Meet my mom, Kathy.

What I admire most about her is…

I most admire my mother’s ability to do everything. My mom has worked in sales my entire life and when I was growing up, she remained extremely busy between taking care of the household and making sure I had everything I needed. I still am consistently amazed that my mother was able to drive over 100 miles during her work day, find time to watch and cheer for me during my basketball games and then put a great meal on the table (she also is an awesome cook 🙂 ). My mom is also the most caring person I know. If it’s your birthday, my mom will not only remember it, but will write you a song and record it in an ecard. My mom is truly loved by everyone who comes across her path and she deserves every bit of it!

My favorite thing to do with her is…

My mother and I have become activity enthusiasts over the past few years. We have run several 5k/10k races, completed a half marathon, and even went zip-lining together!

Ways we are most similar…

My mom and I have many of the same mannerisms. However, I think I’ve picked up on my mom’s way of adding perspective to everything we do. We are both not quick to speak because we try and think things through before we comment. We are also both very thoughtful in the decisions that we make, especially when those decisions involve each other.

Ways we are most different…

My mom definitely has more of a filter than I do. I think honesty is always the best policy whereas my mom has the “all truths don’t need to be told” mindset. The good thing is she always listens, even if she is rolling her eyes.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

My mom always told me when I was younger, specifically when we would disagree, that she is not my friend, she is my mom. She embodies this role, and she is better than any friend could be. We talk almost every day – she is my ultimate confidant, my greatest advocate and will tell me the truth, sometimes when I don’t want to hear it. At times, I think she knows me better than myself.

Meet my daughter, Allyson.

What I admire most about her…

My daughter, Allyson, is one of the most optimistic and determined people I know. The word “can’t” is not in her vocabulary. She always achieves her goal. And she does it through hard work, laser focus and an unrelentless determination.

I admire that Allyson works hard, plays hard and dances to the beat of her own drum! At 5’4” and of average statue, Allyson has excelled in a variety of sports and is an extreme activity enthusiast – basketball, running, shot put, discus and hammer throwing, rugby, tough mudder obstacle courses, etc. She’s performed Bharata Natyam. She’s cat walked on a fashion run way. She selects players for her fantasy football team! She loves cuisine that ranges from collard greens to ceviche.

Her interests are vast; her friends eclectic; her passions run deep – she breaks every mold!

My favorite thing to do with her…

I love BEING with my daughter. When we are together we laugh, we sing, we dance, we text, we kiss, we hug, we cuddle, we laugh and love some more! I love traveling and vacationing with Allyson. We have fun competing in athletic events together, including marathons, triathlons and zip-lining. But I must admit, I don’t relish working out with Allyson. Her routines are torturous and she takes no prisoners!

Allyson loves fine dining – so we go to interesting restaurants that she has researched. Allyson and I also embrace the arts – plays, museums, movies and music concerts of all genres.

Most of all, Allyson has a quick wit and an infectious sense of humor. I just love listening to her tell stories of her life and adventures. She makes me smile. Her laughter warms my heart!


Ways we are most similar …

Allyson and I have similar interests – travel, athletics, cultural events and cuisine. We are extroverts with many friends and acquaintances. We share a strong Christian faith, which centers and grounds us. We are caring people and grateful for our blessings and our family. Familia Primum!

Ways we are most different…

Allyson loves all movie genres – I am at best, a PG13 loyalist! I have attributed much of Allyson’s “uniqueness” to her being left-handed. Left-handed people believe they are the only ones on this planet who function in their right mind!

On a more personal note – Allyson is fearless! She raises the bar when it comes to travel destinations, exploration, adventure and living life on her own terms. When something does challenge her, it doesn’t impede her progress. She moves through her discomfort more quickly than me. Allyson is much more forgiving and rarely holds grudges. I admire (and am grateful for) these attributes in by beloved daughter.


I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

As mothers, we are expected to LOVE our children. That said, nowhere are we required to LIKE our children. I am blessed that Allyson and I LIKE each other. Allyson tells me her feelings and shares her life with me – her friends, her accomplishments, her concerns, her thoughts, and her emotions. We don’t always agree, but that’s not the point. The point is that between us there is always safe harbor. We are “at home” with each other.

Allyson loves me despite my imperfections as a mother and woman. There’s no judgment – just abundant love, trust and genuine authenticity. We are blessed to have each other!

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