All too often we are faced with challenges that make us realize maybe we have bitten off more than we can chew. These are the moments when sisterhood saves the day. From the most trivial issues, like should I wear a different top with these pants or the more life-changing issues like how should I respond to a particular family crisis, it has become more and more evident to us that this life isn’t meant to be navigated alone. The fabulous Coco Chanel once said that “a woman should have ropes and ropes of pearls.” Of course, we believe that literally, but we also believe that pearls of wisdom are a woman’s best accessories.
Cut to the sisters…blood related or not, almost all of us have our select group of sisters that we know to call on when we have lost our way—when we have lost our pearls—they are there to lend us their own pearls and get us back on the road to fabulousness.
Sounds mushy right? But we actually have research to back it up! Research out of Harvard and UPenn has demonstrated that people perceive those who seek advice as more competent than those who do not. Sooo…asking others for their pearls of wisdom makes you appear smarter! We’ll take it!
We are so lucky that there are seven of us to bounce ideas and issues on a daily basis. We are constantly seeking advice from one another and sometimes getting unsolicited advice too (we won’t name names!) The true beauty of a sisterhood is that you can discuss and ask nearly anything, without fear of sounding stupid. Sooo… since you are joining in on our sisterhood journey, we wanted to share some of our pearls of wisdom with you, for you to keep in your arsenal for those days you’ve lost your own. Keep reading for a taste of the 7 Charming Sisters most cherished pearls.
Paula Charming: Classy Chick
~Your happiness is a choice. Everything else is just a perspective.
~Take responsibility for the things that happen and don't happen in your life. Everything is the result of your choices or lack thereof. Your situation won't improve until you do.
~If you truly want something that strongly, don't give up. Persistence is key.
You can tell she is the CEO!
Donalda Charming: Social Butterfly
~Always have a plan B.
~Don't apply a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
~Never envy anyone, you have no idea what their journey is like.
(pictured below: Donalda and her mother, who often provides her with wise wisdom)
Jennifer Charming: Fashionista
~Be a person of your word, be honest and reliable. Your words become your guarantee to your integrity. Do not compromise what you believe to be true for yourself in spite of what friends, the crowd or anyone else says.
~Have friends from all walks of life, A clique becomes a bore. Don’t expect much from most people and you will not be disappointed.
~Every experience we have is given to us to learn from. Even the most painful and difficult times have a gift hidden within.
Jessica Charming: Sexy Nerd
~You can do anything (and don't let boys take things from you).
~Make your own happiness because you're the only one you have for life.
~It is okay to fail, as long as you learn something from it.
Kimmie Charming: Life of the Party
~Build a life around memories and experiences, not things. Things grow old and break, memories last a lifetime.
~The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will point blank not like you. The world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. They are your people. You are not for everyone and that’s OK.
~Don't stress over the little things. You've already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don't let the past drag you down or the future frighten you.
(pictuted below: Kimmie's grandmother, mother, and sister who always contribute 'pearls of wisdom')
Melissa Charming: Super Mom
~Treat others as you want to be treated.
Kimberly Charming: Girl Next Door
~What leaves you feeling bad, do less of. What leaves you feeling good, do more of.
~Don’t miss the sun today worrying about the rain coming tomorrow.
~The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
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