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Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day! #mothersday


“Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother's Day!

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! Our mothers are our first motivators and they help us achieve our goals and unimaginable dreams … learn to Celebrate yours! One of the best gifts our mothers have given us is the gift of life and that is important to remember. Our mothers also leave us memories that add to our narratives of their lives. My Mother was a woman ahead of her time. She was vocal, adventurous and very brave. I remember once when my Mom entered a singing competition on TV, something to do with who could make the sound “ohhhh” the longest, and I believe she either won or came a close second. My siblings and I were mortified yet thoroughly fascinated by her daring nature. It was something that might seem innocuous today, but not so common for a married woman, back in the day.  One thing I can say for sure is that there was never a dull moment around my mother as she made sure to sprinkle our lives with lots of memories… and her special brand of love. On another note, Mother’s Day has always held bittersweet memories for me; mainly because it often falls either close to or on the day my dad passed away. So while I find moments to reflect on my mother and her life, I also find time to reflect on the life of my dad. It is quite an interesting lesson to be reminded that we can celebrate both life and death in the same breath.

For Mother’s Day, I send happy cheers and blessings to all Mothers everywhere. If your memories are happy, so-so or sad, know that your life is a celebration and for that we must be thankful to our Mothers.


My Mother by Ann Taylor
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother. Cont’d below


“The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.” Henry Ward Beecher

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother's Day!

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day!

As a child, I was fortunate to have a few “mother figures” around me; from Mommy Bates in Essex, to my own mother, grandmothers, and all the great women who added their wisdom to my life, I learned how much work it takes to manage a household and keep kids fed, everyone loved, and endless bills paid. My Mom was an active mom who also had a side business; she was always running around attending to her clients, managing the staff at home who managed us when we came back from school. It was not an easy job at all and there were challenges that did arise over time. I still admire my mom’s willingness to take on the enormous challenges that came her way, and part of her can-do spirit has stayed with me and it inspires me whenever the going gets tough. What are your memories of childhood days with your mom?


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04/03 –    6 International Day of Sport, 7 World Health Day
04/10 –    9 Palm Sunday, 11 Start of Passover, 14 Good Friday
04/17 –    16 Easter,  22 Earth Day,
04/24 –    24 Remembrance Day


05/01  – May Day, World Lyme Day, 02 National Teacher Day, 03 World Press Freedom, 04 National Day of Prayer,
05 Cinco De Mayo, 06 Kentucky Derby
05/14 –  14 Mothers Day, 20 Armed Forces Day
05/21 –  22 International Biological Diversity, 24 National Brother Day, 25 Ascension, 27 Ramadan starts
05/28 – 29 Memorial Day, 31 World No Tobacco Day



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“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” Honore de Balzac

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother's Day!

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day!

What are You Planning for Mother’s Day? This Mother’s Day, I will celebrate all the Moms in my life and spend time with my kids sharing stories and creating new memories that I hope will inspire them down the road too. Some moms will probably be working on that day and others might be attending to ailing parents as caregivers. No matter what role we play at home, we must take a moment to honor ourselves too and acknowledge that we are doing the best job we know how. Motherhood is not a popularity contest and, at the end of the day, what folks and family will remember is how much care and love we shared.

How have Mothers motivated us throughout the ages?  Many women juggle multiple demands in their households and, to the untrained eye, it might seem magical or even easy to watch how many mothers run their households, some even on shoestring budgets. But, around the world, Moms perform endless chores and time consuming tasks to accomplish their household goals daily. For this Mother’s Day, I want to give thanks and praise to all the Moms in the world; they come in all shapes and sizes, do the heavy lifting as chief executives of their homes, and carry on even when their efforts aren’t always applauded. Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy and productive Mother’s Day! Do celebrate it. You’ve earned it.

Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother. Poem by Ann Taylor via


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Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!



Positive Motivation Tip:  Let’s celebrate all that makes Mothers phenomenal!

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia  and/or Mother’s Day,  via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

31 Comments leave one →
  1. momfitnessdiary permalink
    13/05/2017 3:09 pm

    Such a nice post! I wish here in Ireland we celebrated mother’s day same than in the states


  2. Tiffany Yong permalink
    13/05/2017 11:55 pm

    Are you a Mum yourself too? Mothers are very inspirational and courageous people, as being a mum itself means to step out of a “lady”‘s comfort zone and enter to an region of unknown and life-long responsibility.


  3. Fashionable Librarian permalink
    14/05/2017 11:12 am

    Happy mothers day to all the past, present and future mothers. Motherhood is to be treasured.


  4. Ankit Agarwal permalink
    15/05/2017 11:25 am

    Great Poem. I am reading and re reading it just to get that feeling of it. Thanks


  5. Leslie Hernandez permalink
    15/05/2017 12:39 pm

    Great Motivation, mothers are so important me and my mom don’t always see eye to eye but I seriously don’t know what I would do with out her.


  6. Bhushavali permalink
    16/05/2017 6:12 am

    Its amazing to be a good mother! Of late, the pressures on being a good mother is too much, esp with work and social life being so important as well today!


  7. Jeypi Kyu permalink
    16/05/2017 5:38 pm

    having a mom is definetely one of the best gift we can receive in life.. it;s been 11 years since my mom died so i never got the chance to spend time with him.. nevertheless i believe that there was a purpose why that happened.. to every mom right there Cheers for everyone of you! 🙂


  8. Shub permalink
    16/05/2017 11:52 pm

    Can one day be enough for appreciating your mom?! Not really but at least such dedicated day gives you an opportunity to express your love for mom.


  9. Lindsay permalink
    17/05/2017 11:38 pm

    Beautiful read. Empowering. I love your outlook on it!!



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