100 Learned Lessons & Best Practices

100 Learned Lessons and Best Practices

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Hind sight we know is always 20/20, but it’s not such a bad thing to make mistakes IF we learn from them to not repeat them in the future.

Sometimes, the best lessons that changed and shaped me going forward came from the school of hard knocks. Today, I’m sharing my 100 learned lessons and best practices:

  1. When we get ready to move again, take the time to assess more than just the home itself, but the neighbors, neighborhood, amenities, etc., and don’t always go with the pics you see on a website, that could be misleading.
  2. Don’t be afraid to say “No” sometimes so that I’m not overworking and overextending myself. Also, lesson “B” is to not allow others or myself to make me feel guilty about my decisions.
  3. Having a healthy church home is essential to inner peace for me.
  4. Spend more quality time with family and friends. Don’t become so technical and social networked that my interpersonal social skills begins to deteriorate.
  5. If you have a calling, pursue it with all your heart and don’t get sidetracked. It’s easy to have doubt and disbelief and then go off from the beaten path. 
  6. There’s nothing wrong with being organized in work and home.
  7. Prayer worked thousands of years ago and it still works today.
  8. Be careful who you let into your inner circle, you might think a person can be your friend who turns out to be your worst enemy and the person you doubt can be your friend turns out to be your champion.
  9. In business, document everything! You never know when you might have to use it to save yourself.
  10. Working with people can be a challenge, try not to take things too personally.
  11. Just because someone I know walks past me and doesn’t acknowledge me doesn’t mean they’re mad at me, they may be in heavy thought at that moment.
  12. Don’t stay cooped up in the house, get outside but be safe and careful! A new environment gets the creative juices flowing again.
  13. When my body says “stop”, stop!
  14. Getting plenty of rest at night is important to last all day.
  15. Water, water water! Make myself drink more of it!
  16. Be careful what I say, it could come back in several ways: (a) to hurt me or someone else; (b) to over commit myself when I shouldn’t; or (c) it can be misunderstood in a way that can’t be corrected.
  17. Remain loyal to my good friends and have their back.
  18. There’s nothing wrong with romancing my husband no matter how long we’ve been married.
  19. Take time out everyday to do something special for myself.
  20. Don’t spend all day on the computer.
  21. When someone hurts me, I have two choices: (a) get mad and get even; or (b) take it to prayer and let God deal with them. I choose option B.
  22. There always three sides to every story: (a) their side; (b) my side; and (c) the truth.
  23. God is in the business of answering heartfelt, sincere prayers, be transparent with Him, He already knows anyways so what’s the use of hiding stuff from Him?
  24. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree to keep the peace.
  25. No need to complain about stuff, that doesn’t make the problem go away nor the answer to come any faster.
  26. One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.
  27. Shopping around and getting others opinions before I buy can save me not just a lot of money, but a lot of grief.
  28. Just because I could, doesn’t mean I should.
  29. Everyone needs a hobby.
  30. It’s okay to feel sad, just don’t let it prolong.
  31. Insurance is a good thing when it comes to protecting your business and home assets.
  32. Keep an umbrella in the car at all times, you just never know when you may need it.
  33. If you want respect, you must give respect…it’s earned and not a right.
  34. You can’t earn Heaven, there’s nothing good enough you or I can do to get there. It’s a gift you must receive.
  35. A scarf can just about turn any bland outfit into something incredible!
  36. A smile can change my attitude in a split second.
  37. Pray about everything, wishing for something doesn’t make it happen.
  38. The body needs exercise and so does the mind.
  39. Be thankful for every privilege I have, some don’t have a tenth of what I have.
  40. Try not to be on my cell phone everywhere I go.
  41. Church is not the building around the people, church is the people inside the building.
  42. There’s no way to hide from God, He sees and hears everything I do and say.
  43. Sometimes it’s better not to give my opinion!
  44. There are people you will come across that you can love up close, some mid-ways, and some that you have to love from a far away distance.
  45. Surround yourself with positive people, the world has enough negative folks.
  46. Money isn’t everything, sometimes it’s your peace that you sacrifice for money and it’s not worth it.
  47. Just when I need an encouraging word, The Lord brings a scripture to my mind.
  48. There’s no point in getting mad over silly stuff, it uses up too much energy.
  49. Time waits for no one.
  50. I’ve looked back, now it’s time to look forward!
  51. Instant stuff doesn’t make it quality.
  52. Don’t be in such a hurry all the time.
  53. Some opportunities only come once and never again.
  54. You can’t love everyone the same way because everyone is different.
  55. Don’t sell yourself cheap, you are beautifully and wonderfully made.
  56. Lies never help anyone, even little white lies.
  57. As long as everything I do, I do with the right intentions, I know God will always help me.
  58. When things don’t go my way, no need to get upset, God knows exactly what He’s doing.
  59. All seems right in the world after a good night’s sleep.
  60. Peanut butter and jelly sammies are still the best comfort food in the world.
  61. Rain is just liquid sunshine.
  62. I’m always thankful to wake up and face the day.
  63. My clients are important to me, without them there is no business.
  64. I like being silly every once in awhile.
  65. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff.
  66. A workman is worth his or her hire.
  67. Don’t cheapen your products by underselling them, if you do that…your customers will feel you’ve cheapened yourself.
  68. A cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind.
  69. Like a car, sometimes we have to re-charge our batteries.
  70. There’s nothing wrong with doing something nice for yourself from time to time.
  71. Make the best use of your time, cause before you know it, it’s gone forever.
  72. Relationships take so much work and that’s why God must be in the center of it.
  73. I learned that if I want my husband to do something for me, I need to ask him and not expect him to read my mind.
  74. Food is good, but don’t use it as a way to fill a void.
  75. The longer I live, the more I know I need The Lord.
  76. I have a choice in how I feel. I can choose to feel sad or happy.
  77. Bottom line is stuff happens, don’t let the stuff take over my life.
  78. God can’t expect me to be perfect, but He does expect me to give my best.
  79. Why would I settle for a C?, if I know I’m capable of an A.
  80. Reaching out to another makes me forget my own problems.
  81. It’s free to smile, but it costs heavily to stay angry.
  82. If I haven’t worn something in six months, chances are I never will.
  83. If I decide to give something, do it without expecting anything in return. If I want something in return, then don’t gift, just ask for what I want.
  84. Prayer is the best weapon against the enemy!
  85. In business, the customer is always 100% right unless the customer is someone you can never please.
  86. There’s no use in comparing myself to others, I’ll always be comparing apples to oranges.
  87. When life gets tough, LOOK up!
  88. When I need to escape, I make a greeting card!
  89. I’ve learned that in my older age, I like a FAST computer!
  90. I can start over making a greeting card, but bad words spoken don’t work that way.
  91. Life’s too short to do a job you dislike.
  92. I can be miserable all by myself, I don’t need anyone to help me with that.
  93. There’s an artist in everybody.
  94. You can NEVER out give God.
  95. It’s great to love what you do, it’s even better to make a living doing what you love to do.
  96. Every day I wake up, God gives me another opportunity to bless someone.
  97. God is good all the time!
  98. I’m still a girl at heart and I love girly things!
  99. Too many opinions can drown out God’s voice.
  100. If God brings you to it, He’ll surely bring you through it!
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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.

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