7 Things I’ve Learned From My Mum

7 Things I’ve Learned From My Mum

My mum celebrated her birthday at the beginning of February, and Iย thought it would be nice to share some of the most valuable lessons she has taught me during my life.

1. There’s always something to smile about.

Several of you have referred to me as “like sunshine” and, if you think that’s true, you should meet my mum.

Right from when I was young, she encouraged me to look for positives. On our walks home from school, she would ask me for one good thing from the day. Now I’m older, if I’m having a whinge, she tends to be the first to offer up a silver living. Even when life has thrown setbacks in her direction, she’s come through them and maintained her positive outlook.

2. You’re only as old as you feel.

I’m sure my mum won’t mind me saying this, but she’s a big kid. It’s one of the things I love the most about her. It’s also the reason I tend to forget her actual age.

She loves kid films, Christmas and gets more excited than anyone I know when she sees a rainbow. I wouldn’t change her for the world.

3. Be generous.

Both with your money and your time. My mum has a heart of pure gold, I’m absolutely convinced of it.

In recent years, the jobs she has chosen have all been to benefit others – from running a charity to organising activities in a care home. She also regularly donates to charity when she can, and can’t resist buying little gifts for others. Every time I see her, the sentence “I’ve got a little something for you!” comes out of her mouth. It melts my heart.

4. It’s good to be creative.

Though our creativity takes different forms, I do think it’s her that I inherited this streak from. My creativity mainly shines through writing, whereas hers is through arts and crafts. She also loves drama and singing. She has always encouraged us with anything of this nature! You may have even seen her leave a comment or two on my blog as she’s been very supportive of this!

5. It’s important to treat yourself.

There were times in our lives when money was tight, but my mum always made a point of getting a little treat, even if she had to save a little to make it happen. It could be a hot chocolate while we were out, or a cake from the local bakery. This made me realise that treats don’t need to be something extravagant, just something we would enjoy.

Whenever we go shopping together now, if I’m eyeing something up, she’s the one who gives me the “treat yourself” nudge. She very rarely takes no for an answer. Though my bank balance may not be grateful, I am. I love the fact I’ve been brought up to know it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while.

6. Love conquers all.

My mum and dad have been through a whole bunch of stuff together. As a couple, they’ve come through things which others may not be able to. All that comes down to is the fact they love each other. They love each other enough to look beyond the mistakes, and to support each other when things get hard. They wouldn’t be together now if they didn’t.

Several years ago, my dad’s diabetes led to him becoming disabled. At times, my mum has had to be strong enough for the both of them. I imagine the experience has been incredibly demanding, both mentally and physically. When I’ve asked her how she copes, she says “I love him so it’s what I have to do”, and that’s it. That’s all there is to it for her. I love that I have that example of unconditional love in my life.

7. My mum is the best friend I’ll ever have.

I’ve always believed this, but since moving to Aberdeen, this has been more apparent than ever before. I don’t get to see her anywhere near as much as I would like to, and there are days when that really gets me down. Even at 28, I still cry and say “I just want my mum.” Frankly, I don’t think that will ever change.ย There are things in life that can only be cured by a hug from my mum. I’ll never discover a better remedy, of that I’m sure.


Mum – if you’re reading this, as I know you often do, I love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do. Even if I don’t tell you every day, I am extremely grateful for you. You are incredibly special. It’s impossible not be filled with admiration for you. I’m so proud of the person you are and the fact I get to say “that’s my mum.”

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  1. David Anderson
    18th February 2019 / 11:55 am

    What a lovely post. She will of course deny everything!

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Of course!

  2. 18th February 2019 / 2:34 pm

    Aww, this is such a wonderfully heart-warming read, Ruth! Thank you for brightening up my Monday afternoon! Your mum sounds amazing and I can see where you get your kind, positive and sunshiney qualities from. I love the “youโ€™re only as old as you feel” point, that is such a good attitude to have. Life is so much better when we let ourselves find joy and excitement in the little things, that way, there is always something cheerful around the corner. This is such an uplifting post and makes me appreciate my mum more too – thank you for sharing! <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:16 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! She is definitely one for finding happiness in the little things and it makes her an absolute joy to be around. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. 18th February 2019 / 6:09 pm

    I love this post โค๏ธ your Mum sounds like an amazing woman, you clearly take after her.

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Awwwww, Carly! Thank you! If I can be half as amazing as she is, I’ll be doing okay ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Sheila Anderson
    18th February 2019 / 7:11 pm

    Hi my darling daughter, all I can say is WOW! I was really touched when I read your blog tonight! I love you to the moon and back twice and then some! It gave me a real boost Whalen
    I read it. You know I am so very very proud off you and all you have achieved! I am so pleased that I have been able to comfort, encourage and love you through life! Keep up the wonderful encouraging blog! Your a real ๐ŸŒŸXXOO ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:17 pm

      I’m glad I could give you a boost, Mum, especially with everything that’s been going on lately. You’re the best and I love you even more than that! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. 19th February 2019 / 10:10 am

    This has made me want to run all the way back to Devon and give my mum the biggest hug honestly. Your mum sounds like the most incredible woman, and I love everything that she’s taught you – and of course, she’s raised one of the nicest, kindest, sunshiniest people around. What a woman.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:18 pm

      You’re the sweetest! Give your mum an extra tight squeeze next time you see her. She must be pretty amazing herself to have raised a warrior like you!

  6. 19th February 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Beautiful post. Happy belated birthday to your mom, she sounds like such a wonderful and positive person. You are incredibly lucky to have a mom like that. I can see how she has rubbed off on you and made you the person you are today.

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:19 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! That’s one of the best compliments I can receive! I couldn’t agree more about being incredibly lucky, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 20th February 2019 / 5:07 am

    This is such a sweet post, I really loved reading it. Your mum sounds great!

    • ruthinrevolt
      20th February 2019 / 12:19 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s the best!

  8. 21st February 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Ah, Ruth, this is so lovely. Your mum sounds amazing (well, of course, how could she not be to have produced a daughter like you). Reading posts like this is bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I love reading what a positive and happy influence she’s had on you, and how wonderful your relationship is. On the other hand, it makes me miss my mother even more (she died when I was 21). But I still have some treasured memories and a post like this makes me remember them too. Thank you for sharing and happy belated birthday to your mum xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      22nd February 2019 / 9:50 am

      Awww, thank you, Lisa! I honestly can’t imagine losing my mum in general, but especially not at 21. I’m so sorry you had to experience loss like that at that stage of your life. As you say, though, you have treasured memories to look back on and appreciate. Plus, you’re making lots of new and beautiful memories with your own little lady, Flora, and I’m sure she thinks the world of you.

  9. 22nd February 2019 / 8:42 pm

    This is such a sweet post. Such great things to have learned from your mum. I have learned so much from my mum too. Iโ€™ve learned to stick up for myself, work ethic and how strong people can be. Thank you for sharing xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      27th February 2019 / 9:49 am

      Awww, those are lovely things to have learned from your mum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 16th March 2019 / 9:23 pm

    Aw, bless you Ruth. This was such a beautifully heart warming post. Youre mum sounds like an amazing woman.

    • ruthinrevolt
      19th March 2019 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you! She’s an angel ๐Ÿ™‚

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