As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, we want to recognize our mothers and other inspiring women who make a difference in the lives of others daily. Mothers have a special place in our hearts because of their nurturing spirits, and the unconditional love they provide. Often times mothers are a daughter’s first friend, and as we grow older, we learn to appreciate this relationship even more.
As I continue to mature I become more thankful for the love, wisdom, and sacrifices my mom continues to make, to ensure that I am successful. She is my biggest cheerleader, ensuring she is front and center for all my milestones and encouraging me during my most difficult times. One of the many characteristics I attribute to her is my work ethic- which meant I always have to put my best foot forward. Moreover, her dedication to our family instilled in me a sense of community, and the need to ensure that I always lifting as I climb. She underscores the value of being a blessing to someone else, and that if you do not give, you will not have room enough to receive. Furthermore, she provided me a strong religious foundation that I has helped me through my most trying times in my life , which I am forever grateful. Through this foundation my mom cultivated a community of loving women around me whether it’s been my grandmother, aunts, godmother or adopted aunts, that have poured into me. These women are individuals that I learn from, lean on, and can count on to support all of my endeavors. Lastly, like many moms, my mother has a way of providing a humbling love, to always remind me the importance of staying grounded, and ensuring that I am doing things for the “right” reasons. I am forever grateful for the love, time, care, honesty, and occasional shade that only a mom can give.
My mother has always been my best friend and biggest cheerleader, no contest. I vividly remember us staying up late together one night when I was maybe 4 years old, and promising that we would always take care of one another. Whether it was the time I had a scraped knee, the time I was being bullied, or the time I was confused about the difference between a box spring and a bed frame (more recently than I’d like to admit), my mom has always been there to support me, laugh with me, and make the painful times a little better. For many reasons, she is a woman I deeply admire.
Denise De La Rosa always chooses love. When she’s been hurt, she loves harder. When someone she cares about is struggling, she drops everything to help out. When strangers need advice or a listening ear, she provides it. And she does it all with a strong belief that things will work out for the best. While I may make fun of her for watching corny Hallmark movies with predictable endings, or maintaining that Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, I know that she is the perfect balance for me. When I feel like I’m at a complete loss, my mother is there to lift me up with a special kind of magic I may never figure out. Today, I celebrate my mom as a woman of boundless courage, strength and love.
Best advice from our moms:
- Be your own woman,
- Always make decisions you’re comfortable living with the consequences of
- Always position yourself to be independent
- The sky is the limit
- You never know what someone else is going through. Treat people with kindness.
- You can do anything you set your mind to. Believe.
Today, we raise a glass to our moms, and the many women in our lives who have provided love, guidance and support thus far in our journeys.
This month’s pairing is Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut. This champagne is made as both vintage (Reserve) and non-vintage (Carte Jaune or Yellow Label). Tasting notes below!
Vintage: A refined nose showing subtle notes of stone fruits and brioche. Lovely refined texture and bubbles, ethereal freshness and a tense profile on the palate. Precise yet streamlined. A beautiful rendition of minimalist elegance.
Non-Vintage: a refined nose showing a harmonious fusion of white-fleshed fruits, mirabelle flesh and floral notes. The same array of aromas recurs on the palate, emphasised by fine texture and pronounced freshness, all of which is precise and persistent. A great classic.