I get it from my MAMA! Her smile, her walk and her intelligence. As we spend today celebrating our mothers, I want to take this time to highlight a few things I’ve learned from watching my mother work her magic over the years.
1. Dance when you’re happy, dance when you’re sad.
Dancing is rejuvenating and I’m glad my mother taught me how to move my feet. When was the last time you came across an angry dancer!? Think about it
2. Treat everyone equally and with respect.
I mean from the President to the homeless, everyone deserves respect because everyone is a human being.
3. Have 1 on 1 time with God.
I was raised in a religious home. However, my encounter with God didn’t really take place until I was in my late teens; that’s when I realized that I was not in control of my life as I thought I was. Whenever I’m in doubt, I just reach for my Bible just like she taught me.
4. Be Grateful and don’t apologize for your blessing.
Know when to say please and thank you. My mother has taught me, that no matter how big or small the gesture may be, you must always say thank you.
5. Tunnel Vision
She’s always reminded my sister and I to focus on what we’re doing, and not what everyone else is doing.
6. Have YOU Time
Treat yourself, take care of yourself and make sure you enjoy your company. If you don’t, who will?
7. Sacrifice is part of Life
I’ve watched this woman go from having an Engineering Degree, a successful career in NGO’s, and switch over to the Medical field when we moved back to the States. She manages to keep both her professional and family life in line. She’s always been about the next move and as I’m writing this, she’s currently planning her Bakery Business Plan. (Need I say more?)
8. Be Optimistic
No matter how bad things may seem, there is always a new day around the corner.
9. Wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you.
It doesn’t matter if you bought the most expensive outfit or the cheapest, it all depends on how you let your personality shine through it.
10. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Both my parents believed in me and taught me to believe in myself and I love them for that. When I had trouble in school, my mother found a way for me to remember my citations by singing them to me.
11. Do not let anyone else dictate your happiness.
“Nope not even your mama!” she will say.
12. Be Classy at All Times
When people compliment me on my sense of fashion, ambition, poise and craziness, I say thank you but in reality, I want to tell them to thank my mother and all the beautiful women that raised me. From time to time I would peruse her album and get ideas, asking her, “ Why didn’t you save these dresses for me?”
A holiday cannot begin to compensate for all the sacrifices our mothers have made, so remember to always celebrate your loved ones, not just on holidays but everyday.