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8 Things My Mom Taught Me

It was almost a year since the last time I was home when I went to visit in November. Nostalgia hit me and I started thinking about the things

I have taken for granted. I started thinking about all of the things my parents have told me that I have just shrugged off with a nonchalant “ugh, parents”. Now that I look back, I realise that they were right all along.

This is just a short list of the things my momma said to me, or I have seen her do; things that I have always taken with a light hand and it is only in the last couple of years that I have realised how right she was. There may be a follow up with my dad’s advice in the future.

Always have a jacket on you.

Whatever the climate, it is always good to have some sort of outerwear with you. A light cardigan for summer, or a leather jacket for autumn, you never know when you are going to get cold because of air conditioning or wind.

I am angry because I need sleep. Or food.

Always, always, always. Whenever I start to get cranky for no obvious reason it is either that I am hungry, or tired. There is the occasional PMSing, but it usually goes down to food or sleep anyway.

You need to know how to cook yourself dinner.

It took me way too long to learn this. Once I started living on my own and making my own money, I realised how much of it goes down the restaurant drain. I have since started doing my own cooking (it also helps me and the boyfriend see each other more often as our shifts are completely different) and have learned to do some basic stuff. Still, I usually follow recipes I find at BBC Good Food, Tasty, the All Recipes app, or just Google something, but I always add a twist to them (click the links for some of my favourite recipes!)

Don’t trust everyone you meet.

There will be good people and bad people. Learn how to differentiate them.

The people you consider to be your family are the most important people in your life.

Whether that be your biological family, your foster family, or your friends – the most important people are the ones you can trust with everything. And I mean everything. Keep them close.

Moisturiser is important.

I have always seen my mother put on moisturiser in the morning and at night. She would occasionally wear red lipstick and black eyeliner, but would always put moisturiser. She currently has an amazing skin, with nothing additional – just aily moisturiser.

Fight for what you believe is best for you.

Even if that means getting into a word fight with the guy on the potatoes stall at the farmer’s market, because he fills your bag with bad potatoes. If you believe you deserve the best, fight for it.

Failure does not define you.

Every time I have thought I have failed my mother was there saying ‘Don’t fret, I know you will do it next time. There is always next time’. This has stuck to my mind and I don’t see failure as (too) bad, but as an opportunity to smash it the next time around.

What is the thing your mother has done or has told you that stuck with you the most?


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