The Best Life Lessons Our Moms Taught Us

Moms are the best.

One of the best things about moms is the knowledge they share with us, either literally or by example. So we thought it would be fun to ask our Lala contributors to share the most valuable lessons they’ve learned from their mothers. Because if you’re going to take life advice from anyone, a loving, wise mother is probably the most solid source.


“She taught me to be nice to everyone, because you don’t know what they are going through and if you will even see them again. Never burn bridges, because you don’t know if you will need to cross that bridge later in life.”

Carly Cundiff, Editorial Contributor

 

“My mum works in a male dominant industry and she’s killing it! She’s inspired me to work hard and be confident in my abilities. She always says ‘if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.'”

Stephanie Vigilante, Editorial Contributor

 

“Don’t start drama in the Facebook comments section and always eat the another slice of cake. These pieces of advice have never steered me wrong!”

Elizabeth Maddock, Editorial Contributor

 

“Learn something new every single day, whether it’s figuring out a math equation or just getting to know someone’s name, just keep your mind open.”

Hope Moural, Editorial Contributor

 

“Never go to bed with your makeup on and wash your pillowcases and makeup brushes frequently. My mom is 55 and has better skin than most 25 year-olds I know, so I take her advice to heart.”

Molly Longest, Co-founder

 

“My mom has taught me the importance of advocating for myself. Since I was a freshman in high school, she has always encouraged me to seek the extra help and support I need, whether it be in school or just in life. Now that I’m in college, that advice has REALLY paid off. The leadership roles I have, and many of the relationships I’ve formed are because I took initiative with her advice in mind.”

Kara Cozzone, Editorial Contributor

 

“To never be ashamed of who I am. My mom never cares what others think about her whether she is making a dumb joke or wearing something that would never be considered instyle. Be authentically you.”

Marisa Yeager, Editorial Contributor

 

“‘This too shall pass’ whenever my anxiety is high or some days it just feels like too much.”

Megan Glaze, Contributing Photographer

 

“Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not ok to be a hopless romantic-it totally is.” – my mom

Hope Moural, Editorial Contributor

 

“She always reminds us, ‘choose your partner in life wisely, because they will make or break you.'”

Stephanie Vigilante, Editorial Contributor

 

“At the end of the day, you can’t let anyone else dictate what you do with your life. My mom often reminds me to forget anyone else opinions on my choices (including hers) and follow my own gut, because I know what’s best. Doing what others expect of you over what you want (even if it’s unconventional) will never lead to happiness.”

Mackenzie Crowley, Editorial Contributor

 

“I’ve never met someone who can be calm about things out of her control like my mom. When life gets you down, but you can’t do anything to change it, just let it be.”

Marisa Yeager, Editorial Contributor

 

“Don’t worry too much, you’ll end up where you’re meant to end up. I doubted this piece of advice for a long time, and it wasn’t until recently that I realized how true it is.”

Elizabeth Maddock, Editorial Contributor

 

“My mum has taught me the importance of slowing down. When I have taken on too many things, she’s great at reminding me that they aren’t as important as your body. Taking rest when it needs it is vital to living healthy and stress free!”

Stephanie Vigilante, Editorial Contributor

 

“Whenever I’d work myself into a tizzy making a major life decision – moving, job change, etc. – my mom would always tell me to think of things in a 6 month increment and not a life sentence. She always reminds me that I’m in control of my life and if I happen to make the wrong choice (which happens, often) that it’s not permanent and I can decide to get myself out of it.”

Molly Longest, Co-founder

 

“My mom taught me how to make cinnamon toast: aka, the best breakfast food in the world.”

Carly Cundiff, Editorial Contributor

 

Featured image via Cameron Smith

 

Molly Longest

Co-founder, Creative Director Her heart belongs to: leather jackets, live music, Moscow Mules and getting that perfect picture Her guilty pleasures: frequenting the taco truck down the street a minimum of two times a week and talking to strangers' dogs in Central Park

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