Today I'm sending a special shout out to my favorite woman on the planet: my mom. You see, today is her birthday and I want to thank her. She taught me everything I know. Pretty much. She is the most remarkable, resilient person you could ever hope to meet. First of all, she married my dad, so she might be up for sainthood. And second, she raised me, which is a pretty big feat in itself.
Travel, as much as you can
I have the travel bug, bad. This is partly because I was a very spoiled child. Did we have fancy cars and expensive clothing? No. But by the time I was 18 I went to London 4 times, Scotland, Ireland and countless other places in the US. This is because my mother knows the value of travel and the places it will take you both physically and mentally. This is how I want to spend my money.
But most of all, she taught me How to live:
Dance in the rain at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
Be Yourself, no matter what.
Listen to Good Music. Examples: Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles.
Trust your gut.
Big parties are the best kind of parties.
Always have wine in case company comes over.
A good thank you note can not be passed up.
Walking the beach at sunset connects you with the world.
Lipstick makes anyone look better instantly.
Reach for the stars, you are truly capable of anything you set your mind to.
You really won't appreciate her until you're older.
I hope you know I appreciate you mom. I love you. Happy Birthday!!