Uplifting Advice From Moms Who Know Best

Celebrating a mother’s wisdom doesn’t have to be relegated to one day a year. In fact, these health and wellness experts have been inspired by their moms throughout their careers. The advice they got from mom goes way beyond “eat your vegetables.” Meaningful to these pros but uplifting for all, these inspirational words speak to the ideas of balance, self-awareness, creativity and confidence.

Elinor Fish, Competitive Runner

“This advice is something I practice every day in my work as an entrepreneur, as a mom and as a long-distance trail runner,” says Fish, of ElinorFish.com and the founder of Run Wild Retreats. “For years, I ran hard and worked hard,” she says. “I thought that’s what it took to be successful. But over time it became apparent that what I was doing was unsustainable. Only once I slowed down and started living a more mindful life did I start to find true happiness and more peace of mind.”

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Elizabeth Arredondo, Yoga Instructor

“When my daughter was a newborn, I had postpartum depression. I was sad, lonely and overwhelmed,” says Arredondo, an instructor at Be Shri Yoga (BeShriYoga.com). “My mom was leaving for a trip and would be out of touch for a week -- these were her pre-cellphone days -- so she made me promise to do one thing each day that was just for myself and also one thing that was purely for my daughter, and to write it down because she was going to make sure I did it. Her telling me to write it down made me do it, but also made me remember for a minute each day that she loved and supported me too. Eight years later it’s still something I try to do.”

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Christine D’Ercole, Cycling Instructor

“This concept really stuck,” says D’Ercole of iamicaniwillido.com, head coach at Peloton 3. “The power of words goes both ways. We have a choice about what words we listen to, particularly within the confines of our own minds. They’re just words, and we can change those words. We can change our chatter. We can flip ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m not,’ ‘I shouldn’t’ and ‘I don’t’ upside down.”

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Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, Bloggers, A Beautiful Mess

“Our mother always encouraged us to use our imaginations and be creative,” say Larson and Chapman, the sisters behind the lifestyle blog ABeautifulMess.com 2. "Making art or working on ‘projects’ was so commonplace in our house when we were growing up that it’s no wonder it’s a big part of our careers now. We have our mother to thank for that.”

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Abby Lauren, Nike Trainer

“She’s always taught me to think about important decisions before making them, because once they are made, there’s sometimes no going back,” says Lauren of AbbyLaurenFit.com an L.A.-based personal trainer. “And with that being said, even when we do make mistakes in life, it’s OK. Life will go on. Instead, turn it into something humorous. Life is too short to be anything but happy.”

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Brooke Alpert, Nutritionist

“My mother always said, ‘If you’re going to eat dessert, make it worth it.’ I love this statement for so many reasons,” says Alpert, M.S., RD, CDN, owner of B-Nutritious.com. “Of course, from the nutritional point of view, if you’re going to indulge, then it should be everything you want it to be. But more importantly, I love how this short sentence can be such a good metaphor for life -- to do everything you do with passion and make every ‘bite’ count.”

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Holly Rilinger, Nike Master Trainer

“My mom always encouraged me to dream big,” says Rilinger, creator of Training Camp and HollyRilinger.com. “Even if those dreams were so crazy people were laughing at you. I’m 5'4" and played professional basketball.”

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