Lavender makes me think of my mom. She has always been a source of calmness in my life. A few months ago she gave my a little bottle of lavender oil to carry around so I could put a little on anytime I’m feeling anxious. Scent is also a good way to plant yourself in reality when you’re having trouble being present in the moment. I made my mom these cookies for Mother’s Day a couple years ago and I made them this week for my boyfriend’s mom because she has been so sweet in welcoming me and my pup into her home. Moms are precious. Mine has taught me so much and for that I am forever grateful. Here are a few little valuable lessons I’ve learned from my mom:
Cut your losses and move on. You can’t get too caught up in trying to make up for your past mistakes. Sometimes the best thing to do is just move forward.
Breathe. I’ve suffered from pretty bad anxiety all my life and one of the most valuable tools my mom has given me are simple breathing exercises to help get through a panic attack. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and just breathe.
Actions speak louder than words. This one’s pretty standard but very important. My mom has seen me go through incredible heartbreak. In a relationship, it is not enough to say nice things. You have to treat each other with love and respect through your actions as well.
Exercise. It will make you happier and healthier. I’m pretty bad about being consistent with this one but I have really good intentions!
Don’t borrow trouble. This one is pretty big for me because I worry a lot about pretty much everything. However, there is really no point in worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet or things that are out of your control.
Cherish the little things. Treat yourself. Take your dog for a walk. Drink a latte. Read a good book. The little things will bring you the most happiness.
Recipe (from My Fancy Pantry)
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup butter (room temp)
1 1/2 tsp lavender buds (roughly chopped)
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup plus
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Cream butter, sugar and honey. Mix in the egg, vanilla and lavender. Add flour and salt. Stir dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t over stir. Form the dough into a log on parchment paper or plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 mins. Cut into roughly 1/2 inch circles. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 mins. Keep an eye on them. They’re ready when the edges are just slightly browned. Enjoy!