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Throughout my life, I’ve discovered that in almost any situation I found myself in, it was the words of my mother that were the best advice to remember. Whether it was about relationships, hard work, or just the general questions of life, I always knew that I could count on my mom’s words to help me through. And though I know some people don’t have the kind of relationship with their mothers that I have with mine, I’ve found that we all, inevitably, learn from our mothers. It’s just a fact of life – good or bad, no matter whether it’s the highs or the lows, it is our mothers that teach us the most important life lessons or offer us some of the best advice that we can hope to learn. Mother’s Day serves as the perfect opportunity to reminisce on the lessons we learned from our mothers and what those moments meant to us.
At Moms Choice Awards, we are proud of the mothers who raised us and hope that by sharing some of their personal advice to us with you, you can find the same comfort we have in the words of our mothers.
“Cherish life and all its moments” – Delaney Conner, 20
“The advice from my mom that I hold closest to my heart is to cherish life and all of its wonderful moments: choose to be kind; laugh always; and make time for yourself, your friends, and your family!”
“It’s only money” – Carol Gugliemetti, 55
“My mom always said, “It’s only money” – meaning if something was lost or broken or if you had an unexpected expense come up, no big deal, you can always make more money. In other words, it helped me value people, relationships, and experiences over how much money I had or didn’t have.”
“Own up to your mistakes” – Lexi Garret, 23
“The best advice my mother ever gave me was ‘own up to your mistakes and hold others accountable for theirs’ and ‘don’t borrow trouble’!”
“There’s no such thing as a ‘man’s job’” – Dawn Matheson, 56
“Growing up, my mother worked in the male-dominated field of animal health. She dealt with misogyny and disrespect on a daily basis solely because of her gender. She had to work twice as hard as her male colleagues just to prove herself. She rarely gave advice to me or my three sisters, but by her example, we learned that there’s no such thing as a “man’s job”, glass ceilings are meant to be shattered, and to have the courage to take a meaningful stance on inequality and injustice.”
“How do you eat an elephant” – Draven Jackson, 23
“One of the most important lessons I ever learned from my mother stems from her personal mantra. When I would get overwhelmed or anxious – which happens a lot – she would look at me and say ‘How do you eat an elephant’ and wait for my exasperated ‘Yeah, yeah, one bite at a time.’ I used to think it was silly growing up, but it’s become something I tell myself every time I feel the anxiety creeping in. You can’t always look at the full picture or else it will feel too daunting to achieve – instead, look at it in pieces and bites that you can deal with individually and before you know, you’ll have eaten the whole elephant.”
“Get your rest” – Wanda Bentley, 51
According to Wanda, her mother gave your so much good advice, she couldn’t pick just one! She said her mother’s most memorable quotes were “Don’t get too caught up in life, that you forget your goals and your purpose”; “Get your rest”; and “Don’t let anyone walk over you.”
Have any other special lessons, advice, or mottos that you learned from your mother? Tell us in the comments!
About Draven Jackson
Draven is an avid writer and reader who enjoys sharing her opinions on movies, books, and music with the rest of the world. She will soon be working as a teacher in Japan and hopes to use her experience to connect with other teachers and students around the globe. Draven spends most of her time at home with her family, her dogs, and her ferret.
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