My mom was the most amazing mom in the entire world. Clearly I have a bias, but seriously, there was no one quite like her. I think about her every day but I’m thinking about her today especially because today 12/31 marks the seventh anniversary of her passing. I was remembering some of the pearls of wisdom she shared with me and I thought I would share some of them with you. Some of them I’ve probably shared and some of them are fairly basic, sometimes basic is best though. I think in this day in age when people are moving faster than the speed of light, it’s easy to forget the little things. It’s truly the little things that count however.

-Always say please and thank you
-Remember the names (yes, first and last) of all the people you meet
When you meet people, try and remember one small detail about them, like if they have a dog, their favorite sports team, the names of their children, their favorite restaurant etc. That way when you see them again not only do you remember them by name but you also remember something significant about them. I promise it goes a long way.
-Treat others the way you want to be treated
-The truth shall set you free
-At the end of the day, you’re family is the most important thing in the world
-Pleather pants aren’t a good idea
-Never forget to write thank you notes
-If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all
-If someone is mean or unpleasant to you, kill them with kindness
-Be kind and patient with people you don’t know because you never know what they’re dealing with in their personal life

Julie embodied elegance, kindness and grace. I hope that I can be just like her when I grow up. Love you momma. Thank you for instilling in me all of your life advice and love.