“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington      

From a young age, I dreamt of success. I had a great role model in my mother.  I didn’t fully appreciate how wonderful my mother was until recently.  Now that I am trying to balance running a business with being a good mother, I definitely do.

Here are some lessons from my mother that I carry with me today.

  1. Be Confident – To accomplish your dreams, you need to put your best foot forward and not be afraid of the unknown. I’ve watched my mother go from working part-time for a company to becoming the COO of that same company. I watched her get there with confidence and, as a business owner, know I must do the same.
  2. Respect Others – This was the number one rule at our house, followed closely by no phone calls after 10pm. By respecting others you command the same respect for yourself.  Respect leads to support from others. It is a lot easier to work with those supporting your goals than to work against them.  This is as important in the professional world as it is in my personal life. 
  3. Reach for the Stars – Being a girl from the Midwest, The Big Apple seemed like a really scary place to be. My mother encouraged me to set my goals high and go for it!  I am glad I listened. I love living in New York City and could not think of a better home for Julie’s Beet.
  4. Family is the Most Important – I would not be where I am today without the support of my family. They have seen me through my successes and my failures.  While they may not agree with every one of my decisions, I know they will always be there for me, as I will be for them. 
  5. A Hug is a Powerful Tool – My husband will tell you I LOVE Hugs, maybe too much. After a good day or a bad day, to say ‘Hello’ or ‘Goodbye’ or when you do not quite know what to say, give a hug. You’ll feel better and so will the person on the other end of that hug.

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. Take a moment to tell your mother you appreciate everything she’s done for you. If you aren’t able to put that in to words, a hug will do.

Happy Friday,