Growing up my Mom, my mentor, and the first psychologist in our family, didn’t talk a lot about women’s empowerment.
— She just lived it.
Gracefully. Quietly. Courageously.
Today, and all days, I am grateful for a role model who began her journey from challenge to strength with incredible will and a heart of power.
A first time mother at 17 years old, the jumping off point for all that would unfold.
“How did you do it?” I ask frequently to this day.
A single mom in her twenties.
One of few women working on our street.
Criticized openly for leaving her kids during the week and going back to graduate school in her 40s.
I lean in often for her wisdom, inquiring:
“How did you rise above all the naysayers and critics?”
When you really, really want something Andrea, you become singularly focused, no time, no energy, for anything else (4 kids keep you busy).
“Sure it hurt, she says.”
”But my mission was always greater than my misery. And this is when I knew what I was truly meant to do.”
Everything else became white noise.
A teacher, a leader, and a mother who teaches me how to live with equal parts grace, fortitude, and tenderness.
Someone who shows me how to pay my good fortune forward.
Every chance WE get. 💃❤️💃
Who inspires you today?