31 Things My Mom Taught Me

I guess one thing fabulous about having a blog is that I get to write what I want whenever I want. Sometimes writing can be therapeutic. As many of you know, my mom passed away on Friday, and the funeral was Sunday. Thank you for everyone’s incredible support. I thought I would share 31 things my mother taught me. I love you mom, and I hope you are in a peaceful, magical place.

31 Things My Mom Taught Me:

1. Family always comes first.

2. Travel as often as you can.

3. It’s hard to say no to your kids. Sometimes that is just okay.

4. Always have proper manners.

5. Dress for success.

6. Spend one-on-one time with your kids.

7. Take family vacations.

8. Fall in love with fashion

9. You can never have enough shoes.

10. You can never have enough purses.

11. You can never have too many clothes.

12. Getting your nails done every week is a wonderful thing.

13. Enjoy “me” time and get massages and facials as often as possible.

14. Having a professional do your hair from time to time is not a crime.

15. Exude great energy.

16. Follow your passions.

17. Be a person of great character.

18. Mountain Brook is a fabulous place to live, raise a family, eat and shop.

19. The best material gift for a woman is always jewelry.

20. Flowers always make the home brighter.

21. If you want it, find a way to get it.

22. Find friends you can count on.

23. Cleaning is not our “strong” suit.

24. Diamonds truly are forever.

25. Eating out is a luxury and always fun.

26. There is an incredible art to gift giving.

27. When you throw a party, go all out.

28. Be your children’s best friend.

29. Keep a comfortable, warm home.

30. Live every day to the fullest.

31. You are fortunate if you have a large family.

(photo above) My mom’s daughters and granddaughters.

32 thoughts on “31 Things My Mom Taught Me”

  1. Alison, this is so heart warming. Sounds like you learned a whole lot from your wonderful mother. I never knew her but these 31 special lessons make me feel like I did. Sorry about your loss. I am sure she has found peace and beauty on the other side. (( hugs ))

  2. great moms raise great daughters who become great mothers. So glad I got to meet you. Praying for you during this time and celebrating that you were raised by such a wise lady:)

  3. Mothers (and daughters) are a treasure and your will always live through you. Im spry for your loss sweet friend, I hope you feel the hug I’m sending you.

  4. Alison,
    That was beautiful!! That and the pictures brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t really know your mother but from your tribute I know your mother said what people often think, but won’t say outloud!! She had a wonderful outlook on life.

  5. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss, Alison. I know it’s be especially hard recently and I’m thinking of you and your family. xoxo

  6. So sorry to hear of your loss…enjoyed reading your post about all you learned from her…love the family picture…nothing like family…sending prayers and condolences to you and your family as you remember your Mom and reflect on all her wisdom and wonderful memories.

  7. Alison, I am so, so sorry. My Mom passed away three months ago– I can relate to how you are feeling right now. Your Mom sounds like a lovely, loving and wonderful woman, and knowing these things about her explains much about your wonderful spirit. I can only offer condolences and wish you peace with your grief.

  8. This was a wonderful tribute to your Mom and certainly something that every girl should read.
    I actually forwarded it on to other women. This needs to be seen. J
    Looking at the picture of the 4 of you made me smile. Who was the brightest in the picture…..your Mom!
    Hugs to all of you

  9. Oh Alison, I am so sorry for your loss. This is such a wonderful way to remember your mum and I’m sure it would have made her inordinately happy to know that she had passed on so many lessons to you. You and your family are in my thoughts. xo

  10. Oh Alison! I’m so sorry sweets. I totally get what you’re going through. I lost my mother to breast cancer 5 years ago. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think of her. I find peace in speaking aloud to her when I feel like I just have to tell her something important…silly I know, but it makes me feel better. My good thoughts are with you and your family!! Big hugs to you.


  11. Allison, I am so very sorry for your loss. I met your mom at one of the Rich family reunions….with my mother-in-law Alva Shevin Permutt. I’m sorry I didn’t know her better, she sounds like a wonderful person. We should all adopt the 31 things in our lives.

  12. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She obviously taught all of the women in her life a lot. Beautiful tribute to your mom – she would be proud.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you wrote this post – what a special woman she was and what an incredible role model she must have been. Hugs to you!

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