This is Ten

This is 10

My Maddie turns ten today. I’ve been reflecting a lot over the last few days about how much life has changed, how far we have come as a family, and how much we have all grown. The other night she was sitting in the back of the studio helping me unpack some handbags.  I caught a glimpse of her out of the corner of my eye, sitting casually amongst our inventory, and I couldn’t help but start to cry.  I was filled with gratitude, and also overwhelmed with relief.  I am so relieved and grateful that everything worked out, that I didn’t mess our lives up when I started the business, and that she’s been with me every step of the way.

I met so many of you when I was pregnant with her, going to events and meetings, networking as much as possible up until the last week before she was born. The time, as it tends to do, went by in a blink. I keep walking around my house saying, “How do we have a ten-year-old?!”

Maddie is the kind of kid I would have loved to been friends with when I was growing up, but I’ve never known anyone quite like her. She is hilarious, goofy, with an incredible imagination and an equally brilliant mind. She’s an odd and endlessly entertaining mix of Jack from Will and Grace and Hermione Granger. It sounds crazy, but if you know her, you know it’s true!  One second she’s singing show tunes, the next she’s killing it in her Literary Circle Jeopardy at school or reading a 400 page book in one night.

I’m constantly impressed by how diligent she is with her school work, her love of reading, her quick wit, how she takes care of her sister (when she’s not torturing her), but mostly her open mind, and open heart. There’s a purity to her that makes me stop and see the good in the world. I am endlessly proud of her,

The one thing I never expected when I became a mother was how much my kids would teach me. If I could share one piece of advice to my friends with little girls at home, it’s to stay open. Raising our girls to be strong, smart, kind women, who are not afraid to show up in their life wholly themselves isn’t always pretty.  It’s easy to get our egos bruised, or fall into the idea that parenthood is a dictatorship.  We’ve all done it.  But I’ve realized that more often than not, it’s my daughters showing me how to be a strong, smart, kind woman  and my most authentic self. If you stay open, your girls can be some of your best teachers. It’s an amazing gift.

I don’t believe I ever would have this business if it weren’t for Maddie. I wouldn’t have the same convictions, passions and certainly wouldn’t be the woman I am today were it not for her influence on my life. I hope one day she reads this and knows that not only is she beloved and adored, but she healed my soul a bit and every day helps me live my very best life.

Happy Birthday, MK. xoxo

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Happy Birthday Maddie! Our children do inspire us. I’ve had my practice 14 years because of my little(now taller than me) guy. Wow Megan she looks like you but I can see reflections of Brian as well. Time flies to fast!!

  2. Happy Birthday to your lovely young lady!

    My oldest will graduate from high school in a few weeks. It’s safe to say that from 10 to almost 18 has been the kind of fast I can’t really fathom. Barely a blink. Enjoy her. The teenage years are wonderful, if you believe they will be. Thanks for reminding me how far my daughter and I have come since she was sweet ten!

    🙂 Kristen

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