If I Needed A Reason to Be Inspired…

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This was not a normal weekend. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I had a million things to do. I had meetings and events to attend. I was swamped with things to get done. All of my things to do and meetings to attend absolutely paled in comparison to what as happening at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Β  It’s not only the place where my hometown team, the Detroit Pistons play. The Palace is also the place where my mother officially became a college graduate.

gradThis weekend, my mother capped off years of hard work and graduated from college! I have to be the proudest, most inspired daughter ever. I’ve watched her journey over the years and it’s been quite a journey. There have been disappointments – credits from a former school wouldn’t transfer, work schedule didn’t work with class schedule. She pushed forward. Her ambition for a degree didn’t include starting a new career. Especially now that she’s retired. This degree is just for her. It’s something she wanted to do with nothing to prove to anyone but herself. Not only did she keep at it and push forward but she rocked it. Mom graduated with a 3.4 GPA! If it sounds like I’m beyond proud, it’s because I am.

If you follow me on Facebook then you know that I am a huge believer in going after what makes your heart happy. I believe that’s it’s never too late to go for what you want and find and follow your passion.

never too lateIf there was ever any question of where I get my inspiration to live life on my own terms… you now know my source of inspiration is a woman I simply call Mama.

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50 Responses to If I Needed A Reason to Be Inspired…
  1. Barbara
    May 19, 2014 | 6:38 am

    Congratulations to your mom!! How awesome is that!

  2. Jenni
    May 19, 2014 | 7:40 am

    Wonderful! Congrats to your mom!!

  3. Aracely
    May 19, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Aww congrats to your Mom!

  4. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    May 19, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Aww… this is so sweet. And all kinds of inspiring. Congrats to your mom. So amazing!

  5. Mrs. Pancakes
    May 19, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Awww..congrats to your mom…what an inspiration indeed!!

  6. Kita
    May 19, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Go mom congrats to her it’s never ever to late to go after your dream.

  7. Jessica
    May 19, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Congratulations to your mom! What an amazing accomplishment!

  8. Carly Bellard
    May 19, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Congrats to your mom! When I graduated back in 2007, the oldest member of our graduating class was 83! I admire those who go back as the “non-traditional student” and get their degrees! Way to go Momma!

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    May 19, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    That is awesome! Huge congratulations to your mother on her big accomplishment!

  10. aimee fauci
    May 19, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    That is not only amazing but wonderful! I really want to get motivated one day to do this… Congrats to her!

  11. Jenn
    May 19, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    So inspiring! Good for your mom.

  12. MommaDJane
    May 19, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Congrats to your mom! That’s amazing that she went back and finished. I want to go back to college and get another degree and I hope my teen is just as proud of me when that time comes as you are of her.

  13. LaShawn
    May 19, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Congratulations to your mother!! How inspiring!!!

  14. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    May 19, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Congrats to your mom! What did she receive her degree in?

  15. Henrietta
    May 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    Congratulations to your Mom! Oh, I just love her proud happy smile – what an achievement!

  16. Debbie Denny
    May 19, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Congrats to your mama. Sounds like a busy weekend.

  17. Chelsea
    May 19, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Congrats to your mom! That’s awesome!

  18. Jaime
    May 19, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Congratulations to your mom! I work at a small university and I’ve been so proud of every graduate this spring (it’s my first spring working at this school!) Such hard work goes into getting that degree!

  19. Karen
    May 19, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    That is so wonderful! Congratulations to your mom!! My aunt graduated college when she was over 40 and we were so proud of her.

  20. Krystal
    May 19, 2014 | 5:09 pm

    That is an amazing accomplishment! Congrats to your mom. It’s nice doing things just for you !

  21. Virginia @thatbaldchick
    May 19, 2014 | 5:47 pm

    Congrats to your Mom, I know you’re so proud. Love the George Eliot quote.

  22. Felicia
    May 19, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    This is so inspiring! What a blessing you have in your mother.

  23. veronica
    May 19, 2014 | 5:55 pm

    that is so awesome!! You are never too old to realize a life long dream! Congrats to her

  24. Laura
    May 19, 2014 | 6:30 pm

    It is never to late to follow your dreams. And if you don’t love what you do – why do it? Do more of what makes you happy because happiness spreads and this world needs more happy πŸ™‚

  25. Janell Poulette
    May 19, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    That is incredible. You are never too old to follow your dreams! Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Shell
    May 19, 2014 | 7:21 pm

    Congrats to your mom! So amazing!

  27. Melissa
    May 19, 2014 | 7:29 pm

    How awesome!!! Congrats to your Mom!

  28. brett
    May 19, 2014 | 7:56 pm

    congrats to your mom! that’s not a small accomplishment and i’d be proud too!!

  29. Liz Mays
    May 19, 2014 | 8:42 pm

    Your mom is awesome for going after a dream that way. She totally rocks!

  30. Susanna @Zealous Mom
    May 20, 2014 | 3:20 am

    I love that George Eliot quote. Congratulations to your sweet mama. What an awesome accomplishment!

  31. Christie
    May 20, 2014 | 5:12 am

    Congrats to your mom! It’s never too late!

  32. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    May 20, 2014 | 7:17 am

    What a great moment for you and your mom!! Happy for you both!!

  33. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement
    May 20, 2014 | 7:31 am

    A big and heartfelt congratulations to your mom for doing this for nobody but herself! That’s so awesome I can’t even begin to say, but I’m sure you already know that πŸ˜‰

    Please tell her congratulations and that she’s an inspiration to everyone!

  34. Rosey
    May 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Oh man, credits/courses that don’t transfer are the worst! I’ve seen credits transfer too, and they didn’t transfer all the way (like 2 credits transferred instead of 3) making the student have to take an entire class over to meet the deficiency.

    Big congrats to your mom for persevering through it all and getting to her goal line!

  35. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}
    May 20, 2014 | 9:25 am

    That is so stinking awesome!!!! Way to go momma!!! You must be super duper proud. There’s a lady that I went to church with years ago, and she finally got her college degree and she was in her 80s! YESSS!

  36. Amanda
    May 20, 2014 | 9:56 am

    I love that quote! It’s very inspiring! Congrats to your mom too!! WOO HOO!!

  37. Dina
    May 20, 2014 | 11:44 am

    What an inspiring quote and an amazing mom! congrats to her for getting that degree!

  38. Chrysa Duran
    May 20, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful story about your Mama! Thanks for sharing it and congrats to her! Im sure she has inspired a lot of people over the years, too!

  39. Theresa
    May 20, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Your mom rocks! What an amazing accomplishment, and I love that she did it just for her! Congrats!

  40. Cara
    May 20, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Congrats to your mom! How wonderful for her to follow her dreams!

  41. Jenn @ The Rebel Chick
    May 20, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    Congratulations to your Mom! good for her for keeping at it!

  42. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    May 20, 2014 | 4:52 pm

    Awww.. Congrats to your mom! What an amazing accomplishment. Just more proof that anything you want to do in life, you can. It’s never too late to achieve a dream.

  43. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    May 20, 2014 | 6:54 pm

    Congrats to mom!!! SO happy for her!!

  44. valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    May 20, 2014 | 9:52 pm

    Congrats to your Mom! I went back to school two years ago so I know first hand how challenging it can be.

  45. Eit
    May 21, 2014 | 3:19 am

    Congrats to your amazing mom! My dad (59) graduated 2 yrs ago from engineering, I also want to study something else if I can do. It is really inspirational how our parents have found the way for the living and they can show us!

  46. Janeane Davis
    May 21, 2014 | 6:08 am

    Your mother’s story is a real inspiration and puts into action the quote you shared here. We always have a chance to move forward and be what we want to be.

  47. Joanna Sormunen
    May 21, 2014 | 7:38 am

    Congratulations to your mother! And that George Elliot quote is SO true!

  48. KalleyC
    May 23, 2014 | 7:51 am

    That’s so awesome! Congrats to your mom!

  49. Migdalia - @MsLatina
    May 23, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Love this! Congrats to your Mom for being so inspiring!

  50. Candace
    May 28, 2014 | 8:53 pm

    YAY!! Mom!! So inspiring Congrats to her and all her hard work! Glad you were there to cheer her one

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