Life Lessons We Learned From Abby Sciuto

Ask for help if you need it.

1. Ask for help if you need it.

No one person can be expected to know everything, and that's okay. Abby (Pauley Perrette) knows she has a great support system if she needs help—not only do they help each other learn, but they have some fun in the process! 

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Chase after what you love.

2. Chase after what you love.

Following your heart can be scary, but it's almost always rewarding. So, whether your passion is for drawing or for animals—like Abby—make time for what you love most. 
Don't hold grudges.

3. Don't hold grudges.

Breakups and lost friendships can be hard, but you'll never fully heal if you're unwilling to let go of the past. Just look at Abby and McGee. Instead of letting their professional relationship suffer because things didn't work out between them romantically, these two coworkers chose to move forward and keep things amicable
Be flexible.

4. Be flexible.

No matter how organized and coordinated you are, sometimes life can throw a serious curveball. The quicker you accept that unexpected circumstance, the faster you can start kicking butt and taking names. We just hope you won't be pulled into a crime scene in the middle of the night like Abby!
Express yourself.

5. Express yourself.

You are your own biggest cheerleader—celebrate everything that makes you, well, you!
Get creative.

6. Get creative.

Having trouble maximizing your productivity? Put on your Caf-Pow thinking cap, and let your imagination run wild. Abby always knows when to think outside the box.
Celebrate your successes.

7. Celebrate your successes.

Finally finished that huge project at work? Give yourself some much-deserved credit. Bonus points if you bust out your best Abby "happy dance."
Stand up for your morals and beliefs.

8. Stand up for your morals and beliefs.

If there's one thing Abby isn't willing to sacrifice, it's her virtues. It takes a special person to put her own life in danger to protect a group of hostages from vengeful gunmen—and an even stronger one to proclaim: "If my life saves theirs, I'm down; 100 percent." 

 
Take the time to really listen to your friends and coworkers.

9. Take the time to really listen to your friends and coworkers.

It's easy to brush off suggestions or concerns from the people around you when you're already preoccupied with your own responsibilities. But, it's important not to get too wrapped up in your own world that you completely alienate yourself or push your loved ones away. 

Follow Abby's lead and take the time to hear what your friends, family, and coworkers have to say. Who knows, while you're helping them process their quandaries, you might find a solution to your own! 
 
Don't judge a book by its cover.

10. Don't judge a book by its cover.

While she may not dress like a stereotypical forensic scientist, Abby's one of the best around! Who says you can't have serious style, edgy tattoos, and spiked jewelry and still rock a lab coat? 
Above all, have fun!

11. Above all, have fun!

We've learned a lot from our beloved forensic scientist—from pursuing our passions to fostering our friendships. But, perhaps the most valuable thing we've learned from Abby over the past 13 years is that life should be enjoyable. 

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So, what are you waiting for? Follow Abby's lead and live it up!

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