You may remember that I mentioned that I am one of Lean Cuisine’s Phenomenal Ambassadors and will be sharing great stories of accomplishments and great food all summer long. I’m so excited to be taking part in this great campaign! In my last post, I helped share the brand’s message that reinforces the most important thing we should weigh is our accomplishments. Be sure to check out that post, in particular to read all of the great comments that people left sharing what they most hoped to be weighed on.
Before you keep reading this post, make sure that you get all the way to the bottom for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, thanks to Sheknows. Plus, you’ll get the read the story that made me tear up while I was writing it. Bonus!
Lean Cuisine wants you to Feed Your Phenomenal™ by helping people recognize the unseen things women do every day that go unnoticed, so I’m sharing the story of a woman I think is phenomenal.
If you know me personally, I suspect that you can guess which phenomenal woman I chose to write about. Even though my life is filled with phenomenal women, when I was asked to write about a woman that I think is phenomenal, there was just one that popped into my head. In fact, this woman has so skewed my idea of what I think everyone’s mom should be like that I thought, “Wait. Is it too cliché to write about my mom? Surely everyone will write about their mom, right?”
Aren’t we sweet?
My mom is the person that I think has had the most impact on my life and shaping me to be who I am. From her, I learned about honesty, kindness, and charity. Through her examples, I learned to go out of my way to help my family and to help others. She has always been someone that I can rely on to be there for me, and I have worked hard to try to be the same for her, even if she sometimes has to call me out for sighing when it comes to helping her with computer problems or when she calls me on her iPhone to ask me to do a web search for her.
One story from my childhood keeps urging me to share it for this post. It’s a very personal story, but I think one that shows just one of the many reasons that my mom has helped so much to shape me into who I am and why I would choose her for my phenomenal woman to write about.
Before my mom remarried (to the most wonderful dad in the world) when I was eight, she was a divorced mother to three kids. She busily worked two jobs each day to provide for us, while our biological father often missed child support payments. The funny thing was, I never realized that we didn’t have much money. We always had everything we needed.
One day, when I was in first or second grade, another student asked me why I didn’t pay for lunch at school. I told that student that my mom had paid for it all at the beginning of the year. This answer satisfied the student. Here’s the thing: I wasn’t lying. That was what my mom told me, and I honestly believed that.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that something brought that memory back into my mind. I mentioned it to my mom, and still, I hadn’t put two and two together to figure out the truth. It was then that she said that that wasn’t true. We had qualified for free lunches. She told me, “I just didn’t want you to think less of yourself because of that.”
Even now, writing that out makes me cry. What a beautiful sentiment! It just fills my heart with love, especially now that I’m a mother too. I understand that desire to shield a child from harsh realities that they don’t need to know yet, and a desire to build up their self-worth in a world that is so quick to want to tear it down.
This, and a million other reasons are why my mom is a phenomenal woman.
I hope that this makes you want to share about a phenomenal woman in your life too! You can visit here to enter Lean Cuisine’s promotion and help spread the Phenomenal Effect by recognizing the phenomenal women in your life and encouraging them to do the same. You could win prizes for yourself and everyone that you recognize!
Not only can you go to Lean Cuisine’s Phenomenal Effect page to share about a phenomenal woman in your life (and be sure to visit them on Twitter and Facebook), but you can do it right here at Real Life at Home too!
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|Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home. Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBooks, podcasts, loves Pinterest, documents the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.|
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