Tuesday, December 13, 2016

truth {tuesday}

Do you listen... Do you really l.i.s.t.e.n to people? I was once told that I didn't listen... After hearing that I was beyond confused and yes slightly offended. How could that be true? Of course I listen... That's stupid I listen like crazy! That was the old me reacting because I was offended and hurt... I'm a very sensitive person. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Hey, we all make mistakes and we're all not perfect... We are human! But being able to stop what you are doing and recognize something that has been pointed out to you, is a gift. Not a lot of people will actually stop and try and change for the better. My philosophy in life is everyday is a new day... New start and a new chance to grow from our mistakes and our observations. You have a choice! I have changed in so many ways in the past few years that it's beyond crazy... In my personal life and in my business life. 

For example I'm more attentive in my design meetings and observe so much more when I'm with my clients... Not saying I still don't make mistakes {I'm human}, but I'm more open to listening harder! Notes do help! 

Trying to figure out what someone wants for their home is truly an art... Listening and watching every move a client makes is key. I had a meeting with a client yesterday that really opened my eyes up in a good way. I've been in this industry for over 17 years and i'm still learning. I think making mistakes and owning up to them with a client is the healthiest and most positive thing a designer can do. Its shows them you're real! So I make a promise to myself at every new meeting I go slower, I observe  and I communicate more so that hopefully nothing is misconstrued. Sometimes we're presented with these lessons so that we can grow in all aspects of our lives. 

So today just listen! Stop what you are doing and listen to your surroundings, your friends, your co-workers... Your family! Just listen. You don't have to have an answer right away. Think about it before you speak. Plus, if you get a text or an e-mail... Read it slowly {don't get offended and react to the text}. Listen to what they have said? As my father once told me, you need to sit on the other side of the room and feel how they feel. Its not always about you. Their is always two sides to a story... 

Let me know how your day goes... 
Did you slow down and not react?
Would love to hear all about it! 

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