Sunday, May 13, 2018

I Got it From My Mama!



Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there. I hope that you started your day with breakfast in bed or even maybe a massage along the way. Today, I have a special guest on the blog. This woman is strong, funny, loyal, smart, and beautiful. If you haven’t guessed it by now, it is my mom. I decided to give you a snapshot of my life growing up as well as provide you with some great advice!

D: Hi Mom! Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for ‘Elephant Shoes’. I wanted to ask you a series of questions about motherhood, love, and life. My first question is, what made you fall in love with Dad? 
Ha! Well, your dad as you know is very funny and always makes me laugh. My grandmother had once told me it was important to find a man that can keep you laughing because life has several challenges and in the end, the laughter will get you through those challenges. Your dad’s good looks were just a bonus. Was it love at first sight?YES, actually it was. The moment he introduced himself I felt a tiny ping and a little spark of energy when our hands shook. Your dad is quite the gentleman so he introduced himself properly when we first met. 

D: That’s beautiful! I love that! Since it is Mother’s Day, how did becoming a mother change you?
Oh my, well having you, my first born changed my entire focus of life to you. You became my everything. It was literally just you and me for most of your first year of life. Your dad being in the USN and having to go back to Kuwait he had to leave us in Hawaii (he was stationed at Pearl Harbor, HI) alone. He was only with us 7 weeks of that first year. But “duty called” so I made the best of it. I believe our bond grew strong at this time. We depended on each other. 

D: For my ES Family if you do not know I have two beautiful younger sisters. If you could choose just one piece of advice about life, what would you say? To all three of us girls as well as all of the other amazing women out there?
This is a difficult one only because there are so many things I’d like to give advice on. But I’ll try to keep it short. Be YOU, be who YOU want to be! Look out for yourself, learn to be alone (happiness begins within), listen to your older generation, not because they’re smarter but because they’ve lived longer and gone through life’s challenges. The older generations can teach us a lot. Always listen to your intuition, if something feels “off” it is. LIVE life! How YOU feel about yourself is what matters not how others judge you. RELAX, take life in strides, TRAVEL and lastly set goals and do not deviate from those goals. Ask yourself when making decisions, “Will this get me to my goal?”.

D: Is there one thing that you wish you have discovered about yourself or about life that you wish you would have learned sooner?
Absolutely, I wish I would’ve figured out years ago to simply relax and choose my battles more wisely. I have learned this now. And to not be concerned by judgment from others, it’s truly not about me it’s about them. Hard lesson

D: Last but certainly not least, when Maci, Rilee, and I become mothers one day, what is the biggest mom advice you will give us?
Choose your battles, life will be simpler. 

Photo by Jessica Adkins of Aravaggio Photography.

I want to thank my mom for doing this interview with me. As I grow older I love my mom more and more each day. I probably call her 3-4 times a day and she is ALWAYS there for my sisters and I. She is an incredible human being and I thank my lucky stars every day to have not one but two amazing parents. This sounds cliché but I am SO GRATEFUL for them and all that they have done and sacrificed for our family. They have been wonderful role models and I am so blessed to be able to call them my parents.

For all of the wonderful mamas out there I want you to know how strong, beautiful, and amazing you are. Not just today but every day! You are the rocks in your family, the glue that holds things together, and the most amazing woman! Although I am not a mom yet (besides my two fur babies) I think that motherhood is probably one of the most difficult but rewarding jobs out there. Cheers to you today and every day! 

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