50 Lessons I Learned From My Mama About Life and Love

In honor of my Mama’s 50th birthday, here are 50 lessons I learned from my Mama about life and love:

  1. First coffee, then life!

  2. It’s never too late to start over and be whoever you want to be.

  3. Give without expecting anything in return.

  4. Actions speak louder than words; “I love you” means very little if not confirmed by actions.

  5. People like to be cared for in different ways. Find out how those that matter to you like to be cared for.

  6. People show you love in different ways, learn to understand their ways.

  7. Dress for success always. You never know how your day will unfold or who you’ll meet.

  8. You can learn so much about the world from listening to the radio.

  9. Never settle for a bad table at a restaurant, a bad room in a hotel or a lesser life.

  10. Walk away from anybody who doesn’t respect you. Remember respects means different things to different people.

  11. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

  12. Social obligations can (sometimes) go to hell.

  13. Don’t be stingy with your money; commit random acts of money kindness and the world will find a way to pay you back.

  14. Don’t ask what the world wants you to create. Create the things that your soul aches to express.

  15. A trampoline is a perfect piece of living room furniture.

  16. Love makes a house a home.

  17. If you can do it yourself without asking for anybody's help, do it!

  18. You can create a homemade feast in 30 minutes.

  19. You are never too old to play with your children.

  20. Make-believe is the best game of all time.

  21. Hugs are essential for survival.

  22. Love is a magical cooking ingredient, so are onions and garlic.

  23. Every person’s problem is important no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. Learn how to empathize with people, be the person they turn to and the shoulder they lean on. Try to be the kindest and most empathetic person you know.

  24. Trust the vibes you get from people.

  25. First impressions are ALMOST always right.

  26. Always be honest about how you feel.

  27. Be careful with your words - people may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

  28. Learn when to stop talking.

  29. Listen more than you talk, especially when you’re getting to know people.

  30. If he’s not nice to the waiter, he’s not nice.

  31. If he takes the better seat at a table, he’s selfish

  32. Learn how to style your own hair and do your own makeup.

  33. Stylish doesn’t have to be expensive.

  34. One item can be styled in so many different ways and made to look new every single time.

  35. You can’t buy class.

  36. You can’t conquer the world with untidy nails and messy brows.

  37. Stay humble but know your worth.

  38. You can always find a way to be generous.

  39. Give away things that you love not just things that you no longer need.

  40. Find ways to make your guests feel special, warm and welcome.

  41. Take time to nourish your soul every morning.

  42. Record special things for your kids to watch later on TV.

  43. Never suck up to get anywhere, hard work always pays off.

  44. Chew with your mouth closed and practice table manners at all times.

  45. Try to remember your dreams every morning.

  46. Trust your intuition.

  47. Circumstances change, people fall out of love, friends leave… but your life doesn’t stop after anybody leaves from it.

  48. Find a form of mediation that works for you. You don’t need to sit cross-legged in silence on the floor to establish alignment.

  49. Be friends with different types of people. Don’t judge a person by the way they look.

  50. Have the courage to speak your mind, tell the truth and stand up for your rights and the rights of others.