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35 Reasons Why Sisters Are the Best Friends

35 Reasons Why Sisters Are the Best Friends

A best friend is a gift in life, but sisters share an unmatched bond. Even when the world seems like it’s working against you, your sister is always there for you to fall back on. She’s watched you grow up, been the primary witness to your awkward stage, and been there for all your triumphs.

Here are the top 35 reasons your sister hits the top of your best friends list:

  1. She’s someone you can confide in about family matters. She already understands and knows the pain.
  2. She’ll be there no matter what—even if the two of you were just in a fight yesterday.
  3. She’s known you longer than anyone else.
  4. She doesn’t judge you because she knows what you’ve been through.
  5. You don’t have to try to make her understand where you’re coming from, she just knows.
  6. If she’s older, she can walk you through her mistakes so you don’t have to make them as well.
  7. If she’s younger, she’ll most likely look up to you, so you’ll have a cheerleader in all your endeavors.
  8. She’s there when you need support.
  9. She’s there when you think you don’t need support (but she knows that you do).
  10. She’ll tell you the truth when you are about to commit a fashion sin.
  11. She knows when you need advice and when you just need someone to listen.
  12. You don’t have to brief her on your family’s strange idiosyncrasies.
  13. The inside jokes with your sister are always the best.
  14. You probably won’t have to worry about her going after your boyfriend (and she’ll probably tell off any other supposed “friend” of yours who does).
  15. She knows all of the songs you secretly like but don’t tell anyone about, so it’s completely acceptable to turn it up and belt it out in the car with her.
  16. She can instantly tell when something is wrong, even if you’ve only communicated by text.
  17. You don’t mind if she borrows your clothes. You know where to go to get them back.
  18. She’s the one you go to when you are having trouble with your other friends.
  19. She doesn’t care how many times you’ve both seen The Notebook. She’ll watch it again with you.
  20. She’s been there through every breakup.
  21. She can say just one word to make you laugh uncontrollably, and it’s the Wait-Stop-I-Can’t-Breathe-And-My-Abs-Are-On-Fire kind of laugh.
  22. Your “crazies” match up, which makes life just a little bit easier.
  23. She’ll immediately notice when you’ve done something different with your hair or lost a pound.
  24. She’ll push you out of your comfort zone, and even though you’ll kick and scream the entire time, you are secretly grateful for it.
  25. She’s your partner in crime, even when she knows better.
  26. She’s not afraid to tell you why the decision you are about to make is horrible.
  27. She’s the first to give you a dose of tough love.
  28. She’s seen you at your worst and at your best, and she loves you anyway.
  29. She’s you go-to babysitter for your kids (or she will be when you have kids).
  30. It doesn’t matter how far apart the two of you live, you know she’s always with you.
  31. She’ll tell you not to buy another tank top, because she knows you already have 12 in the closet. And no, it doesn’t matter how cute you think this particular tank top is.
  32. She’ll be the first to try something new with you.
  33. You can always count on her to try and talk you out of a bad idea even though you’ve never listened in the past.
  34. Her advice is always exactly what you need to hear.
  35. She loves you for you, and she’ll never try to make you into something your not.

Featured photo credit: 1 of 2 delightful girls gives a thumbs up/MikeBaird via flickr.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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