THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME ABOUT BEING A GROWN ASS WOMAN THAT I'D LIKE TO PASS TO YOU, DEAR READER

My mom was a badass who kept it classy and reaped lots of success in her professional and personal lives. These are some of the things she taught me about being a professional, a human, and a classy goddamn lady that have always stuck with me.
  1. A woman should always have some nice-ass stationary for thank you notes
    Yeah, email exists, and you can use that to write thank you notes to your family and friends. But if you mail a thank you note in personalized, monogrammed stationary to someone important, like a professor who reviewed your resume or someone who just interviewed you for a job, you're showing them you're a boss ass fancy bitch who doesn't quit.
  2. A woman stands up for herself
    If someone slights her, takes advantage of her, or insults her, a badass woman politely but firmly tells that person that that shit will not fly. And if it happens again, a badass woman stops being polite and puts her foot down because she's worth it, motherfucker.
  3. A woman doesn't play dumb or pretend things are fine when they're not
    A lady doesn't keep her true feelings bottled up. She lets people know when she's upset because she knows that acting like things are fine is a pointless thing to do.
  4. A woman has a signature drink
    My mom's was a martini with extra olives. Mine is a rum and Diet Coke. What is yours? Don't tell me you don't have one, because if you don't, then I'm sorry, you just aren't grown ass woman material
  5. A woman should be friends with people she'd like to be more like
    Obviously your friends will influence you greatly, so if you want to be a badass lady, you gotta surround yourself with badass ladies (and men who are totally down with/actively encourage badass ladies).