Happy Birthday Mom

45 things (in celebration of 45 years of life!) my mom has taught me since becoming my mom:

  1. You can do hard things
  2. My mommy comes back, she always comes back to get me
  3. Don’t squeeze your candy bars too hard, even when you’re excited
  4. You need to make it home wherever you are
  5. Airports are designed so if you can’t even speak the language you can navigate: you’re fine traveling nationally or internationally
  6. If the coffee is bad it doesn’t count
  7. In addition, life is too short for bad coffee
  8. Valentine’s day is an appropriate time to shower your children with singing cards and really bad poems
  9. Christmas is everything
  10. We must clean this house until it “shines like the top of the Chrysler building”
  11. Slippers are acceptable foot wear for leaving the house
  12. Money spent on LuLaRoe is really an investment if you think about it…
  13. Never regret spending money on things that make you better: coffee and books
  14. Read, read, read
  15. Don’t talk to me before my first cup of coffee
  16. Calling your mom more than once a day isn’t weird, it’s necessary
  17. I’m proud of you
  18. That one time we hiked across Spain in 33 days for 500 miles
  19. Just because no one can name the song after you sing it doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re talking about
  20. When traveling, don’t forget to have some Godiva chocolate, a massage chair, and Treat. Yo. Self.
  21. You can never have enough snowmen in your snowmen collection
  22. You can make a difference, you’re Wonder Woman
  23. Don’t be so hard on yourself, God gives you grace and you should too
  24. “I just want you to know I’m really happy right now”
  25. A vacation is not an excuse to relax and be a bum.
  26. It’s okay to laugh once you know everyone is okay
  27. Lord of the Flies is a pivotal read and a rite of passage. Same with Macbeth.
  28. A day without Near Island coffee, is that even really a day?
  29. Don’t forget to dream about what you want to do when you grow up, even when you’ve “grown up”
  30. Travel is always in the budget
  31. You can’t please everyone, even though you really like to Sara
  32. “I’m an artist, on envelopes, canvas, and everything”
  33. Be the first one ready to do something crazy
  34. Always have time for your family
  35. Self care is not an option, it’s a necessity.
  36. Not feeling it? Dress for how you want to feel
  37. Always be a learner
  38. God takes care of my babies and He is faithful to keep them safe
  39. “thanks mom you’re the best”
  40. Keeping Christmas secrets (or surprises in general) is a stress that one doesn’t need in their life
  41. Leggings constitute as an “emergency”
  42. Being smart is more important then being pretty but hey, it doesn’t hurt that you’re both 😉
  43. Just because people make fun of your attempt to speak Spanish doesn’t mean you should listen to the “haters”
  44. Date your husband
  45. I luva, luva, luva you



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