In my entire life, there were very few times she wasn’t right. There was no one who knew me better and there still is no one who loves me like she does. My mother. The way she carries herself, her constant display of love, and her dedication to anything is unparalleled. I recently was told, “I have worked with a lot of people, and your mom is the best. She is one of the most hard working and talented people I have ever met.” She’s my hero. Do we butt heads? All the time. Do we have the same style? Absolutely not. Do I want to be like her when I grow up? Without a doubt.

As I gain more life experience, I realize that my parents had my sister and I set up for success from the very beginning and despite the appearance of being the perfect child, I fought them every step of the way. Now, I have hit a point in my life where I can give my parents the credit for my success so far. Even though I learned a lot by her repetitive demands, I also have learned a lot by her actions.

  • “You need lofty goals. Then cement it with a great work ethic.” – Jerry West

Working harder than everyone else will reward you like no one else. A great work ethic is hard to come by, but my mom’s work always speaks for itself. Keep your head down and put 100% into everything you do. You will never wish you had done less.

  • “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning will take care of itself.” – Paul Bryant

You’ll never regret being classy. My mom carries herself with so much poise and this is a quality that can’t be taught. No matter the situation, show your character. Your actions and words show who you are, not who others are. I was always told to remember, someone is always watching. And in such a small town, this could not be more true.

  •  “Modesty is the color of virtue.” -Diogenes

Modesty is a weapon. In a society consumed by sex appeal, my mom taught me that keeping yourself modest can be one of the sexiest looks. She taught me that quality men are more interested in the size of your brain and the character you show rather than how much skin is visible.

  • “The customer doesn’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Damon Richards

Good service is the product of you asking for it- not waiting for it to be given to you. You’re in charge of almost every transaction you come across and standing your ground is a big part of receiving the best service- rather than excusing something you weren’t happy with, tell the company and allow them to make it right.

  • “Your self-worth has nothing to do with your craft or calling, it has everything to do with how you treat yourself.” – Kris Carr

No one knows your worth like you do. Don’t let anyone treat you like you are less than. You will meet people with all attitudes in life, but if you value your own opinion over everyone else’s, very little will bother you. God and myself are the only ones who have a say in how I feel about me- and no one has the power to change that.

  • “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

Knowledge doesn’t end with a piece of paper. My mom has spent the better part of her life expanding her knowledge on nearly everything under the sun. Her brain is the strongest tool in her tool belt and she isn’t flashy about it, but she taught me that if you never stop trying to learn, you will never regret knowing anything.

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