Have you ever wondered what your parents forgot to spell out for you because they thought you'd probably just pick it up through the years? Have they ever wondered if you were really listening? If my mom had written a personal book of wisdom for me it would include, among other things, 'Enjoy the journey', and 'It came to pass, not to stay'. She would also encourage me to call my friends more often, remind me not to put off my work until the night before it's due, and to wash the towels separately from the socks and undershirts, even if they're all white.
I recently stayed up past my bedtime looking through page after page of Jaime's advice to her own daughter. Her honesty and wit made for an interesting read and I found myself wishing I'd learned a few of these a little earlier on in life. Some of my favorite pieces of advice:
Cultivate a genuine enthusiasm for the minutia of other people's lives.
This is how to be a friend.
Paint the inside of your favorite costume jewelry with clear nail polish.
No more green fingers.
Doing things inspires doing more and greater things.
Doing nothing breeds inertia. When you do anything at all, no matter how insignificant, you begin to create a sphere of action and intention that expands around you.
If you want to leave a party and you don't have a good excuse, spill something on yourself.
Leggings are not pants.
Prudent Advice is full of wit and wisdom and would make a lovely gift to any mother, no matter how long they've been at the wheel. You can find out more about Jaime's book here and purchase your own here. Other stops in the blog tour have included:
10/15 Cooking With My Kid
10/18 The Tum Tum Tree
10/20 Ish and Chi
10/21 Little Miss Heirlooms
If you'd like the chance to win a copy leave a comment below sharing some of the best advice from your own mom/grandma/influential person in your life. Winner will be chosen Monday, October 25th.
If Ruby ends up with curly hair she will definitely be getting this advice from me. Don't wash it every day. If it's feeling funky on day two get yourself to a curling iron and pony tail holder and you'll make it.