Mom Taught Me to Be a Good Sport

Help us create something special to celebrate moms during the month of May by sharing all the ways your mom helped you grow. By encouraging you to chase your dreams. By teaching you right from wrong. By telling you laughter cures all. And by being the amazing, wise woman she is.

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1,578 Comments
Kira

March 30, 2012 at 7:21 am

“the last few miles of marathon training runs always hurt like this.” – Mom 3/24/12

Aimee Ross

March 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

You are strong willed like your daughter….(she’s 4). That’s who she gets if from. When its on your mind to do, then you do it!

Jennifer Slinker

March 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

Just do your best and believe in yourself.

Danya Ozmore

March 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

You can do it. It didn’t matter what I was attempting to do. I always knew I could do it.

teri mccauley

March 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

…life is about laughter.”

Aimee Y.

March 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

You can do anything you put your mind, heart, and soul into…I believe in you!

ayesha

March 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

…only you are in charge of your life. If you want something, you have to go get it. Don’t wait for someone to give it to you. (said to me to wipe my tears and finish grad school with a smile)

Emma Dossantos Gonzalez

March 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

“failure is quitting, even if you finish last-keep in mind you didn’t fail.. You didn’t quit.. You finished.”

Gina

March 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

be yourself, everyone else is already taken. be confident and know what you stand for. never compromise your morals and always reach for the stars! and lastly, whether you think you can or think you can’t… you are right!

Jennifer Riegel

March 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

Sometimes encouraging and loving your teammates is as important as making a free throw or a block point. Life isn’t about points on a board. It’s about points on life’s path. Being the one who stops to build others up is going to have a bigger and lifelong impact versus the one caring about a score. Everyone likes to win, there’s no doubt about that. Just remember God is your real referee an the game is so much bigger than what’s on this court today. <3

mary janssen

March 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

by saying, don’t give up, just give it your best and try again. No matter what the result, I will always love you.

Gina

March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

She led by example. Always being so gracious and putting others before herself. The true essence of a team player 🙂

Heather Young

March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do. You can do anything you set your mind to. Now get going!

Beth Fornauf

March 30, 2012 at 7:34 am

“You have to stand up for yourself.” My mother has battled arthritis for 50 years, and is a survivor of open heart surgery. Since the surgery she walks daily to keep her heart healthy and her spirit positive.She’s the strongest woman I know!

Coco

March 30, 2012 at 7:36 am

I will always be proud of you!

Jenn Griffith

March 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

“You may be too tired to walk, but you can ALWAYS dance!”
My mom is a naturalist, scientist, observer, writer and dancer, and she taught me to dance quietly through the woods, looking and listening at all the wonders of our world.

Ali

March 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

If you believe in yourself, others will follow your lead and believe in you too.

Mandy Manley

March 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…if you win be sure to give a high-five to every competitor and tell them they did a good job. You should be a gracious winner!

jocelyn kroshus

March 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

stick with it, and just try!

Kristi

March 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like don’t whine. She hates whining and I do, too. I take that has don’t make excuses or complain it, just get out there and do it.

Of course, she also told me to throw an elbow in basketball (she didn’t know) in which my coach yelled at me when she learned about it. HA!

Amy Blake

March 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
Always try your hardest and you will never lose.

Karen Marley

March 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

“Yes, you CAN.” (I believed these words because she led by example. From skiing through nasty weather to hiking Yosemite to starting your own business. She showed me you can have it all but it’s up to you to make it happen.)

Tracy Jepsen

March 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

Go out and do what you enjoy… The cleaning and laundry will be there tomorrow:)

Naiela

March 30, 2012 at 8:05 am

Put your big girl pants on and finish!!! Always makes me laugh and get it done no matter what the circumstance is!

Amy Benoit

March 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

It wasn’t the words or any particular phrase she spoke. It is a constant, beautiful, shining example of faith, love, and positive spirit. Every phase of childhood and my adult life is shaped by her modeling of those 3 things. When we encountered our biggest challenge yet~ cancer, she continues EACH day to live by faith, love, and positive spirit. At 71 (chemo or not) she walks everyday, notices the beauty of the world, finds the best in each day and each person. I have learned the most important lessons from my mom for sport and life. So blessed.

Ashley Reed

March 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

Avoid extremes, they only lead to burn-out or complacency. Run your race at your pace so you can truly enjoy the benefits of what your body can do.

Dorothy Schardt

March 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

Just do your best!

Jenna

March 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

You can do what you set your mind to – just take everything one day at a time.

Kirsten Bray

March 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

“If you get knocked down get up and try again”. My mom taught me about commitment in anything I did not only by her words but by example. My mom spent hours driving me to the gym and then was my biggest supporter and cheerleader not only in sports but anything I did in life. She never once wavered in her commitment to being my mom!

Allison

March 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

Don’t get out of the pool until everyone’s finished the race. And tell the person you beat they did a good job. True in swimming and in life!

Cindi Brothers

March 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

….never doubt your ability to do ANYTHING you set your mind to.

Those words helped propel me into a successful career as a military officer and an active outdoors-woman with many travels, races and experiences I’m pleased to put on my ‘life resume’ and, of course, to pass those same sentiments on to my own children! I can’t wait to see what they do with them!

Amelia

March 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

There is nothing more important than you to do your best with everything you do. You don’t have to be first, but put your all into your run, your swim and the way you treat others!

Tammie Levy

March 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

Always be yourself. We are all human. We ALL make mistakes. No one is better than you. We are all equal. You are beautiful and smart and never let anyone tell you different.

Joanie Pky

March 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

“Be the stronger person, push through it, and show others how to do the same. This world and your time in it is so much bigger than this one difficult moment.”

I grew up in a small town with its complicated relationships, involvement in multiple athletics, and a few narrow-minded perspectives. My mom was great at reminding me not to get bogged down and blinded by the moment; instead keep your perspective wide, which has led to so many opportunities.

Megan Wilson

March 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

Not words from my mother but words I will share with my daughter

Be strong. Be confident. Be you.

Charlene

March 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

The world isn’t going to treat you any differently because you are a girl. Just do your best, which may change from day to day, and know that you are smart.

Kristin Z

March 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

It’s not the wins and losses you’ll hold dear, it’s the experiences and the friends you make. So play your heart out but keep a gracious spirit in the end.

Andrea Skawinski

March 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

Reminding me that the important part was that I tried! 🙂 Try something new! Try something old! Try to do better! Just keep trying!!

Kristi

March 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

when you are feeling down, discouraged, or frustrated, look outside yourself and give service to someone else. It will help you forget your problems and will brighten someone else’s day. (this is the best advice I have EVER received. Thanks mom, Lucy!)

Sandy

March 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

It hurts to be beautiful

Sherri

March 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

Enjoy the journey.

Bridgett Blough

March 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

be thankful for your greatest gift, health. As a nurse for over 30 years, she saw people who were sick, disabled, and dealt with severe health challenges. Waking up everyday, walking, and being physically able to be active are all gifts to be appreciate of and something to celebrate.

Tracy Byrnes

March 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

“Look both ways”. While as a child this was my safety tip as I crossed the street, as an adult, it taught me to repspect opinions, look at all sides of the story, and not get caught up in having it “my way”.

Lisa

March 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

My mom taught me to be a good sport through her persistent complements of the things that I did right. “I am so lucky and glad that I have the daughters that I have, you have made it so nice to be your mom.” Integrity and effort are always important in everything we do, Thanks mom.

Marla

March 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

“…instead of telling yourself reasons why you can’t, give yourself reasons why you can.”

Stacie

March 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like ‘”Can’t” never did anything’.

Samantha Donahue

March 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

“Just breathe”

Kim

March 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

if at first you don’t succeed….. try, and try again!

Holyoke Home

March 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

When you’re tired, wash your hands and face, brush your teeth and go to bed.

Nikki Andrews

March 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

Never underestimate yourself-or other people. Stay strong and commit your entire being to what you are doing. That is the definition of success.

Sarah

March 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

In games I would often be paralyzed by what I imagined other people were thinking about me. One missed shot would shut me down. My mom, who came to every game, would come down from the stands and tell me: “Sarah, what other people think of you doesn’t matter. I’ve seen you practice in the driveway. I know you’re good. Show these people what I know to be true.” My mom always believed in me, she helped me believe in myself.

Kristel

March 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

My favourite – Do not try to do better than anyone else. Only try to do it better than yourself.

Michelle

March 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

“Can’t” is a four-letter word!

Kyrsten

March 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm

My mom taught me that I am capable of doing and being anything I want. My dad was in the Navy when I was growing up and I saw her struggle with raising my brother and I. As I got older my mom shared with me her struggles with raising us as a single parent a lot of the time but through all the struggles she always came out on top and she instilled that in me. Even when things get difficult, I can make it through. It often won’t be easy and it won’t always resolve quickly but that I have the power within myself to make it through any situation.

Leslie

March 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

“Go Les Go!” (my mom would say this with excitment and pump her arm/fist in the air if I was trying something exciting/new or if something great was happening to me or for encouragement if I had a test or something)
“Do your best…and that’s all you can do” (She would say this if I was unsure about something or didnt’ feel good about something like a job interview or a test)

Penny

March 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Don’t give up on yourself – I believe in you!

Penny

March 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

There is nothing you can’t do if you believe in yourself.

Rachel

March 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Amy

March 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

….respect others and yourself. In every situation my mom has always told us to keep your head high. Do not let others get to you. She has provided much advice and simple nudges without taking any independence away. When people say I am just like my mothe, I take that as the highest compliment anyone could give. Love you Mom!

Kellie Rose Wilson

March 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Words from my dear mother…

“Stand up straight, never arrive late..
Always be cordial even if you don’t like your date.
Love animals. Love Mother Earth. Love YOURSELF..
for there will never be another as unique as you..
Live in the moment, appreciate each day.
Protect your reputation in every possible way.
Chase your dreams. never. give. up.
view each moment as a half full cup.
Be the woman I taught you to be…
shine like a star for the world to see!”

Svetlana S.

March 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Follow your dream. Work hard and be determined. Never underestimate yourself. Always present yourself the best… And I did. I’m not an athlete. But I become a professional Ballet Dancer. Those Mom’s words took me through ups and downs, aches and pains, bleeding toes and injuries. Those Mom’s words help me to become who I am right now. Thanks, Mom! I’m proud of myself.

Nancy

March 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

My mom sprained her ankle very badly sliding into second base in college, just four days before a conference championship tournement. At that tournement, she hit a grand slam, running in pain with a double-taped sprained ankle! She tought me that pain is just another reason to try harder.

Renee

March 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

Live your dream, not someone else’s.

Heidi

March 31, 2012 at 8:19 am

It is okay to be sad, but it is not okay to be mean.
Whether losing a game or being envious of others. It’s okay to feel, but we should always treat others with respect.

Molly

March 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

Plan your work and work your plan. This advice has been helpful in all areas of my life – from marathon running to family to career. It just works.

Bonnie

March 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

You just need to have a confident attitude and not get lost down in the muck where you worry and stress.

carol

March 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

She always supported us in everything we did and never judging any of our decisions,which to me is the most important aspect of teaching the ways of life. Never once has that woman ever said i told you so!!

Erin Jenkins

March 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Never forget to find the good in people. You don’t know what kind of day they are having, so maybe you can be the person who can give them a little something to smile about. You never know if your smile or kind word helped them through a tough time. (My mother is a real life Polly Anna. She is one of the kindest, most giving women I know. I strive to be as positive as she is when things get tough.)

Alice

March 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You never have to limit you own potential….

Phyllis

March 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

My mom raised four kids, always putting us first, but never sacrificing her drive to learn new things. I didn’t always see it, but now, as the parent of three myself, I marvel at how she made us homemade bread, taught herself to knit, crochet, sew, make beer, garden, preserve food, make cheese, volunteer at our schools, and exercise. Nearing eighty now, she still strives to do more: rides her exercise bike every day without fail, checks her pedometer count daily, types books in braille, masters computer technology, and continues to love every single member of our diverse and growing family unconditionally. If I can be half the parent, person, and lifelong learner she has been and continues to be, I will judge myself successful beyond measure. Love that woman more than words could ever express!

Hydi Peterson

March 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Sports is about doing your best and not worrying about how you compare to others. Enjoy the game!

amy annis

March 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Always notice the beauty and be in awe of the earth we live on.

Abbey

March 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

My mother actions spoke to me louder than words. Know that I am a mother of three girls ages 16,13, and 10. I realize the strengths that are within me are the ones I inherited from my mom.
1. Work hard and give 110% in all you do work, life, family
2. Be truly grateful for your Health your Mental, Physical being.
3. Always be grateful for a new day and begining.
4.Live in the present and enjoy the sunrise, sunset
5. Be THANKFUL for all your blessings small and BIG.

Jerri Ann Emert

March 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Each day you wake up with a choice. You have a choice to be happy or not. I choose to be happy.

Mercedes Smith

March 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Mom always said try your best and believe in yourself-you are your own best friend!

Naomi

March 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Don’t worry about being the shortest or the slowest, everything evens out when you lay down to sleep.

Miss Hatcher

March 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

1. After I’d list all my exercise and eating healthy plans, my mama would say, “Do it. Just do it. There’s no better time than now. I really believe that we have the key to eating the way we’re supposed to.”
2. and (a very familiar one), “Eat your veggies!”

Deb

April 01, 2012 at 5:09 am

It doesn’t take any special talent to hustle….

Nancy Kotwicki

April 01, 2012 at 5:37 am

My mom always said “Don’t bite your nose off to spite your face.” Meaning that I shouldn’t forgo something that I might regret later. Her words meant that we should try something at least once, do our best, and to not let anything stand in our way. So even though my mom has been gone for 4 years now, I still carry these words and beliefs with me in life.

Shawna Mehta

April 01, 2012 at 6:04 am

Understand what truly makes you happy and pursue those things. Life really is that simple.

Torry Clark

April 01, 2012 at 6:34 am

You have always accomplished what you set out to do. There is no hurdle you can’t overcome, no task too hard, no distance you can’t go. Remember the goal, enjoy the journey, be yourself.

Dianne

April 01, 2012 at 10:56 am

Always congratulate the other team/players on a good game. It’s not about winning or losing, but trying your best, having fun, and being a good sport!

Shari Johnson

April 01, 2012 at 5:07 pm

You can do whatever you put your mind to. She was always my biggest fan, with whatever I did in my life. I miss her so much- lost her 2 months ago.

Haley Lobbestael

April 01, 2012 at 9:13 pm

… you cannot always keep the same pace or have the abilities as the person next to you. You may be better, you may be worse. What is most important is pushing yourself to your own limits. YOU are incharge of what those limits will be. There may be none, that one is up to you! It is always better to be a first rate version of yourself than a second rate version of somebody else.

Caryn Franklin

April 02, 2012 at 9:53 am

Be proud of being tall…don’t slouch.

inthefastlane

April 02, 2012 at 2:08 pm

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even if you have a super important race this morning. Food will calm your nerves.”

Susan

April 02, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Just make the first turn (when skiing and stuck on a steep part), what’s the worst that can happen…you’ll fall, big deal! Then you’ll get up and move on.

Christine Roha

April 02, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Be respectful to all around you, and they will do the same. Oh, and always wear moisturizer!

Meghan

April 02, 2012 at 6:03 pm

“The less said, the better.” My mama taught me that nothing good comes from gossip and complaining:)

Charissa

April 02, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Show everyone you love them by looking them in the eye, listening to them, and smiling….always make people feel special and treasured,

Lori Davis Potter

April 02, 2012 at 6:12 pm

To try all kinds of exercise. In the trying there is succeeding.

Michelle

April 02, 2012 at 6:30 pm

pick your battles, you can try to win them all but then what have you really learned in the end…

Lisa Davey

April 02, 2012 at 7:00 pm

“If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” My mom always told me that there was nothing I couldn’t do as long as I believed that I could. The mental battle is 99% of any race!

Liz Gilbert

April 02, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
“Put your Teflon coat on & let it roll off”. Which means if something bothers you just let it roll off and keep going. Love you mom!!!

Elizabeth Mcallister

April 02, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: treat others with respect and how you want to be treated.

Jenna Bradford

April 02, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Momma taught me that no matter how bad I feel, I always have a choice in how I respond, and that the best response sometimes is a good run!! 🙂

Jennifer Blessing

April 03, 2012 at 6:13 am

To be an engine not a caboose. Be the leader and don’t just go along with what everyone else is doing. I live by that now….which helps me to make better decisions about my health, my activities, and my life.

Iris Stone

April 03, 2012 at 8:04 am

I am so proud of the woman you have become.

Iris Stone

April 03, 2012 at 8:05 am

This too will pass – and will make you stronger.

Iris Stone

April 03, 2012 at 8:05 am

You are my sunshine.

Iris Stone

April 03, 2012 at 8:09 am

You can do anything you want to do if you commit yourself to it. I know this and believe in you!

Jeanne D.

April 03, 2012 at 9:08 am

“You can do and be anything/anyone you want to.” She always supported me in every endeavor whether big or small and never gave up on me. She lived her life as a gracious, shining example to everyone around her. I learned so much from her and everything I do or say today is shaped by her. She truly believed that I could do anything I put my mind to.

susie brown

April 03, 2012 at 9:15 am

Never give back an empty container. Fill it with love just like when it was given to you.

Katherine Delman

April 03, 2012 at 9:20 am

Learn the rules of the game. Show up for practices and games on time – even if you’re the star of the team.

Kristen Costello

April 03, 2012 at 9:21 am

Always be true to yourself and never let anyone take you for granted. And the wisest of all advice, Do unto others as you would have others do unto you (I know that’s not hers originally) 🙂 I lost my mom as a teenager and over the last 17 years, I often think about everything she taught me in the 17 years we had together. She’s the reason I am the person I am proud to be today. <3

Brenda

April 03, 2012 at 9:21 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like a smile will never go to waste.

JE Seligman

April 03, 2012 at 9:24 am

My mother was a athlete most of my life. When she passed in January 2012, she told me the same things she said when I played basketball, ran marathons, triathlons, tennis and others.
* Do your best and be a team player.
* No matter what the outcome is, you have reach the goal by being there.
* You can do anything, just be on the the starting line.
* Also, let the man win the first time. Then show him what your made from.
* Most of all: You are stronger then you know. Because God made you!
She didn’t believe in the opposite sex issues. All my mother knew was, she believed in herself. Which made her a winner.

Ellen

April 03, 2012 at 9:26 am

…always be a good sport. Even if you loose you are still a winner!

Shelly Alexander

April 03, 2012 at 9:27 am

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”
Basically, if you keep doing the same thing over and over, you’ll get the same results good or bad.

Read more: Mom’s Words of Wisdom – Good Housekeeping

Delaney

April 03, 2012 at 9:27 am

If you work hard, good things will come to you.

Mary

April 03, 2012 at 9:30 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“
1. Enjoy what you do for a living
2. Taught me what good music is and every time one of her favorite songs is on I always smile and dance with my son just like she used to do with me

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 9:30 am

Count your blessings and then count them again for good measure…..Love my Mum!!!

Denise Ransome

April 03, 2012 at 9:31 am

Get off your pity pot!

Jen

April 03, 2012 at 9:32 am

Remember: You are who you want to be already… Go show ’em what you’re made of, kiddo!

Jennifer Lemmings

April 03, 2012 at 9:32 am

…I will always be there for you

Elizabeth Walsh

April 03, 2012 at 9:33 am

You cannot change people; you can only mold yourself to be a better person.

andrea

April 03, 2012 at 9:33 am

My mom always said keep that beautiful smile on your face because no matter how others act they are never a reflection on you and you can make or break their day with that smile.

Stephanie Han

April 03, 2012 at 9:33 am

Life is a journey not a race. Enjoy every moment of it.

Cristy

April 03, 2012 at 9:34 am

My mom taught me, there are 24 hours in a day, and its up to me how I choose to use them. She is always encouraging me to make good choices and make the most of my time. Life can be short, and its up to US to make ourselves happy and surround ourselves with positivity. <3

Molly Miller

April 03, 2012 at 9:34 am

Your life knows the direction it needs to take, follow your gut.

Kathy Horn

April 03, 2012 at 9:35 am

set your mind to it, dig in and get it done.

Amanda Stoffey

April 03, 2012 at 9:35 am

“Hold onto your dreams, for with dedication & motivation dreams do come true.”

Jenny Zenner

April 03, 2012 at 9:36 am

Growing up whenever I would complain to my mother that I was bored (we lived 7 miles out of town in the country), she responded: “Bored people are boring.”

Amber Young

April 03, 2012 at 9:36 am

…Be your breath, allow your body to breathe you!

And

…Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says: “I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Jennifer Addison

April 03, 2012 at 9:36 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“

I love you and believe in you! You can do anything you put your mind to do, as long as you work hard, respect others and have a postive attitude! As long as you do your personal best, you’ve won!

Jennifer Buckle

April 03, 2012 at 9:37 am

You are amazing, beautiful and strong! I’m so proud of everything you’ve done and become! I’m even prouder that you want to help others become happy and healthy too! She said this when I told her I wanted to go back to school to complete a degree in health and wellness. After being obese most of my life, I’ve lost and kept off 85 lbs…by teaching myself proper nutrition and exercise.

Lynn

April 03, 2012 at 9:38 am

My mother always said “immer spass” – German for “always fun” and passed down from her grandmother – to encourage us to slow down and enjoy life.

Lauren Ciriac

April 03, 2012 at 9:38 am

…”You always have a choice.” (She says this whenever I feel stuck, or lost, or powerless. A reminder that we have more power than we sometimes feel we do.)

anna

April 03, 2012 at 9:38 am

It is the eyes that are afraid, the hands will keep working and the legs will keep walking

Rebecca Lee

April 03, 2012 at 9:39 am

Save your fight for when it really matters, either on the field when you never know when you’ll need an extra burst of energy, or in life when you don’t argue with every little thing people know that when you DO speak up you’re serious and they listen.

Ellen

April 03, 2012 at 9:39 am

Be independent and stand on your own feet. Any person that comes into your life should just be there to enhance your life, not change you.

Linda Viens

April 03, 2012 at 9:40 am

Dressing well and being well groomed brings not only joy to yourself but pleasure to others as well. That, and greeting all people you meet with a warm smile! 🙂

Jen Noble

April 03, 2012 at 9:40 am

“…listen to The Voice”. The Voice tells you what your innermost being knows is true, regardless of the situation. Sometimes it speaks towards avoiding a situation that could lead you down a wrong path and sometimes it pulls you toward something you need to do but of which you may, initially, be afraid. But by creating a tangible “being” of your conscience, you feel more responsible to it and rarely will stray from what your heart knows is right for you. Good Sports report to their inner Voice. Thanks, Mom.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 9:41 am

get OUTSIDE and PLAY.

Chris Barrett

April 03, 2012 at 9:41 am

It doesn’t cost you anything to be kind.

Elizabeth Strane

April 03, 2012 at 9:41 am

My mom’s favorite book was Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go! and she would always quote the last page when we didn’t think we could do something:
So…
you’re off to Great Places!/Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting./So…get on your way!
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

She would also tell us: If it doesn’t kill you, it will only make you stronger to get us to always go for the gold.

Lei

April 03, 2012 at 9:41 am

…to start and finish every challenge, game, and adventure by taking a moment to think about what I could *give*. Mom always encouraged me to share a big heart first – that giving and sharing was the secret to really winning.

Maggie H.

April 03, 2012 at 9:42 am

Kill ’em with kindness!

Lori VanderWall

April 03, 2012 at 9:43 am

Always be the leader, not the follower.

Terri

April 03, 2012 at 9:44 am

My mother told me when I married my husband, that he would now come first.

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 9:44 am

“Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!” lol. She also said I can do whatever I put my mind to and she will always be proud of me no matter what.

Lois

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

If you learn something from the mistakes you’ve made, then you are a winner, even if you haven’t won the game.

Laura

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

sherryl kite

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

to be the “leading lady” in My life, now go shine like a star!

Kati Kolosovsky

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

Just remember it’s going to all work out and be ok, and no matter what, your dog will always love you unconditionally as does your mother.

Monica WIlinski

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

balance is key in all areas of life. Learning by listening to others will help understand the world better. Food should be your medicine. Love always and begin by loving yourself.

Tina Nelson

April 03, 2012 at 9:45 am

It’s easier to lose than to win. You’re a winner.

Estelle

April 03, 2012 at 9:46 am

You don’t always have to be a winner

Sarah Meno

April 03, 2012 at 9:46 am

Always do your best and be gracious in your winning and defeat.

What I will also tell my daughter: Play through a mistake and never be afraid to fail

Caitiln Frates

April 03, 2012 at 9:46 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like you’re always on stage. And the long I live the more I see this is true. You never know who will help you in life. You must act/behave like people are always watching.

Kelly

April 03, 2012 at 9:46 am

“Those who say, ‘I forgive you, but I won’t forget it,’ aren’t truly forgiving you. Forgive and forget, because it is then when you’re truly forgiving someone.”

Erica

April 03, 2012 at 9:47 am

That being a woman is powerful, so stand up for myself and what I believe.

Hollie Deline

April 03, 2012 at 9:47 am

Credit cards are for building your credit rating by buying things you already have the money for and paying them off each month — not for buying things you can’t afford and making the minimum payment each month.

Amber Bentley

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

My Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “do what YOU want, not what everyone expects you to do”

Tina Tessier

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

At times in my life when things were not going so great, my Mom would say “You are amazing to me.”

sara peulen

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

Always be true to yourself. Love and trust until they show you that they don’t deserve it anymore. Be a strong woman, because when you are, you can move mountains.

Laura

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

be proud of my curves…and when you find a pair of jeans that fits, buy them…no matter the price!

emily

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

“always do your best, and let the chips fall where they may.”

Ashleigh Viens

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

Trust in YOURSELF

Hephzibah Wu

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

“Dont tell people the things “your gonna do”, DO THEM, and let them tell of the things you’ve done.

Sharon Meagher

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

to trear everyone hoe I would like to be treated.

Katie Ryder

April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am

Never let fear define who you are. Taking chances is much less scary than the regret of not taking chances.

Daphne Sweeney

April 03, 2012 at 9:49 am

“You can get glad in the same pair of pants you got mad in.”

Christine

April 03, 2012 at 9:49 am

You always do great, so I know you can do it!

Sarah

April 03, 2012 at 9:49 am

“…You don’t have to like, love, or marry it; just do it.”

Christini Kochevar

April 03, 2012 at 9:49 am

If you can read, you can learn to do anything.

Naomi

April 03, 2012 at 9:49 am

“It’s never too late to seize the moment.” (And proved her point by getting her Masters degree the same year she turned 60.)

Rebecca Fugate

April 03, 2012 at 9:50 am

Never make big life changing decisions when you don’t feel well.

Adelina Hay-Sowell

April 03, 2012 at 9:50 am

“No one is better than you are and you are not better than anyone else, treat people fairly and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you want, there is no limit”.

Cindy

April 03, 2012 at 9:50 am

“There’s a right way and then there’s an excellent way.” Meaning: competition is tough so you have know how to step up to meet the challenge in front of you.

Roberta Sullivan

April 03, 2012 at 9:50 am

Success is easy. It’s when failure comes along that we are challenged and we see who we really are!

M

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

On tolerance: No one culture/gender/nationality has a monopoly on what you call “stupidity”.

Jennifer Campbell

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

All you can do is the best you can do, and the best you can do is enough.

April Symons

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

If at first you don’t succed, try, try again…

Nyckie

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

Never stop learning. Knowledge is the only thing no one can ever take away from you.

Christina

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

Life is full of ups and downs. Enjoy life’s ups and learn from life’s downs. You need both to be a strong, happy, compassionate person. If you have never experienced life’s downs, how do you identify life’s ups?

Katy

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

“All I ask of you is you be the best you you can be!”

Sadie Schroeder

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…”Just because everybody else is doing something doesn’t mean you should. Do what YOU think is right.”

Jana Elliott

April 03, 2012 at 9:51 am

My mother and my grandmother always told me, “Pretty is – as pretty does.” In other words our actions do speak louder than our outer appearance.

jennifer jaglowski

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

Never quit in the middle of the season (or training). Finish what you start. If it was easy, no one else would do it.

Amanda

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

…A positive attitude will generate a positive outcome! Never let negativity get the best of you, your world is what you make it!

Katy

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

“by being the best you, you can be!”

E.Barron

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

Never stop learning. Never stop questioning. Never stop loving.

Shailene

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

(…with words of wisdom like)… “Thoughts are things.” That is such a regular phrase out of my mother’s mouth that it has almost become like my mantra, reminding me to stay positive and only try and put out into the universe good things that I would like to see come to fruition!

Angie Franzi

April 03, 2012 at 9:52 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“ don’t ever forget that you are worthy and beautiful and loved.

Casey Benac

April 03, 2012 at 9:53 am

Put a smile on and have some fun doing what you love!
thanks mom 🙂

Kate

April 03, 2012 at 9:53 am

It’s the things you don’t do that you will regret the most!

Jennifer

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

In life there will always be change. It is how you adapt to the change that matters.

Christina

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

Always remember that your choices define you. You can’t control other people, but you can control yourself and the choices you make.

Cheyenne

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

Passion and curiosity are the most important things in life. If you have both, you’ll always be able to find happiness.

shen

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

The only real job you have is to love. If you always approach each situation in your life from a place of love you will win and find new, amazing opportunities to grow, succeed, and have an extra-ordinary life.

Margaret Hebert

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

Being a winner on the field by showing strength and integrity is wonderful but the true test of a winner is employing those qualities off the field in order to help the greater good.

Autumn Cluff

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

My mamma taught me to take was is given to me and make something great out of it.

Annie T

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

It’s not over when you are losing terribly, it’s over when you quit.

Erin Keith

April 03, 2012 at 9:54 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“

“When you don’t know what else to do, just love them! ”

My mom shared this wisdom with me in regard to raising my children and it is the absolutely perfect advice for me.

Katie

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

If you ever need a good cry, do it after the sun sets. The morning is for fresh starts and bright smiles.

Christie

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

Never let anyone get you down, you can do anything you put your mind to and the skies the limit.

lauren carrescia

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

with regard to an intense but awesome workout: “it’s a good hurt – you’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

Michelle R.

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

“try your best and have fun, that is what matters.”

Kelley Henderson

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

Always follow your heart and trust in your decisions…I have followed that advice from my mom and it has lead me on some great adventures.

sarah

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

“what advice would 95 year old you, give to the current you?”

Constance Matousek

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

My Mother taught me to pray and trhough that prayer to form a lifelong relationship with God. That gift of prayer has sustained me through all the wonderful and most sorrowful times of my life. I have taught my own children to pray and I believe this with love will sustain them through whatever they may face in their lives and bring them great peace and joy. My mother always said “You may pray for what you want. God will answer with what you need.”

Kim Clark

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”. This phrase taught me to always think outside of the box and keep finding solutions if one doesn’t work, as well as to never give up on things. As a single parent, my mom is my hero and an inspiration to me as I try to model her wisdom to my daughter.

Cindy Doty

April 03, 2012 at 9:55 am

Be a GREAT leader! If you are positive and making the right choices others will follow and you will always be a winner!

Jennifer Johnson

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

Sometimes the bad days need to happen in order for us to see the great moments when they happen.

Cheryl

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

My mother died when I was 17, but she had such a beautiful heart and always saw the good in people. She was never negative, so I would say she taught be to be kind and understanding ~ ~ ~

Juanita Chapman

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

The harder you work, the better it feels to be done.

Kristy Holt

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

Did you do your best? That’s all you can do.
and
You are stronger than you know.

Vanessa Johnson

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

Don’t stress about the things you cannot change…this too shall pass.

Kaitlyn

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

Never let anything – or anyone – stand in the way of what you want to do.

Alison Guinasso

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

Don’t allow your circumstances dictate who you are and how you want to be in the world. Always choose love.
– From my Mom, Sue, who has been battling cancer for 7 years.

Laura Gunden

April 03, 2012 at 9:56 am

“Life is about laying it all out before the Lord and letting him direct your path.”

Mandie

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

“There will always be someone in the world who is smarter than you, faster than you, stronger than you, etc… it’s important not to try to out-do those people, but to have a healthy competition with yourself.”

Nicole Prietti

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…kill ’em with kindess. These words have been important to me throughout my life because we often don’t know the struggles that others are going through and why they may have a bad attitude, but we can help turn a situation around if we strive to always be pleasant and kind.

Juanita Chapman

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

Linen and lace don’t make the girl, sweat does.

Jodi

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

Life isn’t easy for anyone, just don’t give up.

Amanda Sharkey

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

Respect yourself – if you don’t how can you expect others to respect you?

Bethany S

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

…” The strong try with their heart not their body”

Elissa

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

…I’ll just have toast”
A family-famous line that for all our teasing taught us, like so many things about her, to be humble and selfless in everything.

Susan Eiden

April 03, 2012 at 9:57 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…..always do your best and give 100%, then no matter the outcome you always win! She also taught me to be a good sport by the way she lived her life as well as played her sports and coached her teams! Actions always speak louder than words!

Jenny Sinicropi

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

“Pretty is, as pretty does.”

Samantha Payton

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

“Knowing what you don’t want is even more powerful than knowing what you do, because once you take that thing away, the whole world is left.”

Shannon Geegan

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

You’re not going to win every battle, but you’ll lose more than that if you don’t try.

Teagan

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

no matter how hard it is or how much it hurts, always sprint to the finish…with a smile on your face.

Meena Polich

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

Face your fears, and find something you love about what scares you. If you’re scared of the deep water, jump in and I’ll catch you until you love to jump in by yourself. If you’re scared of thunderstorms, let’s put on our raincoats and dance outside to the beat of the thunder.

Angela W.

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

just by saying, have fun and enjoy the ride. (I agree since if you are having fun you are going to keep doing it. I’ve ran since junior high and never was the best at it, but truly had fun. 20+ years later I still love it!)

Nina

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

If you’re not having fun, don’t do it anymore.

Lindsay

April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am

Get back on that horse…both literally and figuratively. Brush yourself off and try again.

Rachael Widener

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “take it easy and rest!”

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

“Your 20’s are to learn it. Your 30’s are to make it. You’re 40’s are to have it.” I guess after your 40’s you just keep on enjoyin’ it!

Carla Mahnke

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…believing in me and supporting my ideas and desires, encouraging me every step of the way.

Jodi

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

Life is too short not to be able to say what you feel, and more importantly never sure of tomorrow makes it more important to let sonmeone know today. Never make a choice out of fear or lack of options – but rather take the time to make sure that decision is a right one for YOU and not someone else.

Mandee Carey

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

1st time is an accident, 2nd time is a coincidence, and 3rd time is a learned skill… practice makes perfect. (When she was mad at me, it was: 1st time’s an accident, 2nd time’s a coincidence, 3rd time’s a spanking…) 🙂

Martha Rogers

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

Find strength in the morning, peace in the evening and joy in between but sometimes we have to focus on the very small things and keep going.

Katherine C

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

You are better than the voice in your head thinks you are- now get off your butt and go do it!

Kristy Wynn

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

“Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!”
You can re-purpose so many different things with this motto, and it makes me think of the environment more as well as be less wasteful.

Jane Link

April 03, 2012 at 9:59 am

Before you say a mean word or do something mean to someone else, always say to yourself “How would I feel if this was happening to me.”

Rebecca Coleman

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and always do what is right.

Rachel Maurer

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

When you are feeling blue, put your energy into doing something nice for somebody else.

Wendy

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

…”don’t eat less, just move more” and when you prepare a meal remember “the eye feasts first.”

Leslie

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

It’s never crowded on the extra mile.

Trisha

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

Always follow your gut instinct.

Jen G

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

“You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar.” My mom always taught me that it’s better to be kind in all that you do. Never be a sore loser, always be gracious.

g milloy

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

My mom taught me to be a good sport by encouraging me to be a good friend. “You have to be a friend to have a friend.” It’s true. You can only get out of a relationship what you put into one. Thanks mom! xoxo

Aimee Hill

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

Always do your best, never wonder about “shoulda, woulda, couldas”.

Christa Avampato

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

When my mom was in her 20’s she went on a road trip to New Orleans with her best friend. A fortune teller offered to read their fortunes as they passed by a shop. Without missing a beat my mom said, “No thanks. We’ll make our own fortune.” That kind of strength to always live life on my terms was handed down to me by my mom and I live up to it every day.

Rebecca Sturzenegger

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

Don’t let others dictate who you are, be yourself, because you are wonderful just the way you are!

Mary

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

Home will always be here! Go out and see the world!

Lauren OT

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

“Play hard, play fair, play happy!”

My mom was always the one toting me from soccer to softball to lacrosse practice. She really didn’t care if our team won or lost, but she wanted me (and all my teammates) to find both satisfaction and joy from sport!

Ashley

April 03, 2012 at 10:00 am

I love you no matter what.

Melissa Donnelly

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

treat others with kindness and grace, because you don’t know what odds they are facing.

Claudia Martinez

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

Dreamers are not the silly minded individuals that many people portray them to be. Dreamers are the people who dream and become so passionate that they see no other reason why reality shouldn’t be like their dreams. These dreamers, the ones who make their dreams a reality and the inevitable, are the most happy of souls. They choose for themselves their ends and accomplish them. They are their own life’s writers. You my darling can be a dreamer.

– Words of wisdom from my mother that inspired me to pursue my dream of attending Harvard. I now attend Harvard.

chuck parvis

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

My mom always told me “”if you can’t say anything nice about someone don’t say anything at all”.

Thuy Tran

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

Talk less. Think More.

Elyse Myers

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

…”You get what you give.”

Annie

April 03, 2012 at 10:01 am

……adjust your attitude…..kick it up a notch…..and if it is to be it is up to me……..

Claire Akerman

April 03, 2012 at 10:02 am

…..remember that nice matters.

Stefani

April 03, 2012 at 10:02 am

My mother was married young and didn’t go to college until I got older. I thought she’d be disappointed I wasn’t married at 18 like she was. Instead, as I was packing to study abroad my mother said to me: “I am proud of who you are now and who you will become. Always follow your dreams and listen to your heart. Don’t wait until you’re 50 to learn who you really are. Be you now. I love you.”

stephanie meinberg

April 03, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’m so proud of the mother that YOU have become.

Kelly Rogers

April 03, 2012 at 10:02 am

“Don’t let yourself be intimidated by big or unfamiliar tasks. Anything can be accomplished when broken down into smaller, tackle-able pieces”

Jen Schnabel

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Don’t borrow trouble – aka don’t waste time worrying about speculated scenarios 🙂

Kari Sanderson

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

pointed words like these – delivered as I debated whether to commit to Spirit Club or basketball/track in seventh grade – “you can either be the person cheering for someone doing something or the person doing something.”

Janet

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

“Don’t go getting too big for your britches!” Also, “don’t ever rest on your laurels”. There was only “tough love” in our house. You had to be dying before you could stay home from school!

Kellie

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Try to climb the highest mountain, the tallest tree and the longest rope. Dont start with the little ones, aim high for the biggest ones. And if you fall, get back up and start again. It doesnt matter how many times you try, as long as you try.

Kayla

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

don’t be afraid to be yourself. Whether others like you or not is up to them, all you can do is be yourself.

Loren Paeglis

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Mother’s blessing to her child as he/she heads out the door to accomplish their newest task, ” I love you; I am proud of you; Work hard; Do your best; and HAVE FUN!

elif bengu

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

remember your sister is not your enemy…. no matter what happened you will be there for each other and at the end it will be you an her, not your friends or significant other….

which after all that fights, arguments and so on … my sister and I, we love each other dearly

Diane

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Don’t allow circumstances to get you stressed. Deal with what comes your way, getting stressed won’t make it go away or make it easier.

Sally Garrahan

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Sports are supposed to be fun. If you’re no longer having fun when you play, you should find another sport. Life is too short not to.

Lauren

April 03, 2012 at 10:03 am

Tomorrow is another day.

Lora Godfrey

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

If it hurts don’t do it. Kept me paying attention to my body and has kept me injury free and active. I’ll be 40 this year and still able to do just about anything. Thanks mom!

Jenny Martinelli

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

so, so many to choose from:
“can’t” means you won’t try
Trying is almost better than winning
Think Positive (she beat cancer this way!)
I believe in you (she’s my biggest, most consistent, loudest, truest fan)
and, a given – – -I Love You (the power of those words is invaluable)

Stephanie

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

“I always knew you could do it!”

Carla Stearle

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

treat others with kindness and respect and if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all!

Laura P.

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

hold yourself accountable.

Lisa Reyes Rivera

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

Right before I turned 50 I was bombarded with informational packets from AARP. It was like a blow below the belt. After complaining and crying to my mom who will be 73 this month, she said to me:
“Getting old is not for sissy’s, put your best foot forward and embrace each day”. My mom is amazing, she still works and is active in her church. She has an amazing body and can still rock a bikini. I decided I would listen to her advise; it’s worked for her! Mom always knows best!!!

katy kelly

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

there is always room for one more.

Anne

April 03, 2012 at 10:04 am

“Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.”

Meena Polich

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

“Face your fears, and find something you love about what scares you. If you’re scared of the deep water, jump in and I’ll catch you until you love to jump in by yourself. If you’re scared of thunderstorms, let’s put on our raincoats and dance outside to the beat of the thunder.”
From my step-mom who died of cancer 12 years ago and whom I miss more than ever now that I have my own son.
“Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough, strong enough or smart enough…especially yourself!”
From my mother, who is fortunately still alive and healthy and who is always there for my family and me.

Laura Otto

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…do your very best and allow yourself to be happy with the result. We need to set goals that make us stretch, but also take the time to feel satisfaction when we accomplish our goals.
She also would remind me of Mother Teresa’s words, “we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful,” and remind me that the little things count.

melanie

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

“You can do anything you put your mind to doing.”

Precia

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Life is what you make of it. Go out there and live it!

Hillary Meyers

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

My mom still reminds me that “water seeks it’s own level.”
In every phase of my life, every challenge that I have faced I have relied on this . From soccer tryouts to motherhood to PTO, this has remained a constant. My mom is wise beyond. I love her more than bubblegum!!! I pass this on to my children.

Renee Kroto

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Keep your eye on the ball & have fun!!!

Jenn L.

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Work hard first before you play. And when you’re cranky or in a bad mood– “You need a check-up from the neck-up!” Love her.

Danielle

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Everything happens for a reason. Take it one day at a time and lean on family.

Esme Lomonaco

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

never refuse an offer of help

nina

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

never get angry – breathe deeply whenever you feel anger rising

Katharine

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

“Never give up…obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. You go GIRL!”

Meredith Jones

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Don’t worry about what other people think of you.

Leslie Dennis

April 03, 2012 at 10:05 am

Don’t stress!! Work out!!! Be happy!!

Maria Sutton

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

reminding me that we are all winners for having the courage to play the game.

Laurel

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

Treat others the way that you would like to be treated.

traci sloan

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

“never say ‘can’t’- there may be times when it is hard and you fall, but learn from it and get back up. you can do anything.”

Chrissy Monaco

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

My Mom taught me by example that a sense of humor can get you through just about any situation (or family event) with a smile on your face–and she’s still one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

eileen

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

treat everyone the same, no one is better than me.

christy parish

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

Beauty is as beauty does.

Erin Johnston

April 03, 2012 at 10:06 am

Good manners will get you everywhere you want to go in life. (I was born to the etiquette officer in a sorority!)

Christi

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

You are Supermom, and you can do it all!

Kathy Bare

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

You don’t need to try so hard to get people to like you…once your great personality shows through, you won’t need to do anything else!

Rachel

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

Always take a “no thank you” helping. That is, try one spoonful of that vegetable that got passed to you that you automatically said, “No thank you!” to.

Lori

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

Don’t leave out your sister…even though at the time she was a pesty 5 year old intent on being involved in every activity that this 8 year old wanted to do by herself…great message that carries over to life today. Always take care of those around you!

Christine Valdez

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”

Teresa Gadrow

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

Life isn’t always fun or fair. Play the game the best that you know how and give it your all. Along the way, the decisions that you have to make aren’t always the easiest, but they are the best for YOU. When your heart is in it and you truly believe in what you are doing, that’s when you can sleep peacefully at night.

Shawna D.

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

“I love you. You are the most special person to me and you are good at everything you do because you tried. You don’t have to be the best, you don’t even have to like it, but you tried it and now you know !”

Tracy

April 03, 2012 at 10:07 am

Don’t take yourself too seriously, breathe through hard times, and love your life….you only get one.

Courtney

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like… I don’t want you to ever think there’s anything you can’t do, because I know you can do anything.

virginia martin

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

You don’t have to be like other people! , that is, during a competition do not worry about other competitors—just concentrate on yourself. You should be humble in winning and grateful in losing.

Jodi Chamberlain

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

Never touch those beautiful eyebrows. Thanks, mom.

Marta Barker

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

My mother always said, “a bargain is not a bargain unless you can use it.” She was teaching us not to buy things just because it is on sale. Buy it because you need it and it suits you.

June

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

“Love yourself and you can accomplish anything.”

Valerie Campbell

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

Mom taught me to always dig deep and strive to find pride in everything I do!

Meghann Green

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

“The only person who thinks you can’t do this is you. And you don’t have to listen. You are stronger, braver and more wonderful than you give yourself credit for.”

Emily L. Smith

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

“Your greatest achievements will come through your failures. The reward is in taking the risk and learning from the outcome.” My risks, failures and successes were always my own. She taught me true accountability. Thanks Mom!

Christian Vegerita

April 03, 2012 at 10:08 am

Turn off the idiot box (tv), get outside, and get happy!

Kerri Sturtevant

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

“It’s better than a poke in the butt” (said whenever I was feeling sorry for myself to turn a negative into a positive).

Elaine Sullivan

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

Always be polite – ESPECIALLY when you are angry!

Cindy McKinnon

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

Not to worry and let God have control. He always takes care of us!

Abigail Dolence

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like, “always have a good attitude, keep a smile on your face, and set an example worth following.”

Colleen

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

My Mom would say, “You win when you give away your very best!”

Illya Berecz

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

(There are some things that, when cooler heads prevail, you realize you should refrain from doing.)

Amy Kirouac

April 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

Always try your hardest and never give up. Winning isn’t everything, but giving 100% effort is everything. A valuable lesson for both sport and life. I’ve used this advice on the golf course, in the classroom, in the boardroom and around the dinner table.

Mary Burns

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

Always be yourself.

Christa Downey

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…”Be yourself. Do what you love.”

Jaja Hsuan

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

“You’re entitled to have a bad day, but don’t drag others down with you.” Mom always taught me that when I’m down, it’s time to look UP. Everyone has their own share of challenges, so when life throws you curve balls, it’s time to step up to the plate and OWN it. Look past the curves, focus on the finish lines, and respect for others. “You can’t always get what you want… but if you try sometimes, you just might find – you get what you need.” She was right – it’s about challenging yourself in any given situation and discovering new things. Also, “Never go to bed angry or on an empty stomach.” This was her way of making sure I always had fuel for a new day – a good attitude and energy for making it another GREAT day!

Chrissy

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

My mother always said you can do anything, but I believed it because she could do anything! My mother has a high school education and trained herself as a dog groomer. She now runs her own school and manufacturing plant with 20 employees! How could I not believe her? The best way to show give advice to our daughters is to “live it” ourselves.

Kate Giancatarino

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

My mom taught me to get up after every fall… and that she would be there to clean the scrapes, dry the tears, and cheer me on. She has always been my toughest coach, biggest supporter, and loudest fan!

Kim Heunemann

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

Your drive to do better, be stronger, help others and live healthier will always make you first in my book.

Kim Greer

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

“You may not be the best athlete on the court, but as long as you work as hard as you can, put your heart into it, and live up to your potential, you have won!”

Ghislaine Pinto

April 03, 2012 at 10:10 am

life is like a sea of roses, beautiful but with thorns, so just be yourself and you will avoid being hurt by them….

Heather Winner

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

My mom the humorous pragmatist! When I started a new job after graduation — 1700 miles away — she wrote me a card that read:

New jobs are always a little scary, but you’ll be fine! Just be sure you know where the coffee maker and the bathroom are (in that order). Everything else will fall into place as it should.

Jo

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

I thank God for you every day.

Terri Holley

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

My mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like, “People will tell you many things to get you to conform to their will. Look inside yourself and trust you. You are the best judge of who you are and what you need.”

Krista Seymour

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

Take a deep breath. Everything will be okay.

Kathy T

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

On my grandmother’s death bed, her words of wisdom will never be forgotten: “Be kind to each other and take care of one another”.

Jesse Donovan

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

My mom always told me smile. I never understood why my mom found joy in something as simple as a smile, now that I have a daughter of my own I understand. Seeing my daughter smile at me is all it takes to turn my day around. Thank you mom!

Nancy Eastman

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

that I should always do my best. My mother taught me to respect myself as well as all others and show respect for my elders. Being one of 7 children, my mother also instilled in us to share, play fairly and to never give up. She made sure each one of us is a productive, caring and responsible adult giving back to our communities as much as we can. Now that she is gone, I live every day of my life with her loving and encouraging words ringing in my head. I miss her every single day.

brie

April 03, 2012 at 10:11 am

Fly high, girl!

Joy Boerboom

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

A good sport is more than just a “good game” and a hand shake. It’s about laughing with your friends. Taking pride in a job well done. Giving your best effort. Working as team to accomplish something you are proud of. And, most of all, appreciating your competitors, whether you win or lose.

liz

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s ALL small stuff.

laura l

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

If you put your mind to it and your heart in it, you can do anything.

Amy Hoseth

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: “You are stronger than you think you are.” “Don’t be afraid to try.” “I am proud of you.” Oh – and “Wear your sunscreen!”

Ronda

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

Mom always told me to mind my P’s and Q’s; now that I am older I wish I had also minded my A’s through Z’s.

Edie Bickoff

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. Believe in yourself & you can do it all.

Christine Pecher

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

“I promise you that it will get better.” Even now after losing her those words still help me get through any tough day.

lydia

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

… be kind. and follow your heart.

Nika Aswegan

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

“Missteps and mistakes are not failures. They are transformational opportunities from which we learn, grow, and ultimately become our best self.”

Erica N.

April 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

“Learn how to change your own flat. Don’t wait for someone to stop and help.” Then we got out of our car and she showed me how to change it as she waved off the slowing passersby on the interstate.

Whitney Lundy

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

Be the woman you want your kids to look up to. Strength, compassion, drive, thankfulness…. Strive to embody those qualities, and with any luck, your children will do the same.

Jen Soule

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

“Don’t run to get away from where you are; run to get to where you want to be.” – My Mom

Kristal Nolf

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

“Be nice” and “always wear clean underwear (just in case).”

Erin Sorenson

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

Relax, what you want will come in its own time. Just because you want it now doesn’t mean you are meant to have it.
And she was right. Most everything good in my life has come through in its proper time,with hard work of course!

Doris

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

Don’t worry about chosing between work and family…..you can do it all!

Sammy

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

To always choose to be happy, and tell your kids every day to think happy thoughts. It really works!

Sara Rich

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

My mother has always modeled an active independent life. She has always been on the move and even now at 69 she still snow shoes, kayaks, does Pilates, yoga and swims every day. She rides her bike every where and keeps her body young and alive. She promotes strength in women and frequently likes to flex her muscles to show us all that she is still full of life. She inspires me to take good care of my body and keep it moving. I’ve always admired her fearless approach to being a strong independent woman.

Stephanie

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

“You have become a beautiful woman and a wonderful mother, everything your father and I prayed for. You are a blessing! All of your hard work and committment are paying off!” My 70 year old mother (who is still a full time teacher) tells me this all the time as she and my father help me raise my 3 children. We all live together and are in this wonderful jouney together! I Love you Mom and I couldn’t do it without you!

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

… don’t let excitement and longing for the next adventure cause you to wish away where you’re at today, because there’s joy to be had and lessons to be learned at every stage in life. This advice was made all the more poignant when she died unexpectedly 10 years ago. Now that I am a mom for the first time, I am taking that advice to heart and cherishing every minute with my newborn son.

Susan

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

Always say yes when you mean yes, and no when you mean no. Stand firm in your own truth and don’t waver.

Chris Cowen

April 03, 2012 at 10:13 am

Raising you kids was the most fun thing I ever did! (when really I thought we were the most annoying thing she ever did 🙂

My Mom passed away a few years ago. She was my best friend and my cheerleader through life. One of the last cards I received from her said..

“You are unique and more wonderous than you know.”

Love you Mom.

Ashley Acornley

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

“You are a fighter. No matter what you put your mind to, or what challenge or obstacle arises, you will survive, work through it, and come out of it even stronger than you were before.” My Mom is the most incredible person that I have ever known in my life. Throughout my life, she has taught me in so many ways how to be a fighter and be a strong woman, whether I am competing in an event, struggling with my schoolwork, or facing difficult times in relationships. I can never thank her enough for instilling this in me.

Jackie

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

I am proud of the woman and mother you have become. 🙂

Samantha

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

“… you can do anything for a few minutes.” I went on to win my 1st cross country race in sixth grade just moments after her inspiring pre-race words of advice 🙂

Leah Hecker

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

“Don’t Borrow Trouble.” Worrying about the future will not benefit you. Take real action toward your goals, and life will open up for you!

Tracy

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

Building your life with integrity is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Being yourself and sticking to your beliefs; no matter what the situation is sometimes hard but worth it in the end!!

Liz Dailey

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

Do the best you can. Do everything you know how to do. If you put everything you have into it and it doesn’t work out the way you wanted, be satisfied with the knowledge that perhaps it just wasn’t your turn. And use the experience to make you stronger.

Kate

April 03, 2012 at 10:14 am

…”any team can beat any other team on any given day”. My mom taught me to never give up – to enjoy the game, have fun with my teammates, and do my best, no matter what.

Ly Huynh

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like… do your best is not enough“

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

Just go outside and play.

Jane Swanson

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

Pick your battles. Choose the ones you are reasonably certain you can win.

Karen

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

Trust your instincts.

Jackie Sonuga

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

Remember who YOU are… She’s aid it as we left the door to slumber and skating parties in junior high, as I dressed for dates in highschool, as she dropped me off for college in another state, and now as an adult I don’t need her to say it to me, I have started to say it to my kids!

Jessica Klocek

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

If you wake up not feeling well, take a shower and you’ll feel better. If that doesn’t work, rub some Aloe on it and shake it off!

Heather Carroll

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

” racing motorcycles is not just for boys, go show them.” And I did with my biggest fan, my Mom cheering me all the way from broken bones to catching my championship dreams.

Ellie

April 03, 2012 at 10:15 am

My mom suffered from mental illness. I learned more by watching what she went through on a daily basis and learning how to navigate through the highs and lows. In her own way she taught me to be stronger than I ever could have imagined and I learned the patience and love to be a good mom to my own kids.

Jen Caudill

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

“Show your (little) sister the right way to win and the right way to lose. She looks up to you, so set the example. Help her when she’s in trouble and encourage her when she faces a challenge. Show your ambition and reach for the stars yourself, but never be so selfish that you can’t hold out your hand when she needs someone to pick her up.” My mom, my sister and I are ALL adults now and we’re best friends. They both mean the world to me. They’ve been the best teammates and life coaches a woman could ever ask for. I love you, Judy (Mom) and Lauren (Sis)! Go get ’em!

Jamie

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

It isn’t so much what she has said to me as the example she has set. Faced with raising 4 children after my father unexpectedly passed away at an early age, she never gave up and always strived to do her best and for us to do our best. She never felt sorry for herself. She is a determined person and thorugh the years has always helped us and our children in whatever way she can. When I found out that my son wasn’t just getting one new sibling but three (triplets) she was there for us and helped us finish a room over our garage and came every weekday for 7 months to help. Her actions have always influenced me to be a better person. Of course she said many things to help us over the years, but in this case, actions speak louder than words.

Shandra Stout

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

Start by smiling and saying hello

Jennifer Weaver

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

We may not understand why we have to go through some of the things that we do . . . but it is all part of the plan to make us who we are. Be calm, carry on, this will pass.

K. Baetsen

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

It wasn’t so much what she said but what she did which was to die with dignity and grace. It remains to be seen if I will be as brave as she was when my end arrives. I hope I honor her legacy well.

Kimberly Mikesh

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

Remember to breathe. And eat your vegetables.

Sue Ossmann

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

To always be comfortable in your own skin – you are beautiful the way you are, don’t look to a magazine for what you should look like. And to enjoy the outdoors – biking, hiking, camping, and enjoying family time on the beach.

Stacy Shelton

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

My mother always encouraged me in life by telling me that I can accomplish all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me! And by calling me her sunshine- she always reminds me that I am the sunshine in her life and that wherever I am I can light up a room with my smile and joy.

Wendy

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

“I hope one day you get a child just as stubborn as you.” [today we would use ‘determined’]
( I AM…and I did! 😉 )

Barbara GDF

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

Anything you want, if you put your mind to it, you can get it. But if it doesn’t work out like you wanted it to, be patient and don’t lose faith in yourself. The most important thing my mom ever said to me though was, “I believe in you and I’m very proud of you.”

Jennifer Kovach

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

the true winners are those who compete with passion and integrity.

Suzanne

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. In other words, “Don’t ‘should’ on yourself!” 🙂

J. P. Cohen

April 03, 2012 at 10:16 am

Someone out there always has it worse–really puts things in perspective!

JENNIFER LEISING

April 03, 2012 at 10:17 am

1. THE PATH IS NOT STRAIGHT.
2. MISTAKES NEED NOT BE FATAL.
3. PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAT ACHIEVEMENTS OR POSSESSIONS.
4. BE GENTALE WITH YOU PARENTS.
5. NEVER STOP DOING WHAT YOU CARE MOST ABOUT.
6. LEARN TO USE A SEMICOLON.
7. YOU WILL FIND LOVE.
– MARION WINIK SHARED BY LINDA LEISING TO HER DAUGHTER

Bari Eisenhauer

April 03, 2012 at 10:17 am

If it was easy, everyone would do it!

Joanne Brookover

April 03, 2012 at 10:17 am

Just follow the golden rule! Be nice….treat others as you would like to be treated. <3

Tania Cornejo

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. You are strong, you are talented, you can do whatever you want to do as long as you give it your all and never give up!

Carla

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

Finish what you start. See it all the way through..you never have to do it again if you don’t like it but you will never know exactly how you feel about anything until it’s all over! WOW..Never have more true words been spoken! As with everything in life, if we quit before the end ( of anything..from projects with work or school to training & running a marathon…sometimes the “work” doesn’t seem quite worth the goal but when it is all over & you have the “completed prize”… There is NO better feeling! Thanks mom!

Marci Rippel

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

You don’t need to compete with your brother–you have your own strengths.

Diane Leighton

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

Because I expected myself to be perfect she reminded me that it’s ok to make mistakes….but always try and grow! As I get older and have more responsibility this reminder is even more important…..don’t let fear of failure get in the way of your dreams!

Colleen Duerr

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

When I was debating whether to go out with a guy my mom would say, “Go out with him, you never know who you’ll meet.” I think that’s a good rule for ALL social situations, especially the ones we we think are going to make us uncomfortable.

Lindsay

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

“Everything works out the way it’s meant to be.”

JoBethHill

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

My mom taught me to always be positive – no matter what life is throwing at you or how bad a situation might appear, you can always be positive.

Nicole Davis

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

Well, yes it’s a five-mile hike & it is a long way (when I was six). But it’s just lots of little steps & think of how proud of yourself you’ll be when you finish.

Susan Mlodzienski

April 03, 2012 at 10:18 am

You are not that important! By that statement she means “no one cares if you mess up/ don’t look good/ or fail at what you have tried. The important thing is that you do what is important to you, to the best of your ability, and don’t worry about what people think.”

Patricia Muzzy

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like when God closes a door he opens a window and it is the challenges in life that make us stronger.

Carmen Namenek

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like always find time to give back to others, if you haven’t found anyone worse off than you , you haven’t looked hard enough.

Megan

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

No matter who wins or loses, if you give it your all, you will always walk away happy and satisfied!

Michelle

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

“When in doubt, don’t.” I’ve change it up a bit and go with “When in doubt, do.” You never know when you’ll get another chance to try something amazing!

Janet Denton

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

After I told my mom about the dog I rescued from the middle of the street, she said, “You really are dog’s best friend. But don’t get run over.” Sounds like something you might say to an 8 year old, except I’m 41. Still sound advice, I suppose….

Silvia Grover

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

Don’t wait for other people to be proud of you, be proud of yourself!

Mary Parham

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

Breathe deeply. Any obstacle, no matter what size, can be overcome if you pause, breathe, clear your mind… and then tackle it head on.

Nola Spear

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

Pretty is as pretty does.

Rita

April 03, 2012 at 10:19 am

…just jump in!

Nicole

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

when you go out there and do your best, you can’t let your teammates down, and you won’t dissapoint yourself.

Karen Magner

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

Be happy for your friends’ accomplishments!

Amanda Williford-Stewart

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

“Always be nice and make friends with IT because if they like you, you’ll never have trouble getting technical support and if they don’t like you, well expect a computer virus”.

My mom cautioned me early on in life to keep your friends closer and IT closer. Just a few weeks ago, I married the man of my dreams who just happens to work in IT. Needless to say, this girl took her mum’s words to heart.

Lala Almonte

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

Being a military wife, i have travelled from place to place and have been around so many people with all different traits and personality. It’s not always easy to adjust but what gets me by are my mom’s words of wisdom right when she was dropping me off at the airport some years ago… “Never try to find yourself in other people. We all are different. Appreciate the good and respect the differences. And whenever you can’t help but seeing the wrongs and the bad, remember that you have a handful of those as well. That way you can never be unhappy.”

Genia Robertson

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “Lead by example.” And, she did it. Words are meaningless without action. She taught me more by watching her, than she could have ever put into words. If I am half the woman she is, I am a very successful person. Thanks Mom!

Vicky Y

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

Life isn’t always fair — sometimes it is more fair and other times it is less fair. Just do what you need to do.

Candi

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

“You’ve got to keep on living, even if it kills you.” A quiet grace is something that I have learned from my mom. She has made it through a lifetime of second-guessing herself only to provide to her kids a legacy of believing in themselves because of her never-ending (and a lot of times disregarded) love, support and belief in our abilities. I know the Lord doesn’t make mistakes, and having said that, I am so grateful to Him that He thought so highly of me to let me be her daughter.

Kristen Carr

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like . . .YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE STAGE OF LIFE YOU’RE IN SO ENJOY THE HECK OUT OF THE STAGE YOU’RE IN!

Melodie Fearnow-Kenney

April 03, 2012 at 10:20 am

“PLEASE act like a lady.” I learned that ladies can be good sports AND hit homeruns, sink 3-pointers, and outrun the boys!

Megan Crum

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

I can’t..means you didn’t try.

lynsay clark

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

the first part of success is simply showing up.
What you learn in athletics will help you in every part of your life

maris

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

Work hard so you can play hard…love well so you can live well.

Lisa Mittleman

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

“Stop trying to be something you are not, to impress others and make them like you. The moment you stop trying to be something you’re not, the moment you embrace yourself, the REAL you, you will find people draw to you effortlessly!”

Liz Roby

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

…as tough as it may sometimes be, do your best to win and lose gracefully.

sara

April 03, 2012 at 10:21 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “I know you may have heard this before but don’t ever give up just because it’s hard because those are the times when you really gotta stick through it. Then in the end you’ll know why and be glad that you had to get all those scars and bruises because it will have made you so much stronger than you ever though you could have been.”

Jackie

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

It’s a beautiful day out today, go outside and play!

Leslie Beach

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

Sore losers lose twice.

Dawh Healy

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

Never assume you know more than someone else. Wisdom comes from unexpected places. Miss you mom! Breast cancer took you away from me, but not your spirit!

Amy Schwartz

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: it’s not always about winning. It’s about doing your best and helping others be their best. Being part of a team means doing what you can to make the team succeed. It’s not just about you! You don’t have to be the one who scores the most points or gets the most goals or receives the highest score.

Leslie

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

The fish don’t bite everyday.

Samantha Loomis

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts! Believe in your own skills and the rest will follow.

Deanna Araya

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

Attitude is everything! Do good, Be Good, Think Good , Talk Good and everything will be good.

Lorraine Harsch

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

Actions speak louder than words.

Patrice Arrington

April 03, 2012 at 10:22 am

My mother passed away when I was in my twenties and didn’t have the joy of meeting my four kids, but one thing I remember her saying to us five kids as we grew up was “the harder you work, the luckier you get”, which I say to my kids today and everytime I do I think of my mother saying it.

Lynn Dekle

April 03, 2012 at 10:23 am

Try your hardest and do your best and you will always be a winner, no matter the score.

Jen Fedorowicz

April 03, 2012 at 10:23 am

You ARE beautiful…don’t compare yourself to others!

susan

April 03, 2012 at 10:23 am

“can’t never could” and “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” are my two very favorites from Mama. Never did like “come here to me!” though!

Kara DV

April 03, 2012 at 10:23 am

At the core of a woman is strength – the strength to bear children, watch them grow, feel their happiness, joy, pain and sadness and teach them to endure even after she is gone. Now that I have children of my own, I truly understand my mother’s strength as a woman, the strength she instilled in me through her actions and words and the importance of passing along this strength to my son and daughter so that they too can overcome the challenges in their lives.

Fran Feil

April 03, 2012 at 10:24 am

My mother always told be to treat others the way you want to be treated and never let anyone push you around! Stand up for yourself and fight for those who are less fortunate!

DJ

April 03, 2012 at 10:24 am

Get in the game. Say “yes” to play..don’t be a spectator.

Denise Hoffman

April 03, 2012 at 10:24 am

Always look at the negative from a different point of view

Lisa E

April 03, 2012 at 10:24 am

“Always remember, a little kindness goes a long way.”

And the one thing she always told us when we were going somewhere: “Remember to say please and thank you”.

More people should try both of these.

jody janus

April 03, 2012 at 10:24 am

To create peace in your life – make a friend with yourself.

Erika Kiphart

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

“I am so very proud of you and all you have accomplished in your young life. Push through and persevere. The sky is the limit.” – Thanks, Mom! 🙂

Angelique

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

“You have to love it!” in other words, don’t do it or buy it “just because.” Really be committed.

Maria

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

Enjoy the moment, do not push time, for it will pass you by.

Katie Gray

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

If we didn’t have bad days, we wouldn’t be able to distinguish the good ones.

Sheri

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

now that you know how much it hurts to be treated that way, make a vow to never make someone else feel the way that you do right now, then forgive, and move on…

Stefanie

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

It’s always darkest before dawn. If everything is not perfect just remember that it isn’t the end. – Quote from my Mom, who even in the roughest of times has always been my greatest supporter

Amy Martin

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

She always taught me to “do your best…your best is good enough!”

JMac

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

[…after a bad day…] “Things will look better in the morning.” And they always do!

Mercedes

April 03, 2012 at 10:25 am

“Believing in yourself is stronger than any weapon, it will take you far”

Lisa Racine

April 03, 2012 at 10:26 am

Its not what people say that makes them good, it is what they do and how they make you feel that makes them good!

Kathryn Monti

April 03, 2012 at 10:26 am

just breathe through it – if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Aimee Porter

April 03, 2012 at 10:26 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” My mom has preached this Eleanor Roosevelt quote to me repeatedly over the years. Both she and Eleanor are absolutely right!

'becca

April 03, 2012 at 10:26 am

For my entire life my mom (& daddy too) have told me there was nothing I couldn’t achieve. The least athletic of the 3 kids they have, I didn’t really find my inner athlete until my late 20’s. This past Sunday in Galveston, TX, I set out to achieve a goal I set for myself over 15 years ago — cross the finish line of an Ironman 70.3 race.

Couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, of which my momma leads the way. For years, I have received letters from her before big games or runs, but the one I received on Saturday night topped them all.
Here are some character traits she has taught me, along with a line from the letter I received the night before I raced.

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
*Believe in yourself & in God
“Now, believe in you; believe and feel God’s provision and blessings; accept the many, many unseen smiles from heaven and earth – as we join our heart and smile, knowing what is true…”
* Hold you head high, but with humility, knowing you did your best and can be proud.
“I don’t even know where to begin to tell you how proud I am of you.”
* Seek Joy
“There is no greater joy than to sense the authentic happiness and elation of your child’s heart.”
*Chase your dreams
“I can hear it in your voice – a dream being fulfilled and a satisfaction of work beyond what I can imagine.”
*In order to achieve a goal, you must find a balance, but it can be done.
“You’ve done it. You’ve dreamt it, trained, climbed hills, pedaled hundreds of miles. You’ve been blessed with answered prayer and a new freedom in the water. You’ve dedicated countless hours to training and rigor, while serving as a faithful, phenomenal, and wonderful wife and mother.”
*Honor those who helped along the way.
Now there isn’t a quote from the letter for this one. The words above are my effort to show this character trait in action. I certainly would not have been able to do what I did on Sunday without the support of my family and great friends.
Choose my momma, Shelley. She absolutely, hands down deserves to be one of the 10 moms Athleta honors for Mother’s Day.

Victoria Pasquale

April 03, 2012 at 10:27 am

“When I gave birth I gave birth to a daughter and my very best friend.”-Eileen
I am my mothers daughter (:

Amy Martin

April 03, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hard work pays off! Give your all and good things will follow!

Anna Liisa Van Mantgem

April 03, 2012 at 10:27 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

…have empathy for the underdog. Winning the game is not as important as giving your all. No matter what happens, keep going.

Kandie Trenary

April 03, 2012 at 10:27 am

Get out of your head and into your heart, then you will be able to do your best, always – Mom.

Deb

April 03, 2012 at 10:28 am

Don’t take yourself too seriously… work hard, play hard and remember to laugh every day.

anne nightingale

April 03, 2012 at 10:28 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: focus on the here and now. Be the best you can be in the present moment. The past is over + the future is indeterminable. Stay focused in the present! 🙂 (thank you for giving me an opportunity to share!)

Denise d'Epagnier

April 03, 2012 at 10:28 am

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Pat Mitroff

April 03, 2012 at 10:28 am

God gave you two ears and one mouth….. use them proportionatly. Always listen well before answering.

Mary Crocker

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

No good deed goes un-punnished,but the good always wins. Take the “high road” and always do the right thing.

Elizabeth Young

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

Be stronger than you think you are because you are powerful. Be braver than you think you are because you are courageous. And always be better than you think you are, because I know you are the best.

Jill

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: don’t treat people with disabilities like they are not normal. My mom has so much love for the mentally and physically disabled. It is definitely something she has passed on to me, and that I am passing on to my son and daughter. We are all created equal and deserve love, respect, and compassion.

Rebecca Adcock

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

My mother was a ballet teacher, not a sports player. I started playing basketball in third grade and was the only girl in the league. I remember one time coming home from a practice I was upset because the boys on my team didn’t want me there either. She told me I could quit, but if I was happy playing basketball, things would work out. I stuck with it. I played all through high school, some of the boys were great friends through high school. I became the girl that everyone said, “oh, her,she plays sports”. I was a total jock. My mom shot basketball although her ballet attitudes were funny when she jump shot and her leg elevated out the back.

Amanda Moore

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

Always do your best. Think how your actions might affect others. If you fail at something it is OK, at least you tried.

Natalie

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

being a team player is more important than winning and always be respectful of everyone (teammates, coaches, opponents etc.)

Julie

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

“Food should be made with lots of love, and lots of butter.”

Amanda English

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

Live like like a free bird.

Megan Stackhouse

April 03, 2012 at 10:29 am

“I KNOW you can do it!”

Johannah B

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

God pays you back 10-100 fold for every kindness you show another person. AND I do believe He has!

Katherine

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

“The tougher it is to be polite and kind to another person, the more important it is to do.”

Lisa Combs-Yowell

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

Every day brings new opportunities to be a better you.

miem

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

Live life like a free bird.

Tina

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

Nothing in the world takes the place of persistence.

That has echoed in my head for years!

Jamie B

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

My mom taught me to always “take the good with the bad”.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.

Janet Danforth

April 03, 2012 at 10:30 am

To have a successful marriage, always think of your spouse before you think of your self.

Susan

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

like….. She believed she could…So she did!
Thanks Mom

Carol

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom when she told me to put myself in another person’s shoes and view a situation from their perspective. Mom taught me about being a good sport by showing me how to have empathy for others and treat them fairly. She used to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” to me when I was very young. The image of Scout as a hero was just the right message for this active little tomboy who loved the outdoors and never wanted to come inside. I learned the lessons of empathy and fairness along with Scout, and the poetry of the storytelling left a permanent impression on my life.

Terise

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: Always be independent while still having the need for others in your life! Never give up!

Charline Quenee

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like never give up on something (or someone) you wouldn’t want live without, you are never alone in this world!

Nancy

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

For a healthy spirit My mom always told us to give at least 1 compliment to someone a day and to be a great listener, keep some of our thoughts and feelings to ourself, it builds inner strength. I’ve had these words in my head since grade school I’m now a mother of 3 and share the same with my kids.

April

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

to be kind to people, especially if they aren’t being kind to you. You don’t know what’s going on in their lives and you being nice to them might turn their day around.

Katherine Hollis

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

It doesn’t matter what others are doing – it matters what you are doing for yourself. Always be yourself!

Bree Dougherty

April 03, 2012 at 10:31 am

Take your time and slow down, enjoy each day. Be sure to appreicate every encounter with a family or friends. You never know when will be your last day. Appreicate life.

Maryann

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

always think in terms of win-win. Life is not about you. It is about you can help others. This will create a positive attitude in everything you do.

Kendra Johnson

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

pick your battles, and only fight the ones that are really worth fighting!

Sandi

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

You can do whatever you set your mind to!

Elena Lavigne

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love what you do and the rest will be easy.

Denise

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

…. ” Use your imagination, be adventurous even when there are limitations”

Meg Valentine

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

This is you. This is it. Get over it and go.

Heidi

April 03, 2012 at 10:32 am

“don’t do something you will regret, but if you will regret not doing it..well then get out there and do it already! Jeesh…. “

Jennifer Hawes

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…never sit on a public toilet. You’ll catch germs!

Amy Einolf

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

“If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster woman
But sooner or later the woman who wins
Is the woman who thinks she can.”

Laura

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Let your actions show you are aware of how much influence you have on others.

Christina DelGreco

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…Start by just moving. Get off the couch, get outside or just take a walk. It’s all about movement.

My Mon is 76 years young. She has battled breast cancer and won. She never felt sorry for herself but I wouldn’t of blamed her if she did. She watches her friends become home bodies and tries to encourage them with those words of wisdom above.

She is on 2 golf leagues and walks around 3 miles a day.

She is my inspiration!

Cheryl

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like ” If you try out, you have a chance to get a spot on the team. The worst that can happen is you won’t get picked. If you don’t try out, you will never get picked. So try!”

Gina Rasinski

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Raised by a single mom when it was not common to be a single mom, I am the youngest of 4 and she always told me I could accomplish ANYTHING in life on my own and did not need a man to justify my beauty, intelligence or worth. She is my biggest fan and brags to everyone about my cycling accomplishments and now my Ironman training and goals.

Sarah Fahnhorst

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Don’t give up: if one way does not work, try a different approach.

Suzy McLaughlin

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

This, too, shall pass. You have to do what you have to do. The right choice is usually the hard choice. Never gossip. Be a blessing to someone each day. C’mon, lift up your heart (cheer up).

Arianne

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

To know when to pick my battles.

Amy McClure

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

….always finish what you started. You may not be the fastest, strongest or best at what you are doing, but if you were wiling to try and start it, you can carry it through and do your best to finish. Winners never quit and quitters never win!

Jill

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“ keep your head down and hit the ball hard.” I was a tennis player, and this was good technical advice, but metaphorically it meant a lot more. Keep your head down (don’t worry about what other people think) and hit the ball hard (give it all you’ve got).

Amy Tich

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

To be a good sport, you have to lose to prove it.

Lindsay Ellis

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

“I can do it and I do it!” So simple and easy to repeat. Even now, this gives my 2 and 4 year old encouragement when we are on a long hike or when they are trying to figure something out. Generations will forever encourage each other because of my mother.

AnnieK

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

My mom (who worked for 40 years with foster children) taught me how truly lucky I am. If you have your health and a hand to hold, all will be OK.

Liz

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Never give up. You can do anything when you put your mind to it!

Joy Parks

April 03, 2012 at 10:33 am

Love them, and then love them some more!!!

Christi

April 03, 2012 at 10:34 am

It wasn’t any words she spoke directly but she ALWAYS acted like a lady and treated everyone with sincere kindness. She always tells me she loves me and she is proud of me. I hope to convey the same love and example to my three beautiful girls.

Randi S.

April 03, 2012 at 10:34 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…marry a man who is already what you want him to be, not one that you hope will change.”

Mary Maddox

April 03, 2012 at 10:34 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “don’t take any wooden nickels”, “it takes one to know one”, it’s okay to talk to yourself, if you start answering then you’re in trouble.” 🙂

Melissa Fancher

April 03, 2012 at 10:34 am

To treat others the way you want to be treated. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. You can be anything that you want to be in this world. She showed me that hardwork and determination can take me anywhere I want to go and last but not least don’t cross your eyes like that or they will stay that way!

Susan zumBrunnen

April 03, 2012 at 10:35 am

Don’t take yourself too seriously…remember to bend with the breeze and float with the tide.

Jessica McCotter

April 03, 2012 at 10:35 am

Always do your best to succeed and good things will happen…eventually with patience.

Sheila Sedler

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

My mom told me in elementary school “never say anything behind someone’s back that you can’t say to his or her face”. Those words from her were easy enough for a ten year old girl to understand, and at 45 years, I still hear them in my head. I have never had to regret something that I said, and have never hurt anyone with carelessly spoken words. Thank you, Mom!

Emily Marine

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Don’t forget…. boys are dumb, but we love them anyway 🙂

Kathleen Cannon

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Smile. Be patient. Share. Stand up straight. Look after each other.

Tiffin

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

play with your friends and you’ll always win.

Christy

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Life is like exercise–the harder it is, the stronger you become.

Trish McTavish Brown

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Whether you are winning or losing…KEEP SMILING!

erin a counts

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

It isnt all about you, and although you cant control life, you can choose how to respond
to it. You are great beyond measure.

Anne

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

…”You are made of strong stuff and you’re a lot stronger than you think you are.”

Michele Phillips

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Laughter is like inner jogging. It’s exercise for your soul. Take time for yourself, laugh, and try not to take everything too seriously. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of everyone else.

Christa P

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

If you’ve got it to do, you’ve got it to do.

Kara Fuller

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

This too shall pass. Because when you are in the midst of a challenge being reminded of that is sometimes all you need.

Anne

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

Don’t let other people step in front of you. If you see an opportunity, take it!

Judy Bernier

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

glitter on the kitchen floor is the sign of a good life…think she got quote from a book…

Lillian Irish

April 03, 2012 at 10:36 am

A forgiving soul is easier to carry than an angry one.

Chrystal

April 03, 2012 at 10:37 am

My mother told me that it is easy to complicate my life and hard to simplify it.

Lucia

April 03, 2012 at 10:37 am

“Never let them see you sweat, or cry, laugh in public, cry in private:)”

Gretchen Pepper

April 03, 2012 at 10:37 am

Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do to make others happy.

Jennifer Boswell

April 03, 2012 at 10:37 am

“What comes around goes around..”

Alice Gober

April 03, 2012 at 10:37 am

Don’t be your own worse enemy. Not trying is not accomplishing anything.

Mary K

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

Embrace your mistakes, ignore nay-sayers, and NEVER pass up the perfect pair of black pants.

Samantha Ghiz

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

“Pretty is as pretty does.” My mother always taught me that basically beauty was only skin deep & what matters is how you are on the inside & how you treat others.

Haley

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

“You’re as happy as you want to be.”
This phrase rang true for me several times throughout college and young adulthood and helped me to remember that if I wasn’t happy, it was my responsibility to do something about it. It still continues to remind me that being happy in life is always within my power because a positive attitude will always make a world of difference!

Lisa Phelan

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

Live life to the fullest so you have no regrets. Be happy.

Kelli

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

“This is your world baby girl, we just live in it… Only YOU can make your dreams come true. We’ll be your cheerleaders when you dream big, but it’s up to you follow through.” 🙂

Tammy Tyler

April 03, 2012 at 10:38 am

“You can be whatever you want to be. Really. Anything.” So I got a PhD in organic chemistry. : )

Heather C

April 03, 2012 at 10:39 am

Her response to “I can’t.”

“Can’t never did anything.”

Mollie McFeely

April 03, 2012 at 10:39 am

My mom taught me…to “love your children to life” not “love your children to death.”
This has been such a beneficial phrase the past 7 months after my second child was born and we have struggled with hospitalizations, ongoing illness and the ever-evolving changes/struggles of an raising infant.

Colette Smith

April 03, 2012 at 10:39 am

Stand tall and be kind – you are no less or more important than those around you.

Amy Connelly

April 03, 2012 at 10:39 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like don’t trade what you want most for what you want in the moment.

Shira W. Rose

April 03, 2012 at 10:39 am

Shira darling, life is a spectacular journey…truly experience every step of the way. Also don’t forget your lipstick!

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 10:40 am

whatever you decide I will support your decision. I love you.

Pamela Jensen

April 03, 2012 at 10:40 am

Believe in yourself,believe in the goodness of others.

Christy

April 03, 2012 at 10:40 am

Life won’t always go your way, and when it doesn’t square your shoulders, hold your head high, and move forward.

Cari Linden

April 03, 2012 at 10:40 am

“There’s a reason you put on your oxygen mask first in an emergency. Make yourself a priority and the rest will follow.”

Sarah

April 03, 2012 at 10:40 am

…cancer will beat you, but only if you don’t fight it.

Renee Carlson

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

My mom taught me to accept eeryone for who they are as a person, reach my own goals and she always said, “Do whatever makes you happy”

Nicole Stephens

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

“Make your weakness your strength and let it guide you to success!”

Tracy Karakas

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Jennifer Sufat

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

My mother always taught me to treat others how I would want to be treated. To not be spiteful and to be gracious, and that everyone is created equal. I live by these words everyday and instill them in my children.

Merilee

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

…Find joy in everything you do and you’re already a winner.

Margaret Noreuil

April 03, 2012 at 10:41 am

Never let anyone keep you from doing what you want to do. . . . especially a man!

Laurel

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Casey Kovarik

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“ Always live your life as if everything you do is posted on a billboard for the world to see”

Lily Sloan

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

“You are too grand a person, too smart, too organized, too creative, too devoted and too much fun to be a poop or a fake.”

Darcie

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

It’s not who wins the game that ends up being the winner. Your efforts and energy put forth to ensure that everyone has a good time, despite a winner, creates the biggest winner of them all.

Alyssa Ramirez

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

As long as you are joyful when you do it, it will lead you the right direction

Adieren Roark

April 03, 2012 at 10:42 am

Everything will be better in the morning. Tomorrow is a new day.

Marie Butler

April 03, 2012 at 10:43 am

Always maintain your grace and composure under pressure.

LeAnn Allred

April 03, 2012 at 10:43 am

Never ask, “could it get any worse?” because the answer is always, “yes”. Instead, look at what is going right and build on that.

Tina Ragan

April 03, 2012 at 10:43 am

…You can do whatever you set your mind to do, just focus and work hard.

Kristi Nelson

April 03, 2012 at 10:44 am

My Mom didn’t really have one particular ‘thing’ she’d say, she was always just there for me. She worked hard to support me, and give me a good life. She sacrificed to make my life better. I guess that really what it means to a great parent. My Mom is 60 years old and is battling early on set Alzheimer’s. She’s a fighter! Love you Mom!

Andrea Przybyszewski

April 03, 2012 at 10:44 am

Mom is always right!

Tina Ragan

April 03, 2012 at 10:44 am

…sometimes you have to be the bigger person. Suck it up and show them what a real lady acts like.

Denise

April 03, 2012 at 10:44 am

…in life, no matter how hard you try, not everyone will like you (gasp! really Mom, why not?!). So surround yourself with the people you trust, who inspire you and love you for you… and focus your energy on giving them your best.

Judy L

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Tomorrow is “another” day.

Olga Goldfayn

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
“.. you can not predict where the world goes, but you can always choose your own way. So run it along and let it be a wonderful journey.”

Becky Crissinger

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strenghts.

Kim Richwine

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Be comfortable in your own skin…never compromise who you are.

Growth is only possible through change, and is sometimes painful. Embrace it, and become who you are yet to be.

Never hide your age. Wear it as a badge of honor.

Ann Giglio

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

You need to be happy with what you see in the mirror at the end of each day. Do what you believe is right and good for you and others.

Sonya

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like… “You can always blame me.”. This meant that I could use her as an out if the peer pressure was getting to me.

Meredith

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

It is not important for everyone to like you but it is essential that you like yourself

Jill Bennett

April 03, 2012 at 10:45 am

Not everyday is good, but there is good in everyday.
(well that and “because I am the Mom, that’s why 😉

Melissa Hillebrenner

April 03, 2012 at 10:46 am

You can accomplish anything you put your mind to!

Nancy

April 03, 2012 at 10:46 am

My Mother never told me I could – she just never told me I couldn’t.

Gretchen

April 03, 2012 at 10:46 am

…things will look better in the morning after a good night sleep. Miss you Mom! XOXOXOXOXO

Kerri Griffin

April 03, 2012 at 10:46 am

Everybody gets nervous, or afraid of goofing up, or not being THE BEST, so everybody needs to be encouraged, no matter who they are- so go for it!
Never let the fear of doing something keep you from doing it! (whether it was giving someone a hug or going for the next goal)

Frances Ford

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

Mom taught me to be independent, to always take care of myself and those around me.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

Remember that your opponent is not the enemy, but someone just like you. Be the opponent you would want them to be. (And “Deuce” can be a swear word if you use it correctly.)

Margo

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

“Honey, it’s your inner beauty that really matters”

Susi

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

her inspiring stories of growing up playing softball in the 1940’s when most girls were doing other things. By hearing her tell my dad, who is from Bolivia, that girls play sports here in the USA when I wanted to start to play soccer at age 10. By seeing her cheer the loudest for me in every sport I played which encouraged my life long love of fitness and good health.

Jody - Fit at 54

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

Be who you are & not who others want you to be. Follow your heart for happiness.

The biggest thing for me, though, was the upbringing in the home to love all people of all races, colors, religions & beliefs. We are no better than anyone else & treat them as you would want to be treated yourself. We are all special in our own way.

Deanna Steinbrunner

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

…believe in yourself and you can do anything you want to do!

Melissa Henrich

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
We are women and we have to work twice as hard to show we are worthy. What this means is we have to be twice as strong, twice as persistent, twice as smart, all while we are showing we are still women and can bring a different perspective to the table in a non-confrontational way.

Amy Hartmann

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

My mother taught me words of wisdom like give every competition everything you have so there are no regrets. On any given day, the number one competitor can be beat. Outside of competition, she always taught me to offer up any pain or disappointment to those who are suffering far greater than I. Your own suffering can then have a purpose.

Julia Martin

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

…When you’re climbing a tree, don’t stop to look at the sap on your hands.

Roo

April 03, 2012 at 10:47 am

…blaze your own trail. If you are good, if you are kind, if you are strong…others will follow.

Jarrod

April 03, 2012 at 10:48 am

who cares what everyone else thinks…it’s how and what you think about yourself that matters most. Now, go show ’em who’s boss…

Patricia Schmoutz

April 03, 2012 at 10:48 am

INNER BEAUTY SHINES… My mom told me I would often notice in life that the ugliest attitudes come from those who feel insecure or have something to prove. The most secure of women are those who strive to love and are loved. THAT’s the BEAUTY we tend to notice the most!!

zipper zorzos

April 03, 2012 at 10:48 am

We don’t stop playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop playing.

Gina Meneni

April 03, 2012 at 10:48 am

“You are the BEST!!!” And she would scream this while running up and down the sidelines of my soccer game. Our team would always give her a trophy at the end of the year for being such a positive cheerleader, to everyone.

Consuela Perez

April 03, 2012 at 10:49 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like….never forget whose daughter you are….don’t give your power and strength away by reacting to petty and bad sport behavior…. don’t be afraid to risk being excellent….do what brings joy to your heart….lead your team with a fierce heart and by being a good example.”

Anne Carlson

April 03, 2012 at 10:49 am

Always treat others like you would like to be treated, take chances and love life and whatever is dealt to you in this life it’s supposed to be so you deal with it and embrace it.

Carol G

April 03, 2012 at 10:50 am

If it needs fixing, fix it and don’t blame others.

Meridy Wheeler

April 03, 2012 at 10:51 am

…always live off of your own merits and not those gained by judging others

Angela

April 03, 2012 at 10:51 am

Stand up straight it is better for your digestion.

Jane

April 03, 2012 at 10:51 am

My mom drove me to an airport when I was 19. I decided I wanted to go and stay in the US (this was year before communist era “went down” in Czech)
She said ” you go and be who I coldn’t be and do what I couldn’t do. So I did.

Kristin Phillips

April 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

My son was born with major medical issues and disabilities. I was overwhelmed and discourages. My mom’s advice? “Just take him home and love him.” I’ve been doing that for almost nine wonderful years! Thanks, Mom!

Jana Sepulvado

April 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

Your hardest times and weakest moments in life can become your greatest strengths. Use every experience to strengthen the present.

Pam Olson

April 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

Eat your veggies! Clean up after yourself! And for goodness sake GO OUTSIDE and PLAY!

F. Scott

April 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

Trust Your Instincts.

Erica

April 03, 2012 at 10:52 am

Try your best in this life….give up control and turn it over to God…he will provide.

Becky Sanchez

April 03, 2012 at 10:53 am

My mom was less about words and more about actions…She always sees the positive in everyone, even those who may have it buried deep down. This in turn actually makes the people around her better people.

Sarah

April 03, 2012 at 10:53 am

Do not compare yourself to others, be yourself. Because when you are yourself, everyone will take notice.

Bonnie Sashin

April 03, 2012 at 10:53 am

Mom taught me there’s no shame in losing. The real shame is sitting on the sidelines.

Christine @ Mama Papa Barn

April 03, 2012 at 10:53 am

Share what you have. You never know when you will need someone to share with you.

Lynn Bender

April 03, 2012 at 10:53 am

…when I was in Jr High and wanted to run track but there was no girls track team, she said ‘don’t let that stop you. Run on the boys’ team.’ So I did. And I won. She believed in me!

Janna Barkin

April 03, 2012 at 10:54 am

True beauty is on the inside. Mom always told me I was beautiful on the inside where it is most important. And when people would say “Oh your daughter is so beautiful” she would say “Yes, on the inside, where it is most important”
I believe it to be true and teach my daughters the same.

Nicole

April 03, 2012 at 10:54 am

You are beautiful.

Amy Sawyer

April 03, 2012 at 10:54 am

Treat others as you would want to be treated.

DWebb

April 03, 2012 at 10:55 am

Practice makes perfect!

Judy Hamann

April 03, 2012 at 10:55 am

… everything you do reflects on your family – and family is everything.

Caitlin

April 03, 2012 at 10:55 am

My mother and I have always butted heads while growing up….

However, a few years ago she said, “No matter how much we fight, we will always be my daughter and I will always love you. A mother’s love runs deeper than anything”

Edie McDowell

April 03, 2012 at 10:55 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
“finish what you start;
keep your promises,
take reasonable risks,
believe in yourself,
do something fun outside every day, no matter what,
be present and powerful in mind, body and spirit,
drink lots of water, and eat your veggies.”

Nikki

April 03, 2012 at 10:55 am

The grass is NOT greener on the other side! Be thankful every single day for your family, friends, and health. That is all that really matters in life!

Alethea Nano

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

All you can ever do is try your best. Sometimes you will succeed sometimes you won’t but you will know you did the best you could do.

Denise Jenkins

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

“To have a friend, you have to be one . Always know that the other person has feelings and has a story so choose a loving response to any situation”
“The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them!”

There were so many.
” everyday choosehappiness”

Kim

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “expand yourself by working to understand another’s point of view. They may have somehow arrived at a point where your paths cross, but they will never have traveled the same path to get there.”

L

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

Mom always taught me to push myself to further than I thought I could go.
You might just surprise yourself.

Sarah F

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

My mom taught me that while we sometimes “lose”, we should never lose the lesson. That life should be about more than one’s own self. My mom taught me to lead a life of service to others, so when I’m looking back on my life, I know it matters that I was here. (I love you mom!)

joan cathcart

April 03, 2012 at 10:56 am

Do what you love – life is too short!

Kate Daly

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

If you get enough sleep things have a way of working out.

Ray Saunders

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

change into your play clothes first!

Kristine Voorhees

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

always play fair in sports and life.

Kathleen Lawrence

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

If you’ve done your best, you’ve done your job!

diana

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

My mom told me if i couldn’t be the “best” to be the “only”, meaning everyone went out for the lacrosse team, but no one wanted to be the goalie. It was easy to be the best goalie when i was the only one !

amy

April 03, 2012 at 10:57 am

Always treat others with kindness, no matter what their appearance.

joan cathcart

April 03, 2012 at 10:58 am

Do what you love – life is too short

Michelle Muar

April 03, 2012 at 10:58 am

….Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. She encouraged me to try lots of different types of sports and one summer I think I was in at least 6 different sporting related summer camps…from tennis camp, to gymnastics camp, to bowling camp, to swim and dance camp. This taught me to be flexible and that I can’ t be good at everything, but that doesn’t matter as long as you try your hardest!!!

Maryl Sartin

April 03, 2012 at 10:58 am

Success is the best revenge. And always be true to yourself.

Rachelle Clark

April 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

…judge people by their values, not how much money they have or what they look like.

Lorna

April 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

Mom took me to see Bambi and one phrase that Thumper’s Mom said and was repeated through
my whole childhood is “If you cannot say anything nice do not say anything at all”

Ivana

April 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

It’s always easy to do the wrong thing. Doing the right thing is harder and takes more courage.

Marni

April 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

…any job worth doing is worth doing well…put 100% into everything you do..in sports, music and life in general! Oh, and to always be kind and respectful to everyone…especially when they aren’t necessarily kind to you…as mom always said, two wrongs don’t make a right…love you mom!

Allison Hertzler

April 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

“My Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“

Go for the win, but enjoy the game.

Nicole Janicki

April 03, 2012 at 11:00 am

Live each moment as if it were your last…..
(After being diagnosed with breast cancer)

Christina Michaud

April 03, 2012 at 11:00 am

She lead by example putting us kids and my father first and then going back to college, finishing her degree, and competing with me to get a teaching job! (We tied in securing a job..but both won because of each other!)

Christina Hintz

April 03, 2012 at 11:00 am

Treat others with the same respect you would expect to receive. (This is key in being a good sport and I still use this advice in my daily life as well as in sports.)

pgulick

April 03, 2012 at 11:00 am

My Mama always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody…come sit by me. 🙂

Ruth Black

April 03, 2012 at 11:01 am

…..to “be strong. Any time there is an obstacle or something that seems insurmountable, be strong.” I have adapted this to my runs and races that when it seems too hard to continue, I must be strong and finish strong because I am strong.

Marice Rounds

April 03, 2012 at 11:01 am

I grew up with this passage Mom posted on our refrigerator: The chief purpose of education is to train the mind and the will to do the work that needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether one likes it or not.

Ruthann Hughes

April 03, 2012 at 11:01 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like… treat others the way you want to be treated.” I think it is so important to be kind and understanding toward one another and learn this at an early age. Everyone is unique and has so much to offer.

Kim Craig

April 03, 2012 at 11:01 am

You are a strong woman & strong women never give up!

Jennifer

April 03, 2012 at 11:03 am

I grew up with my grandmother and her words of wisdom were “there is no such thing as can’t, don’t do anything unless you mean it and when you do something do it with love.

Keena

April 03, 2012 at 11:03 am

Having children will make you more selfless than all else.

Susan Wood

April 03, 2012 at 11:03 am

……. to try new things that way I could say “I am glad I did, instead of I wish I had”.

Holly Broussard

April 03, 2012 at 11:03 am

It’s the size of your heart and spirit that makes you a good athlete not your physical size. Play with your heart!

S. Lubert

April 03, 2012 at 11:04 am

Knowing that children are hurtful and I was a sensitive young girl, my mom always said to me “it doesn’t matter what people say or think about you, it’s about what you think of yourself… you know you better than anyone and you are amazing”.

Rayna Hinson

April 03, 2012 at 11:04 am

Dont let fear get the best of you ! Know that you can do it and set your mind to it. Only
let Positive thoughts enter your mind from now on !!
Another encouraging words my mother used were to ask my ” Have you ever failed
at anything you have done before”. I realized i had not and set my mind to make
great positive changes in my life that have made me alot happier .

Denise Collins

April 03, 2012 at 11:04 am

Take good care of your body…it’s the finest machine you will ever own.

Therese

April 03, 2012 at 11:04 am

My Mom says,
“Be present.
Be positive.
Be respectful.
And know that you can achieve anything.”

suzanne wright

April 03, 2012 at 11:04 am

Don’t just try—DO!

Holly Thomas

April 03, 2012 at 11:05 am

Things in life worth having are those you have to work the hardest for and there is nothing I can not do if I work hard.

Astrid

April 03, 2012 at 11:05 am

The hardest part of anything is getting started. After that, you’re already a winner.

Johanna Walk

April 03, 2012 at 11:05 am

My mother, who died at age 52 of emphysema, demonstrated to me the serenity in feeling deep gratitude for each breath I take.

Carey Reynolds

April 03, 2012 at 11:05 am

Never Give Up, Don’t be Afraid! You can do whatever you want if you put your heart and mind into it!

Monica Bennett

April 03, 2012 at 11:06 am

My mother would say often “I have champagne taste but a beer budget.” In other words, never spend beyond your means and to prioritize it.

katherine williams

April 03, 2012 at 11:06 am

You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Brianna G

April 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Hate is a very strong word. You don’t hate anyone, you can strongly dislike them, but you shouldn’t hate them.

Johanna Walk

April 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thanks mom

Crystal Bateman

April 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Kill them with kindness!!

Andrea Kane

April 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Remeber who “you” are and who you represent.

Terry Remhof

April 03, 2012 at 11:07 am

Always try your best and you will know that you have done your best.

katherine williams

April 03, 2012 at 11:08 am

You can’t climb on the heads of others

Nickey

April 03, 2012 at 11:08 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“
There is always someone who will be better than you at something…and you will always be better than someone else at something. No one is ever good at everything. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Embrace them. Respect others. And always remember what if feels like not only when you win, but also when you loose. Good, better, best….never rest…until your good is better, and your better is your best.

lesley

April 03, 2012 at 11:08 am

Keep calm and carry on…mum is English!

Melissa McGibbon

April 03, 2012 at 11:09 am

My mom is always proud of me whether I’m making a difference in the world or making my bed. She taught me to be proud of others and cheer for their accomplishments–to encourage my friends and to be relentlessly optimistic.

Heather Helgeson

April 03, 2012 at 11:09 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…the difference between achievement and success. ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have worked hard for something and done your best. Success is about the applause of others, which is nice, but not as important and gratifying. Always plan for achievement and worry less about success.’

Perri

April 03, 2012 at 11:09 am

don’t take it personally

Tanya

April 03, 2012 at 11:09 am

If you can’t remember what you wore last week then neither can anyone else. 😉

Susan Mazza Murnane

April 03, 2012 at 11:10 am

When I was 10, she told me never get into a fist fight that you are not absolutely SURE you will win.

Melanie Colvin

April 03, 2012 at 11:10 am

“Miss Independent”. Its a name I’m proud of. My mom was a housewife when my Dad died when I was a kid. She went to college while raising three kids and became a teacher. She taught me that you can take care of yourself, be strong & accomplish your goals even while being a single Mom.

Jill Hinton

April 03, 2012 at 11:10 am

Don’t smoke, always wear a bra, and there IS a difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip.

Catherine Freeman

April 03, 2012 at 11:10 am

Mom has always maintained that strength comes from being an Independent thinker. She raised me and my two younger sisters with this motto and even when we spit it back at her, she was proud!

Megan mermal

April 03, 2012 at 11:10 am

Believe in your dreams and they will become your reality.

Tina Davis

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

If I ever had something not-so-nice to say about another person, my Mom would always say, “But for the grace of God…”, to remind me that I’m not perfect, and that it could easily be me. Shes always that voice in my head, keeping me grounded. I’m so blessed to have her!

Cindy

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

… when one door closes another opens up. If you’re only looking at the closed door you will never see the new opening.”

She said this when I was trying out for HS cheer leading and didn’t make the team. So, I went out for the track team. How right she was! As a result I earned a full scholarship for running in college, was honored as an “All American”, and traveled around the world for free representing the United States. So glad I looked for the opened door!! Thank you mom!

April

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

Your dreams are important.. never be afraid to act on them; you can accomplish great things not only on a smaller scale of personal growth, but your actions could have the potential of affecting the rest of the world.

Kimberly

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport and making the best of what you have. When she was in high school, she couldn’t cross the center line of a basketball court because the rules were based on the belief that girls couldn’t run. Each time she’s cheered me on in a marathon I’ve been thankful her, and to all women who proved that we are capable of participating in all sports.

Ashleigh Ginther

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

Be bold.
Be brave.
Be beautiful.

Aleta Fantoni

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

Do what you love, love what you do.

Rene Leer

April 03, 2012 at 11:11 am

If you can’t say something nice, do not say anything at all.

Orit Wolkin

April 03, 2012 at 11:12 am

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. (originally by Elenore Roosevelt) .

and
You’re stronger than you think you are.

Shannon Morris

April 03, 2012 at 11:13 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…Not everything is all about you. Which, to me, means think about others and not only of myself. Be a better person in the world.

Audra Bildeaux

April 03, 2012 at 11:13 am

While attending college some 10 years ago, my mom sent me this email and I still have it in my inbox because it meant that much to me: (Ozzie was our “friendly” Golden Retriever who tended to nip a little more than a Golden should):

Please get rid of the awful burden of stress that you are carrying. You have an emormous responsibility in keeping up with your studies and seeing as how you are doing a fine job of that, everything else is secondary. We want you to accept your new responsibilities but nothing is so bad that you have to worry your pretty little head over it. Life can be tough but try to live it like Ozzie. He doesn’t have a care in the world and he bites anyone that gets in his way.

P.S. Lighten up and have some fun.

Jo Ann Jessie Davis

April 03, 2012 at 11:13 am

I only had my mom a short time. She passed away when I was 13 but I live by her words and encouragement every day. I remember when I was very young I asked her if you walked into a store naked was that dirty? She replied that God made my body so there is nothing dirty about it. I should be proud of what he made.

Christy Smeltzer

April 03, 2012 at 11:13 am

“I can laugh and be mad at you at the same time!”

Jan C

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

You can always find the “good” part of every person — if you don’t see it right away, you need to keep looking.

Rose Ann Cahill

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

Always tell the truth. You’ll be the one people know they can trust…no matter what or how painful!

Faith

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

Mom taught me …
” where there is no struggle…there is no strength”!

~ she was a single mom too.

Linda A

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

She wasn’t into bragging…She always said That & $2.50 will get you on the subway!

Karen

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

Some things are better left unsaid

Courtney Smith

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

Wear your seat belt and watch for deer.

Angie

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

Be true to yourself and work hard and you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself.

Stacie

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

“Always remember you are stronger than what you think. You can do and be anything in the world you want to be.”

Denise Coll

April 03, 2012 at 11:14 am

“Whether you finish last or first, I’m proud of you!’ And my Mom lives that statement, she celebrates EVERY race, from my 6 hr 11 min marathon to my 3 hr 50 min finish, she is always proud of me, great feeling!

Angela T. Barefield

April 03, 2012 at 11:15 am

My Mother showed me how to be a strong woman.

lynn gilberto

April 03, 2012 at 11:15 am

Movement makes you feel good! Some movement is ALWAYS better than now movement.

Vicki

April 03, 2012 at 11:15 am

Just have fun!

Brandy Ritter

April 03, 2012 at 11:15 am

Now that I have children my mother (who has 5 children) has told me even though my heart may be afraid to let go and let my children soar, it will hurt more to keep them on the ground. Having had the gift of that encouragement my whole life, it means the world to be able to pass on that gift

Teri Mass

April 03, 2012 at 11:15 am

Mind over matter, you can do it if you put your mind to it…BELIEVE!

Beth

April 03, 2012 at 11:16 am

wisdom ike…Just you wait. You will be me one day.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

Don’t make excuses when you don’t achieve your goals. Learn from the setback, try again and always believe in yourself (because she does!).

Lourdes Lambert

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

It is better to be red in the face once than yellow a thousand times. My mom is a big believer in standing up for yourself respectfully. She believes (and I do too!) that you should stand by your values no matter what — even if it is embarrassing or hard. We believe that it is much better to stand up once than be cowardly a thousand times over. I think of her saying that to me when I have a tough decision to make or when there is a challenge facing me!

Hayley Invers

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

Don’t for get to have FUN! Life’s too short!

Ali Marsh

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

Be gracious when you lose. You always learn more and become a better person as a result of losing than you do from winning!

Lindsey Chitwood

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

The days can be long, but the years are short.

Nicole Benedict

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

No one can pick you up higher then yourself!

Maggie

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

No matter what happens, never forget who you are.

Rosa Snouffer

April 03, 2012 at 11:17 am

You’ve already done so much more than i ever have in life, you’re strong and brave and i know you can accomplish anything you want to in life.

Anita

April 03, 2012 at 11:18 am

God will never give you more than you can handle

Jen

April 03, 2012 at 11:18 am

don’t buy furniture together. You buy the couch, he buys the kitchen table, etc…. that way, when you break up you won’t have to fight about who owns what. That’s fair.

Kate S.

April 03, 2012 at 11:18 am

Never eat anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Stephanie

April 03, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have always tried to give my children a “travel bug” – go out and learn about cultures, new experiences, people and the way they live. There is so much out there that we don’t know – its an opportunity to learn and share. (Today my daughter is in Italy for a week with her art class for her Senior Year. Last year, my other daughter was able to go on a DC trip.)

jennifer

April 03, 2012 at 11:19 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

be the first there and be the last out

Lynne

April 03, 2012 at 11:19 am

…Thank you dear for being such a humble and gracious athlete, not like your friend, “Karen”. She always has an excuse when she doesn’t score well or brags like a brat when she wins. Those words coming from my mother inspired me to both win and lose with grace. I’ve applied those wise words of my mother both on and off the field.

Stacey Schoemer

April 03, 2012 at 11:20 am

YOu can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your relatives. The sun will always come up tomorrow. MOney does not grow on trees. Too many sayings to pick from!!!!

Jane

April 03, 2012 at 11:20 am

“There is nothing standing between you and greatness but your fears. You got this baby.” Momma T

Stephanie

April 03, 2012 at 11:21 am

OR…. my mom always said, be careful because your attitude is going to come back 10 fold with your daughters.. oh they do..

Anna

April 03, 2012 at 11:21 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like,
“I know you’re tough, but take a break every once in a while to let your muscles and mind recooperate. It’s great to challenge yourself, but it’s also good to reward yourself for accomplishing those goals”.
“Always eat breakfast; it is the most important meal of the day” (now I wake up every morning excited to eat breakfast!)
“Don’t do a crappy job!” (she said this one whenever I had to clean up the dogs’ …waste… in the backyard. What a sense of humor!)

Hayley Dutton

April 03, 2012 at 11:21 am

My mom always says that life is too short to take too seriously. So we have always had good belly laughs and as a result many pee-your-pants stories! To this day we always keep our “Pee Your Pants Stories” journal with us when we need a quick “pick-me-up” or to potentially add another story to, wherever we go! Thanks for always giggling over silly things with me mom!

Heather Groves

April 03, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hard work pays off.

Rachel

April 03, 2012 at 11:22 am

Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if it scares you. — In life you are much more likely to regret the things you didn’t do than the things you did do.

Mary

April 03, 2012 at 11:22 am

You are not a failure if you can see you are in a situation where you need to move on, and you move on. You are a failure if you stay when you know you shouldn’t.

Best advice ever!

Heather Groves

April 03, 2012 at 11:24 am

Work hard for what you want. Hard work will pay off.

Elizabeth Preston

April 03, 2012 at 11:24 am

At a certain point in life, Everyone is a success for choosing to participate.

Amy R

April 03, 2012 at 11:25 am

“Is it really necessary?” The phrase frustrated me to no end as I was growing up, but it’s probably the best multipurpose advice she ever gave. Mom passed away from ovarian cancer two years ago.

Sherry Lenich

April 03, 2012 at 11:25 am

She taught me this and lives this every day: I love you unconditionally and will stand behind you with that love in every endeavor . . . choose big or small, it matters not at all.

Jeanine Brock

April 03, 2012 at 11:25 am

To first and foremost have good sportsmanship, play hard, and appreciate the body God gave you to be able to do your sport. I have passed this on to my children and my daughter won the Lions Heartd (good sportsmanship) award at her school and Rising Tennis Star Award.

Emily Wright

April 03, 2012 at 11:25 am

“The more that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy it can contain.” Whether pain or sorrow, my Mother taught me that struggling and working hard will expand my emotions and drive to also experience great happiness and success!

Leslie Cutler

April 03, 2012 at 11:26 am

My mother always said as I went out the door: “Be always kind and True” simple. I always say it to my daughter now…

Kendra L.

April 03, 2012 at 11:26 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
go out there and do the best you can do. We’ll love you no matter what.

becca

April 03, 2012 at 11:26 am

Always do your best and try your hardest.

melanie mcclanahan

April 03, 2012 at 11:26 am

you can do anything you set your mind to do and I will always be here to support you 100%

Andrea Adams

April 03, 2012 at 11:26 am

…you can’t change others. You can only change yourself.

Elisabeth Findley

April 03, 2012 at 11:27 am

Attitude is everything. Can’t means you don’t want to. Strive to be all you can. Failure is not an excuse for giving up, keep trying and you will succeed.

Carla

April 03, 2012 at 11:27 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: “I believe in you. I love you. You are wonderful.” I know she believes that I am the best, the sweetest, and the strongest and that belief gives me wings.

Marie

April 03, 2012 at 11:27 am

If it was EASY-everyone would be doing it…..(to motivate me to keep on going thru the tough times!)

Sammy

April 03, 2012 at 11:28 am

To always choose happiness. Choose to be happy every day. I’ve always done, it, my kids do it, and it works!

Jessica Masters

April 03, 2012 at 11:28 am

“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.”

Jill

April 03, 2012 at 11:28 am

Life isn’t fair, and whining about it won’t win you anything, especially friends. If the field you’re playing on isn’t fair you’ll need to work twice as hard to get what you want, but your success will taste ten times as sweet.

Mardell Dahlin

April 03, 2012 at 11:28 am

Quit trying so hard to make sure that your little ones take a nap. They will make up for it when they are teenagers.

Dominique Lawrenz

April 03, 2012 at 11:29 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…just because you are a girl, it doesn’t mean you can’t play with the boys. You may not be able to (always) beat them, but you can give them a run for their money.”

Linda

April 03, 2012 at 11:29 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
The finish line is just one stopping point along the way. The real journey never ends.

Erin Macfarland

April 03, 2012 at 11:29 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like, “Your body is stronger than you think. and it knows what to do.” She told me this as I was preparing to have a natural water birth with my second child, after a traumatic birth with my first that left me doubting my body’s abilities and it’s inherent wisdom. She had two natural births, and her strength inspired me to try and have the birth that I wanted so badly with my first child, and I got it! Thanks mom!

Keri W

April 03, 2012 at 11:29 am

Leave it all on the field. Do it not only for yourself, but also for the person next to you!

Melissa

April 03, 2012 at 11:29 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…
it’s ok to make some mistakes.”

“And … You’ll never regret an adventure!”

I am now a mom of three girls myself (Yes, I feel like I hit the jack pot!) and I have the privilege of imparting my mom’s wisdom to my girls. She allowed me to embark on crazy adventures with my older brothers (road trips through Mexico, back country fly fishing, ice cave camping!). I grew up running, riding horses, mountain biking and fishing solely because my parents provided the opportunities for me. How else would a girl from Houston, TX gain such a love for the outdoors?

Thanks MOM!!!!!

Wendi

April 03, 2012 at 11:30 am

Things are going to hurt in life but you will become a stronger women and a better mother and the more you put in the better your life will turn out.

Daph81014

April 03, 2012 at 11:30 am

I have a note in my wallet that my mom sent me in 2002; she died in 2006. I miss her terribly, so much. She was my biggest cheerleader and the first person to kick me in the butt when I needed it. The best part of this note is the end:

“There are no successful shortcuts. Discipline and perseverance are going to mean success..nothing else. Love, Mom.”

Holly

April 03, 2012 at 11:30 am

“Don’t see how little you can get away with: see how much you can accomplish.”

Mary Ann E. Conger

April 03, 2012 at 11:30 am

You can rely on me now but through my example and my letting go you will rely on yourself later. You will be strong and you will survive.

Michele Lindholm

April 03, 2012 at 11:31 am

You win some, you loose some and some get rained out… but you must dress for them all.

She also always wished me skill, not luck.

Samantha

April 03, 2012 at 11:31 am

“You cannot depend on anyone else for happiness or security. You must be able to stand strong on your own, and create your own happiness and security.”

Bobbi McElrath

April 03, 2012 at 11:32 am

When you learn to lose with dignity and grace, you have become a winner.

Marcie Stoffer

April 03, 2012 at 11:32 am

Everything happens for a reason. So simple and so true 🙂

Sofi's Mom

April 03, 2012 at 11:32 am

Smile. It projects confidence, takes less muscles( i.e. fewer wrinkles), and is usually reciprocated. The recipient usually returns the smile – brightening their day, too!

Melissa Stashluk

April 03, 2012 at 11:32 am

…live, love, laugh, learn, and most of all never have any regrets!

rachel

April 03, 2012 at 11:32 am

“Always value and be true to your unique self.” Her mother (my grandmother) also used to tell me, “Rachel, watch the feet, not the mouth” (with regard to everyone in life.) I’ve been running ever since 😉

Jackie

April 03, 2012 at 11:33 am

Never let what others may think prevent you from getting all that you want from this life. All that matters is your happiness, which comes from within.

Chloe Silliman

April 03, 2012 at 11:33 am

My artist mom told me to wait for the “happy accidents,” meaning, the best discoveries happened when I just let go and let it flow.

Michele

April 03, 2012 at 11:33 am

“Always be kind and act with love in your heart, in anything that you do.” – My Mom
This has taken me far personally, professionally, and athletically!

Lynn

April 03, 2012 at 11:34 am

Find a partner who shares your goals and values. Then be willing to compromise.

Amy Bull

April 03, 2012 at 11:34 am

You never have to apologize for going slow. (This applies to so many areas of life! My mom gets smarter every year!)

MaryBeth

April 03, 2012 at 11:34 am

Mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. She really didn’t like gossip and instilled that in all of us. She also said that honesty is the best policy. I have found that in my 55 years she was so right. She was probably the most honest person I have ever known.

Amy Jacobs

April 03, 2012 at 11:34 am

you have to let the boys win once in a while.

Shannon G

April 03, 2012 at 11:34 am

Mom taught me to be true to myself and follow my heart!

Melissa Orme

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

Adversity builds character.

Tonia Prula

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

My mom ALWAYS reminded me: ” SMILE today as you remember how very much I love you!, ENJOY your journey through this life and LEARN everyday”.
I’ve always held that dear – especially now that she isn’t here with me anymore!

T Kern

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

… we all choose our path in life and the energy that surrounds us, so always have fun and be yourself no matter what, and the path will open up, and the energy will be sublime.

Kerri Ellis

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

Everything happens for a reason, just believe…

Elizabeth

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

Be true to yourself, respect others, and love.

Carol Sullivan

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

“It’s amazing what gets accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit”

Shannon G

April 03, 2012 at 11:35 am

although I think she taught me more about strength by her actions through the tumultuous journey of everyday life than words could ever do!

Melissa Orme

April 03, 2012 at 11:36 am

It’s good that you’re taller than the rest. Hold your head high like a queen.

marie

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

Always do your best (even if you are sweeping the floor), someone will notice and appreciate your efforts!

Becky

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

Treat everyone around you with respect, and you’ll be happier, healthier, and more successful because of it.

Michele Rudoy

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

“Good things happen every day but sometimes you have to look harder to find them.” When my mom was terminal with cancer for the last year of her life, she kept a journal where each night she wrote down 3 good things that happened that day and she always managed to find at least 3 things even on the worst of days. I take this with me and hope to instill this positive attitude in my children now. I strive to be quite an athlete but when I don’t quite finish a race as strong as I’d like, when I can’t find time to go to the gym, when I’m sore, I consider my mom’s words and instead be happy that I am able to run, happy that I got to the gym once that week, etc…embrace the positive!

Nicole Cash

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

Be true to yourself, live life with no regrets.

Tammy Lochmann

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

You can’t score with your head down.

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

You can’t win if you don’t try… Never give up and enjoy every stage of the game…

Gretchen

April 03, 2012 at 11:37 am

every morning set out to “make someone’s day” and each night “think of three things you are thankful for”

Amy Jacobs

April 03, 2012 at 11:38 am

“thank you for being you.”

Ana Torres

April 03, 2012 at 11:38 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…”Always keep the house clean as if you were expecting guests.”

longcatkaty

April 03, 2012 at 11:38 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…it’s not always about winning but about achieving your personal best and growing and stretching your knowledge and abilities each time you try and try again. Go get em tiger.

Jill Foley

April 03, 2012 at 11:38 am

…bloom where you are planted. Be your best and do your best no matter what the circumstances.

Kim Fricano

April 03, 2012 at 11:39 am

love yourself first and foremost…God only gives you what you can handle…always be the bigger person.

Liz H

April 03, 2012 at 11:39 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…no one ever died from eating humble pie.”

As my youth softball coach, my mom repeatedly told me this if I misbehaved at practice or during a game. This phrase was followed by “you’re benched for the rest of the game.” This taught me that being a team player was more important than winning… a life lesson I am grateful for as a 41 year old adult. Thank you mom for all those innings on the bench… I hated you for then but I love you for it today.

Noelle Derse

April 03, 2012 at 11:40 am

When you’re stuck, do SOMETHING. Always be doing something, moving forward.

Laura

April 03, 2012 at 11:40 am

“Look before you leap.”

Janie Turner

April 03, 2012 at 11:40 am

Excellence is its own reward.

Christine Barievich

April 03, 2012 at 11:41 am

If you can’t say something nice say nothing.

Tara Hawks

April 03, 2012 at 11:41 am

If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.

Angie Davis

April 03, 2012 at 11:41 am

I was born with a birth defect involving my heart, the doctors told my mother when I was 10 that I would have to have open heart surgery or be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. My mother chose for me to have surgery and ALWAYS encouraged me to participate in whatever I set out to do. I look back on my childhood and at my mothers example of strength, encouragement, faith and determination and feel very gifted for what she gave me. I have never felt that I had a disability and have always acheived what I have set out to do which includes having completed a marathon and several half marathons.

Amy R

April 03, 2012 at 11:41 am

The summer before high school, Mom and I were shopping and ran into a friend from our small town. The friend asked if I would be doing any sports when I transfered into “town school” for my Freshman year. (Kindergarten through 8th grade I had gone to a one-room country school.) I was shy and uncoordinated, so my Mom was truthful when she answered, “Amy’s not much of an athlete.”

But I hated how that sounded! Those words needled me through four years. Finally, I qualified for state cross country my Senior year. Nearly 20 years later, I’m more of an athlete than ever. In fact, my first triathlon is a few months away. Sometimes the words of discouragement do the best encouraging of any!

Jessica

April 03, 2012 at 11:42 am

If you feel like you’re getting sick, eat organic broccoli and stay away from any kind of sugar until you feel 100%.

Lori Gemma

April 03, 2012 at 11:42 am

“There’s no such thing as free lunch; you have to work hard to achieve your goals, and the harder you work, the more meaningful it will be to you in the long run. When something is handed to you, it doesn’t teach you about responsibilty and foster independece.”

Words I’ve heard all my life from my mother, a once teenage mom, who went on to earn not only a pharmacy degreebut also a Ph.d in Biological sciences, and is also an award-winning artist. Her approach is tough sometimes, because she’s unrelentless about the above bit of advice. But when I think of all she’s accomplished, and how hard she’s pushed me to live up to this standard, she’s my hero.

April

April 03, 2012 at 11:44 am

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“ when the world seems like a dark place, you be the light. Be kind to others, treat them in the way you want to be treated. If you can’t win, help the other players break the record. Try you best and be proud of who you are. Always remember you are loved.

Alyssa

April 03, 2012 at 11:45 am

Just get off your butt and do it! Coffee helps.

Carol

April 03, 2012 at 11:45 am

I will teach you, and you will teach others. Because by teaching, you will find out if you have any idea what you’re talking about!

Michelle Field

April 03, 2012 at 11:45 am

……give life your ALL but do it with patience, love and kindness.

Julia

April 03, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’m proud of you… are you going to finish that wine?

Laurie Katinos

April 03, 2012 at 11:46 am

“Whatever it is, I’ll be at your finish line”.

Korre

April 03, 2012 at 11:46 am

Mom taught me that as long as I did the best that I could do than I had succeeded and to follow through on my commitments. She raised 5 daughters, taught us all to rely on ourselves and be the people we were meant to be.

Kelly

April 03, 2012 at 11:46 am

…….It only takes 20 seconds on insane courage and I promise you something great will come from it.

Dena Gutierrez

April 03, 2012 at 11:47 am

After she was dealt a hand that was not expected, she said, “Now watch me!” So it was by her actions, of never giving up, that I saw what I can do. She was never very good with words, but did say, one phrase that I remember. It was, “Rise above it!” I am proud of her for not giving up when times got rough. Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you!

Deb B

April 03, 2012 at 11:48 am

“Life is what happens after you make the plans”

Patty B.

April 03, 2012 at 11:48 am

I show up to every game because I am proud of you as a person. Achievements are fine and good, character lasts.

Cindy Buteyn

April 03, 2012 at 11:49 am

always let your competitor know you appreciate the competition, and always tell her good job, no matter who won.

Amie

April 03, 2012 at 11:49 am

“Being the winner doesn’t make you a champion. Being the best that you are capable of, winner or not, makes you a champion.”

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 11:49 am

My mom told me to never stop asking the question Why? even when the answers are difficult or complex. It helps to quench my curiosity of all things, how and why things happen, and to always question myself to make sure I am always learning and growing.

Lynnie Walsh

April 03, 2012 at 11:50 am

“You’ll never know if you don’t try!”

Dorothy

April 03, 2012 at 11:50 am

Don’t think that you can conquer everything…know that you can!

Asha

April 03, 2012 at 11:51 am

Do your best. There will always be someone faster, smarter, prettier in this life, so stop comparing yourself to others. Simply, take a breath, put on blinders and strive for the best you.

Jenny Cochran

April 03, 2012 at 11:51 am

My mom (a ranked tennis doubles player in CA for the over 70yrs players) always told me:
“You can do anything he can do…only better”. My mom is a 70+yr old phenomenon. She is a model of strength, faith and love.

Sarah

April 03, 2012 at 11:52 am

choose your battles carefully.

Melissa Clemens

April 03, 2012 at 11:52 am

My grandmother (who raised me) would say every time I left the house (when I was 16+ and I had a driver’s license). “Remember those three little words.” I would reply, “Watch your speed.” Then she would say “What about those other three words?” I would again reply “I love you.” She would then smile and say “You’ve got it!” She is 90 years old now and we still have this conversation to this day. 🙂

Julie French

April 03, 2012 at 11:53 am

Always do your best! As long as you can say you did your best than there is nothing more to talk about. Go get em girl!

Julie Laethem

April 03, 2012 at 11:53 am

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything.”

Laura

April 03, 2012 at 11:53 am

Who cares what other people think?!

Sue Imler

April 03, 2012 at 11:54 am

When I would be frustrated with my teenage daughters and we would be arguing or just snapping at each other my mother would say” Find one nice thing to say each day”. It could be as simple as saying how nice their hair looked or that blue shirt really shows off your eyes. It helped to get through the tough times but it is also a life lesson. When you are so angry, hurt, or out of sorts with anyone it is a great reminder to find at least one nice thing to say. It starts a re-building and re-foucsing on the good things in life.

kristin

April 03, 2012 at 11:54 am

My mom was pretty pragmatic… so her advice was similar. Once she advised me not to get a divorce and re-roof the house in the same year because it’s very expensive. So far, I have followed her advice! On a less pragmatic note, more a matter-of-the-heart, she told me to choose someone to be with who WANTS to be with me, but doesn’t NEED to be with me.

Jennifer Fan

April 03, 2012 at 11:54 am

Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Erin Eubank

April 03, 2012 at 11:54 am

My mother was a classic beauty. She inspired me leading by example. When I was feeling “less than pretty” in my endeavor to meet the impossible standards of society, she would say, ” Outward beauty will turn heads, but is fleeting, inward beauty and strength takes discipline, this will last a lifetime.”

Sherry Kelley

April 03, 2012 at 11:55 am

It doesn’t matter if you are the best at something as long as you try and have fun.

Pam

April 03, 2012 at 11:55 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…when in doubt don’t punt! She wanted us to always being will to try and to not defeat ourselves.

Jennifer Brady

April 03, 2012 at 11:56 am

When we used to walk together before the crack of dawn, she would say hello to every runner or walker we passed. One day I asked her if she knew the people she said hello to and she replied “No, but I may be the only person who says hello to them all day.”

Renee Brenner

April 03, 2012 at 11:56 am

Life is game. Run it like you’ll never see it again ’cause you wont. Be in the moment striving to be the best person you can be in the situations you’re given. Be kind to others in the game, you never know when you’ll need a running partner. Smile often because there is always something to smile about. The little things all count. I love my mom 🙂

Cassandra

April 03, 2012 at 11:57 am

“You can only get out what you put in.” and ” treating anyone poorly (in sports and in life) does not put you above them, but rather beneath them. It makes no one feel good about themselves.” My mom rocks!

CSprague

April 03, 2012 at 11:58 am

Always take care of you! If you don’t put yourself first, no one else will.
And I say amen mom.

Lee Hood

April 03, 2012 at 11:58 am

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: You don’t have to like everybody – but you have to be nice to everybody.

Linda

April 03, 2012 at 11:59 am

To Be or Not To Be: my mom would also tell me growing up ” You can do or be anything you set your mind to do, so follow your dreams!” I am successful and who I am today because of my mom. I tell my daughter who is now 10 years old the same thing because it is true….

Megan

April 03, 2012 at 11:59 am

“know how to play the game” This has helped me to be a better partner and person when it comes to my husband, family, friends and job. It has taught me to be the bigger person in many situations but also maintain my sense of self. It helped me to understand the give and take in relationships. My mom has taught me many amazing lessons and this is one that has stuck.

Laura Mickelson

April 03, 2012 at 11:59 am

It wasn’t what my mom said, it was her presence– at every high school cross-country meet, every basketball game, and every track meet. It was the unconditional hugs when I surpassed her expectations, even though I might have not met mine. It is her continued support at road races and life, and knowing she is there for my children that make her my best friend.

Shari Keefe

April 03, 2012 at 11:59 am

always be a good sport and never quit. Those who are gracious in losing, will be a winner in the long run. 🙂

K Short

April 03, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

take a deep breath a slowly release it. Calming your nerves helps position you to successfully address a problem.

Julia Martin

April 03, 2012 at 12:02 pm

“Life isn’t fair, but how you look at disappointments and challenges is what shapes you into the woman you will become.” My mom has had a very hard life. She lost 2 husbands and a beloved companion of over 16 years. She had to give up living on the farm she loved to move back into town. Not only has she thrived, but she has truly made lemonade by forming a neighborhood watch, joining the citizen’s police academy, volunteering at the local air force base (and she isn’t military but wanted to do her part to help out), walking the local mall (4 times around) and working out at curves every day. And …. She’s 80. She is truly my inspiration for life and its adventures. And she’s my best friend.

Katherine Partyka

April 03, 2012 at 12:03 pm

“all that begins bad will end well.” It’s a rough translation of what she always tells me in Polish. It helps me keep hope alive that even when times suck, things do get better.

jessica

April 03, 2012 at 12:04 pm

My mother taught me to base my life on principle, because principle always prevails.

Rachel Montgomery

April 03, 2012 at 12:04 pm

My mom was a single mom when she had three of us in sports as we were growing up. She didn’t have time to console us as kids if we were just minorly hurt as kids…so, I heard a lot of “toughen up!”….thank goodness for my mom….she made me SO strong mentally and physically STRONG…she still does and still inspires…she just recently finished building an airplane in her garage and is flying it now at 67 years old…that is one TOUGH ma!

Jill S.

April 03, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “Always support and cheer for your teammates — even the ones who don’t play so well,” and “Never make fun of kids on the other team.” She always had tremendous compassion for kids and made sure I understood kindness from an early age.

Chinglin

April 03, 2012 at 12:07 pm

“…don’t ever compare your achievements to those who haven’t achieved them yet. Compare yourself to those who have already surpassed you. Chase the front runner to become the front runner!”

Kat

April 03, 2012 at 12:08 pm

love your neighbor as yourself

Libby

April 03, 2012 at 12:09 pm

When you fall off (that horse) get back on… no matter how much it hurts. I shows him that you are not afraid, you are strong, you are brave and you are the boss! That is an accomplishment!

Ellen Cecchini

April 03, 2012 at 12:11 pm

My mama taught me to play in the puddles when it rains!!
🙂 🙂

Ashlee Piper

April 03, 2012 at 12:11 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…Life is simple. Smile, enjoy, be grateful, and know that all is well and falling in to place as it should.” For someone as Type-A and ambitious as I am, it’s a wonderful reminder to take a break from striving and start enjoying. Thanks, Mom!

Megan Huels

April 03, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Unless you are willing to be a part of the solution, you have no right to complain about the problem.

Amy Hudspeth

April 03, 2012 at 12:13 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…….Play with your heart – try to be an example to your team…Always do your best and the rest will follow!

Brynn Bresnahan

April 03, 2012 at 12:15 pm

~”I love you…and that’s that”~ These were my moms last words to me before she passed away from a long, hard battle with her heart. She fought hard and taught me that no matter what, as long as you give it your all, you can beat odds, be a winner!
In the end, the love of my mom was and is always with me. This keeps me going 🙂

Melissa Barton

April 03, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Become financially independent and stay that way.

Trinity

April 03, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

Always try to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And remember that a difficult child/adult is often not the one at fault, but a result of his/her upbringing. Have patience and give everyone a chance to shine.

Laura Dominguez

April 03, 2012 at 12:17 pm

To embrace all of the complex things that make me “me” and to celebrate and connect to the uniqueness of others. Also, to drink lots of water and always wear sunscreen!

Kelley

April 03, 2012 at 12:17 pm

When I was younger I’d sometimes get frustrated at how easily some girls were just good at whatever sport they wanted to do. My mom always said “Do the things YOU love to do. You don’t have to be the best at them, you don’t even have to TRY to be the best at them, but if you love doing what you’re doing, you’ll love yourself and you’ll be able to show that same love toward others. THAT’S what is most important.”

daisy

April 03, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Mom always said, believe like the little engine that could, keep on chugging along. When life presents you with mountains, put on your hiking boots and get climbing.

Ann Hagman Cardinal

April 03, 2012 at 12:18 pm

“It is a person’s actions, not their economic standing, their skin color, or the god they believe in, that determines their worth.”

Amber

April 03, 2012 at 12:18 pm

“… if you just go in there and show you can be a ‘good little Indian’, then they will see you are a Chief.”

Christy Burkart

April 03, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Be patient.

Katie

April 03, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Choose your friends wisely. They are a relection fo the women you are.

Renita Miller

April 03, 2012 at 12:19 pm

“if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” She felt that if she wasn’t happy it reflected upon us kids; and she was right! Once she got of a bad marriage, we were all happy!!! Words and great advice I have come to live by till this day!

Lauren

April 03, 2012 at 12:19 pm

a positive attitude makes all the difference!

Valarie Tipton

April 03, 2012 at 12:19 pm

My mom said that quitting was never an option. Even when what you are facing is hard, you pull up your boot straps, wipe your tears, and fight for what you want. And while your at it look for the good cuz there’s always good.

Anne Marie Knizek

April 03, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Shellie

April 03, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. Goethe

jill makepeace

April 03, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Every action has a reaction

Janine Lingner

April 03, 2012 at 12:25 pm

…sportsmanship is cheering on your opponent when they make a great play.

Meghan

April 03, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Sometimes DONE is better than PERFECT

Leslie

April 03, 2012 at 12:25 pm

To have fun and do your best. It’s not all about winning.

Rachel Reeves

April 03, 2012 at 12:26 pm

My Mom tells me “Tomorrow you may not be able to do this (run), but today is not that day”. She runs half marathons in her 50’s…it inspired me to run my 1st half and now my 1st full in June.

Lisa Morgan

April 03, 2012 at 12:26 pm

If you think you don’t have time to do something right the first time you certainly won’t have time to do it over again – Do it right the first time!

mary costigan

April 03, 2012 at 12:26 pm

More powerful than words was the example my mother set.

Sue

April 03, 2012 at 12:27 pm

You are blessed. Never forget that, even when all seems lost.

Meghan

April 03, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Everything happens for a reason (especially helpful when something doesn’t go your way…)

Sherry Meyer

April 03, 2012 at 12:28 pm

My mother always told me, if you start something, finish it. Don’t quit when it gets too hard, you will never get the payoff. I have had so many great experiences directly related to that advice, and I will pass it along to my daughter.

caroline

April 03, 2012 at 12:28 pm

My mom always said, “Can’t never could!”

Rosana

April 03, 2012 at 12:30 pm

“Pretty is as pretty does”

Lorraine P

April 03, 2012 at 12:31 pm

You would be crying a lot more if it was broken!

Katie Bunten

April 03, 2012 at 12:31 pm

MY MOM TAUGHT ME TO BE A GOOD SPORT by reminding me that the goal may not always be to win, but to learn something about myself or others along the way.

Jenny Culver

April 03, 2012 at 12:32 pm

…it’s what you do NEXT that matters!

Alexa Hahn

April 03, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like… “I know that you can do anything you put your mind to, but don’t be too proud to ask for help when you struggle. Learning to accept help from others can be harder than giving up sometimes. Also remember that to succeed you may fail many times, and the path through those failures and mistakes, as well as what you learn from them may be the only way forward.”

Marian Kramer

April 03, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Work hard and be a team player.

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 12:32 pm

“Get Over It”
I called to complain about college exams and my Mom said, “I have 3 words for you honey.” I interrupted, “I know you love me Mom,” she replied, “GET OVER IT!” I was shocked, but she was right. I got over the pressure and fear of failing and hunkered down to study. I think of that conversation anytime I’m feeling like life is to hard – just get over it – things could be worse.

Maggie Grande

April 03, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Well, someone is going to come in first, why couldn’t it be you? And if not, you can be happy for whoever it is because you know tried your best.

rachel b

April 03, 2012 at 12:33 pm

…once you determine what is actually worthwhile, valuable, or important to you, don’t let anything stand in your way. discipline matters, and the end result is worth overcoming discouragement and enduring through the trials.

Stephanie Salisbury

April 03, 2012 at 12:33 pm

“The weight of discipline is in ounces, the weight of regret is in tons”
I’m pretty sure its a quote from somewhere else, but mom has reiterated it to me several times, and it’s helped keep me on track many times 🙂

julie Dunbar

April 03, 2012 at 12:34 pm

You have to keep trying, even when its hard.

Lindsey Hanna

April 03, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My Mom has taught me that handmade items should never look handmade, to not be afraid of DIY home improvement, and to always be confident in who I am.

Kristy D

April 03, 2012 at 12:36 pm

“Do you know why I always take off and leave you on those bike rides? It’s to make you better and a stronger rider, not because I want to leave you behind! One day you’ll lead and I’ll follow!”
It took many years to figure out she was talking about more than riding bikes…

Trish

April 03, 2012 at 12:37 pm

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Andrea Jackson

April 03, 2012 at 12:38 pm

You’re sincere. Smart. Beautiful. Talented. But it doesn’t matter if I believe it. It matters if YOU believe it.

Amy Starkovich

April 03, 2012 at 12:39 pm

To do your best, get plenty of rest, eat healthy food, stay strong by enjoying all exercise and activities that you have the opportunity to. Encourage others to do their best by always smiling and setting an example of perserverence and quality in all you do. Above all, be well educated to ensure you can take care of yourself and your family. That’s why I’m a Physical Education teacher and coach today! Thanks, mom:)

ELSIE

April 03, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Act kindly, speak thoughtfully and trust your instincts.

Sharon

April 03, 2012 at 12:40 pm

…”One step at a time. One foot in front of the other.” She used to say this when she took us young kids hiking and backpacking to focus our attention and curb our complaining. It kept my brother and I from killing each other at age 5 (Yosemite Falls), got me to face my fears at age 8 (Half Dome), pushed me through misery to the top of California at age 15 (Mt, Whitney), and I said it to myself every time I hit a mental wall during my 14 days on the 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail. Everything you could ever want to accomplish, you will accomplish, when you simply approach it one step at a time…Thanks, Mom!

Lisa Adair

April 03, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…see everything through, don’t “half-do” anything and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Peggy Stevens

April 03, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Make it a good day, Peppy! (said each morning as I was headed out the door to high school)

Tawny W.

April 03, 2012 at 12:41 pm

You can always come to me, about anything, at any hour.

Jenny Turk

April 03, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Be good and be careful. To this day, no matter where I am going, these are her parting words.

Marlene

April 03, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Do something constructive

Barb Ruvarac

April 03, 2012 at 12:45 pm

1)Only YOU can make it happen! It won’t happen unless you do something about it.;
2) Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Amy Starkovich

April 03, 2012 at 12:47 pm

“To do your best get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and enjoy all exercise and activites that you have the opportunity to do. Top encourage others to do their best always smile and set an example of perserverance and quality in all you do. Above all else, be well educated so that you can take care of yourself and your family.” That’s why I’m a Physical Education teacher and coach today! Thanks, mom:)

Trina Slaffey

April 03, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like don’t cry over spilled milk. Don’t complain and count your blessings because there are many people around the worls less fortunate than you.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 12:48 pm

we will support you in any decision, in whatever makes you happy.”

michele lucas

April 03, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Until further notice celebrate everything!

R.T.

April 03, 2012 at 12:49 pm

If life was easy, then we’d get bored. And when you’re bored, you don’t learn.

Patricia

April 03, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I love you now and forever… (and don’t spoil your husband!)

Katie Wells

April 03, 2012 at 12:50 pm

My mom has always set the example in our home. How to be giving, self-sacrificing, meek but not a mouse, a peacemaker– just how to be the type of woman I’d like to be someday. She has always supported me, told me she is proud of me, & reminded me that she loves me. She’s my best friend.

Alexis Roman Hill

April 03, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like don’t put yourself down, your self-conscious cannot take a joke!

Mukadesa

April 03, 2012 at 12:50 pm

You can do anything you put you mind into !!

Pam Wetsch

April 03, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Sit up straight and get the hair out of your face. =o)

Sheila B.

April 03, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“Never forget how hard you have worked and how you struggled. You will fight a lot of battles to get where you are going and when times are good, never forget the struggles.” We find strength in our challenges and to be a good sport and an even better team member, you must remember when you were the slowest or last or the Cinderella story. But you overcame obstacles because you believed in yourself. Always be your own biggest fan and power on.

Wendy Hicky

April 03, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It’s not about winning or losing, although winning is more fun. The most important thing is to be happy for those that do win.

FescheLola

April 03, 2012 at 12:54 pm

“Honey, men think with their d*cks.”

Paula

April 03, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Do not be afraid to try.

Lee

April 03, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…It’s all good. She says this all the time. It reminds me to not to take life too seriously and to be thankful for what I have.

Katie Kratky

April 03, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Be proud of the woman God made you to be. Stand tall and let everyone see your beautiful smile.

Erika

April 03, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Take life seriously but never too seriously that you can’t laugh and have fun along the way.

jodi levin

April 03, 2012 at 12:56 pm

It was my mother in law that taught me “There is no time like the present, and dont put off till tomorrow what you can accomplish today!” . We lost her last June to Pancreatic Cancer and I think of her daily when its time to NOT procrastinate from working out to starting a new hobby.

M Faber

April 03, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Let your light shine.

Dina

April 03, 2012 at 12:58 pm

when you make difficult decisions remember that they may effect the rest of your life. So always chose the decision that will the best one for you!

Paola Humeniuk

April 03, 2012 at 12:59 pm

“Is that shirt ironed?”…which some may see as being fussy and persnickety…but what she really meant was, “Have pride in yourself, put your best foot forward and respect others and people will respect you in return.” She distilled this sentiment down to having an ironed shirt. To this day, I try to make sure that “my shirt is ironed”…

Corrine Gernes

April 03, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Be Safe. Be Kind. Try Hard.

Live and Love in a way that allows you to sleep well at night.

Nancy Alvarez

April 03, 2012 at 1:00 pm

You can achieve ALL things with determination, persistence and love!

Katie Fortunato

April 03, 2012 at 1:00 pm

“It’s good for your character.”

Mom would never let us shirk away from responsibilities or things that were difficult. Being a person of integrity and strong character was more important than instant gratification.

Daisy Crane

April 03, 2012 at 1:01 pm

when I was discouraged that I wasn’t as fast or skilled as my sisters she would remind me not to compare myself to others, but to be the very best that I could be.

Bobbi Carter

April 03, 2012 at 1:01 pm

You can achieve anything if you tell yourself you CAN!

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 1:04 pm

My mother is full of wisdom, but also fantastically free of sound bites. She has an incredible ability to encourage me to push my limits, to treat others with respect, to see all sides of the story, and to lift up others, without ever saying those words.

Amy

April 03, 2012 at 1:04 pm

You don’t have to be just like your older sister…be you.

Kelly Moore

April 03, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Help others along your journey and you will always be a winner. My mom was big on “do onto others as you would have them do onto you”. To this day I always think of her when I encounter someone who would benefit from a little assistance, whether it is a fellow runner out on the trail with an injury, or even just someone at the store with their hand’s full who could use an open door. If everyone in the world followed this advice, wouldn’t this be world be a nicer place to live? I know this is one piece of advice that I will be passing on to my children when they are old enough to understand.

Cindy Hensel

April 03, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like, “To never listen to any negativity and just to go, go, go with my passion!”

Crystal Bateman

April 03, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Kill them with kindness!

diane

April 03, 2012 at 1:12 pm

My mom had a saying, “never give up, never, never give up” and to always try anything and everything because you will be suprised at what you can accomplish and do. Those words lead me to try out for football, (with boys) when it was unheard of for a girl in the 70’s and I did it. My daughter also played football in the 80’s, amazing what anyone can do if you just go for it.

Alice Phelan

April 03, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Make a commitment to your teammates and show up to every practice and game.

Holly

April 03, 2012 at 1:12 pm

don’t get married until your 35 and make sure you can pay your own bills!

Nancy

April 03, 2012 at 1:12 pm

(Individuality and pride) “It’s your choice-your consequences. If it’s easy your not trying hard enough.”
Love you MOM!!

Julie Lowis

April 03, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Touch times don’t last…tough PEOPLE do…

Maggie

April 03, 2012 at 1:13 pm

She would say, ‘you cannot be comfortable with others until you are comfortable with yourself’. I now tell my daughter this so she learns respect for herself so that others cannot break her spirit!

Tracy Lupi

April 03, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Win or lose, feel fortunate that you have participated; because, so many are physically impaired and cannot.

amy lindley

April 03, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Never give up, baby!

Karyn Weiffenbach

April 03, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Don’t risk more than you can afford to lose.

Jennifer

April 03, 2012 at 1:15 pm

“can’t means wont!”. She doesn’t accep the word can’t.

Marta Barker

April 03, 2012 at 1:16 pm

“you don’t look that smart” when I made it into the national honor society. Her words made me understand that we do our best for ourselves and not for anyone else. Sometimes blood is just thick!

Jo

April 03, 2012 at 1:16 pm

“…you will only get out of life what you put into it.”
“Nil sine labore – nothing without work.” This was actually my school motto, but for my Mum it was and still is her religion, The Code to a Good Life.

These phrases were Mum’s favorite words spoken to me when I was growing up, and they still come out whenever I am struggling and exhausted. Whether it be job stress, pregnancy and childbirth, marathon training, raising kids or nurturing a marriage, my Mum will impart these words to me – sometimes with a smile like it’s a special secret, sometimes with great solemnity like it’s a warning, sometimes with wonder like it’s an awakening. But above all, with great pragmatism like it is the simple truth. And I usually find she is right.

Julie Turner

April 03, 2012 at 1:18 pm

No one will ever take care of your belongings like you do…

Jen Herbert

April 03, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Just have fun. Success will follow.

Beth Bible

April 03, 2012 at 1:19 pm

“Modesty means recognizing your limitations”.

Audra Sadler

April 03, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Life’s bigger than you and there’s more out there than just in your own life…..it inspired me to travel, experience different cultures and people groups, try new things, & think outside of my experience….

Gwen

April 03, 2012 at 1:20 pm

“You have to love yourself first, before you can love anyone else.”

Staci Marshall

April 03, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Mom always says to play your best and be a good sport.

Amanda Haas

April 03, 2012 at 1:21 pm

When you give your word you stick to it no matter what or you shouldn’t have given it in the first place. Being an honorable person is doing the right thing when noone is looking!

Elena

April 03, 2012 at 1:21 pm

My mom told me once – Nobody said it would be easy. But when you get there, you will be so happy and so inspired that you will be looking for the next challenge instead of the easy stuff. The challenges make you a stronger and a better person.

Sarah Zylik

April 03, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Enjoy the little things in life,, because later on, you will realize they were the big things…..

Kathi White

April 03, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Your a likable person and you will make lots of friends
and I love you dearly!

Liz Rotundo

April 03, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like:

There are no mistakes as long as you learn a lesson from your experience. If you’ve learned something, then no time or effort is ever wasted.

Jessica

April 03, 2012 at 1:25 pm

“Don’t wish your life away”

Jennifer Riedel

April 03, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Killem with kindness : )

april vogel

April 03, 2012 at 1:26 pm

You are what you eat…read food labels..be conscious of what goes into your body

LES

April 03, 2012 at 1:26 pm

~it all works out in the end
~don’t let the turkeys get you down!
~i always knew you could do it
~effort is what matters most; your best is all you can do

Despina Manatos

April 03, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Be grateful for every day and don’t dwell on the negative…always move forward and embrace the positive! And a smile can make you look like the prettiest girl in the room.

jean hammond

April 03, 2012 at 1:27 pm

it’s just going to be what it’s going to be.

Lindy Vincent

April 03, 2012 at 1:27 pm

“Don’t ever let one monkey stop your show”, meaning, if you really want to do something and none of your friends want to join you, don’t let that stop you from pursuing whatever it is that you want to do/be/accomplish. Don’t ever be afraid to stand alone in pursuit of your dreams.

Tosha

April 03, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Just be nice. My mom has 13 brothers and sisters and 16 children. She is everyone’s favorite person and somehow manages to state her opinion without hurting anyone’s feelings.

Susan Emery

April 03, 2012 at 1:28 pm

There is nothing that you can do that will make me embarrassed or disappointed in.
In my heart, you will always be my baby girl!

Tsena

April 03, 2012 at 1:29 pm

My mom coached me more with her endearing love than with any specific word of wisdom. She often told me the story of how, when she was pregnant with me, that my dad chose a painting of a little girl on a beach bending over and curiously viewing a large type of sand crab on a beach–and how she hoped that she was pregnant with a girl like in that painting. Then when I was born, she knew I had always been with her and the painting symbolized those thoughts. So when I need words of encouragement, I just think of this story and the painting–my mom telling me of a girl on a beach, adventurous, strong, curious, independent, completely herself in the world and on a vast beach, yet with someone always watching over her and loving her. And then I feel all of that wisdom of that one image bolster whatever it is I am about to embark upon…

Rachel Kalas

April 03, 2012 at 1:29 pm

…you won as a TEAM and there is no “I” in teamwork.

Patti Heagy

April 03, 2012 at 1:29 pm

My mother speaks with her actions. She is always there to cheer you on, stay even tempered and support you when you think no one really cares. It is not the words that she speaks that are important but the comments she doesn’t make- even when she could say I told you so.

Becky Schrader

April 03, 2012 at 1:29 pm

You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die. This always made me laugh but now it is being proven that with all of the antibacterial things in our world, we have poor immune systems. A little dirt never hurt anyone! 🙂 She had SO many sayings and has been gone 21 years. My children used to groan at my saying them, and now, sadly some are fading from my daily vocabulary. She was one of the kindest, most loving, easy-going people I have ever known. How did I end up fiesty like my father? lol

Jen

April 03, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Never forget: You’re one tough cookie.

Rebekah Faust

April 03, 2012 at 1:31 pm

You always have a choice on how you feel towards someone or something. Choosing to feel compassion, even when it’s challenging, will always make you HAPPY

Jessica Lincoln

April 03, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Remember who you are, and whose you are.

Jeanette Woods

April 03, 2012 at 1:32 pm

…even losing battles should be fought with a winner’s attitude.

Darbi

April 03, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Go to school and study what you love. (What I loved was Art History)

Mary Ann

April 03, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Treat peoplel like you would like to be treated

Jeanette Woods

April 03, 2012 at 1:37 pm

…just shut up and run. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jennifer Harvey

April 03, 2012 at 1:37 pm

The race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. I took this quote to mean that is in the effort that you find the reward, regardless of what you were born with.

Joni Moore

April 03, 2012 at 1:39 pm

My mom would tell me… don’t marry a man unless you would be proud to have a son just like him.

Libby

April 03, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Onward and upward! I’ve taken that advice for everything, being pushig myself in training, during my cancer treatment, hiking mountains or even just having an off day.

Brenda

April 03, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Be involved in what you want to change. You can not complain if you are not involved.

Gina L Davis

April 03, 2012 at 1:41 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“

“If I don’t win, I hope you win!”

Kari

April 03, 2012 at 1:41 pm

When the going gets tuff, do your best and everyone needs a good laugh or cry. Then you get back up again and keep on truckin:)

barbara

April 03, 2012 at 1:41 pm

hards times have come ,before ,and you stood, you can get through it again, remember your God. your a strong person!

jenn aceves

April 03, 2012 at 1:42 pm

…don’t stress about that we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Just keep working your hardest and it will happen step by step!!!!!

Barbara P

April 03, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Are you telling yourself the truth? You can always plot a steady course if you know where your heart is.

kelly

April 03, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Life is always a mess. Aim to make a neat-er mess.

Anna F.

April 03, 2012 at 1:43 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like worrying is praying for something you don’t want.” Whenever she says that she helps me open my eyes and look at the world and gain at least ten pounds of confidence. Love you mom!!!

Christine Lally Kendall

April 03, 2012 at 1:43 pm

You must give your children two things: One is roots. The other is wings.

Susie Van

April 03, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Mom said to me” be strong and stick up for yourself always through your life”as I watched her die of Cancer way too young~~~

Alania Lowman

April 03, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Wow…where do I begin. My mother has taught me so many amazing life lessons. She has never had anything come easy for her. It seems like even now that I am 35 and married with three precious children, her testimony, through actions and words, means more to me than ever. I’ve learned to always finish what I start–through determination and endurance the strength to face life’s obstacles is woven into the the threads of our souls. The greatest challenge is not allowing this natural vitality to become buried and neglected–and, if you discover that someone around you has lost connection with their inner strength, to reach out and help them rediscover it.

Judy P.

April 03, 2012 at 1:46 pm

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” A beautiful quote that always made me think about how I treated other people, in competition and in life.

I now have a wondeful 10 yr.old daughter that follows this rule and has great compassion for people and animals. I only wish my mom was still here to see her granddaughter behave this way…

Alicia Webster

April 03, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “as long as you do your very best, let the outcome be what it may”. I would get very distraught as a child when I didn’t get quite the high mark on a paper that I felt that I deserved. My mother would ask me, “Did you do the absolute best job that you could do on this assignment? “Yes”, I replied. “And was there anything that you felt that you could have done differently to make this a better paper?” “No”, I answered. “Then you must be happy with your effort, and content in the knowledge that you worked hard”, she told me. I learned from Mom that pride and esteem are earned through individual effort, NOT through external validation.

Chrissy

April 03, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The most important lessons my mom taught me were those I learned from watching her. Talk is cheap, but actions speak louder than words.

She has always been selfless and put others’ needs first. She would do anything for anyone in need. I hope I can be as generous with my time and gifts as she has. I learned that love really is in our actions and attitude.

liz merrill

April 03, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Mom taught me show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are!!!!!! SO true

Tara Frontera

April 03, 2012 at 1:49 pm

You will always come out ahead in life if you are trying your best and you are happy with yourself. Put your heart into everything you do and nothing can bring you down!

Lisa Marie Rollins

April 03, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom, but also by her actions. From a very early age my mother taught me about the connection between my body, the earth, gardening and health. She taught me about keeping my body moving, and I watch her still, in her 70’s making things grow in her giant organic garden, and sharing the wealth of the earth with her friends all while keeping her body moving. My mother’s actions remind me that even if there is a bad harvest one year, there will be a more bountiful one the next, so keep at it, keep seeding, planting and growing. My mother inspires me because she connects her health with the health of the earth.

Allysun

April 03, 2012 at 1:51 pm

My mom kept me positive, even when I lost a race by singing the following to me: “Think positive believe you can, do anything that you plan, when you do life will treat you grand; think positive WO-MAN!

Sandy

April 03, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Invest in land, they aren’t making any more of it.

Kim

April 03, 2012 at 1:54 pm

all you can do is try your best and be proud of the effort you made

Lissa

April 03, 2012 at 1:56 pm

… you’re too pretty to cry! It worked when I scraped my knee as a 3 year old and it still puts a smile on my face 20 years later.

Gina

April 03, 2012 at 2:00 pm

…let your competitive spirit drive you to success!

Ann Peters

April 03, 2012 at 2:02 pm

“make friends with yourself. For if you make best friends with yourself
and love yourself first, you will be able to give love to others,”

Marsha Worthington

April 03, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Reach out to your neighbor, treat others as you wish to be treated, take small steps forward, choose wisely and travel light!

Villager

April 03, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Focus on your academics, there is way too much time and money spent on sports in this country.

Kim McCullen

April 03, 2012 at 2:05 pm

You can do anything. When my daughter was working hard at training for girls on the run and she stated that she felt she couldn’t complete the training I found myself telling her what her grandmother would say to me, I believe in you…you can do anything.

Rhonda P

April 03, 2012 at 2:07 pm

educate yourself, seek to learn something new daily.

linda benson

April 03, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My mom taught me that being successful is really liking who you are and what you stand for and everything else will just fall into place.

Talar Hadadan

April 03, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Mom always said, you can do anything if you put your mind to it and persevere. Never leave today’s list of things to do for tomorrow cause you never know what tomorrow will bring!!

Eileen Cleary

April 03, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Always remember to have fun, be kind to the other players and say things like good game after it was over. I won the award for best team spirit because of her advice…and i have continued to carry her words with me through out my life…

Colleen

April 03, 2012 at 2:08 pm

“attitude is everything!” These three words have helped me in sports, jobs, marriage, motherhood, and on every team I have ever been a part of – basically all aspects of my life!

Christina

April 03, 2012 at 2:09 pm

never say or do anything you would not want on the front page of the newspaper

Terri Noyes

April 03, 2012 at 2:09 pm

My mother’s oft-used words of wisdom are… USE IT OR LOSE IT. At 75, she never stops moving!

Gina Sallstrom

April 03, 2012 at 2:12 pm

There’s no time like the present (to get started, to keep moving, to achieve what you want).

Andrea

April 03, 2012 at 2:13 pm

“You are smart. You are strong and independent. You care about people. I’m proud of you!” These words help keep me strong when life is challenging. I continue to strive to be that person my mom has told me she sees in me. My response is often, “it runs in the family!”

Ann Peters

April 03, 2012 at 2:13 pm

mom taught me to always wear a smile. A smile makes others feel good and a frown will turn your face downward, making permanent lines!

Sandy Spinello

April 03, 2012 at 2:15 pm

To be true to who you really are no matter what anyone else thinks, says or believes because those who are your true friends will know and accept you as you are. Those who are constantly trying to change you never really knew or accepted you and one can only be truly happy being one’s true self.

Deborah

April 03, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Look after each other. Also, suggestions are taken to heart better than demands or assumptions.

Jean Reigenborn

April 03, 2012 at 2:16 pm

If you don’t have something good to say about someone, don’t say anything.

Barbara Poor

April 03, 2012 at 2:17 pm

that what you think is a problem is actually an opportunity in disguise or when life gives you lemons, make lemonaide.

Samantha Holt

April 03, 2012 at 2:18 pm

You will always have someone there for you!

Rita Hudetz

April 03, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I grew up horseback riding and training competitively — my mom was a riding instructor and my coach. The most valuable lesson I ever learned from my mom was the classic adage of equestrians — “If you fall, you have to get right back on the horse.” My mom also added to this, “you’re not a real rider until you’ve fallen.” This lesson of how to handle failure — and the realization that it is an inevitable part of life and taking on new challenges — has stuck with me long past the show jumping ring.

Ulli

April 03, 2012 at 2:19 pm

“Body does as Mind prefers”

Kerrie Mulder

April 03, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It’s not whether you win or loose, but how you play the game!

Vicki Kelner

April 03, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My amazing Mom has always said to me that it didn’t matter to her what I became or what I did with my life. As long as I seek and do what God has planned for me then everything will be just perfect.

Rebekah Faust

April 03, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You can chose to make up your mind to enjoy what there is to enjoy and ingnore the negative. It will pass. Do what makes you happy and keeps you sane FIRST: workout!!!!

Trisha Lieffers

April 03, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My mom always told me to be strong and proud of myself! That no matter what is going on around me, to stand tall, be proud of who I am and what I could do. To not worry what others think – I am in charge of my own destiny.

Alyssa Deal-Antoine

April 03, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Don’t sweat every mistake you make. Sometimes nobody notices but you.

Lisa Sturgeon

April 03, 2012 at 2:22 pm

…..you can accomplish anything as long as you have RESPECT for what it is that you are trying to accomplish!

Kelly Buttenshaw

April 03, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like once you love yourself, someone will come into your life….

jo

April 03, 2012 at 2:26 pm

my mom most recently taught me, later in our lives – while battling dementia/alzheimers…
each day is new, and we are given chance after chance to start fresh!
each moment is precious, and we should treasure the connections we make with others; not knowing if we will hear their voices tomorrow.
the love and dedication of a mother never fades; even though her mind & body might.
i yoga, cycle, run, swim, sweat for her who now struggles to walk.

Andrea

April 03, 2012 at 2:27 pm

it is in the effort that we find what matters in everything we do.

Erin

April 03, 2012 at 2:27 pm

‘Running is a lifelong sport,’ my mom has always encouraged my sister and I to go running with her

Sarah Merchlewitz

April 03, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Your problems always seem worse when you’re tired — get some sleep!

Marianne

April 03, 2012 at 2:28 pm

When you are feeling overwhelmed, just do the next thing.

Lisa Long

April 03, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Mom’s words of wisdom would always come up when other’s were showing poor sportsmanship, she’d say things like “you don’t know what is going on in their life that make’s them act that way, being in this sport may be the one positive thing in their life, but all the other negativity comes out in their behavior.” I often struggled (due to various team members) with why people would win, but were otherwise not team players, never practiced hard, and were not pleasant to other team members. Meanwhile, I was working hard, and playing nice, and not seeing the same results. I was reminded of my mother’s words during one competition where our team member that always took first place, ended up taking second, called her parents, and they scolded her over the phone for getting second. I remember thinking how I’d rather never get first place, and have supportive parents, than be in the position she was in that day. I can’t imagine dealing with that kind of pressure.

Julie Lowis

April 03, 2012 at 2:29 pm

tough times don’t last, tough PEOPLE do…

Julie

April 03, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Try your best, that’s all anyone can ask of you

Ulli

April 03, 2012 at 2:31 pm

My daughter, at the age of 10, taught me a life’s lesson when she found herself near the bottom on the results page. She counted from the bottom up and reported to me, sporting the biggest smile, that had had beaten a certain number of contestants. What a spirit! It is in our court to decide whether to see the glass as ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’! Thank you Brie!

Kelsey Johnson

April 03, 2012 at 2:34 pm

When I was about 12 I remember asking my mom if I could have a snack. Her response to this simple question has stuck with me ever since. She said,’ It’s up to you. It’s your body. Do what you want.’ She gave me the freedom to take care of myself, and learn responsiblity!

Mary Klecker

April 03, 2012 at 2:38 pm

You need to be encouraged by what you can do, not discouraged by what you can’t.

Meg T

April 03, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Can’t should never be in a woman’s vocabulary.

Audrey Adams

April 03, 2012 at 2:43 pm

…Always seek your patience and use it in hard times because you can’t get through life without it.

Leigh

April 03, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Unless you are the lead dog, the view is always the same.

Laura G

April 03, 2012 at 2:46 pm

You miss all the shots you don’t take.

Irina Owens

April 03, 2012 at 2:47 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice.”

Lisa Brown

April 03, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Never give up on your dreams! I always wanted to be a teacher. The job marker was so bad here. Everyone tried to talk me out of it. My mom told me to believe in myself and never give up! That was 20 years ago and I am still happily teaching!!!! Thanks MOM!

Jan Clifford

April 03, 2012 at 2:56 pm

My mother always said YOU ARE ONLY AS PRETTY AS YOU ACT — and I have found this to be a really true “ism”. I lost my mom in December 2007 and I miss her every day.

Lauren

April 03, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like: as long as you are well enough to do one load of laundry, you are well enough to conquer to world…Through every sickness and heartache, if you can still do laundry, life is good.

Molly Ferris

April 03, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Always look for the good in people.

Hannah

April 03, 2012 at 2:58 pm

….hard work is what sets you apart and makes you strong.

Jessica Tomochek

April 03, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Appreciate each individual’s unique abilities.

Bridget

April 03, 2012 at 3:03 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like patience is a virtue. Although it always drove me nuts when she gave it to me, she was right. And I had to be patient to finally understand her wisdom in my training, my work and the rest of my life.”

Michele Baymor

April 03, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My mother always taught me to be kind, give, and help others. She always said that these kindnessses would come back to you ten-fold, but usually not from the people whose lives you affected, but from others. Every day, I try to do some kind thing or give some kind word, manytimes to someone I don’t know. My mother surely could create a powerful and enriching world if everyone followed her advice.

Whitney

April 03, 2012 at 3:05 pm

It builds character.

Michele

April 03, 2012 at 3:07 pm

always compete against your previous best performance!

Mary Thompson

April 03, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “Finish what you start. Even if this isn’t the sport for you, you give it your best and finish the season. The team is counting on you! Next year you can try something different and eventually you will find what you love!”

Kristin Kilburn

April 03, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Take care, Be safe, Have fun!

Andrea Colbert

April 03, 2012 at 3:13 pm

honor your commitments and never quit!

Holly Battrum

April 03, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My mum taught me, to always strive for improvement and to never stop learning!

Whitney A.

April 03, 2012 at 3:15 pm

YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS. It’s the hard that makes it great!

Shawna

April 03, 2012 at 3:15 pm

My mom always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Good advice then and now.

PC

April 03, 2012 at 3:16 pm

My mom always told me to just try my best. I However it was what my mom did that was more inspirational…her selflessness and giving. This is how she lives on; this is what I learned from her and share with others.

Dana

April 03, 2012 at 3:23 pm

“Of course you can!” and,
“Your uniqueness is your beauty and your strength.”

Molly Keeler

April 03, 2012 at 3:23 pm

After being diagnosed with breast cancer ..”Sometimes swearing makes you feel a lot better.” She was and is right.

Taylor K

April 03, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…

“Treat your body with respect and love and you will be beautiful inside and out.” 🙂

katie

April 03, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I’m raising you, not your father.

Sharon

April 03, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like “it’s not just about winning!” My mom, now 88, hasn’t always won. But she still plays golf, goes to swim aerobic classes 2 or 3 times a week, and walks her dog Gigi daily. Today she and Gigi are driving from Florida to New York by themselves! My dad died when I was 12, but my mom stepped up to the plate. What brought her strength through the tough times? Her ability to be refreshed by laps in a pool, energized by a jump in icy Maine waters, thrilled by competition on the green. Winning is great, but my mom taught me a valuable lesson by her example: using your body and mind to pursue some physical goal, and embracing the outdoors, brings serenity and joy into ones life.

Erin C

April 03, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My mom taught me with words of wisdom like: I went out and bought a book called The Independent Baby after I had you, I’m proud you’ve always made your own choices and been strong.

Michelle Vitelli

April 03, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Always be in the driver’s seat.

Annah

April 03, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Try your hardest wether you are winning or losing. We will always be proud of you!

Beverly Blanton

April 03, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Always treat others the way you want to be treated.

Melissa S

April 03, 2012 at 3:53 pm

If you can’t laugh at yourself, don’t laugh at all.

Rosanne Tejeda

April 03, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My mom always told me to finish what I started, never quit. This has helped me through sports, education and being a mom! My mom said this quote everyday when she was going through breast cancer chemo treatments, she finished them and now she is a survivor! Now I pass on this advice to my girls.

Roxanne

April 03, 2012 at 3:54 pm

my mom has always told me with any trial, if you say ‘can’t’, it’s then you have failed. say ‘you can’, then you can succeed.

Simone

April 03, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Always count your blessings before counting your troubles, the blessings will always be greater in number. Be your own cheerleader and believe in yourself. Treat others just a little better than they treat you and last but not least she would always say “get your hair out of your face and put a little lipstick on”!

K

April 03, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Be yourself, and do it on purpose!

Kris

April 03, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Always show off your ONE best feature. This will change day to day and over time. And sometimes it will only be your smile! Show your smile during those times.

Christine McDuffie

April 03, 2012 at 3:58 pm

If you train hard, play hard, play as a team and play fair and you will never walk away disappointed.

Robin Redd Clegg

April 03, 2012 at 4:06 pm

If you make the choice to start. Never ever quit.

Ashley Hrubala

April 03, 2012 at 4:13 pm

“The wind is relentless today…but so are you” -mom 5/7/11

Dolly Dugan

April 03, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Simply follow the Golden Rule: Do unto to others as you would have others do unto you.

Kaitie Tee

April 03, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Always do your best. That’s what matters most.

Kate Loepp

April 03, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Virtue is its own rewRd. I heard these words nearly every day. The woeds appliy to so much more than just sportsmanship.

Melanie Bibens

April 03, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Always act like a LADY, unless the boys are beating you. Then, unleash the LION!

Christine Hammersmith

April 03, 2012 at 4:18 pm

People aren’t born positive they chose to be that way!

Sue Kurtz

April 03, 2012 at 4:19 pm

No matter how hard you work, things don’t always go the way you think they should and that’s OK. Keep going.

Stephanie Deaton

April 03, 2012 at 4:20 pm

You can do anything that a man can do… and more! (you can have a baby!)

Christine Hammersmith

April 03, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…”every lose is a win if you learned something from it”.

Gina Jones

April 03, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Trusting your instincts and believing that all of us begin as good, honest and postiive beings. That being a postive part of the team/group is the important part. She always said that helping others achieve within the team, helps the team as a whole. She helped me be the postiive soccer/lacrosse coach for girls I am today.

Lisa

April 03, 2012 at 4:21 pm

My mom taught me if something didn’t go quite right and I was really upset that, “This too shall pass.” And she has always been right!

Jill

April 03, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My mom has always told me that she is proud of me as long as I do my best, no matter ,what happens. As a teacher, I try to pass that lesson on to my students. I am always proud of them for trying their best. 🙂

Meg Foglietti

April 03, 2012 at 4:23 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…“ Don’t let other’s negativity bring you down and more importantly don’t take people’s unkind criticism or actions to heart; they are usually a product of the person’s insecurities or problems and not a reflection of who YOU are. Just be the kind of person that you would want to spend time with”.

Brenda Raetz

April 03, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Keep your chin up!

marh branham

April 03, 2012 at 4:24 pm

My mom always said Treat others as you want to be treated.
Other words of advice always wear clean underwear and always wear a slip.
We used to laugh and tell her if we were in an accident they would not be worried about our underwear.

Tina Henry

April 03, 2012 at 4:25 pm

You can’t control what other people say or how they act but you can control how you act and react. Always do your best, be nice to everyone. Strive to be a great example and be the light that God created you to be. (This is the advice that I am giving my daughter)

Clay Jones

April 03, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Not to brag or rub it in their faces when I win. Not to make others feel bad for not winning.

Mandy Roets

April 03, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Once, and only once my mom told me, “Mandy, you’re not afraid of anything!” Ahhh, how those words have stuck with me, and have come back to me over and over again when, for a split second, I think I’m afraid. I will remember that for always!

Thanks Mom
I love you always

Ashli

April 03, 2012 at 4:30 pm

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far beyond rubies”. Proverbs 31:10
Words of wisdom for all women to live by.

Linda Grey

April 03, 2012 at 4:32 pm

What I always told my daughter who now has a daughter and a son in their teens, is to always remember you were not the perfect child who did no wrong (even though I hate to admit it!). So you got in trouble every now and then. We fixed it and went on so…don’t forget that when your child gets in trouble, (it may not be the same type of trouble), but none the less no one is perfect, we just like to think that we are or were and as parents we sometimes want to forget those bad days growing up ourselves, but it is very important to remember them as your child has problems or troubes when growing up as well, understanding and patience goes a long way!

Best of luck to all.

Catherine Spriggs

April 03, 2012 at 4:32 pm

“Mom continues to teach me to be a good sport by coaching me with her example of being a good sport. She is 76 and still coaching me in snow skiing, golf, walking, and exploring places like Alaska. You go Mom, I’m right behind you!

Courtney

April 03, 2012 at 4:33 pm

You must understand yourself first before you can understand the world around you in order to be happy. Don’t be afraid to take a moment of silence to listen to your own mind, heart, and breathing before taking on the challenges of each and every day. Thanks Mom!

Jen

April 03, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Watch your mouth & always think well~
Our thought & words create our reality:
our health of mind, body, spirit. So true Mom!!

Linda Miller

April 03, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Do your very best, and be proud of your accomplishments!

Cienna Jones

April 03, 2012 at 4:41 pm

you’ll never regret…putting people first, hitting it hard on that workout, and putting first things first!

Stacy Selbo

April 03, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Don’t worry what the other girls do or say. Don’t worry what they do or say about you. You are you. If they want to waste time on the petty stuff, let them. You will be at the head of the pack by the time they realize their negativity has gotten them nowhere.

Oakley Blasdel

April 03, 2012 at 4:44 pm

it’s often the scary things that are the most rewarding. She said this often as I was launching into some new endeavor like a career as a pastry chef, learning to ride a motorcycle, moving to a new city alone, and again now as, at the age or 48, I’m launching back into school to get my nursing degree! She gave me the courage and strength to try new things and know that I am in charge of the direction my life takes. Thanks, Mom!

Davya Flaharty

April 03, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like do things for others and blessings will come 🙂

Rachel Brown

April 03, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Never drink the red punch (words of wisdom for sure on my way to college!)

Sharon Dewire

April 03, 2012 at 4:52 pm

When I wanted to accomplish something try-out for something new, my mother would say, “If you want to really do this, don’t give up – that’s what quitters do”

Kathy Jensen

April 03, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Remember who you are and what you represent.

Sharon Dewire

April 03, 2012 at 4:54 pm

When I wanted to try out for something new, my mother would say, “If you REALLY want to do this, don’t give up – that’s what Quitters do.”

dana

April 03, 2012 at 4:57 pm

If they can do it, you can do it more beautifully.

Kimberly

April 03, 2012 at 4:57 pm

If you love something pursue it, if you start something finish it!

Billie

April 03, 2012 at 4:58 pm

“Wear bright colors…..I know you would rather be talked about than ignored!”

suzanne gilbert

April 03, 2012 at 5:00 pm

“Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…reach down deep to the core of who you are, give it your very best shot and be proud of what you have accomplished. Working hard on the journey to your goal will ultimately be your reward. Always remember that each effort you put forth, influences someone watching you to become more than they thought possible. Your courage, strength and tenasity will always be an example to another girl hoping to someday reach for her own athletic goals.

Amber

April 03, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Remember who you are and where you came from.

Keri W

April 03, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Winning is not about finishing first. It is about doing the best you can do. Compete with integrity.

Kristine Redko

April 03, 2012 at 5:04 pm

It’s o.k. to be different – surround yourself with people of varying talents, and you’ll make a winning TEAM!

Jetaun

April 03, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Anything worth having is worth fighting for, as long as you do it within reason honestly yet peacefully.

Robyn Littman

April 03, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Life is full of peaks and valleys and in order to reach the peaks, you must stay strong and get through the valleys!! Breathe and stay positive!

tina orcutt

April 03, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Yes you CAN. You are the strongest woman I know, and I love you…

nicole

April 03, 2012 at 5:10 pm

“The best gifts of all are those of TIME and TALENT”
Mom (and Grandma) taught me that the best gifts of all are those given of time and talent.
Whether it be teaching girl scouts the finer points of camping etc. or teaching us about nutrition, or my volunteering in a reading program, or coaching a rowing team, my mother led by example and instilled in me that THE best gifts we can share with others are OUR unique gifts. You make much more of an impact not by buying anything, but by sharing time and talents with your fellow man!

Ginger Edwards

April 03, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Never wait to start living. Tomorrow never comes. Live today so you don’t regret yesterday.

Catherine Conrad

April 03, 2012 at 5:10 pm

“Don’t sweat the small stuff”

Tina Henry

April 03, 2012 at 5:11 pm

This is not from my mother but the advice I give my kids…..

You can’t control what other people do or what they say but you can control how you react and what comes out of your mouth. Be nice to everyone, try your best in whatever you do, and most importantly be the light that God created you to be!

Colleen Stewart

April 03, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Always do your best for yourself! Don’t ever worry about what other people think.

Kelly

April 03, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Planning is priceless. Plans are useless.

Erika Patterson

April 03, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Every moment of every day is a chance to be patient, compassionate and kind to others and to ourselves.

Mariza anderson

April 03, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Things may come to those who wait… But only things left by those who hustle.

Miss Priss

April 03, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Mom taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like, “Protect your most precious jewel: your credit rating. Messing that up stays with you a really long time.”

christy partin

April 03, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My mom taught me to be myself! Dont do anything unless I want to do it!

Alexis

April 03, 2012 at 5:17 pm

My mom died of cancer when I was a teenager. For the last 9 years my dad has graciously taken on both father and mother roles…so I will be celebrating my dad this Mother’s Day.

“Dad taught me to be a good sport by coaching me with words of wisdom like…It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you react to it that matters.”

Jen

April 03, 2012 at 5:20 pm

No words. She teaches by example.. We lost my Dad who fought to stay here with us after a lung transplant. He lasted three years and passed at 60 years old. My Mum gets up every day, exercises, calls or emails her friends, cares for her grandchildren, and her own children still. Her actions always speak louder than any words. My best friend.

Ashley Potter

April 03, 2012 at 5:24 pm

“If you do what you’ve always done, then you will get what you’ve always gotten.” This words have helped me to be motivated to meet my goals and to embrace change and challenges. Thanks Mom! xoxo

Amber Kamps

April 03, 2012 at 5:25 pm

You are stronger than you realize. Your strength will get you anywhere you want to go in this world be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual. It’s always there for you, waiting for you to draw upon it when you need it. Never underestimate or question it, only trust and believe in its power.

Tiffany Moore

April 03, 2012 at 5:25 pm

You’ll never know unless you try.

Liz Kestler

April 03, 2012 at 5:26 pm

My mom taught me to think of others and offer help when they need it.

Nikki

April 03, 2012 at 5:27 pm

“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

cheryl rakov

April 03, 2012 at 5:27 pm

be compassionate…play to win, but remember that everyone else is doing the same.

Polly

April 03, 2012 at 5:27 pm

No one can ever take away your education or your reputation. It’s all in your domain to make it your best.

Kat Bowley

April 03, 2012 at 5:28 pm

My mom taught me to be a good sport through both her example and her wise words. Perhaps the pearl of wisdom that stood out the most is the notion that “We all play for the same team. There are never losers if you play fairly and give it your all. Because even if you don’t win the game, you’ve shared in the playing of the game and that’s what matters most. Besides, not winning every time builds character by allowing you to appreciate that life is about the ebb and flow, balance and grace.”

Teresa

April 03, 2012 at 5:29 pm

“I’ve had too many bad things happen in my life to get upset over every little thing… ”

She’s had 2 brain tumors and 3 types of cancer but still manages to always have a smile on her face. It’s amazing how this mantra keeps everything in perspective. No matter what setbacks or defeats I’ve had in training or in life, I’ve always been able to pull myself up and keep going and always with a smile on my face.

Kristin Micalizzi

April 03, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Love yourself first, you can’t truly love anyone else until you do!

Kate Leary

April 03, 2012 at 5:29 pm

You have to do what you love. If you’re heart is in what you are doing, it won’t have been a failure, no matter the outcome.

Marcia Orsborn

April 03, 2012 at 5:30 pm

…what’s right isn’t always popular and what’s popular isn’t always right.

Susie N.

April 03, 2012 at 5:30 pm

…plan for the future, but take it one step at a time. This will help you prepare for whatever comes your way.”

JEWEL

April 03, 2012 at 5:33 pm

GIVE !! always help others evenif it’s hard for you. Help the poor, widows and orphans

Karen Matson

April 03, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Be respectful and do no harm.

Terri Marrie

April 03, 2012 at 5:34 pm

You will never know if you can do it if you don’t try.

Cheri Ford

April 03, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Good things come in small packages… and so does dynamite.

Loreli S.

April 03, 2012 at 5:36 pm

From Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“The Wild Woman is the one who thunders in the face of injustice.She is the one who keeps a woman going when she thinks she is done for. The wild woman is fluent in the languages of dreams, images, passion and poetry. No act of love or social justice occur without her. She lives in women everywhere.”
Thanks om for seeing me as a wild woman!

alyssa oram

April 03, 2012 at 5:37 pm

You can sit inside on a bad-weather day, or you can go out and be a part of it. Never let the weather dicate what you do!

Chris Cook

April 03, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it!

Rita

April 03, 2012 at 5:44 pm

“Never be afraid to chase your dreams”

Nikki Mee

April 03, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Finish what you started … No matter what. And finish hard! Don’t give up!

Jennifer Krivos

April 03, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Dominate the impossible in your life while learning to love yourself and those around you.