On Kindness: My Momma Told Me
My mother is a strong woman and is someone I look up to dearly. These are her words of which I will carry with me my entire life. I hope you're able to spend some time with the women in your life today; Happy Day, to you and yours. Any gems of advice you'd like to share from your own mother, sisters, girlfriends, aunts, cousins, or co-workers? We'd love to hear in the comments below.
Happy International Women's Day
"If you do nothing else with your day, eat breakfast."
She still calls from time to time to make sure I've had three square meals.
"Bring a sweater: if you aren't cold now, you will be at some point today. Air conditioning exists."
Whenever I forget a top layer to my outfit, I curse myself as I watch goose bumps appear on my arm.
"Write a thank you note."
It is always appreciated.
"Don't count on anyone else but yourself - because you can't."
"Crying is not going to help the situation. Put your big girl pants on and do what you need to do to fix the problem."
"For god's sake, you need some protein."
According to mom, virtually any problem can be fixed by eating protein.
"Smile. You look so much prettier when you're smiling."
"Don't be so vain. It will get you no where in life."
"Get out of the house at least once a day. You need sunshine."
"If you feel sad, go do something for someone else. The world does not revolve around you."
"It doesn't matter whether you get an A+ or a D- on the math exam. If you have common sense, you'll do better than most in this world."
I thank my lucky stars that my mother's common sense was passed down to me.
"Karma is real."
I stopped spitting gum out on the sidewalk a long time ago. Haven't found gum on the bottom of my shoe in a while, either.
"When you see a lucky penny, pick it up. You never know..."
"Pamper yourself. Frugality is silly if you aren't enjoying your life."
"Give yourself a break: go to bed early."
"Travel and travel now. Your life will become more and more complicated as the years pass. There is no better time than the present."
"When traveling, whatever you do, do not look like you are lost - even if you don't know which way is up."
"Work hard, be nice, and it will pay off."
Nothing exciting comes to those who are lazy.
"Change the sheets once a week."
I change mine every other week, but I won't consider myself an adult until I can follow this piece of advice.
"Leave the window open."
Fresh air cures almost everything that protein can't.
"Don't quit before you've secured another job."
"If you don't like something, change it. No one's going to do it for you."
"Change is good."
"When you're in a funk, take a hot shower."
"You can be homesick, but don't let it impede on your quality of life where you are."
"Always, always, always follow your dreams - no matter the consequences."
I feel so grateful and lucky to have a mother (and a father) who would support any of my decisions in life, as long as I could back them up with good reason.
"Keep fresh flowers in your house. It will make you happier."