I got it from my Mumma!
Some things I have learnt along the way, straight from one of the wisest women I know.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN FROM AN EARLY AGE
As an early teen, I remember my Mum buying me full ranges from Clinique and reminding me every day to cleanse, tone and moisturise my face! As I’m sure you can imagine, early teenager Ashleigh was not all that fussed in actually using these products - only old people get wrinkles, Mum!
But, with the constant reminders from Mum I am now, as a 30 year old, thankful that my skin looks youthful and I definitely put that down to not only having access to good products at a young age, but having this beauty routine instilled in me from early on in life!
Side note: My mum looks like she could be my older sister so she was definitely on to something. I had better look like her when I’m her age.
2. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Mum has always been a classic kinda gal and I think I have taken a lot of my style now from her as I was growing up. Mum is like me in the sense that she’s all about the basic colours - black (a lot less than me though, right Mum!?), white, taupe, grey and a few pops of rust colours (something suits her A LOT more than it does me!), mixed with statement accessories.
This basically reflects the sort of style mantra I have going on - stick to the neutrals and let your accessories do the talking!
3. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK HARD TO GET THERE
My Mum - actually, my parents in general - are some of the hardest working people I know and all throughout both my childhood and adult life have taught me about hard work and dedication in order to achieve goals. Seeing them work so hard throughout their lives in so many different ways was something that I was able to pick on, and replicate in my own life. I’ve definitely brought this across into the things that I do, both in my career and in my personal life. Probably one of the best life lessons I have learnt!
4. PRACTICE KINDNESS
My Mum is the kind of person who would go out of her way - actually - go above and beyond - for absolutely anybody, and it’s something I have seen this all throughout my childhood and into my adult life. Another of my favourite life lessons is that my Mum has not only has she taught me to be kind to everybody, but she has taught me that if someone needs something that I am able to provide, or I am able to do something extra special for someone else, or even if I have the ability to put other people before myself, I should stop at nothing to make it happen. I think this is one of my favourite traits she has instilled in me.
5. PERFECTIONISM (IN A GOOD WAY!)
For this one, I don’t know whether to be thankful my Mum is a perfectionist and subsequently made me one, or if I should be really angry at her - haha! Most of the time, though, I find perfectionism to be a good thing as it’s shown me that you should do things to the best of your ability and not to settle for something that is mediocre. I think this applies to many aspects of life - my career, my relationships, friendships and also activities I participate in. Maybe I can blame this on my competitive streak, too - haha! Of course, this can also be a curse, but I think it’s always good to keep in mind that you shouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect - to a certain degree!