If you had to engrave a piece of jewelry with a quick phrase, a reminder to yourself daily, what would it be?
Throughout all the seasons of my life, I’ve picked a motto or some thought that I repeat to myself often. They’ve changed as the seasons have. Pre-kids, when I took up distance running, it was “Run ‘Til It’s Done.” I used that for years for a multitude of situations at work and home, pushing myself to keep at it until I’d accomplished a goal.
Two and a half years ago, in midst of some huge life changes and challenges, I adopted “Be Brave.” I find myself measuring most decisions and actions back to this simple directive. Do I need to be brave to do it? Am I brave enough to try it? Is it brave to model it? If so, I jump off the cliff and do it. I share it with my teammates, and I encourage my friends with it. It truly is a sentence to live by at this great time in my life.
I asked some of the other KMB moms to share their life mottos with you – some are personal, and some are family mottos. I hope you find one that resonates with you or encourages you to create our own.
Lyssa Beth — “Just focus and take one day at a time.” As a mom of five, it’s really easy for my mind to be all over the place. But with so much going on, I need to focus on each day that comes. Otherwise, everything spirals out of control.
Christie — “Love where you live.” We are all planted where we are for a purpose, so instead of focusing on the negative, let’s focus on all the good that our communities have to offer. Love where you live and share what makes your town special!
Francesca — I use “Never Give Up” as a reminder to my children (and myself) that no matter the obstacle, it’s important to persevere and learn to fight through adversity. I find this phrase is applicable to both significant and minor life moments.
Lindsay — “We can do hard things” because we CAN!
Crystal — I tell myself “His grace is sufficient for me” CONSTANTLY, especially when I’m particularly bummed about a situation.
Kara — “She believed she could so she did.” I love that it shows a girl’s/woman’s strength, ambition and success.
Andrea — “It is what it is.” That phrase has helped me get through hard times, accept the things I can’t change and generally just become more relaxed and go with the flow.
Sara — I usually say “whatever is worth doing is worth doing well” or similarly “all you have to do is your best.” It’s something my mom said to me when I was a kid to calm me. Now I say it to my daughter, both to encourage her to try new things even if she won’t do them perfectly right the first time and also to hold her to a higher standard if she’s trying to slack on something she can do better with.
Autumn — “Have courage and be kind.” I stole it from the Cinderella movie. It motivates me to move mountains and makes me feel warm and fuzzy all at the same time.
Rachel — Mine comes from my mom but is also just an older phrase. “This too shall pass.” Mom told me that phrase got her through nursing school. I used that phrase to get me through culture shock living abroad.
Katherine — My mother-in-law taught my kids this little saying this summer and we’ve stuck to saying it each morning: “This is my day, I will be loving, gentle, and kind. I will treat others as I would like to be treated. I will look around me and see all the wonders of the world. I will be thankful. I will look inside me and see all that makes me special. This is our day, let us use it for all it’s worth.”