Smart Girls Know: How to Have BALNAS

Somewhere along the line, my family adopted a motto – a maxim to return to when times are tough, when we’re unsure of a particular decision and when the pressure of the world makes it hard to stick to your own true values. I’m going to share this with you because I really believe it can be of use to you if you choose to recall it in the future.

Here it is: BALNAS. It is an acronym for: BE A LIVER, NOT A SPLEEN. It is used as a noun in the same way “Moxie” or “Chutzpah” might be used. You’ve gotta have BALNAS. It’s not the kind of thing that is there all the time, it’s the kind of thing you conjure up when you need it, like a superpower. 

The message is clear. When in doubt, be a liver. Live your life, shake things up and take no bullshit from anyone. Wondering if you should move to a new city on your own? BALNAS! Sick of the way your boss treats you? BALNAS! Think maybe your idea for a business has potential?…B A L N A S!

It’s not really a way of life, it’s more of a good reminder to have in the back of your head. It’s a little voice of support when you need it, cheering you on, encouraging you to strive for the best. I invite you to give it a whirl.*

Are you pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down? Do you have BALNAS or do you need BALNAS? Give me an example.

*I walked out of my job today though, so take this all with a grain of salt.

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