Moms are undeniably awesome. And as it turns out, they DO know best. To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we each decided to share one (of the many) things we’ve learned from our mothers. With the added bonus of seeing everyone at the Atelier in baby form! Happy Mother’s Day!
Garance: One of the first things I learned from my mother was JOY. Yes, in capitals, because that’s probably one of the most important things one can teach a child. She was so good, so good at always creating an atmosphere. We would always clean the house singing and dancing to music, the kitchen was always full of delicious smells and laughter, and she has the best sense of humor, can turn any situation into a laugh. I hope that I am even a little bit like her…
Alison: Her words and actions taught me that it’s not worth trying to be anyone other than myself. Be nice, be humble, be generous, and the hardest part, accept others as they are, without judgement…with only the rarest exceptions.
Caitlin: My mother taught me the skills (I think) we all should master: kindness, respect and patience. She did this not only by the tone she set in our home, but also by example, in her job as a teacher in the LA public school system for over 25+ years. From special education, to 2nd grade, she’s helped hundreds of kids be the best version of themselves… and I’m so proud of her for that. Happy Mother’s Day mom!
Carie: One very important thing I learned from my mom is that being with someone who makes you laugh makes up for almost everything. Times get tough and relationships are hard work, but if you have laughter, you can make it through anything. My parents have been married for 47 years and they still crack each other up.
Emily: My mom always told me that I would always be okay as long as I was always doing and being my best. That helps me keep things in perspective, and always hold myself– not others–accountable for my actions.
Britt: My mom is an artist. She’s always painting and sketching and notices beauty wherever she goes. She taught me to look at the world with an artist’s eye, find the beauty in the little things and always think creatively.
Pia: She always told me to try everything. To her, no experience is a waste; you can learn from them all. Because if you don’t try, how will you ever know? She encouraged me to find out what I want from life, to take risks- follow my dreams (even if it fails), move abroad (even if it’s hard and scary), find someone to love wholly (even if it ends in tears).
Vanessa: One of the things I learned from my mum is the disciplined pursuit of less – and sometimes, the benefit in doing nothing at all. Never equate it with laziness or lack of ambition. Slow down, do less and you’ll get more out of (mostly) everything.
Audrey: Ma maman… taught me how to be a boss. She’s a wife, a mother and a very successful and powerful business woman. I watch her lead in work and life with strength and unshakeable determination. She gave me the incredible gift of never questioning the fact that as a woman I could and even had to
express my opinions loudly have it all.
Natalie: My mom taught me many things just by leading by example. I learned from her that you can overcome anything, kindness is key, and it’s ok to cry (something we maybe do too much).
Brie: She always said “Patience. You must have patience.” And something she didn’t talk about but perhaps imparted by being a single mother was that you can do anything if you are an independent, intelligent women with confidence.
Tori: My mom taught me everything I know about strength and perseverance. And while she can’t cook, she can fix just about anything that comes her way (or my way…or my dad’s way…)