Mother's Day: Mom's Best Advice

When I think about Mother’s Day I really think about my mother and my grandmother. They gave me strength. Fear was not an option.   Here I share with you some  great advice my grandmother and mother gave me. 

1. Have fun. Have fun no matter where you are. Always create fun and live in the moment.

2. Take risks and do something meaningful.  I am not afraid to try new things. Currently, I am working on a social-entrepreneurship initiative I founded that exclusively employs and empowers female artisans in some of the world's poorest nations. I know I might not get everything right at first try, but I will eventually.  Knowing that my program will provide women and girls - many separated and orphaned refugees - opportunities for basic education, livelihood options, and will also help protect their human rights in a supportive and safe community, it would be hard not to succeed. When I stop and think about what this project means to many lives around the world who, just because they were born, don't have access to something as basic as food,  education, and even family,  it makes me want to work even harder to reach my goals.

3. Family is everything. No work and no amount of money is as important as your home, your friends, your family.

4. Not caring what others think is the best choice you will ever make.  

5. Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough.  As a sister to a brother with cancer, I spend a lot of time in hospitals and that quickly puts life in perspective.  When you have perspective, you always end up having much more than someone who might have a great fortune with little or no perspective.