My Mom taught me a lot about life. Throughout my adolescence and most of my 20s, I rolled my eyes at these values. As I've gotten older, I've realized these are the tenents of my life and I'm grateful. So Mom..despite all the years I dismissed them, these are my favorite lessons. Happy Mother's Day!
1. Work hard and you will achieve. My Mom always worked hard. After starting her career as a teacher, she worked in our restaurants and then for a publisher selling educational textbooks. She won many sales awards, worked incessantly, and helped fund a wonderful retirement.
2. Wear lipstick. Image is important. For years, I thought this was the silliest advice. Then I realized she was right. People judge you as soon as they meet you. If you're pulled together, the impression is more favorable. It's sales 101.
3. Laughter is the best medicine. Whenever I'm having a terrible day, I try to find humor in something. Laughing always makes me feel better.
4. Be curious. My Mom is curious and she taught me to be the same. It's why I love to read and travel.
5. Good grammar is important. My Mom is a former English teacher. While I use to find her corrections annoying, now I'm grateful.