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When I was in Miami, I found myself sitting in a conference room with 100+ people who work in higher education doing social media, brain fried from learning and lack of sleep, and reading some random blogs on my iPad. And I stumbled on an interview with Jeni Britton Bauer in Food & Wine Mag, which I included in my last Sunday Thoughts post. And sometimes you're just in the most random of places, doing something you do everyday, in the right mood, and something hits you. And a quote from that interview hit me square in the face as I sat in that Conrad Hotel conference room.

"Your life is yours, and it's going to suck sometimes and be great sometimes. It's going to hurt so bad that you want to turn around and crawl into a hole. It's going to be so high and wonderful that you will wonder how to keep it there (and you'll fail at that). You'll make mistakes, but you won't ever give up—not because someone gave you that advice, but because it's way more fun that way. And you're good at it."

I've been spending a good amount of time by myself thinking about the changes that I've made in my life in the past year. Has it been amazingly high? Absolutely. Has it also had low points? Of course, every life does. But sometimes you just need a smack-in-the-face reminder that you need to feel a little low sometimes to fully be able to appreciate how good the highs are. You need to feel a little low to grow stronger and push through it. You need to feel a little lonely to know how good people can be. And you need to make mistakes so you can learn and move on. 

And sometimes you need the smack-in-the-face reminder that a perfect life couldn't be as fun as the one you have.