Mother’s Day is Every Day

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Mother’s Day is everyday for the brave, loving, supportive, sacrificing and caring women who fill the role of mother. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s day is every day if you are a mother or mother figure. Every day mothers are privileged to receive sloppy kisses, heartfelt hugs, handmade gifts, pampering and an outpouring of love and affection.

Sunday, May 12 is the day set aside in the United States to honor, celebrate, pamper and shower mothers with gifts, phone calls and cards of appreciation.

Whether you’re being feted with sloppy kisses, treated to a lovingly prepared meal, given a fragrant bouquet of your favorite flowers, you are blessed to witness mother’s day every day.  Every day is Mother’s Day when we stop to celebrate the joys of motherhood.

A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same.” – Author Unknown

Here is a different way to celebrate Mother’s Day or any day:

Write about your experiences, joys, memories, hopes and dreams on being a mother.

One of my most treasured possessions is a handwritten letter my mother wrote to me before she died. I often think about doing the same for my daughter.  Maybe writing a letter or short booklet is not for you but perhaps this idea will prompt you to create a video or voice recording to tell your children what it means to be their mother, your hope for their future, parenting tips or anything else you want to share.

You may not complete this project by mother’s day and if not consider it a worthwhile goal to achieve later.

Mother’s Day is every day when you bask in the knowledge that you are an amazing mother, special, loved, honored and appreciated – not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

And if you’re looking for a special way to celebrate your mom, mother figure or yourself on Mother’s Day or any day, I suggest you get a copy of my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

10 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

“A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same.” – Author Unknown

My Mom

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The second Sunday in May is the day designated to honor mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds. It’s the one official day where mothers are remembered, celebrated, honored and pampered.

Most of us have been influenced and guided by our Mothers. Their wisdom, encouragement, inspiration and support have shaped us in untold ways.

It’s been said that mothers are the first and most important teachers in a child’s life.

Although my mom is no longer with me, I find comfort in remembering her words of wisdom.  So, in honor of all the mothers who teach children values, determination, patience and love,  here are a few of the lessons my mother taught me.

  • Good things come to those who wait– Although I heard those words often, I still managed to cultivate an attitude of impatience.  And, even though I’m still somewhat impatient, I can still hear Mom’s voice saying, “good things come to those who wait” whenever I’m annoyed when things aren’t moving along as quickly as I want.
  • Don’t let it get you down – Whether I was bemoaning the disappointment of a lost love or frustrated with the latest challenge at hand – “don’t let it get you down” was a profound lesson in resiliency.
  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way – My mom was like a dog with a bone when it came to persistence – she just wouldn’t let go.  I learned to always be persistent and figure out a way to get things done.
  • “I told you plainly” –  Mom was never one to mince words and once she told you something – that was her final response. No matter how many times I begged, pleaded and cried, she just said, “Gladys, I told you plainly you aren’t going”.  And that was the end of that!  Hmmm…maybe that’s where I learned to say no and mean it!
  • Mind who you talk about –  You never know how the people around you are related to someone you might be gossiping about. Mom taught me that no good comes from being a gossip, and as an adult I have a reputation as someone who does not gossip, and can keep a confidence.
  • Pretty is as pretty does – No matter how well dressed you are on the outside or what outer wrappings you present to the world, your behaviors show who you really are.  My mom was all about looking her best at all times but she also lived a life of integrity and was pretty inside and out.  I learned early on that clothes don’t define you.  You define who you truly are by your actions.
  • Put everything in its place – My mother’s lingerie drawer would rival any well organized display shelf in a department store.  Whenever I would peek into her chest of drawers, every piece was always neatly folded and in order.  Although I’m pretty organized in most other areas of my life –  my lingerie drawer — not as much.
  • You catch more flies with honey than vinegar  – I always thought this made so sense.  But, as an adult, I can now see the value in treating everyone with kindness and respect.
  • Your word is your bond – Say what you mean and mean what you say.  This is a lesson that serves me well. I learned from my mother not to make promises that I couldn’t keep or say things I don’t mean. If you continue to make constant promises and never keep them or say things you don’t really mean, then you won’t be someone people can trust.
  • You can do it – A little encouragement goes a long way toward building self-confidence. Whenever I’m struggling to accomplish some task, I hear my mother cheering me on.

What words of wisdom or life lessons have you learned from your mother?

How to Pamper Yourself on Mother’s Day and Everyday!

MothersMost mothers, I’m sure, expect to be pampered, wined, dined and treated extra special on Mother’s Day.

I don’t expect that this Mother’s Day will be any different for a lot of us.

But whether you are a mother or not, or have someone to indulge you, there’s no reason why you can’t take the time to pamper yourself on Mother’s Day and everyday by indulging in a little self-care. Any day is a good day to treat yourself to some pampering.

You deserve it!

So, in preparation for your designated day of pampering, here are some ideas to get you on your way:

  • Spend the day with nothing more on your agenda but YOU. Relax and do only the things you enjoy – no cleaning, cooking or other household chores!
  • Schedule a manicure, facial, pedicure or massage. Let someone else pamper you while you just relax and enjoy. Doing so will free you up to do more enjoyable things.
  • Take an afternoon nap, wake refreshed and then put your feet up and relax some more, perhaps, with a mesmerizing novel or movie.
  • Treat yourself to a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant. If you’re shy about eating alone, entertain yourself by making up amusing stories about the other diners, catch up on your reading or write in your journal.
  • Take some time to reconnect with an old friend to reminisce, laugh and revisit pleasant memories.
  • Light a lavender candle or spray a lavender scented mist in the air for a calming and uplifting effect.
  • Do something fun. Take in a comical move, enjoy a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood or local park or spend the day at the beach catching up on your reading. It’s not an indulgence to do fun, playful things. In fact, fun activities are good for your emotional and mental health.

Whether you decide to spend Mother’s Day pampering yourself with a little self-care or make your self-care a priority another time of your choosing, remember, we all need our body, mind and spirit nurtured, pampered and loved on a regular basis.

And, to find out more about how you can indulge in a little pampering or treat someone else,  a copy of my book. “Master the Genie Within”   will get you started.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Gladys Anderson – Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Certified Life Coach, Family Therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to reclaim their time, energy, joy, freedom and confidence so they have more space in their busy lives to include self-care.