September 25, 2013

what i've learned... from my godmother.

My godmother Kari has the sort of good and true and lighthearted spirit that's given to people in storybooks, and so that's how I've always thought of her — as my lucky, magical fairy godmother. She's the heart behind so many of my most special memories, at the center of so many cherished moments. It's funny, but I tend to remember her words more clearly than others, as if they've been etched into my memory with extra concentration. For years I've known that she was important, and that her words mattered, and that I needed to listen. And listen I have. Here's what I've learned.

There's nothing more valuable than being truly kind, especially to yourself.

Talk to strangers, because you never know who you'll meet.

Exercise. Do your aerobics. (Did I mention she once worked with Richard Simmons?)

Just because you're afraid of something totally not scary — like, say, a small rabbit that is not, in fact. a "killer bunny" — that doesn't mean you're not brave. Everybody has their own fears.

Sit up straight, stand tall, use hairspray, and wear lipstick.

Cheesy photo ops are the best photo ops.

Some things, and some relationships, won't go your way. Life is a lesson in letting go.

Take pride in your career, and know that everyone has something to teach you. Ask questions, stay curious, and learn as much as you can about anything and everything — then share it.

When you let your hair down, let it down. Get wild every once in a while.

Pretend the camera lens is someone you love. You'll look better in all the pictures. (Seriously.)

Push yourself to work, and push yourself to relax.

Stay open and become friends with everyone. Get to know every server, every cashier, every cabbie, and every general strangers because, well, why not? Life's too short.

Tell loved ones that you love them every time you feel it. Add hugs and kisses accordingly.

And, of course, the phrase that she and my mother repeated to Molly and I again and again growing up, marking it as something worth remembering: Don't dim your light for anyone.

(They really were the best stage moms.)


Holly said... [Reply to comment]

This is wonderful :)

travelloveandhappiness said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! I especially love the lsat one... don't dim your light for anyone. So true!

Amy Guest said... [Reply to comment]

Such a wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

Samantha-Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Such a great reminder :) Thanks for sharing!!

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@travelloveandhappiness Right?! It's just so poignant.

Loretta D'Urso said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Laura, I am a new follower and I adore this little post :)

'Life is a lesson in letting go.'
I find that the more I let go, the more room there is for love, goodness and new experiences. So true!

Loretta xx

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

All very great advice! Thanks for sharing :)

Alice said... [Reply to comment]

"Don't dim your light for anyone"? So perfect. I need to remember this sometimes!! xx