The Best Advice We’ve Ever Heard

Ever since we’re tiny little humans, we’re given advice on a regular basis. Some of it we take, some of it we don’t. Some advice we wish we’d taken, while some we really wish we hadn’t. But of all the tidbits of advice we receive in our lives, there are some that just stick with us. Maybe it’s because the advice helped us get through a really hard time in our lives; maybe it came from someone who we hold really dear to our hearts; maybe it was just so very truthful. I was curious to know the special words that our other bloggers live by, so today we’re sharing with you the best advice we’ve ever gotten.


The best advice anyone has ever given me was “Make it hurt.” My mom said this to me when I was in kindergarten and we had a toy drive around Christmas. She made me give up my hello kitty house and I was devastated. She told me that being that upset to let go of it meant that I was giving up something special, and something that would make another child very happy. She continued to remind me of this lesson in everything I did – from track meets to studying for tests, she taught me that the only way to know you have really given something your all is if you try so hard it hurts.


The best advice I was ever given was to never touch anything with half your heart. “Remember that your own happiness and comfort comes above all things. Always eat breakfast every morning :),  don’t be afraid to ask for help, do what you love and remember that you always have a choice. Find the joys in life and cherish them forever.” This was whispered to me one day and has never left my soul.

quote - never touch anything with half your heart


Two things, both from mom. First, “Never date anybody you wouldn’t let your daughter date.” THINK ABOUT IT. This is genius. And secondly, “When your hair gets all static-y, spray Static Guard on your hair brush. Brush hair.” Magic.


For me personally, the best advice I’ve ever gotten happens to be more of a general life statement. It was said to me by my mom time and time again, as these are words she lived by every single day. “You’re as happy as you want to be.” Simple as that! The way I interpret the quote is that everything is how you perceive it to be. Every day we go through countless experiences, whether big or small, and we can choose to look at these experiences however we like. As I’m writing this, I could possibly give you a list of things that haven’t gone my way today. But as I’m writing this, my mind is drawing a blank, because I’ve chosen not to view those things in a negative way. I’ve made the decision long ago to find happiness in even the tiniest instances. One of the best things I did last week was eat a heart-shaped lollipop – it gave me so much joy. And to me, knowing that something so small could have such a great effect on me makes me believe that I’m living life the way it is meant to be lived. Thanks, Mom. <3

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? We would love to hear!

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9 years ago

The best advice i have ever gotten was your quote last week. “do it with passion or not at all” really really great advice. It moved me so much I’ve made it my life motto.

9 years ago

“Nobody cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy”

9 years ago

Amen Qing.

9 years ago

the best advice i’ve ever been given is “every emotion you ever feel is valid. its how you react to that emotion that matterss”

9 years ago

The best advice I’ve ever gotten was from my mom. “No one’s responsible for your own happiness but yourself”

9 years ago

I love the tidbits of your mom that you choose to share on the blog-totally awesome.

9 years ago

I love this post. Here’s my favorite words to live by, which a heard shortly after a rough break up: “When people show you who they are, believe them…the first time.”

9 years ago

“you are enough. you are so enough. it is unbelievable how enough you are!”

9 years ago

“You have an irreplaceable role in your relationships. No one can be to the people in your life who you can be to them. No one can offer what you can offer.”

9 years ago

good quotes are like food meant to be taken regularly…

9 years ago
9 years ago

follow your heart

9 years ago

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye but only a few that will capture your heart. Pursue those.”

9 years ago

The best advice my mom ever gave me was: “Fake it ’til you make it, baby.” And when things are tough at school or work and I don’t think I’ll ever make it to where I want to be, I just smile, because even if you’re upset, thinking you’re happy MAKES you happy :)

9 years ago

“Start out as you mean to go on.”

9 years ago

“Never order spaghetti on a first date.” (from my Nana.)

6 years ago

The first one hurt me a bit to read and that’s how i know how much it really means

6 years ago

I love everything about this post. I’ve gotten some great advice over the years. My favorite are:
-Hurt people hurt people, healed people heal people. Be the person that heals people.
-Do everything with kindness
-Don’t crap on your family

I also just love and appreciate any advice that points us towards loving people, even when it is inconvenient to do so.

6 years ago

My life mantra is “worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”. It makes me focus on what’s really important & to let go of unnecessary worry xx