right? Leaning into the hard stuff, where the good stuff is found. And learning to relish in the journey.


It’s easy to lose sight of that as a perfectionist. Over time, we find ourselves shying away from hard things, fearing the failure that might result. We focus on the summit, forgetting that the whole point is the journey along the way, the fun and learning we can experience while winding our way along the twisting path.


Unwinding my own perfectionism – and helping other inspiring women do the same – is just about the hardest thing I’ve done. And the most fun.

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