10 Things Your Mom Tells You That Make Sense Later

10 Things Your Mom Tells You By 15 That Make More Sense In Your 20s

When I think about the most important lessons I'm taking with me into my early 20s, these are 10 pieces of advice that make a lotttt more sense now.

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At 15 years old, I thought I knew a lot about the world. I thought I knew most things that were necessary to being successful or having friends or being close with my family. Luckily, I had someone to show me the ropes: my mom. It's not that I was wrong in thinking that the lessons I had learned were valuable, but it's that I didn't know how much I would continue to learn as life happened.

1. When your personality is ugly, your looks will follow

It is really hard for a 15-year-old girl to believe that people aren't as attractive when they have an awful personality, but now that I am in my 20s I can definitely see the truth in this.

2. Your metabolism won't stay the same forever

Ha, yes. When I look back at pictures from high school I'm constantly thinking to myself "Why did I think I was fat?"

3. You don't want to be one of those girls who peaks in high school

It's hard to understand this when you're in high school and living through its highs and lows, but I'm so glad that I went through what I did.

4. *Insert THAT girl's name* IS peaking in high school

My mom was ALWAYS right about this. Always.

5. Nothing has ever been solved by overthinking a situation

I still can't think of a time this hasn't been true.

6. *Insert tiny problem* isn't worth getting worked up over

Whether this was about a fight with my best friends, a break up with an ex or college apps, looking back on it my mom was right; none of those problems were worth the tears or the energy.

7. Sleep is way more important than you think it is

Even though I know some people can thrive off of 4 hours of sleep literally every night, but I need my 8 hours like I need to breathe.

8. Not everything is what it seems like on social media

Instagram wasn't nearly as popular as it is now, but my mom was way ahead of her time when she told me that not everything on social media is accurate. TBT to the time when "Instagram Influencer" wasn't something you could put on a resume.

9. You are smarter than you think you are, but not as smart as your mom

Yeaaaaa... I'm still learning this one.

10. Your friends from high school won't be your friends forever

I went through a few different friend groups in high school, not without unnecessary drama or controversy, but my mom's advice (once again) was true. I only hang out with about 7 people from high school and I couldn't be happier.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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A Letter To My Mom On Mother's Day

"many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." - proverbs 31:29

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Mom.

Where do I begin?

You deserve to be celebrated so much more than one day a year.

You are my biggest fan, my constant encourager, my role model, and my best friend.

You are the epitome of wisdom. You are the definition of grace. You are so full of passion.

I just have two words to tell you: thank you. Although those two words mean so little when comparing them to every little thing that you have done for me. But no words could ever be enough to thank you for the positive influence that you have on everyone you ever meet.

I could never thank you enough for teaching me how to be strong, how to be passionate, and how to be great at everything that I do.

Thank you for always making sure the house is clean because you have taught me to stay neat and organized in everything. Thank you for disciplining me, because you have taught me how to behave and treat others with respect and dignity. Thank you for exercising, because you have taught me how to stay healthy and motivated. Thank you for pushing me to excel in school, sports, faith, and nearly everything else, and thank you for accepting nothing less than my best. And thank you for teaching me to work hard and to work intentionally.

Thank you for always picking up the phone when I just want to talk.

Thank you for teaching me to always believe in myself.

In the midst of your busy, chaotic, and occasionally stressful life (sometimes I cause that, whoops), thank you for your selflessness and always set your time aside to make sure that we are taken care of. And thank you for always making sure that I know just how loved I am.

But most of all, thank you for teaching me how to love people. You are a beacon of light in a dark world, and you use your gifts and your talents to make this world a better place. Thank you for teaching me to be different, and to show love to people of all ages, sizes, and races.

Thank you for every single thing that you do and have ever done for our family - for every single sacrifice that you have made, for all the time and money that you've spent (and wasted), and for the lessons that you continue to teach. You are the glue that holds us together, and I am so grateful that God gave me a mother like you.

You have molded me into who I am today, and I hope this person that I am continues to grow up to be just like you.

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