The Art of Living – A Mother’s Advice to her Daughter

  1. Listen to your parents. We will never intentionally steer you in the wrong direction. There may be times you think we don’t have your best interest in mind, but we always do.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Your family and true friends will accept you for who you are.
  3. Do everything with grace.
  4. Avoid participating in gossip. Because daughter, always remember, great mind discuss ideas; average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people.
  5. Learn to cook, clean and be organized for yourself, not for someone else.
  6. Don’t dumb yourself down to get attention. There is nothing wrong with being smart. Use your common sense.
  7. Read more books and watch documentaries.
  8. Set goals for yourself and have a plan but know that not everything goes as planned. Always have a plan B.
  9. Don’t give up on your dreams. Take it one step and one day at a time.
  10. Work hard and seize every opportunity.
  11. Be passionate about everything you do and what career you chose. It should not always be about the money especially if you are unhappy.
  12. You are going to lose sometimes but you will only fail if you don’t stand up and try again.
  13. Travel. Experience the world.
  14. Always remember that you are stronger than you think.
  15. Know who your true friends are. It is okay to let go of people and move on, not everyone is meant to take the next step with you in your journey.
  16. Be wise when it comes to money. Save for tough days and for the future. Live within your means.
  17. Not everyone will be on your team. Don’t worry about pleasing them. Keep yourself happy and stick to what you believe in.
  18. Be kind, compassionate and loyal.
  19. Be courteous and always practice good manners.
  20. Always respect yourself.
  21. Know your self-worth and don’t let anyone else bring it down or make you feel less worthy.
  22. Try your best not to do or say anything you will regret later.
  23. Look to your father for the kind of characteristics you want in a man. He is a wonderful example of how a man should treat a woman.
  24. Be well-educated, well-spoken and well-travelled the best you can.
  25. Give charitably, generously and anonymously.

I hope practicing all these valuable skills will make you a well-rounded person one day.