13 things I hope my daughter learns from me

We just celebrated Mother’s Day, and it has me thinking a lot about my role in shaping my children’s lives.  At the age of 10, my daughter has a lot personality all her own.  She also has some insecurities that are already apparent.  Here are 13 things I hope she learns from me.

  1. Love yourself. First and foremost, love who you are, and treasure it.
  2. Be brave.  The more something scares you, the more likely it is that it’s something you should definitely do.
  3. Chase your dreams. They won’t fall in to your lap on their own, but they are worth chasing.
  4. Believe in yourself.  You can do ANYTHING you set your mind too.
  5. Don’t let money be the reason you don’t do something. If it’s important enough, you’ll find a way.
  6. Take care of your health.  Allow yourself to rest and recharge when you need it.  The little things can wait.
  7. Know that you are beautiful, no matter what you look like.  The most beautiful things about you come from within anyway.
  8. Be independent, but also know it’s okay to lean on the people you love when you need too.
  9. Don’t settle, ever.  You deserve better than that.  Everyone does.
  10. Know that walking away from something with good reason isn’t failure; it’s pragmatic.
  11. Embrace change.  It will happen anyway, but if you look forward to it rather than dread it, it won’t be as hard.
  12. Find what your passionate about, and don’t let it go.
  13. Love completely.  Sometimes you’ll get hurt, but it’s worth it.