Submitted by Allison Diedreck

allison diedreck is a wife and mother; she just gave birth to her first child - caleb allan - on january 22nd. she works for a payroll outsourcing company...though she is currently on maternity leave!

Here are Allison's "Five Rules For Life":

1.) Live your life proud.
It's perfectly normal to be proud of where you are in life and what you've accomplished. People sometimes say not to let those feelings show, but I say the opposite - let people know what it took for you to get where you are and help motivate them. Don't brag - teach.

2.) Never underestimate the power of a smile.
Always smile; it will make people wonder what's on your mind and bring a smile to anyone you're around. Smile at everyone - even strangers!

3.) Playing "make believe" is quite alright.
I like to keep a list of things I want in my life - things that I may not get but keep me going. And once in a while it never hurts to buy that gorgeous party dress and go out on the town.

4.) Remember what really matters.
When things are tough and make you feel down, remember that it's just a tiny piece of the gigantic thing called "life."

5.) Eat healthy and play healthy.
You'll live longer and have more fun!

Allison currently resides in Rochester, New York.