Real Friends

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By Katie Corbett

As I enter a new season of my life, I am finding it important to evaluate which people are my true friends and which are acquaintances. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed it gets harder to make new friends because people have busy lives. This is especially true if they move away, get married or have some other relationship change, or if they have kids.

 

When I do take the time to meet new people, I like to evaluate whether they might become true friends, or if they will remain acquaintances. There is nothing wrong with having acquaintances. These people can be fun to do things with every once in a while, and you might see them around at events and it could be nice to have people to say hi to.

 

True friends, while harder to find than acquaintances, are totally worth the investment, in my opinion. I recently made a list of the qualities that I am looking for when I make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

 

I encourage you to think about the qualities you are looking for in your friends. Do you want them to be reliable? Is it important that they understand and accept factors of your identity or life situation?

 

Have you made a list of criteria for evaluating whether someone might be a true friend? What happened? How did it help you? I would love to find out, so feel free to leave me a comment!

 

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Qualities of an Ideal Boss

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By Katie Corbett

This week, I have been thinking a lot about leadership. I have realized that as I’ve gotten older, it is easier for me to be led by people who have personality types that I had found difficult to work with in the past. I think this is because I have thought a lot about the qualities that make a supervisor ideal for me, and I will not work for someone unless they display those qualities. For me, they are:

 

• Self-aware: I enjoy working for people who are aware of not only their strengths, but the areas in which they need to grow.

• Motivated: I work best under people who are motivated to see a project through to the end.

• Goal oriented: I work really well under people who know what needs to be done and have goals and benchmarks set to get us there.

• Vulnerable: I excel under people who can be vulnerable, and who can allow others to be vulnerable, about their failings, feelings, and frustrations.

• Encouraging: I perform my best under people who are encouraging and supportive.

 

I encourage you to think about the qualities that make an ideal supervisor for you. In order to make that list, are there some examples you can point to in your life of people who can lead well?


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The Power of The Perfect Question

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By Katie Corbett

 

Last night, I was chatting with one of my friends about a past situation in my life, and she asked the perfect question. I won’t share what it was because of the personal nature of the situation, but it got me thinking about how important questions are to our growth and development. I came up with this list of questions you can use to ponder what question you need to be asked most. (I know, a list of questions about questions; so meta!)

 

  • What is the question you most need to hear right now?
  • What one question has had the greatest impact on your life trajectory?
  • What question would, if answered, help you determine your next action steps toward a better future?
  • What question do you wish someone would ask you?
  • What question has come up repeatedly throughout your life?
  • What is the question you hope to answer by living your life?
  • What question could help you become the best version of yourself?
  • What questions do others ask you to help them answer?
  • How do you feel about questions? Love them? Hate them? Indifferent?
  • What is your best method for answering questions? On paper? By pressing record and verbally processing? By quietly reflecting and then bouncing ideas off of friends?

 

The question I was asked last night has the promise of leading me down a journey of self-discovery. I hope the questions in your life do the same for you, and that you have people who can ask you the hard ones.

 

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Remember in December, Part 5 of 5

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By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2021, I’m switching things up! I love to learn. I’ve come up with a list of 31 categories and reflected on what I’ve learned about this year in each one. If you decide to do the same, I hope this category list enriches your reflections and helps you learn more about yourself and your experiences.

 

  • Travel
  • My differences
  • Food
  • Writing
  • Hobbies
  • Fun
  • Myself

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

 

Remember in December, Part 4 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2021 Calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2021, I’m switching things up! I love to learn. I’ve come up with a list of 31 categories and reflected on what I’ve learned about this year in each one. If you decide to do the same, I hope this category list enriches your reflections and helps you learn more about yourself and your experiences.

 

  • Work
  • Vacation
  • Goals
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Dieting and nutrition
  • Teamwork
  • Planning

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

 

Remember in December, Part 3 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2021 Calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2021, I’m switching things up! I love to learn. I’ve come up with a list of 31 categories and reflected on what I’ve learned about this year in each one. If you decide to do the same, I hope this category list enriches your reflections and helps you learn more about yourself and your experiences.

 

  • Learning
  • Habits
  • Dreams
  • Success
  • Marriage and romance
  • Networking
  • Time

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

 

Remember in December, Part 2 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2021 Calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2021, I’m switching things up! I love to learn. I’ve come up with a list of 31 categories and reflected on what I’ve learned about this year in each one. If you decide to do the same, I hope this category list enriches your reflections and helps you learn more about yourself and your experiences.

 

  • Family
  • Faith
  • Career
  • Business
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Creativity

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

 

Remember in December, Part 1 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2021 Calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2021, I’m switching things up! I love to learn. I’ve come up with a list of 31 categories and reflected on what I’ve learned about this year in each one. If you decide to do the same, I hope this category list enriches your reflections and helps you learn more about yourself and your experiences.

 

  • House and home
  • Money and finances
  • Friends

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

 

 

Remember in December, Part 5 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2020 calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2020, I’m switching things up! I’ve come up with a list of 31 questions, and used them to reflect on this previous year. I hope they enrich your reflections as well.

 

  • In which ways do you hope 2021 is different from 2020?
  • What is one thing you are looking forward to about 2021?
  • What is one new thing you hope to learn in 2021?
  • How will you work to improve?
  • What is one habit you would like to break in 2021?
  • At the end of next year, what would you like your life to resemble?
  • What word will be your theme for 2021?

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers:

Remember in December, Part 4 of 5

Katie Corbett holds a 2020 calendar

By Katie Corbett

 

For these last weeks of 2020, I’m switching things up! I’ve come up with a list of 31 questions, and used them to reflect on this previous year. I hope they enrich your reflections as well.

 

  • This past year, what have you learned about yourself?
  • What hobbies have you tried or resurrected?
  • What did you accomplish that makes you happy?
  • What new habits did you form to enhance your life?
  • Where did you see the most growth personally?
  • What is one action you plan to take in 2021 to keep growing as a person?
  • What is something you planned to do throughout 2020 that you are going to recommit to or continue with in 2021?

 

Do you have a favorite year-end reflection question? Leave it in the comments. Listen to the audio for my answers: