There's a lot of things I could say about my mom. She's a pretty stellar lady, but whenever I think about my mom and all she's done for me, I always come back to one main thing. She's my biggest cheerleader. Never once has she doubted me or said I couldn't do it. She's always pushed me to go just the bit further and make all my dreams
It all comes back to this quote that she said way to many times in my formative years (seriously, it drove me up the wall until I moved out and finally could appreciate it."
Growing up in Chicago in the 90's, everything was about the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. And why wouldn't it be? They were on top of the world. 6 championships? Unreal. Even though I was a miniature little girl and never had any inclination towards basketball, Michael Jordan was an inspiration. He was THE best. The number one. How could I not want to "be like Mike?"
Whenever I would get discouraged, maybe I wouldn't get the solo in a choir concert, or I didn't get the part in the play, my mom would say, "they told Michael Jordan he couldn't play basketball." Granted the high school play was never professional basketball, but the idea still rang true. Everyone has hurdles to climb, critics to prove wrong, even the best of the best. It was mom's way of saying, "don't listen to the haters, keep going, you can do it."
And that's what I'm most grateful for. Having a mom who unconditionally supports me. Without her, I never would have been able to take the leap to start my own business
, to follow my dream. And to me, that's really the greatest gift of all.
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