Reflections on Our Year of Self-Development

In 2015, we took a different approach to blogging on My Mother, My Daughter, My Friend - we focused on personal development to improve our relationship with each other and with others by making monthly commitments to work on a character trait, together. After tackling generosity, optimism, creativity, health, mindfulness, listening, showing compassion, spirituality, patience, [...]

By |December 25th, 2015|2015, Blog posts|1 Comment

Michele and Jenna

Meet my mom, Michele. What I admire most about her is… I admire her strength, drive, and intelligence. She's been someone I can look up to as I've started my career. My favorite thing to do with her is... I love traveling all over the world with her, most recently to South Africa but also [...]

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Mary and Allyson

Daughters are especially blessed when they have good relationships with their mother and their grandmother. In this profile, Allyson describes her special bond with her grandmother. Meet my grandmother, Mary. What I admire most about her is… She is one of the most exceptional people I know. When I was a kid, I used to [...]

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Humility: How We Did

This month, we chose to work on humility, the 11th character trait in our year-long self-improvement journey.  As November comes to a close, we reflect on our efforts to become more humble: Ellen... My intention this month was to refrain from talking to others about my accomplishments. That turned out to be a relatively easy [...]

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Mothers, Daughters…and Technology

Do calls, email, and texts help mothers and daughters connect? Or have these tools become a poor substitute for real bonding? This week, we share the pros and cons of using technology to stay in touch. Ellen… I’ve been a die-hard Droid user for the past six years despite the fact that I’ve been out-voted [...]

By |November 22nd, 2015|2015, Blog posts|Comments Off on Mothers, Daughters…and Technology

Bernalin and Marlin

Meet my mom, Bernalin. What I admire most about her is… My mother, Bernalin is the most loving and self-less person I know. As a critical care nurse, she gives care and kindness to absolute strangers day in and day out. She keeps her coworkers in high spirits by frequently organizing mini-celebrations for the whole [...]

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In November, we are focusing on humility, which is defined as a modest view of one’s importance. We think humility is a crucial trait to be good mothers, daughters, and contributing members of society. This week, we share our thoughts on the challenges of being humble and set intentions to work on this trait: Ellen… [...]

By |November 6th, 2015|2015, Blog posts|Comments Off on Humility

Practicing Patience: How We Did

At the beginning of the year, we chose 12 character traits that we both wanted to improve – individually and in how we relate to each other. In the first post of every month, we discuss one of the traits and set intentions, and at the end of the month, we share how we did. [...]

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Dealing with Stress

Ellen… I feel incredibly stressed lately but, to put things in perspective, I am grateful that I haven’t had any serious stressors in my life for 10 years (when my mom passed away). I haven’t experienced any major health issues; I haven’t moved; I haven’t lost a job; and I haven’t had (another) divorce! Yet [...]

By |October 18th, 2015|2015, Blog posts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dealing with Stress

Sheila and Priya

Meet my mom, Sheila. My mom is an amazing business woman, homemaker and friend. She has been an incredible role model for me and my sister our entire lives- she is selfless, smart and one of the strongest people I know. Other than her family, the things she loves most in life are good bourbon [...]

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