Tory On: Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, Tory shares her lessons learned from Reva.

1. Always be open to new ideas, people and opportunities. And always treat everyone equally and with respect.

2. See the cup as half full. No matter how bad things may seem, there is always a new day around the corner.

3. Be independent. It’s something I hope I’m teaching my boys.

4. Tennis! She taught me everything I know about the game. Growing up, we would play for hours. We would play round-robin games into the night.

5. When traveling, take pictures, ask questions and be adventurous. And when packing, bring pieces that you know you love and look good in — and that don’t wrinkle easily.

6. Whether you’re entertaining a party of six or 100, put in the same amount of energy, detail and effort. And make sure your guests feel comfortable, welcomed and at ease.

7. Wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you.

8. It’s extremely important to take good care of your skin. Apply sunscreen and moisturizer and, when it comes to makeup, less is more.

9. Sit back and spend time with yourself and think things through. And she’s right — it always works. I feel completely re-energized when I spend a night in with my boys. It puts things in perspective.

10. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Both my parents believed in me and taught me to believe in myself.

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  • Azra K

    Amazing people are brought into this universe thanks to incredible mothers like Reva. These lessons are inspiring. Happy Mother’s Day to Reva and Tory.

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  • Anastasia

    Happy Moms day your the best!

  • Austine Cole

    Thank you for sharing that. I think America is losing those ethics. Thank you again and pray that we all work to live your mother’s profound wisdom.

  • Sandra

    Thank you for being such a positive role model for all the women out there and encouraging with every project you do. Your writing, interviews, products and clothes !! God Speed.

  • Eugenia

    Congratulations Tory!!…you are really an inspiration for me, truly because everything your mom taught you!! Happy Mother’s Day for both of you!!

  • Eren

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • elaine sauer

    Such amazing advice & influence. You have a great role model. HMD to you &
    Your lovely mother.

  • Nancois

    I know Jennifer N’s sister in law and I’m from Ala! Carry a TB bag and so does my daughter#

  • Alz

    Happy Mother’s Day…great advice from your mom :):):)

  • Gjimenez

    Thanks for sharing. Those are some great memories.

  • Tia

    Great words of wisdom that your mother instilled in you. They are what have helped make you who you are. Thanks for sharing,Tory. I hope blessings continue to flow for you and your family.

  • Jacobshouse

    Going to share these with my 2 daughters…great advice and wonderful perspective! Wish we had met at Penn…best to you and your success!