I'm easing back into things celebrating what everyone else in the world is blogging, tweeting, instagraming, tumbling, ect, ect, about. #MothersDay. Don't worry, I won't subject you to reading about how my mom is the "bestest mom in the whole, big, wide world!", but I will share 5 of the most important things she's taught me. If afterward you decided that makes her the best mom in the
Five Lessons I Learned from Mom
1. Keep it Simple
My mother only wore make-up once in her life. On her wedding day. She uses soap to wash her face, doesn't need moisturizer, and has amazing skin. This external example of how simplicity sometimes yields the best results extends into the rest of her life. Growing up in the Middel East she only had access to the essentials (she didn't watch TV until college! the horror!) and without the distractions of everyday life she was able to appreciate the diversity of the world and focus on the important things in life. Now, I can't give up my Thursday night ritual of watching Scandal but I do unplug when I'm with family and friends so I can embrace the time I have with them.
(see, gorgeous, right?)
2. Its All About Fit
Obviously, I like fashion and my mother does harp about making sure my clothes fit me and my closet. "What are you going to wear that with?","Can you pick up a pencil?" (whilst checking skirt length. she doesn't like mini's as much as I do...). Common questions from the dressing room that have made me a more thoughtful shopper! But, this one is not just about physical fit. Mothers teach us the important thing is finding good friends, the right schools and jobs, and making decisions that are a good fit for you and help you grow as a person.
3. Be Different
I must have been four or five when my mom hung this poster above my bed. I know she thinks I forgot about it, but I haven't and my mother lives this motto everyday, especially with the quirky ditties she recites. She taught me being different not only makes you interesting, but invaluable, because since no one else can be you they can't offer the same things you can! Quite a poster, no? Also, I don't think its coincidence I love dalmatians now.
4. Live Your Passion
When my mother is excited about something she centers her world around it, consequently succeeding at basically everything she does. She wanted to share she love of science? She went and got a teaching degree. She taught me that if you fully embrace what you want, with hard work, you can make it happen. Maybe that's why I swam for seventeen years?... Woah, lightbulb.
(time to get schooled. she got brains too.)
5. Let Them Eat Cake
When all else fails...
When all else fails...
Lots and lots of cake...
(me: total strung out on sugar)
Oh, almost forgot! If it seems like the blog is tweaking out like a cat on catnip, its because I'll be overhauling the layout in the coming week. Just like that crazy furball it will baseline soon!