Friday Favorites

Today’s Friday Favorites is going to be a bit different from the ones I’ve done in the past. Instead of products, let’s get a little deeper in to what’s really important. Here are some of my favorite things in life that I can’t help but have a little extra appreciation for these days.

  1. People with integrity
    I highly respect people who follow an ethical code. Those who don’t cut corners, go behind people’s backs, or ask others to do their dirty work for them. I appreciate those who own up to their mistakes, not because they have to but because they know they messed up and it’s the right thing to do. Those who clean up their own messes and don’t throw others under the bus. These are the type of people I want in my life.
  2. People who respect other people and expect to be respected
    I admire people who treat others with respect, but also have enough respect for themselves that they expect to be treated fairly, with courtesy and as an equal – people who don’t settle for anything less. Everyone is worth something, and you should never settle because you think this is the best you can get. People who respect and love themselves inspire me so much because they just seem to demand the same from life and draw in love and light, and good, kind people.
  3. A healthy work environment
    This is so important. Companies can be so different – some have all the amenities you could ever want, but they work their employees to death, some have great leadership but don’t recognize hard work and don’t pay or promote fairly. Some even lie and cheat, or scrutinize everything their employees do. Who wants to work in a company like that? You spend about 1/3 of your life at work – so you should damn well enjoy it and at the very least not dread every day of it.

    I appreciate companies that care about their employees. Those that give them the space and flexibility to have a good work-life balance and promote health, recognize their workers for their hard work and successes, support them in difficult times and don’t try to micromanage them. Trust is key, and if your employees feel like they are being watched every 10 seconds they are going to stress out, burn out, and not have any motivation to do their work at a very high level, if at all. I think more companies need to relax and remember the human element of life, be kinder, more compassionate and more appreciative.

  4. Memories
    Memories can be painful, yes, but what would you do without them? Without the memory of the way your grandma used to pull you in and give you advice? Without the memories of all of the crazy times with your childhood best friend? Without the memory of the day you decided to have a baby and the day that baby was born? Memories give us something to hold on to, look back on and smile, and to even pass on to others later in life. Memories of the moments that made us who we are today are so important and we are so lucky to have minds that can remember these things, or write them down somewhere to pull out and share with our grandchildren. I am so grateful for my memories, even though sometimes it hurts, the deep meaning and lessons learned far outweigh the pain.
  5. Supportive Partners
    Some of us are still looking for a supporting partner, some of us already have one, or several, and some of us have one but don’t know it. Your partner could be your mom or dad, your sibling, best friend, husband or wife…but without their support, where would you be? There are many times in our lives that we need someone to bounce ideas off of, talk through a messy situation, help us with a project, pick up the slack or pick us up when we are in pieces on the floor. I am grateful to have many supportive people in my life, especially my husband these days.

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What are some of your life favorites? I’d love to hear down in the comments!
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

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