Lessons from my mom

Whenever life gets a little hard, I always run to my mom.

It’s been a rough week. My emotions have been strung all over the place and I’ve gotten myself a little over my head in my hustle. I had a bit of a melt down last night. I’d been running on little to no sleep the last two days, staying up late working on t-shirts and was preparing to do the same again last night. I was on edge and just wanted to go to bed. My designs kept screwing up and I would have to start over. Journee was driving me insane. Asking for cookies, milk and to watch My Little Pony, all innocent things any 18 month old would ask for. Plus she was up my butt the whole time. I lost my cool and I was spent. I called my mom.

My mom helps me to focus on the bigger picture. She told me to take a deep breath and walk away for 5 minutes, or I’m just going to keep getting aggravated and not focus on doing my work well. My mom reminded me that I’m just one person and that I can only do so much. She reminded me that sometimes I take on too much and got a little over my head with all my orders needing completed this week. Though she may not have been able to come over and rescue me from my motherly duties so I could tend to my business and crash at a decent time, her words are always comforting.

When I got up this morning, I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack was stuck in my head. It has always been one of our songs. You know those songs you blare from the speakers and sing at the top of your lungs? Yeah, one of those songs. I’ve always seen the significance in the lyrics and known they represent her wishes for me and my sisters, but it had just dawned on me this morning how the lyrics translate to so many of the lessons my mom has taught me growing up.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted

My mom has always encouraged me to try new things and always have a desire for a life of more but to never take any moment for granted because you never know when it will be your last.

God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

Though relationships haven’t ever really been my thing, my mom has always prayed that someday I do find true love and don’t get my heart broken after giving someone all of me.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean

One of my mom’s most used phrases towards me growing up was “you’re acting a little too big for your britches”. She’s always reminded me to stay humble.

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens

One of my most valued lessons from my mother is that everything happens for a reason. That usually when one door closes, it is preparing you for something better coming along.

Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance

We were never much of a religious household, but my mom always had faith. Faith that things would get better and work out how they are supposed to. If you don’t have hope, what do you have?

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance

Never back down from a challenge and always overcome your battles. I have watched my mom face fear in the eyes and run straight towards it because she knew the few at the top would be so worth the climb.

Never settle for the path of least resistance

Do NOT ever settle. I watched my mom settle into a marriage for years and it taught me I would never be in a situation less than what I deserve. Always fight for yourself.

Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’

In life you are going to have to take chances, whether they work out or not, you always learn something. Same with loving someone. Though they may not be the right person, you can experience so much in giving your heart to someone.

Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter

Do not let some douche bag jerk, too blind enough to see your worth steal your happiness. Move on for the good of yourself. You will find love again, either for yourself or for someone else.

When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider

DO NOT GIVE UP. No matter what. There is so much that this life has to offer, and if you give up on it, you’ll never get to experience it.

 

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance

When given any opportunity in life, take it.