Sometimes it is my best friend’s job in life to tell me to breathe. 

Today is one of those days.  For some reason things culminated this morning.  It started with my smallest dog eating two baby bunnies right in front of me while I was trying to save the nest. 

I do not do well with bad things happening in nature and especially to baby nature so this was horrific for me.  Let’s just say I would have never made it on the farm. 

The rest of the nest is fine, I have relocated and I believe momma bunny has found them and they are still alive and doing fine.  Whew.

But something else happened this morning that really hit me on a personal and professional level.

My best friend lives in another state and being a big ol’ corporate girl and single mother of two teenagers, she is an extremely busy woman.  Most of our communication comes throughout the day in texts.  I sent her a very brief message about this incident and her response was this:


I kept repeating that word while I was working through the issue.


I had to make myself take deep breaths when I started to get upset.


I have done what I can and now I am waiting.


I know in that one word what she is telling me.  Relax, take a deep breath in and release it.  Release it all.  Have you done your best?  Have you given everything you can in the upmost manner with the best of intentions?  (Yes)  Then breathe, let it go.  There is no longer anything you can do to affect the situation. 

With the simple act of taking a deep breath in and releasing it slowly you physically allow yourself to release the situation. 

Let it go.

Bad things happen.  Mean people suck. Life is a balance of the good and the not so good.  Without the not so good, how would we know how good the good really is?

Things happen that are out of your control.  Then there are times that you do have a measure of control and it is just not pleasant.  You will get through it.  You will learn something from it.  You will survive it.  You will have a better day.

All you can do is your best, with the best of intentions, and then let it go. 



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Brand Strategist and Career Coach

Certified Professional Resume Writer


I’m a Quitter

I will admit it; I have quit at many things over my lifetime.  I’m not done, either.  I am a quitter. 


I quit playing Horse with my son the day he could dunk.  That was just no fun anymore, well, it was for him.


I quit in relationships.  When I felt I was having the life sucked out of me, I quit. 


I quit jobs when I outgrew them.


I quit taking myself for granted or putting myself on the bottom of the list.


I quit trying to live up to other’s expectations.


I quit ignoring the little things around me.


I quit beating myself up with my failures.


I quit; over and over again, I quit.  This has led to a much healthier and happier life.


I am proud to say I am a quitter.


My son and I found other interests that we could enjoy together and continued to have great family time.


I was able to allow people who brought value into my life and have healthier relationships.


I learned new skills, grew in my abilities and increased my ability to add value to my clients.


I learned how to say no, take time for myself and grow stronger emotionally, mentally and physically.


I set my own expectations and learned to appreciate the uniqueness of myself.


I learned gratitude for all of the blessings, large and small in my life and the blessings increased and expanded.


I learned that each failure was actually a lesson; an opportunity for growth. 


We have such negative associations with words, isn’t it time that we break those rules?  Stop looking at seemingly negative events and actions as life-ending, catastrophic measures.  Perhaps if we could just change our perspective just a bit we could see that these events and actions are actually positive.


I quit on the things that no longer served me, that held me back from being able to be the best person, friend, mother and professional that I could be.  Those are the things that I quit. 


So yes, I am a quitter, and I am a better person for it.


Lisa K McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach & Brand Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer