Graciously and enthusiastically accept that others will disapprove, no matter what you do. And delight in the freedom of doing whatever you know is right for you.
The sooner you understand, accept and embrace that no matter what you do, there will be someone who will not be pleased or will tsk tsk with disapproval the sooner you can get over it and continue to do what makes you happy.
“Thank you for bringing that perspective to my attention”….a loaded statement that conveys respect on the front end followed by a “shut up” on the back end. I’ve used that statement during pivotal moments in my life. Marrying my husband after dating for what others thought was a short time. Moving to another state and becoming a first time homeowner. Undergoing infertility treatments…twice. Taking time for my heart to heal after my grandmother and father died within two weeks of each other instead of focusing on a job search. Hosting a women’s conference. Writing a book. Hosting another conference. Writing a weekly blog. Planning another conference. You see where I’m going with this? If I didn’t delight in the freedom to do what was and is right for me, I would be robbing myself of joy.
Don’t let the naysayers (I’m not referring to the necessary Naysayers on your personal board of directors) and the negative nellies keep you from doing what you know is best for you. Don’t give three damns about what they have to say. Do you. Be extraordinary.