Tory Burch and her mother, Reva, 1974. Courtesy photo.

How has your mother contributed to your life? Not in a material way, but in a deeper, soulful way: what piece of invaluable wisdom did she impart? What wonderful character trait of hers did you admire and hopefully inherit?

Designer Tory Burch's mother, Reva, was an optimist. Her takeaway, glass-is-half-full message to her daughter was, "No matter how bad today might be, turn the corner and it's a whole new day." This uplifting bit of wisdom undoubtedly formed a small piece of the bigger puzzle that her designing daughter pieced together to build a successful brand, and life as a mother in her own right.

In celebration of Mother's Day, Burch has gathered similar maternal memories and musings (accompanied by some great pictures) from tastemaker friends -- including T Magazine editor Sally Singer, designer Prabal Gurung, TV host Willie Geist, Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive and model and filmmaker Christy Turlington Burns, among others -- and posted them on her eponymous site, The Tory Blog. The result is amusing, inspiring and moving.

Take a look for yourself at the gallery, and think of your own mom while you do.