A View from the SaltyGirls' Mom, Connie!
Since Mother's Day is this Sunday, we thought we'd hand the reigns over to the OG SaltyMama, Connie. We gave her the freedom to talk about whatever she wanted, so while we were a little nervous about what childhood moments she would share, Connie came through with a fantastic post about her family.
Read on for a view from the SaltyGirls' Mama!
I have been beyond blessed to be the mom of three daughters and one son, all of whom possess their own unique personalities, strengths and life goals. As their mom I always strived to be that guiding light to help direct them to their own “right path.” During this journey, their father and I worked to instill values and a sense of purpose which has provided them the foundation to meet their challenges brought on by life.
There are two stories that best describe Sarah and Leah.
As a mother we have insights into our children and at other times it takes a village to point them out. I remember going to Sarah’s first Kindergarten conference. My first words to her teacher, Mrs. Brown, was, “I know you are going to tell me how bossy she is.” Mrs. Brown responded, “Actually I was going to tell you what a leader she is in class and if I were you, rather than bringing attention to her bossiness, I would nurture her leadership skills.” This was perhaps the best advice I could have received. Thanks to Mrs, Brown, bossy was no longer a part of my vocabulary. Although, her younger siblings may tell you it didn’t always work. Sarah’s leadership was evident in High School where she achieved various leadership awards and where her dedication, commitment and purpose has opened up doors in her adult life.
Leah has always strived to keep up with her two older sisters. At four years old, Leah was on the monkey bars at the playground where she easily made it from one end of the bars to the other. Next, she wanted to skip every other bar but in doing so she would fall to the ground. She picked herself up each time and kept trying and trying, saying, “One more time.” I looked at my husband and said, “That’s what perseverance looks like.” Leah’s perseverance has not failed her. Whether it was her competitive spirit on the basketball court, marathon and ironman pursuits or her love and devotion to her cancer patients at NECS, Leah has always given 100%.
One of our biggest family challenges began the day Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Along with Sarah’s husband Chris, we were all united in helping Sarah beat this monster. In addition to support from family and friends, it was also a time when Sarah needed to delve into her own tool box to help her fight this beast and then to find a sense of peace. As Sarah’s mom, I have also had to find some peace in Sarah’s breast cancer diagnosis. Never have I felt so helpless and at the same time so needed as I struggled to be there for Sarah and her family.
I am awestruck to see how the many challenges brought on by Sarah’s cancer diagnosis has transformed into helping others.
This was the catalyst that led to SaltyGirl Beauty, a company born as a result of leadership, purpose, perseverance, compassion and devotion. To me, SaltyGirl beauty is so much more than cosmetics and skin care. It's offering women products that are safe, kind and gentle to their bodies, especially those journeying through cancer who are looking for healthy choices. Their perseverance and quest for purpose continues…the Foundation4Love, the giving arm of SGB, was established to give back to the cancer community. It has been amazing to watch the evolution of SaltyGirl Beauty/Foundation4Love as it continues to grow and have a positive impact on the Community.
It would be impossible for me to write about only two of my 4 children on this Mother’s Day so please allow me to briefly indulge about my other two children, Kristen and Ted (Teddy). As I stated above, all our children journey down a path that is right for them. Kristen, who is an LCSW has dedicated her professional life to helping and empowering people. I must admit, during these trying times I have indulged in her super powers. Ted Is currently a third mate on a M/V American Freedom, an oil tanker, that transports oil between California and Alaska. His role is part of the supply chain to keep things rolling during this difficult time.
I am so proud of all of my children.
A huge shout out to Ted, my partner, in all things, for the past 42 years, who has been a guiding light, in the lives of our children. As I reflect on being a mom on this Mother’s Day, I realize that the best gift is watching your children pursue their dreams, in the spirit of love and purpose and a desire to give back to the greater good of the community.