This post was inspired by one of the most incredible women I know: my mom.

There’s a reason why the saying “mother knows best” never goes out of style—it’s true!

Mom’s can’t help but give you advice – it’s in their DNA. And like your mom, my mom has given me countless pieces of advice throughout my life. Some I took, and some I wish I took.

But there are two things she told me as a teenager that I still take to heart.

When I was in high school, at the height of being self-conscious and awkward, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. It was a severe case and I had to wear an ugly, bulky, back brace 23-hours a day. For an entire year.

I was devastated. This was worse than having a secret crush on your best friend’s boyfriend or not passing your driving test for the third time.

Who was going to want to hang out with the girl in the back brace?

However, my mother had a completely different point of view, and I want to share the best advice I ever got from my mom:

  1. You are so much more than your appearance, and you can’t let self-worth come from external sources or be based on superficial qualities.
  1. When things aren’t going well and you’re feeling sorry for yourself, the best thing you can do is focus on someone else.

My mom convinced me to start volunteering at the local hospital. Not only did it help put my problems in perspective – it launched me on my path to becoming a psychologist.

She was also right about me being much more than my appearance, and this is true for all of us! As it turned out, none of the kids made fun of me and I even managed to play on the tennis team that year (that was my hour of being brace-free!).

Even though I’m a mom now, I still go to my mom for advice. And I’m thankful every day, and especially on Mother’s Day, for having such an amazing mom!

So Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms!

What’s the best piece of advice your mom ever gave you? Please share in the comment section below.