Entire Outfit- c/o Kiki La Rue
1- I'm Accountable For My Actions- It doesn't matter if my dog just died and I was hit in the face with a watermelon and my bike was stolen from my back yard... There is no excuse for me to act out or do things on an emotional reaction, and if I do, it is MY choice. No blaming others actions, no calling someone else out for my behavior; my actions are mine and I have to take responsibility for them.
2- Some things are more important than making dinner- My mom didn't spend a lot of time in the kitchen, not that it's bad if you do. In fact, the times that we have the best family time is around the dinner table. However, I think as women as a whole we freak out if dinner isn't perfectly made or we have to come up with a quick meal solution 10 minutes before the kids are supposed to be in bed. Sometimes, there are things more important than taking time to make an intricate meal. I remember her always playing with us, reading to us, and taking the time to spend time. In my moments where I freak out because I feel like I have failed the day and don't have meals ready, I remember that I have spent my day doing more important things... and it's okay.
3- Keep your blinders on- I'll never forget a year into our jewelry line when I was facing some really hard stuff. My mom said something I'll never forget, "Ashley, keep your blinders on. Since when have you cared what everyone else is doing and thinking? You know what you know, so just do it."
4- Cheer on the under dog- My mom is always the one rooting on the least likely candidate. She's the one working behind the scenes with the people who seem to have been forgotten, and finding the good in the ones who are overlooked. I've learned my love for other people from my momma, and I'll forever be a cheerleader for the underdogs.
5- God always comes through- Doubt your doubt, not your faith. God will always come through for you.
**Edited to add... this morning I got a text from my sister that said, Mom wants to know if number 6 is a surprise.. Oops ;)