Caytie and Gran at the Rangers baseball game

6. 5 lessons I learned from my Gran [Podcast]

If somebody asked you to name a person in your life who has played a huge role in making you who you are, who would you name?

For me, the answer is pretty simple: Gran.

Photo of Caytie as a child standing between her grandparents

We are going a little off script today to celebrate the fact that my grandma is a total badass. That’s right, I said it. And I bet your grandma is a badass, too! (Please, if you can, go call her. I know that she would love nothing more than to hear from you.)

I’ve been thinking a lot about Gran recently. A few weeks ago after a trip to the hospital for what Gran feared was a stroke, I broke down in my car. I was overwhelmed with the fear that I might lose her.

There aren’t a lot of people in my life who have played a bigger role or taught me more than Gran. And even though I haven’t always been great at taking her advice, I have realized that most of the truths, lessons, and values that I use to guide my life and my career have come directly from her. In this episode I share five of them, including this one:

“You don’t have to tell everyone everything you know, Catherine!”

(I know, I know. The irony of including this IN MY PODCAST is not lost on me. I told you I wasn’t always great at taking her advice.)

Sometimes, I need encouragement that only Gran can give. Gran is someone that I call when I’m just about ready to give up. She has lived a long life–one that, like many of ours, hasn’t always been easy. When I’ve reached a place that I don’t think I can keep moving forward, I call her and ask, “Gran, how do I do it? How have you done it?”

“Just keep going. One day at a time. One foot in front of the other.”

And that’s the message I want to pass on to you in this episode: a simple lesson to just keep going.

One day at a time, badasses. One foot in front of the other.


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