Sunday, May 10, 2015

Remembering My Mother on Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day to you!  Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday with their moms!  As for me, I will be spending the day in memoriam of my mother.  She was the woman who inspired me to be creative.  When I was a little girl, I remember crafting with my brother during our summers outside on our art bench, being involved in musicals, dance classes and watching her paint and draw.  She introduced us to all sorts of different kinds of art.  This taught me at a very young age to think "outside the box" and to "create something from nothing".  

Here are some things I remember about my mother...

Her favorite color was blue.
She was always upbeat and positive.
She taught me to appreciate art and to value education.
She taught me what it meant to be diligent.
She surfed longboards in Redondo Beach :)
She was energetic and outgoing.
My friends liked her.
She liked to shop.
She was practical.
She mostly wore pants, not dresses.
She never wore make-up.
She enjoyed building or making things.
She never gave up on living!

My mother survived breast cancer for 21 years!  

When I was just 4 years old, she showed me her scar from her breast cancer surgery.  It was then that she had to explain to me that she had breast cancer.  Ever since then, I understood what death was and that it could become a reality for us.  As I got older, I realized that it wasn't easy for her to try to cram as much living as she possible could into her life while she still had it.  She was a fighter.  She smiled through her pain and never lost hope.  Even with this debilitating disease, she continued to "live" when she could have easily let herself become depressed.  Watching her live even through the recurance of cancer at five different times, has inspired me to live my life to the fullest, even when it gets difficult.  This experience made me realize that life is a gift, and it is short.  There is no time like the present.  If there is something you want to do or need to do, it is best to start doing it today because you never know what tomorrow may bring.  

Always remember to look for your joy!

XO Joanna


  1. Your mother must have been an amazing woman..both of my grandmothers had breast cancer. One of them died, one is still with us.both of them are an inspiration for me.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for visiting and for sharing your story too!

  2. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your mom must have been a lovely woman.

  3. I am so sorry for you loss, Joanna. Your mom sounds like such an incredible woman. This is a very inspiring post, life is too short to not be doing what you love with those you love. Thank you so much for sharing.


  4. Your mom sounds so wonderful. I love how upbeat she was even when life may not have been going exactly as she planned. She never gave up though and that's so important. I know with my mom, who passed away a year and a half ago, she battled with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years. It was the most debilitating kind that had her bed ridden. She never gave up though and was always so positive for us even though she was confined to a bed or wheel chair. Our moms are so important and have such a strong presence in our lives.

    1. sorry to hear about the recent loss of your mother. Wow, 16 years is a long time. It sounds like it must have been really tough on your family. Thank God she had you and your dad to be there for her. Sometimes we don't realize it until later in life, how much our moms have influenced us.

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  7. Sorry for your loss :( Great post about your mum!
    xoxox Lynda

  8. Really awesome post! I lost my dad almost 12 years ago so I commiserate with you. XOXO
    -Lauren Blair

    1. Awww... thanks for sharing this with me. I think it's important to remember the spirit of those who have impacted our lives in enormous ways.

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