15 Things My Mother Taught Me In 2015 That I'll Remember Forever
1. Whatever you like doing the least, force yourself to do first thing in the morning. Don’t let a entire day go by with you feeling the weight of that activity hanging over your head.
2. Save at least one series you've been meaning to binge-watch for your next cold.
3. Negotiate. Negotiate for your worth, for your time, for the attention that you’re afforded. Don’t settle if an offer doesn't feel right, and never underestimate the power of just reaching out with a quick and friendly email.
4. If you’re really not enjoying a book, don’t feel like you have to finish it. It’s not quitting, it’s conserving your precious reading time to the books who actually deserve it. Re-reading an old favourite is just as valid as reading a new book
5. Your friend group is bound to shift, even year-to-year. If you see someone you used to hang out with all the time and it feels a little weird or stilted, it’s not anyone’s fault. It’s just the way life goes, and it doesn't need to be the cause of an existential crisis.
6. Your body will never be the exact way you want it to be when you are in a bathing suit for the first time. But when you look at pictures afterwards and think about how happy and warm everything looked, you'll wish you could've enjoyed it more in the moment.
7. Never underestimate the power of vinegar. Don't want sweat stains on clothes? Vinegar before wash. Sun burn? Wee drop vinegar stops skin peeling. Tasty chips? splash of vinegar does the trick.
8. Send gifts to faraway friends and family, and if you can’t afford to send one, send a card. Receiving anything in the mail feels extremely special.
9. Never use the microwave without asking mum if what you're doing will blow it up.
10. Surround yourself with people who are okay with you taking a break — from work, from going out, from whatever you need a break from. If you feel like you can’t say that to someone, you may want to reconsider that situation.
11. Follow up with people when they have forgotten something. You can’t be afraid of bothering people to the point that it makes you miss out on things you earned, need or were promised.
13. Anything you try to accomplish in half the time it’s supposed to take is probably going to be half as good.
14. Say how much you love people. Especially people who aren't your significant other, and therefore might not really know it.
15. Mum gives the best advice.