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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  • LJ

    Style- I got style from my mom, from hooking up an outfit to picking out a “hat”. I can remember my mother picking out my outfits the night before school and sometimes I hated what she chose but I see now, it was training and now I get frequent comments on my fashion sense. Thanks Ma!!

  • Clara

    My love of reading,my ability to tell a story;she would put me in her bed,tell me a story then ask me to tell her one. Great memories.

    She taught me to be myself. My sister and I are like chalk and cheese and people always compare us. She taught me compassion and how to throw it down in the kitchen. Most of all,she was an example of what a good mama is,so I can be one.