#SparkMoms

Mother's Day Special

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are so thrilled to take a step back and shine the spotlight on some of our very own #SparkMoms.

We feel so fortunate to have such strong examples of women in our lives and are thankful for the lessons and love they’ve provided over the years. Here, a few of our Sparks are sharing their appreciation for their moms…

-She’s the strongest, most supportive, and adventurous woman I know.- - Lauren Wise, Editorial Manager (5)
The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“Don’t make mountains out of mole hills. This is true in relationships, at work, and in various other scenarios. At first, I don’t think I understood, but over the years it’s become really clear and this is such good advice. It’s easy to make something into a much bigger deal, bigger drama, bigger hurt than it needs
to be. But if you realize what it is and and how to address it for what it is, this is a valuable lesson.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“The one book that reminds me of my mom is anything Danielle Steel. My mom spent summers by the pool or out in the yard with baby oil on and a paperback Danielle Steele novel in her hands.”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“When she got her GED. I was so very proud of her. She dropped out of high school to be a mom, an amazing mom, and I was proud to be part of her getting her GED and kicking ass when she did.”


-She’s the strongest, most supportive, and adventurous woman I know.- - Lauren Wise, Editorial Manager (7)

The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“Say thank you when someone pays you a compliment.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“The BFG and Witches by Roald Dahl, both of which we read aloud during my childhood.”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“Paris 1998, when she invited me to come with her and about 8 of her friends on a girlfriends’ trip. And it was a trip of a lifetime.”


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The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:

“To always acknowledge and be friendly to every person that crosses your path—you may be the only positive influence they encounter, or smile they see, that day.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:

“Eat, Pray, Love, because my mom always asked me when I worked as a magazine freelance writer “How does one get such an amazing travel writing gig?!” and has also given me a few other books by Liz Gilbert, like Committed, that has changed my perspective on things.”

My favorite memory with my mom:

“There are too many to choose from, but a major one was when we traveled through Cambodia and Vietnam together for a month. It was full of discoveries about ourselves and new customs, and realizations about the world we live in and womens’ roles in different cultures.”


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The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“Go move to New York, Robert. You have to soar. It’s in your name! Get it? SOARes.” — Mom. But seriously, my mother has always pushed me to work hard toward achieving my dreams and about the power of manifesting what you want in life.

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“I can’t remember a specific title but my picture books as a kid were all Hawaiian stories. She wanted me to know about where I come from early on. One of my earliest memories was at age 4 when I learned how to count in Hawaiian.”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“I have loads of favorite memories, but one that sticks out is when she came to see me perform in Mr. Basha High School (an all-male pageant, what fun really). I performed a medley of Gaga’s Bad Romance, Telephone, and Beyonce’s Single Ladies. She was the loudest person in the audience of course and screamed continuously throughout to cheer me on. It was nice to know that even if I got out on stage to sing/dance to Gaga and Beyonce, she’d be 100 percent about it. And she is 100 percent behind me as always.”


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The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“To always find gratitude and to protect my peace in every situation. Regardless of what we are dealing with, there are always things to be grateful for, ways to be positive, and peace in every single moment.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“A poetry book that she would read me when I was a little girl called, “Why She Dances”. I actually have a quote from as a tattoo now, although she wasn’t too thrilled about the tattoo to begin with :)”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“Although there are so many, one of my favorites would have to be when she graduated. After putting her two children through college and helping us to reach all of our dreams, she reached hers. I’ve never been more proud of someone. She is seriously the definition of a superwoman.”


-She’s the strongest, most supportive, and adventurous woman I know.- - Lauren Wise, Editorial Manager (6)

The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“My mom is my best friend and anytime I confide in her, she gives her advice, but the best thing she does is let me make my own decisions. Even if I make the choice she wouldn’t, there is no ‘I told you so’ or backlash. She is understanding and happy to give advice for the next step.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“1984 by George Orwell. Why? Because in high school, I was in a class that required reading 1 book each month that was selected by the teacher and I didn’t like to read. My mom was a teacher’s worst nightmare and would read the book to help me write the report (I read the SparkNotes of course!), but she is the only reason I was able to get through the class.”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“There are countless memories I have with my mom. From my dance competitions growing up to graduating from college and the many family vacations in between. However, I would have to say my favorite memories are when we have a laid back late night together. All it requires is good country music and a bottle of Prosecco, and I feel at home.”


-She’s the strongest, most supportive, and adventurous woman I know.- - Lauren Wise, Editorial Manager (3)

The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“If you put God and your family first, the other pieces of your life will fall into place. “

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“Don Quixote because she was a Spanish teacher and knows that thing backwards and forwards!”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“My favorite memory with my mom is how thrilled she was the first time she held my daughter (her first grandchild). She was seriously excited to be a grandma”


-She’s the strongest, most supportive, and adventurous woman I know.- - Lauren Wise, Editorial Manager (4)

The best piece of advice my mom ever gave me:
“You don’t have to be friends with everyone. If someone’s friendship doesn’t brining you happiness, expand your horizons and find your people.”

The one book that reminds me of my mom:
“Tuesdays with Morrie. Like Morrie, when my mom goes through hard things she remains positive and focuses on the things that truly matter.”

My favorite memory with my mom:
“One of my favorite memories with my mom was going to the Minnesota zoo whenever we could until I graduated high school. We went often and always had a great time together. “


Why does your mom inspire you? Tell us in the comments below!

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