those that inspire
There are many people I have encountered in my life that have helped mold me into the person I am. Some have been the objects of my undying gratitude. Others may have briefly made an appearance in my history ever so momentarily. Still there are individuals I never knew.
So this Thursday Thirteen is dedicated to all of them. Because life is truly so precious. And spending just a second to reflect on all the goodness these people brings me much joy.
1. My Grandma. This sums it up beautifully.
2. My Mom. I miss her terribly.
3. Amara. Enough said.
4. Mrs. H. Growing up, not only was she my best friend's mom. But Mrs. H. was a third grade teacher at my elementary school. It was the first time in my life I recognized who a working mom was. I understood the concept of "career." And Mrs. H. didn't stop there. She was also my Girl Scout leader. She proved you can be a career woman and be involved in your children's lives.
5. Mr. Mac. I have known Mr. Mac since my freshman year of high school. As a teacher, he pushed me to excel (even in economics). He welcomed discussions stemming from every perspective. Diversity was nurtured and valued in his lesson plans. As a friend, Mr. Mac drove me to the church for my wedding. As a mentor, he continues to guide me in my decision-making today.
6. Steve. I knew I wanted a job in television. But I never had any direction until I met Steve. To this day, he is the best assignment editor I have ever worked with. And he is the one I blame for me choosing the assignment desk over reporting or producing in a newsroom.
7. Laurie. I first spotted her at a BlogHer conference wearing a pair of fierce glasses. I struck up a conversation with her and am so grateful I did. She's battling cancer gracefully and blogging about it as she fights. She's a published author and a pretty great mom. Her outlook on life inspires me.
8. Amy. I ran a half marathon in her honor. She is a friend I am blessed to have and a mom I often envy because she only totes around the most stylish handbags.
9. Corazon Aquino. As the first female president of the Philippines, TIME Magazine called her the Saint of Democracy. As a Filipina, she led a revolution that changed the face of a nation. With her election, I knew all things in this world were possible.
10. Mr. C. and the rest of my acapella choir friends. They taught me to appreciate the arts and musical theatre. Rent. Oklahoma. Jesus Christ Superstar. And I think it prepped me to love Glee.
11. Audrey Hepburn. I love how she is the epitome of glamour. And I envy her alter ego Holly Golightly and every one of her little black dresses. Each day should have drama, excitement and allure.
12. And I cannot forget to mention fellow blogger, Makita. Her post 52 to Now inspired me to write about those that encouraged me to be a strong woman and loving mother.
13. Last of all, it's all of you. You inspire me to write just another mommy blog. Even if only one or two people read this (and that includes Amara), I am thrilled to have a platform to which I can express myself freely and openly. So thank you to you!
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