I have always been passionate about designing and making meaningful gifts and keepsakes and was very fortunate to able to start my own business. Lauren Nicole Gifts (name after my niece) was started in 2004 and was a great way for me to have my own business, but still move around as an Army wife. My husband recently retired from the Army and we are now permanently located in Ouray, Colorado

Monday, October 10, 2011

Most Inspirational Person in My Life

I admire so many people, but I would have to say that the person I admire the most is my Mom. I posted this picture of my mom on my blog a few years ago. She was always trying to get us to act like "ladies" and wear dresses. I remember when she used to make me walk around the house with a book on my head so that I wouldn't stomp around like an elephant. We made her a scrapbook for her 60th birthday and thought it was funny that we didn't find any pictures of my mom in dresses. We only found pictures of her dressed as a cow girl, guns and all.

My mom is a very strong person and also the most creative person I know. I remember watching her sew when I was very young and hoping someday that I would be able to make everything the way she did. Here is a picture of the first doll I made with my mom. I made it for a 6th grade project. She wanted me to embroider the face, but because I am stubborn I waited until she took a nap so that I could glue on a felt face. I couldn't wait for the doll to be finished and I didn't want to spend time embroidering it!!
When I was five I wanted to grow up and make things. I was told by teachers for years that I would never make any money by sewing or making things so I went to college and started a career I didn't really love. I really admire my Mom for being so supportive when I wanted to quit Corporate-America. She really encouraged me to follow my dreams and kept telling me that there was more to life than a career. I am so glad I listened because I am so much happier now. Whenever I am unsure of something my mom always has time to listen. There are six of us and that is a lot of listening!! Thanks Mom!!

Now, I would love to hear about YOUR inspiration! Be sure to blog about your experience and then link up right here with us! Once the Linky has closed, I will be choosing a winner at random from the linked up posts to win $75 to shop my store!!! The Linky will remain open for a full week, so get those posts ready and come back for some blogging fun!


Missy said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom. And how neat is it that you knew from such a young age that you wanted to make things and now you have!

angela said...

I love that photo. My mom was quite a tomboy when she was young (in a way she still is.) She told me that she wanted Annie Oakley guns for Christmas one year, so I think she would love your mom's outfit :)

Snowmanlover said...

What a sweet post. Isn't it awful how some teachers could do that to a kid! I am glad you followed your dreams! I was a teacher for almost 20 years in downtown KCK. Now my 8 year old students are in their 20's and 30's and have found me on FB and let me know how inspirational I was to them. Good for you for pursuing what you wanted to do.
What a beautiful role model your mother was an is. You are very fortunate. Darling photos! Cute story. Thanks for sharing!

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