EVERYTHING CAN BE FIXED WITH GOOD MUSIC,
GOOD FOOD or the ocean,
Most kids would agree, your mum singing really loud is always embarrassing but now I totally get it. I can sing a lot without embarrassing anyone because I am home alone so much so that is a plus. The other thing that cures it all is the ocean. I grew up spending every school holiday at the beach so the ocean for me will always be somewhere that my stress or anxieties don't follow.
DUMB IS NEVER CUTE.
I can't pin point a time where my mother ever told me this or corrected me but this is something I definitely think I got from her. Perhaps because I never saw her acting that way and instead I always observed her talking about things she was passionate about/ had knowledge on or was curious about. Let's just say I am glad for this one.
FOOD SHOULD NEVER BE RESTRICTIVE
Again, this isn't something that my mum has ever said to me but thinking back on it I can never think of a time where I have heard my mum speak negatively around food. Her approach to eating and food is that it should taste good and you should enjoy the process of eating it. I am not talking about junk food, I am talking about good food.
KNOW YOUR MONEY
Ever since I can remember my mum has been in control of her money. From when she didn't have to, to when she did. This influences my relationship with my finances quite early on. Memories like making my own lunch and hiding my tuckshop money in my drawers as a form of saving, or keeping all of my holiday money until the last few days so I made sure I spent it on something I really wanted. Fast forward to now running my own business for the past 5 years, making sure I had enough to pay myself, save and pay all the different taxes I need to. This is one thing I learnt from my mum that I am incredibly grateful for.
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHt, DO IT YOURSELF
Mum I love you but this is a good and a bad one. As much as this meant I grew up to have a very strong work ethic this also means we are more susceptible to being used, worn out or taken advantage of. Someone else makes a mistake? That's fine I will fix it, all good. *me every week*
CHRISTMAS IS KING
To be honest, my mum is up for most festive occasions but Christmas gets taken to another level. One year I counted 4 Christmas trees ranging in style and size. As much as she kills the decorating game (I would describe her Christmas style as rustic Christmas) I think it is the creating the atmosphere is really what rubs off on me. It's about creating a day that is full of food, pimms, music and games. We do a sit down late lunch but everything else is super easy and laid back after all the food has been cooked.
ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING TASTE GOOD
IS GARLIC INFUSED olive OIL
All I am saying is I don't think it is a coincidence that all of her children moved out and always have garlic infused olive oil in their pantry? Thanks mum for making some expensive olive oil a nessessity.
DRESS IN WHAT SUITS YOU & MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
I think I grew up always loving clothes and I think my mum would contest to that. The one thing that I think has been passed down from observing my mum, is how clothes made her feel. Her whole demeanour changes. I think that made me appreciate the joy that dressing can bring. On the other hand my mum has always instilled a strong focus on working out what suits you. It doesn't matter about sizes as long as it fits your body well and makes you feel amazing in it.
I know this post was a bit of a love fest for my mum but she honestly is the best so she deserves some internet love. I'd love to know what you got from your mum? j x