STUFF I LEARNED FROM MY MOM
- •Take care of yourselfMy mom spent thirty years as a social worker in the mental health field. It was a really hard job, but she made sure her own mental health came first. Long walks and yoga!
- •Save your moneyStill working on this, but she's in my head (judging) when I'm about to impulsively buy something stupid.
- •Dream bigMy mom has always been the biggest supporter of me having adventures. Mostly because she knows I wouldn't listen anyway, but I appreciate her making it easier for me.
- •Enjoy the here and nowDeep, happy sighs on nature walks or in front of a campfire. She lets herself relax and enjoy things in a way that I have never been able to.
- •Keep things simple"You don't need that." "What!? No, that is too much messing around."
- •Calm downI'm anxious and worry a lot. She's always a sympathetic, reassuring ear when I'm losing it.
- •Be yourselfAlways encouraged my creativity, imagination and weirdness. Has told me multiple times as an adult that she was overjoyed that I wasn't a jock—but still came to all of my home games for that miserable season I played soccer.