Mother’s Day is almost here and in between shopping for a fabulous present to convey just how much your mom means to you, or trying to plan the perfect Sunday brunch, it’s always good to take a moment to reflect on just how much your mother (grandmother, aunt, big sis—whomever helped raised you) has influenced your life.

Mothers are often times our first instructors. They are the ones who teach us how to navigate the world; they nurse our wounds, give great advice, and teach us how to be women—both through their examples and words of wisdom.

My mother has had a tremendous influence on my life. Although growing up we didn’t see eye-to-eye on our fashion choices—she’s classic Claire Huxtable, rocking dresses and heels, and I’m Denise, unafraid to take risks and be a lipstick tomboy—she always saw me as her “little lady,” and set out to equip me with the strength, courage, and confidence needed to traverse our world. My mother is exceptionally strong, yet caring. Growing up she and my father made sure my brothers and I experienced much more than our South L.A. neighborhood—taking us the museums, operas, plays, and on trips across the country. I am the woman I am today because of my mother and her unwavering guidance, support, and love.

But enough about my mother and me, how about you?

What do you love about yourself that you learned from your mother?


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