For Mother’s Day, I want to shine a light on my mom, Lisa. Yep, I’m that “My mom is my best friend” person, and I’m so lucky to be. Now that I’m also a mother, our relationship has taken on a new depth. When I see her with my daughter, I realize that the person I am now, and the person Jupiter is becoming, all began with her love and care. My mom has taught me countless lessons throughout the years, and I’m calling out a few of the most simple—yet life-changing and meaningful—ones here. They’ve never steered me wrong.
You know how some people always have a sunny attitude? That’s my mom. Just by being around her, I’ve learned that if you choose to look for the good in life, you’ll always find it. Plus, positive people attract other glass-half-full types, which is a dynamic I can fully support.
Believe in yourself
I work in a business that is 90% rejection. To help me avoid taking rejection personally, my mom always steered me away from comparing myself to other people. If another actress landed a role I’d auditioned for, she’d say, “Ashley, it just wasn’t meant to be. On to the next one!” She’s helped me believe in myself and trust that I am always exactly where I am supposed to be—professionally, personally, all of it. The same goes for you, too.
It’s going to be OK
Since Jupiter was born, I’ve called my mom a million times: What’s this rash on her cheek? Is she ready for a stuffed animal? Am I doing any of this right? My mom usually has a wise answer for the question at hand, but more importantly, she reminds me that everything will be okay. That helps me release my worry, which helps me feel more confident about this whole first-time mom thing.
See? Good advice. I’m beyond lucky to have my mother in my life, and I hope to make Jupiter feel as unconditionally loved as my mom makes her children feel. Happy Mother’s Day.