Lesson Learned: Don’t Half-Ass your Life

Family Time, Lifestyle/Personal


It’s a little-known fact that my mother and I don’t always see eye-to-eye, and yet I’m more like her than my father. I might shrug off her bits of advice and pretend that I don’t care what she thinks, but the truth is that her acceptance and wisdom mean a lot to me. My mom has this way of always doing things perfectly, she puts 100% of effort into everything she does. Whether it’s making dinner, grocery shopping, or reading to my niece, she never looks for a short cut. My mother is always put together. She ALWAYS has a pair of earrings on, long mascaraed lashes, and combed hair, even if she’s walking out of the house in track pants. If my mother had a mantra or a set of guidelines for life, it would look something like this:

Don’t half-ass your life.
Do things the right way, not the easy way.
Clean your room, make sure your clothes match, put on some mascara.
We might not be rich, but we can be presentable. 
Don’t do it for anyone else, Do it for you. 
Take pride in your life. 

Whenever I feel like giving up or convince myself that going out in a ratty sweater and old track pants is okay, my mom’s voice pops into my head, altering my choices. If you can’t show up to your own life and give 150% every single day, nothing awesome will ever happen. I think my mom is my number one (silent) supporter. She believes in me and knows my potential more than anyone else — it may have something to do with me living in her uterus for nine months.


When I’m feeling uninspired, self-conscious, and down about my life choices, she sends me little notes of inspiration and positivity. When I don’t believe in myself, she does. When I don’t do my very best, she pushes me to. There’s no way that a daughter of hers is going to waste her life, or half-ass her dreams. She might seem like an overbearing mother, a nag even, but she’s my nag and when her green eyes burst with passion and her hands start flailing, I know she’s about to tell me one of those secrets to life, and I listen with an open heart.

Talk soon,

I'm not Internationally Known…

Just for Fun

… but I’m known to rock the microphone  a woman and today is International Women’s Day. To be quite honest I wouldn’t have had a clue what day it was today had it not been for a text message I received this morning. So, being the curious-cat I am, I decided to research the event.

Their website gives a detailed account on how this holiday came to be, as well as events in your city that you can attend to celebrate International Women’s Day. It also sates that “The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts” – well THAT sounds lovely. A day for women to be appreciated for everything they do, all those things that sometimes get overlooked.

The 2012 theme for International Women’s Day is CONNECTING GIRLS, INSPIRING FUTURES – love it. I think it is so important for girls to be surrounded by positive and powerful female influences – be it their mother, friends, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, or co-workers.

So today, take time to thank all of the women in your life who take care of you, who inspire you, who have taught you how to be a wonderful woman or how to treat a woman. (Thanks Mom! <3)

Ladies, you can do anything you put your mind to. I hope these two videos make you feel powerful, strong, talented, and beautiful. Happy International Women’s Day! 🙂


Love Always 
Vanessa Xo