Nicole Bensen

Letting go. It’s not in my control.

Last week I promised I would share some ideas to help with awkward or challenging interactions with family or friends that sometimes pop up around the holidays.

And how better than through visuals? (Click on each image to see the author/source.)

Have an aunt who asks why you don’t have a boyfriend? Or a different job? Or a house with a white picket fence? Don’t let their definition of what you “should” be doing influence your life’s timeline:

Don't measure your life with someone else's ruler.

If you have someone who says something along the lines of, “I’m just being real. I’m just being myself. You have to accept me for being me.” Remember this:

Tweet explaining why saying "I was just being myself" isn't an excuse for disrespectful behavior.

If you find yourself in the middle of a heated conversation (politics, anyone?), try these tips:

Graphic of jar holding conflicts

Need some one-liners to say, “No”? Click through these 8 ways to say no without apologizing:

Link to 8 Ways to Say No Without Apologizing

As my wise mom always says, you can’t make everyone happy:

People-pleasing graphic.

Along those lines:

"Too many people spend their lives being dutiful descendants instead of good ancestors." - Adam Grant

And my personal favorite of all of these is remembering what’s in my control:

Understanding what is in and out of your control.

Any of these resonate with you?



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