One of the greatest things I’ve discovered while getting older is that it’s always more beneficial for us as humans to keep our emotions in check in any given situation. I don’t know about you, but in my twenties and thirties, this wasn’t always simple. I wore my heart on my sleeve and exclaimed my emotions from the rooftop. With time and experience, we can learn to strengthen our confidence, dignity and grace. We believe that we are the most important person in our lives and must always come first. If you don’t treat yourself as your number one, your world has a chance to crumble at the seams.

I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I have class, that I’m a classy woman, and I’m not trying to stand on a high horse by sharing. It makes me feel proud when I’m complimented in such a way. It’s right up there with my quiet confidence that a colleague commented on in my previous job. These are quality traits allowing me to live a life that is on point with these standards. I credit a great portion of this to my upbringing. Being brought up in a well-loved family is a blessing. We’re extremely close to this day.

You may feel the same way I do in that I take moments to look around and feel grateful for the positive and good I’m surrounded by in my life. For all of the good, there will be challenges. No matter the road you’re on, no matter how people may be trying to bring you down, no matter how hurt and disappointed you feel when you learn that someone is not at all who they say they are, and no matter how unbearable your broken heart, have class. You’ll never regret holding your head up high.