“You can use the difficult times to shore yourself up, to prove to yourself you can handle anything, or you can lament your bad luck and cry in your soup about life being unfair. One is productive, and the other, is most certainly not.”
Despite it being a politically sensitive time, Settle For More was first on my must-read list.
Side note: I hinted (more like slipped the book into our cart during a weekly Target trip) to my husband that Megyn Kelly’s autobiography would be a Christmas gift. This wasn’t an option.
Lo and behold, we’re a week away from Christmas, and I’ve already read it, cover to cover.
Contrary to popular belief, Kelly is admittedly nonpartisan. She shared a snippet from her college journal, where she pondered, “Am I a Republican or a Democrat? I seriously don’t know.”
In her book, Kelly takes the reader through her childhood. “Kelly family honesty” is frequently referenced, and is used as the theme throughout the autobiography. She writes that her parents never sugar coated anything, and their brutal honesty about her strengths and weaknesses ultimately formed the foundation on which she built her success.
Kelly discusses how being bullied changed her relationships with people, and how she had to work on slowly breaking down the walls she subconsciously built because of it. She shares the heartbreak of losing her father at only 15 years old, her drive to pursue a career as an attorney (which she later realized was not meant for her when she started fantasizing about breaking a bone, just to get a few days of rest), and her unhappy marriage to her first husband. All of which lead her to settle for more.
Once Kelly dedicated her life to being the best version of herself, she found that the pieces started falling into place: she quit her high-powered job at Jones Day – to start at the bottom of the totem pole in broadcast journalism, she and her first husband divorced, and she finally started opening herself up to more fruitful relationships. Over the course of ten years of hard work and diligence, Kelly is where she is today. She is remarried with three children and a well-known anchor of a prime time show on the number one news network in America.
Not all that glitters is gold, though. Kelly also discusses a year filled with turmoil, the time in which she calls “The Year of Trump.” She discusses the oddity of going from reporting the news, to being the news. She recalls the strength it took to stand by her journalistic code, regardless of the outcome. Then, as if “The Year of Trump” wasn’t enough, she shared her thoughts and position in the Roger Ailes scandal.
The reason I am such an advocate for Settle For More is not political or fan-based. I truly believe that Kelly has an open and objective view on life. Her book empowers women (and men) to never settle for less than they deserve, and how to face adversity with grace and wit. Settle For More reinforced to me the importance of striving to be the best version of myself – in my marriage, in my career goals, and in my friendships. I truly do believe in the power of “settling for more” and not allowing the hiccups in life to control your world. Get up, keep going, and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can achieve.
Thanks for reading, and if I don’t post again before, Merry Christmas, everyone! Enjoy your time with friends and family.