Celebrating Mother's Day by Expressing Gratitude
Updated: May 24
Mother’s Day is approaching and it is a widely recognized holiday celebrating moms all around the world. I'm fortunate to come from a family of strong women. During the month of May I am celebrating two women who have played instrumental roles in my life - my mother and maternal grandmother. I'm grateful for the sacrifices they made to pave the way for me to have a rewarding life.
My Mom is special to me and I am fortunate for the bond we share. From a young age my Mom always encouraged me to do well in school, but more importantly in life. Growing up, my Mom and Dad emphasized that I would have to work twice as hard as some people who may have certain privileges because of their race.
Even along my path of entrepreneurship, she supported me along the way - even when things didn't turn out as planned. I'm thankful for her and the values she helped to instill in me. She taught me to keep going even in the midst of adversity.
My Mom also helped to nurture my passions and pursuits growing up. Whether I wanted to advance my knowledge in a particular subject matter or try out a new sport, she was always in my corner. She supported my love of fashion too. From a young age, I loved to experiment with different clothing styles. My Mom's closet provided an endless opportunity for me to let my creativity run wild and free. When I was younger I would dive into her closet, pick a pair of heels that grabbed my attention, and strut around the house in them - even if they were two sizes too big for me.
I’m thankful for my mother because she taught me I can be successful in life through hard work and dedicated effort. She demonstrated this as a devoted wife, caring mother, and respected nurse. Some people “get ahead” in life by prostituting themselves, playing up to people, or engaging in other behaviors in which they “sell out” to remain socially relevant and/or achieve economic gain. She taught me that I don’t need to compromise my values or integrity to be successful. For this reason she is one of my lifelong role models. I’m grateful for her.
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Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!