Mother’s Day is a special day. It’s a chance to celebrate our mothers and mother-figures and appreciate the impact they have on our lives. This year, our team is sharing some important life lessons that our mothers and mother-figures have passed down to us:

Allee

My mom always told me, “Don’t be afraid to shine, and never let others dim your light,” and “There’s nothing better for the soul than spending time with animals.” Both lessons I live by, thanks to my mom.

“She has molded me into an independent woman and always told me that I shouldn’t rely on other people to make me happy.”

Erica

Everything I have learned in life, I owe to my mom. She has taught me that the strongest person who can help me in, times of struggle, is myself. She has molded me into an independent woman and always told me that I shouldn’t rely on other people to make me happy. She taught me how important it is to express gratitude for what I have and to treat people with kindness. I’m so grateful that I have her as a role model and will continue to learn essential life lessons from her as I get older.

Kathy

I always hear my mom’s voice telling me to stand up straight and be proud of who I am. She taught me to not worry about what other people think if I am being my true, authentic self. She always advised me to “spend less, save more” and “live for today,” which is something I strive for every day.

“The strength of women is irrefutable. Your intuition is right on. I’m in awe of you all!”

Katie

My mom is the most genuine, kind person you’ll ever meet. She is always willing to help someone else void of any judgment. She taught me to be kind, open-minded, and generous. My mom has also encouraged me to look for the positive — she always sees the bright side of things, whether it’s in people or situations. I always strive to look at the world through her lens.

My grandmothers have also made a profound impact on my life.

As a Holocaust survivor, Omi (German for grandma), showed her strength and determination are undeniable. In fact, I’ve never heard her complain. She was (and continues) to be so incredibly grateful for her life and her family. She taught me to be fiercely independent, understand you never know what battles people are fighting, instilled love for a good garage sale in my soul, and taught me one of my favorite creative outlets — cooking.

But I have two amazing grandmothers in my life. My other grandma is the picture of unconditional love. She is always there to provide a positive outlook, taught me the importance of generosity, and nurtured our creative spirit as kids. I owe my love of art museums to her!

I’m lucky to have many amazing moms in my life — aunts, friends, a wonderful “mother-in-love”, and colleagues (Next up is one of them, Meghan!). What have I learned from them? The strength of women is irrefutable. Your intuition is right on. I’m in awe of you all!

Meghan

From my mom, I have learned to above all, be kind, live within your means, and always try your best. I also learned to cook from my mom, and to bake from my grandmother. The former seems to have stuck more than the latter, but I have fond childhood memories of spending time with my grandmother in her kitchen.

Noëlla

My mom’s productivity reminder to me is “Put off procrastinating ‘till later!” She also encouraged me to be brave by “Feeling the fear and doing it anyway,” which is inspired by a book title, but great advice, nonetheless.

“I can hear her voice, and it causes me to pause, relax, look at the big picture and be more thoughtful in my actions.”

Patty

My grandmother, who emigrated from Italy, always used to say, “Pazienza Patrizia.” To this day, whenever I feel myself rushing or getting a bit overwhelmed, I can hear her voice, and it causes me to pause, relax, look at the big picture and be more thoughtful in my actions. I’ve been blessed with a number of Mom influences in my life (my mother, grandmothers, aunts, and cousins) all of whom taught me to be kind to everyone you meet, be strong in your beliefs, be determined in your goals, and never forget to live life with laughter, humility, and curiosity.

To all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day! We’re happy to celebrate you today and throughout the year. As you celebrate the mother figures in your life this weekend, we want to know: what lessons have you learned from your mom?