Meet My Inspiration, Part 1: Mom

I have realized recently that I am very lucky and very grateful to have many inspiring, empowering women in my life, who celebrate with me on my good days and who motivate me to keep going on days where I want to change my job description to "premature retiree". 

I am excited to share that each Tuesday, over the summer months, I will publish a post about a woman who has inspired me to get to where I am in my career and who inspires me each day to keep going. Why Tuesday? Well, Tuesdays are always my hardest days. They're always the days I need a little extra inspiration. Who are the women about whom I'm posting? It will be a surprise each week, but today I'll reveal my first guest and inspiration: my mom, June Matson! 

My mom has had the most impact on my career of any woman I know. She is the Director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center so, we're not exactly in the same field, but as a freelancer, I have a lot to learn about leadership and about balance - two traits my mom teaches me every day.

So, without further ado, here's mama:

 

Why do you do what you do as the Director of a Pregnancy Center?

I do what I do because I believe God called me.

My commentary: Mom's job is not easy. She has to deal with tough family situations, legal situations, and medical situations every day. Even if you are not a spiritual person, think about the discipline it would take to stay at a job for over 20 years because you feel called? She's amazing! 

What is one thing you wish you knew when you started out?

I can't think of anything.

Well, what would you tell me if I said, "Mom, I'm starting a nonprofit pregnancy center"?

I would tell you that you won't make any money.

My commentary: She's laughing uncontrollably right now. We're on the phone, so I can't see her, but I'm pretty sure she fell of her chair laughing.

Who inspires you most?

My children inspire me the most. 

My commentary: Awww shucks, Mom! My brothers and I were all adopted. I know that motivates mom daily. Adoption is near and dear to her heart and I can't count the number of babies she has helped into loving homes.

How do you stay motivated to keep growing?

By seeing people’s lives changed and touched by Jesus.

My commentary: When I said mom teaches me about balance, this is what I mean. Her faith and her family is first, then comes her work. I do not find that easy. I don't find any kind of balance easy. I'm getting close to being able to balance my wine glass on the arm of my chair, though. 

How do you celebrate a great day?

Being grateful, relaxing on my deck in my bath robe.

My commentary: Please note, mom and dad in the middle of nowhere, so no one but the moose can see mom in her bathrobe. Also, she manages to get a KILLER tan in the summer from her daily deck time. She's one hot mama. And she would be sticking her tongue at me right now, if she could see me. 

In all seriousness, though, mom is the most grateful person I've met. Whether it's a great day or a horrid day, mom is grateful for the day, and I am so grateful for her.

Stay tuned next week to read about a #GirlBoss babe who is taking on the world and who inspires me daily! 

 

 

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