I’m Not a Smart Girl but I Know What Life Is

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I am a single mom, Certified Public Accountant, Beachbody Coach, adjunct professor… and that’s just a current list. If you can think of a job, I’ve probably done it. Lots of times I get the question, “Why do you do all of this?” or “How do you do all of this?” The answer: I don’t know how to live any other way. What’s my alternative? Sitting and watching Netflix for 10 hours straight? And at the end of that I’ve accomplished nothing, learned nothing, and I’m sitting at the same place in my life that I was before. My goal every day of my life is to move forward, even if it’s one small step.

I’ll tell you a secret. I’m not that smart. It took me over 4 tries to pass the CPA exam. I don’t know how many tries exactly. I lost count. I cried. I got frustrated. I blamed everything and everyone. But I didn’t give up. The secret is that you can do a hell of a lot more with persistence and patience than you can with intelligence. The smartest person in the world won’t make it through a challenge but a stubborn person will scratch and claw their way through. And that’s what I’ve always done. I refuse to fail.

My success hasn’t been pretty. I won a chili cook off last year, remarkably, considering I just found a random recipe and threw some other ingredients with it and hoped it came out alright. I realized that this is a perfect description of my life. I do what I think is right, learn from my mistakes when it’s not, and somehow my life’s turned out alright. I’ve made epic mistakes. I’ve struggled. There’s no magic or trick to life. You just have to keep moving forward every day.

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