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11 Things a 2-year-old taught me about life

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What I've learned about myself from my toddler

I have been a human girl for 40 years, but it took another human girl — a 2-year-old — to teach me what I needed to learn.

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1. Strength comes in all shapes and sizes, even from a size 2.

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2. If you look hard enough, wonder is everywhere

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3. Take the time to find your happy — one that is just yours.

This took me a while. I always felt guilty. But, now I run and I write a food blog I am really proud of. I don't apologize for it either. Mostly.

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4. When possible, cook as though it is your last meal and listen to music in the kitchen.

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5. Give yourself a break. Having a bad day is different than being a bad person or parent.

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6. Be curious.

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7. Cry. Sometimes the only thing to get the stains out is salt water. And then laugh.

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8. Not every "rule" applies. Follow your gut and trust you know more than you think.

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9. It is too much to ask of a single person to be everything you need, that's why we have friends and family and Google.

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10. Poo washes off. Literally and metaphorically.

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And one more...

11. You are a wonderful work in progress and it wouldn't hurt you to see yourself through her eyes once in a while. She thinks you're amazing.

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