The Best Piece of Advice I’ve Ever Received

an easy graphic sweater, and the best advice I've ever received

Outfit Details:

Floral Sweatshirt (back in stock HERE, wearing size small), Madewell Jeans (fit is true to size), Pointed Mule Flats, Studded Circle Bag


One of my favorite podcasts to listen while I work out is Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast. It’s filled with lots of tidbits about how to develop better habits, how to understand yourself better, and how to be happier overall. (You can see five of my favorite podcasts HERE).

I was listening to episode 70 last week, which was all about ADVICE.

A bunch of their podcast listeners wrote or called, sharing their best piece of advice, and it was so fun to listen to them.


I thought it would be fun to do a similar thing here — I’ll share the best piece of advice I’ve received, and you share yours!

the prettiest graphic floral sweater
an easy outfit for spring

boden graphic sweater
a sweater and flats with a circle bag
this circle bag with studs is so fun for spring!

Mine is a simple thing that my mom always used to say. “Everything is worse at night.”

Most often I remember her saying it when we were traveling, and we were in an unfamiliar place trying to find our hotel, or find a gas station, or some other small concern. It would seem so terrifying, and all the “what ifs” would take over my brain.

My mom would say, “everything is worse at night.” And she’d mean it in a very sweet way that meant, it just seems scarier because it’s dark and you’re tired. Tomorrow this won’t seem like a big deal.

I’ve thought of this little bit of advice a million times as we’ve moved to a new state, bought a house, had babies who wouldn’t sleep through the night, suffered miscarriages, traveled new places, had a big deadline…or really felt fear or stress at any time. This is just a little sweet reminder to me to put things in perspective, because everything will be better tomorrow when the sun comes up.

I’d love if you’d share your best piece of advice in the comments, or over on my instagram today!

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  1. Leila says:

    hI from france, merrick !

    I LOVE THIS SWEATER SO MUCH ! it looks perfect on you.

    i really like your mom’s advice : so true !

    My best piece of advice would be “don’t make any important decision before a good night sleep”; i can sometimes be impulsive or freak out when i have a big decision to make (maybe because i am a libra!) and it turns out that i often have a very different perspective on a question the next morning. In french, we say “la nuit porte conseil” (“sleep on it”) ! in my case, it is always helpful.


  2. Laura says:

    The beSt Piece of advice i received was actually in advance of an interview:
    Smile a lot, laugh a little, and dont cry
    I love as it encapsulates the iMpOrtance of how attitude can overcome potentially stressful situations; changing how you feEl and how others feel in your presence. X

  3. Ros says:

    Oh, that sweater is cute!

    My second-best piece of advice would be similar: everything is worst at night. Don’t fight at night. Go to bed, get some sleep, and usually 50% of what you were angry about will have evaporated overnight (which means you can focus your energy on fixing what is ACTUALLY a problem). Couple-advice that significantly improved my relationship. 🙂

    Best piece of advice: use your words. Wanna know why your spouse does a thing? ask him. Wanna know how someone feels about something? Ask. You’re frustrated about a specific thing someone is doing? Tell them (politely). Seriously: so much social drama is caused by people trying to avoid using words because it’s scary and conflict is scary and no one wants to hurt feelings. Avoid the trap. Do it.

  4. natali says:

    You are looking super cute in this casual outfit! love your sweatshirt!

  5. colleen wheeler says:

    THE BEST ADVICE I ever received was that no one knows what you were going to do but didn’t. i got this advice at my wedding and it was so helpful, i had planned on multiple favors and signing books and handmade everything, and I just ran out of time. as i was crying over a project that just wasn’t going to get done in time, someone pointed out that the guests didn’t know i was going to do it in the first place, so they wouldn’t be missing it. and of course, we all had an amazing time and no one ever commented that there was anything missing! I’ve used this so many times in my adult life – kids birthday parties, entertaining friends, etc. This talks me off the ledge often when i want to overdo it.

  6. Kristen Sagona says:

    The Best advice I ever received was: You cannot control what happens to you or around you. What you can control is how you react to those hard situations. It gave me great peace when It felt like my life was pure chaos. I was able to control myself and that gave me peace.

  7. Rikki says:

    My best piece of advice is that you always have time. No one is ever too busy. You make time for the things you want to do. This has helped me prioritize. If i ever find myself “too busy” i thinK about all the things i have going on that are making me “too busy”. Then i Reevaluate my life and get rid of the unimportant things. First things first.

  8. Cate says:

    My mama always says, “Don’t borrow trouble” as in, don’t worry about something UNLESS or until you must.
    Do you know the song “please pardon yourself” by the Avett Bros? Your advice made me think of it – They sing “Day will come, the SUN will Rise and we’ll be fine.”

  9. KRisTin says:

    I renind myself that someone always,always has it worse.

  10. Sophia says:

    Best advice is to find what you are grateful for in whatever situation. PERSPECTIVE can help.

    Id love advice on helping little ones sleep! CurreNtky struggling!

  11. Lori says:

    Best advice: “if you think you can or can’t, youre right.” Just love it, so true!

  12. Michelle says:

    Love this look- so cute!!

    Also, truly love your mom’s advice and how It brings perspectiVe- mine has a similar effect: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” It’S so easy to get caught up in things that don’t really matter, but I never want to feel lIke i’ve wasted my precious LIfe.

  13. Michelle says:

    I like “When there are choices to make, make the one you won’t regret”. I also like Gretchen Rubin’s “If you can’t get out of it, get into it”. IT really does change your mood and perspective about things.

  14. My best piece of advice was that it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks, that matters is what I think and feel is right.

    But I totally agree with your advice!! I usually just want to quite everything at night .

  15. MELISSA says:

    Love this! My favorite advice I ever received was to always ignore other people’s advice. The irony made me laugh, but as the years have passed I’ve taken that advice to heart and let go of a lot of what other people say. What really matters is how I feel and how my loved ones feel. It’s actually been pretty liberating and allowed me to focus on what really matters instead of getting bogged down in the UNIMPORTANT. (That being said, I’ve loved all the other advice I’ve read on here, so take my comment with a grain of salt.)
    PS, love the shoes. ❤️

  16. Jess says:

    The best advice i received came from a college professor. He complimented me on a paPer i’d written and i started to explian all the things that i thought could have been better. He put his hand on my arm to stop me and said “just say thank you.” I think of thAt when i receive compliments now. We can be trianed to be a bit self depricating, but when someone compliments us, it’s genuine and we should accept the compliment.

  17. Kelly says:

    “Never doubt in darkNess what you know in the light.”

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