Mom’s are the best! My mom is a sister, a wife, a nurse but most of all she’s my mother. Growing up I always looked up to her. She worked so hard alongside my dad to ensure my brother and I had a solid up bringing. Since today is Mother’s Day I thought I would share 5 things I’ve learned from my mom.
If you want it, work hard for it. My mom is the hardest working mom out there. She was the first one in her family to graduate from college. Since she was a kid she knew she wanted to become a nurse. That meant working insane hours and missing holidays at times. But she knew what she wanted and she busted her butt to get it.
When I was in high school she worked 2 jobs: one as a full-time nurse Monday through Friday and the second as a PRN nurse one Saturday out of the month at the hospital. Those exhausting Saturday shifts ranged from 7a-7p and sometimes later if needed. Because of her extra income, she was able to help my brother and I out with things like car insurance.
It’s okay to treat yourself! Just like my favorite episode of Parks & Rec, my mom is a big proponent of treating yourself. After I got my first pay check from my first job instead of saving it she suggested we go shopping for clothes. I treated myself to new clothes with the sense of pride at my hard work. If you work hard it’s totally cool to treat yourself every once in a while!
Failures happen to everyone. The first time I butchered a family recipe I called my mom in tears. I was disappointed in myself and upset that my mom would be too. That’s when she admitted to also butchering the same recipe not once but a few times in the past! I get my perfectionist ways from my father so my mom knew exactly what to say to me. Failures shape us and the success that eventually comes.
Be patient and take it one day at a time. I was a bit of a late bloomer. When a girl in my 6th grad class told me I wasn’t a woman because I didn’t have my period yet I was angry. When I told my mom her advice to me was “be patient and take it one day at a time.” Instead of constantly rushing through life and each milestone take time to enjoy the journey. It’s not the end result but the journey that leads you there. Granted she’s had to remind me of this even into my adulthood but it’s still good to hear her say it.
What are some things you’ve learned from your mom? I would love to hear your stories!