Creating Your Legacy

Have you ever taken a moment to think about your life’s purpose?  What will your legacy be?  A few years ago, I was asked that very question and my response was simple, “I hope to offer help to those that need it. To make someone’s life a little easier.”

Mom mid age

My 90 year old mom passed away on December 27th, 2015 after a 10 day intensive care unit stay at our local hospital.  I know that I fulfilled a small part of my legacy during those 10 days and for that, I am grateful. I was very close to my mom and very much like her in many ways.  I feel very fortunate that I work in health care and can provide help to others in need in my work life.  It was my hope in starting this blog that I could broaden my ability to help many and have spent many long hours in an effort to do so.

As we start the new year, with a clean slate, I thought I would share a few pearls of wisdom from my amazing mother, Dorothy: mom of 9 children ( I am the baby), neighborhood mom, artist, grandmother, great grandma, teacher and friend.

  • A warm washcloth on sad, tear-filled eyes always makes you feel a little better.
  • Patience is a virtue.  Never rush–it only leads to problems and car accidents.
  • When you give a gift, select something personal. (Hand-made gifts are the best.)
  • Be there for your children.  ( I was so fortunate that my Mom and Mother-in-law watched all three of my kids when I worked part-time when they were little).
  • Be true to yourself.
  • If you make a promise to someone, be sure you can fulfill it.
  • Always have a few treats on hand in case someone stops by.
  • A little vanilla ice cream everyday is okay.

Please bear with me, while I regroup, grieve, hug my kids, thank my husband for being the best support system anyone could ask for, and get back into my work groove. I hope you can hug those you love, spend time where it matters, and define your legacy…and live your life with intention.