You can’t always get what you want.

My mother is a lot of things. She’s quirky and unapologetically unique. She’s dedicated and hard working. She’s outspoken and at times a little annoying. Growing up she drove me insane with all her momisms. As wise as they were, they were never what I actually wanted to hear. It’s funny how those little phrases that I once deemed annoying and stupid shaped me into the person I am today.

But there were lessons learned.

Five years ago today on May 2, 2014, the day before my 22 birthday and a week before my college graduation, I found myself sitting in an insurance office being interviewed for a liability claims job. To be honest, I really didn’t know what the job I was interviewing for entailed, and either that manager didn’t realize how clueless I really was or he recognized that I wasn’t just blowing smoke when I said I was a hard worker. Regardless of why he offered me the job on the spot, he did. I think he made the right decision since I’m still employed there. I’ve learned so much over the last 5 years and today I’d like to share with you the top 5 lessons I’ve learned.