May 13th 2018
Give your mama a hug today~
My mom has always been a very important and prominent figure in my life. I would like to say that I attribute a lot of my personal wisdom to her and that despite being reluctant to take her advice at times, I have found that she knows more than I have often given her credit for. Since I have referenced her and her advice many times in previous blog posts and that it is Mother’s Day in the US today, I decided to do a little interview with her so she can share her advice and insights with my readers and me directly!
- What did you see yourself doing when you were grown up? What did you see me doing when I grew up?
“I wanted to be a veterinarian until I realized I couldn’t see animals sick or dying without crying. I worked in a vet’s office until I realized it wasn’t for me and I couldn’t handle it. I always thought you’d be a lawyer because you could argue a point to the point where I wanted to kill you. And you wanted to be a scientist, but we were both wrong.”
- What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Poppy always said that anything that can be fixed with money isn’t worth crying about. Like if you have cancer, you cry. You get a ding in your car? You don’t cry.”
- What is the most important lesson you learned in your adult life?
“You don’t need a lot of people to be happy, you just need to be happy with the people who are happy to be with you.It is better to have one good friend than to have a ton of phony friends. Everyone is around in the good times, but it’s the people who still hang around in the bad times that you can really count on.”
- What is something that you learned growing up?
“You can’t always get what you want. I grew up around a lot of really rich people and I had to learn the value of a dollar really young compared to a lot of my peers. Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you’ll see bad people do better than you when you’re working your ass off, but that’s life.”
- If you could go back in time and change your career path, what would you have done?
“I would be an ultrasound technician. Growing up, I really had no guidance because neither of my parents went to college so I just went with what I was good at. My math and accounting teacher in high school told me I would be a good accountant, so I did that. I didn’t really get the chance to experiment with other majors.”
- Do you think it is ever too late to try something new with your life?
“I do, I believe that sometimes an old dog just can’t learn new tricks. But I can learn new technology skills whenever new things come out. I don’t think I am incapable of learning really new things, I just don’t think I have the drive anymore.”
- I talk about travel a lot on my blog. Where has been your favorite place to travel? Where is one place you want to travel?
“My favorite trip was when my best friend and I traveled the west coast after graduating high school. We drove from San Francisco to LA stopping in Monterey and Santa Barbara. I would really love to travel to Hawaii because with college expenses and house expenses we have been pushing it off. There are places closer to home that I would like to see too like New Orleans and Nashville.”
- What is one piece of advice that you can give to my readers?
“Do what makes you happy, not what makes other people happy. If there is something you truly wanna do, do it. There is never a perfect time.”
I really enjoyed writing this post because it gave me some great insights into the woman that has been one of my largest inspirations my whole life. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!