I am not a mother but I do think about how what I’m doing now will affect my future family.
I want my children to be active for the love of it. I want them to find something that they love (like I love running) that they can keep doing their whole lives. I want my children to live healthy because that’s just the way they were raised. I want it to be second nature to them. I want my children to be confident, strong and independent. I don’t want society or media imposed impression of who they should be or what they should look like to define them. I want them to know they are beautiful and to know their full worth because they are capable, amazing people. I want all of this to come from living a healthy lifestyle and for them to know they will be happier and more fulfilled by balancing all aspects of healthy living. I want them to look back and say they learned it from their mom, because that’s the way she raised them and that’s the way she lives.
Since today is a celebration of mothers I, of course, want to give a shout out to mine. I want to tell you about some of the things I have learned from her over the past 25 years, 3 months and 17 days.
- The importance of gratitude. I can’t even begin to describe how much she has emphasized this through out my life and how much it impacts me on a regular basis.
- Exercise most days of the week – even if it’s just something small. It’s something.
- Yoga is an excellent workout.
- Eyebrows need to be properly taken care of.
- Cuticles should also be regularly manicured.
- It pays to be good with your money.
- There’s really no substitute for going to bed with feet that have just been lathered in lotion. Sounds funny, but seriously once you do it, there’s no going back.
- Dance parties in the kitchen are nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, they’re encouraged.
- When you do what you love, you never dread going into work.
- It’s not worth giving up your favorite treats to have the perfect body. It’s good enough and the treats are too yummy.
- Moderation in all things.
- Take the risk – adventure makes life more full.
- It doesn’t matter what other people think. It really, truly doesn’t.
- Your 20s are your hardest years. 30s are better, 40s are even better than your 30s…life just keeps getting better.
I love you so much, Mom! Thank you for always being such an amazing example to me!
Happy, Happy Mother’s Day 🙂
What is a lesson you’ve learned from your mother?
What lesson do you hope to pass on to your children?