I’ve written before about my mom. And all that she is to me. Shes’ my best friend, my trusted advisor, my personal shopper, my beauty consultant… I could go on and on. In honor of Mother’s Day this year I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned from her over the years.. There are numerous things she has taught me, but here’s six…
1. How to serve your family selflessly
My mom worked full time, came home every single evening, cooked supper, did the laundry, put us kids to bed, and then did the bookwork for the business… Every night. How she managed to do that on top of all the rest of the household and work events, I don’t even know!? Sure there were times when she was stressed and sure there were times when I am sure she struggled with harboring resentment, but us kids would have never known. She gave so much of herself, selflessly.
2. Being Adventurous Leads to a Taste in Good Design
Whether it be fashion or interior design, if anyone knows my mom, you KNOW she’s one of the trendiest ladies around. She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like and from her I gained my sense of good design. She also handed down to me her taste in expensive things, thanks mom! 😉 But through her expensive or good taste in design, Mom has always encouraged me to never be afraid to try something new. Through her encouragement to try something new, I’ve found all sorts of new patterns, cuts, etc. that I have come to like that I maybe otherwise wouldn’t try. And like my mom always say “Always try it on. Even if you aren’t sure. It could look horrible on the hanger, but once you put it on it could look like 100 bucks.”
3. Skincare Is Always a Must.
As a teenager I am sure my mom cursed me over and over again as I NEVER took care of my face. I was super fortunate to have amazing skin and rarely did I deal with huge acne outbreaks. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I really started to think about a regular skin care regimne. I will never forget my mom telling me the importance of eye cream. She told me “start using it now… that way when you are old like me, you won’t have wrinkles around your eyes” Ha. She has always been a STRICT skin care/eye cream lady and her skin looks so healthy for her age! Oh, and my aunt’s added information is NEVER to forget your neck! Nobody wants a turkey neck when they get old!
4. A Clean House Matters
It didn’t matter how busy she was… our house was always clean. I’d even go as far to say pretty spotless most of the time. Mom was endlessly sweeping/vacuuming and making sure things were tidy on a daily basis. I will be the first to admit, I am not the best housekeeper in the world. But through her example, I have learned the importance of a clean house. Not because it needs to be perfect, but because when the house is clean everyone is in a better mood. Plus it makes you feel better about doing something else or enjoying some time to yourself knowing that the house is already clean.
5. Making Time for Yourself is Important
If any of you know my mom, you know that she can be a little on the high maintenance side. Her hair is always cut, colored, and styled. She regularly rocks fake or manicured nails. She has spent endless hours working out throughout the years. She loves to shop and is not afraid to try the latest fashion out there. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned out of her tendency to be high maintenance, it is the little amount of time she spends in the beauty or nail salon or at the gym is HER time. And it just so happens that HER time also contributes to her feeling the best about herself! It doesn’t matter how busy you are or how hard you work, getting out and spending some time to yourself is important. In the end, it makes you a better mom because it gives you time to reflect on the real blessings in your life. So whether it is a simple new haircut and that time spent at the beauty salon, don’t be afraid to take some time for you. Every mom needs it.
6. Boys Will Come and Go, But You Will Always Have Your Mom
There were many times that I was such a brat to my mom. I thought I knew it all. And there were times I cut time with mom in order to spend time with my boyfriend at the time. But yet the minute we broke up or things went south, to her I ran crying. She was always there with open arms to hold me while I cried and to remind me of the fact that boys come and go, but she will always be there for me. Mom and I really become good friends after I graduated high school. I realize the importance of having her in my life and we regularly did things like shop or go and get pedicures. I miss those days the most since I’ve moved. She has always been that tried and true in my life, and it’s important to have that person in your life.