3 Life Lessons I Learned From My Sister This Year If you follow me on social media or have been reading my blog for some time, you know that my sister Maya is not only one of my best friends, but a blogger & entrepreneur as well. As her older sister (I'm six years older than her), it's hard to not look at her as the girl who used to ask me how to be cool in school. But today on her birthday, I want to celebrate her being cool in life. This past year is easily the closest we've ever been. So, I'd like to share the 3 things she's taught me about life this year.

IF YOU DON'T EXPRESS IT, DON'T EXPECT IT

Maya and I would fight a lot in the past because I expected her to treat certain situations like I would. But what I learned after a tearful heart to heart is that if I don't express it, I shouldn't expect it. Whatever you want from someone - even if it's you sister - should be clearly stated in the beginning so everyone's on the same page. Honestly, we haven't had an argument since.

[bctt tweet="If you don't express it, don't expect it."]

INVEST IN YOURSELF

It's no surprise to me that my sister is on her way to making six figures by the end of the year. She has invested SO much into herself. From email marketing software for her business to personal branding coaching, she has gone above and beyond to take herself and her business to the next level. It's a no brainier to her. She doesn't even flinch when it comes to that type of sacrifice. Her success is inevitable because of the investments she's made and she is certainly reaping the benefits.

[bctt tweet="Investing is necessary to succeed."]

LEARN FROM EVERYTHING & EVERYONE

One of my favorite things about Maya is how open she is to learn from everything & everyone. For some people, looking at others' success is daunting, but for Maya she's always open to the possibility of becoming better. She gets excited about other people's success - especially when they're in her industry - and questions things she wants to know more of. Even in temporary defeat, she steps back ask "how can I make this a victory?"

You're one of my favorite people in the entire and you deserve anything you want on your birthday today. I love you, but most importantly I like you. Happy 25th birthday, sis!

[bctt tweet="Your sister thinks you're awesome @mayaelious."]