What’s in a blog?
That which we call Penny
By any other name would bring such good karma
As I begin this new blog after a little respite, I have used my time to ponder what impact I want to make on the world. All paths start with my mother and lead me to my daughter. My mom’s lessons have left a lasting mark on my life and soul and it is my desire to pass her wisdom on to others, thereby spreading good karma.
As immigrants, her (and my father’s) hopes and dreams were simply to create a better life for their children with greater opportunities and more possibilities than their minds could conjure. Their aspirations were rooted in being exceptional people and getting a good education.
Growing up I did not know what I wanted to do professionally, but I loved being around children. I chose to follow a path in education, but switched gears in college and obtained a psychology degree with a passion for early childhood education. But the universe had different ideas and I eventually ended up in finance with a focus on client service (so my desire to help others was fulfilled). It’s the full-time job that I have to this day.
After having a child, I became more introspective about what more I could do to be the best parent I could be. I had so many lessons from the workplace, but wanted to continue developing not only professionally, but also personally.
When I got confused about parenting, I asked myself: What would Mummy (as I affectionately call her) do? Whenever my internal compass seemed to go astray, my mother was my guiding light. (My father was an amazing man too but today I want to celebrate her.) There is no better human being that I have ever encountered than my mother. Her selflessness, love, devotion, warmth, wisdom, affability, good sense and incredible instincts became gospel for me. To this day, there is almost nothing that she has asked me to do, that I did not do. I question how she was able to always convince me without any ill will or resentment on my part. I guess I just wanted to please her and make her proud. To this day that feeling has never gone away and now my father is no longer with us so the duty is magnified.
Mummy is now 86 years old and as she gets older, it is important for me to tell her and my daughter how she has shaped and affected my life and parenting abilities in ways I can never fully explain or repay. Her love had no strings attached, was pure and limitless. As I raise my daughter, Mummy comes top of mind every step of the way. I try living every day in a way that honors her so it is befitting that my first post is dedicated to my mother–my inspiration for my everything.