My friend Kasey at All That is Good gets us all looking forward to Mondays with Friend Makin' Mondays, a super-fun way to make good Bloggy friends.
Today is one of my favorite FMM topics: What is the best advice someone has ever given you?
For me, the answer is easy.
I have to preface this by saying that --and I'm sure many of you can relate -- my Mother is full of all kinds of Mom-isms. Pieces of advice that she, as a Mom, feels obligated to give. Like her advice when I went to college. As she was moving me into my dorm, she told me the 2 things I should never do:
1. Never play with a Ouija Board and
2. Never (ahem) with a boy before getting married.
(Don't most parents just tell their kids to study hard when they're heading off to college???)
Anyway, one of her Mom-isms has turned out to be the simplest and most profound bit of advice that I have lived by:
"Don't marry someone you can live with; Marry someone you can't live without."
Essentially, Don't Settle. And with every boy I've dated, I've always asked myself, "Can I live without him?" And when Chris came along, and the answer was "NO," I knew that he was the one I would marry. That whole "don't settle" advice has helped me with so many other things -- like to accept or decline a job offer, or whether or not I should make a large purchase... If I find myself thinking, "I could MAKE this work" OR "I could LEARN to live with it" instead of "I can't live without it!", then I know I'm settling, and it's not best for me.
Leave it to Mom. She always knows best.
And I'm so glad!
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