I Got It From My Mama

Since Mother’s Day is here, Rise & Shine decided to celebrate all of the incredible moms out there who have always been, and continue to be, the biggest inspirations and models of the people we want to be. No two mother-daughter or mother-son, bonds are the same, but all of them are special. We asked a group in the health and tech space about their relationships with their moms, or the influential women in their lives, to celebrate all of the moms out there:

 

Megan Wood Coppello,
iRun for Wine Founder

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: love for life personality

I wish that I had inherited her: green thumb – she has a tropical garden and I can kill a Chia Pet.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: believe in yourself and take on challenges you never thought were possible. You can do anything you put your mind to.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: go to Epcot at Walt Disney World during Flower and Garden Festival. We can eat and drink around the world while looking at amazing plants!

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: decide last minute to run a 10K with me during a 48.6 mile challenge I was taking part of. She didn’t have to do it but decided to, so she could keep me company for a portion of the four days.

My mom doubles as my: Best Friend

I give my mom a lot of credit for: restarting her life at the age of 50. We lost my father suddenly at 52 years old which made my Mom a 50 year old widow. Instead of laying around for years mourning, she got out there, became involved in hobbies and lived her life..

My favorite memory with my mom is: there are far too many to choose just one. What comes to mind from recent memories was on her 65th birthday. I gave her the choice of a Spa day with champagne on the beach but instead, she wanted to go fishing in the Gulf, eat fried food and drink draft beer. That would not have been my choice but it set for the perfect day.

I’ve never met anyone more amazing than my mom.

Jessica Ball,
Ball Bounces Back Founder

I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: focus and drive

I wish that I had inherited her: The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: kind nature

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: to be the real me, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not for anybody else

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: trek through Peru for charity

My mom doubles as my: best friend

I give my mom a lot of credit for: raising three children whilst having a career

My favorite memory with my mom is: seeing my mum in hospital after she had just given birth to my baby brother. I was eight years old and I thought it was magical

I’ve never met anyone more  inspiring than my mom.

Micaela Whitworth,
Personal Trainer & Nutritionist

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: sunny disposition!

I wish that I had inherited her: attention to detail.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: “Don’t listen to what anyone else says, do what makes you happy.”

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: talk on the phone.

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: stayed at home to raise me.

My mom doubles as my: cheerleader.

I give my mom a lot of credit for: following her heart and starting a new life in Canada.

My favorite memory with my mom is: her making me snacks after school and braiding my hair when I was little.

I’ve never met anyone more generous and giving  than my mom.

Lunden Souza,
Runtastic Fitness Coach

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: Early-bird mentality. We both love waking up at the crack of dawn.

I wish that I had inherited her: love of cleaning and doing laundry 😛

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: Follow your heart, I am so proud of you and always support you.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: Work out, go shopping and get massages (we do this every time we are together)

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: She always does things that amaze me. I think the most amazing this to me is that she made a healthy lunch for me and my dad and my brother every single day until we moved out of the house. I think she still does it for my dad. She just ALWAYS gets shit done and it’s incredible to see her in action.

My mom doubles as my: Motivator, best friend and hair stylist (since that is her job!)

I give my mom a lot of credit for: Running her own business like a beast!

My favorite memory with my mom is: Laying out and drinking coronas on the beach in Cabo

I’ve never met anyone more Motivated for life than my mom.

Julie Pecarski,
Health & Lifestyle Educator 

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: legs! But, her sense of community and giving back is something that I am naturally drawn to, like her.

I wish that I had inherited her: patience.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: “take no crap.” We both have been business leaders so this basically meant stand your ground, and show your power of influence as a woman.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: Cook! She makes the best homemade soups, deserts and even salads….well, everything.

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: surprise me by flying to Vancouver for Christmas in when I was going through a rough patch in life.

My mom doubles as my: sous chef (again, we connect in the kitchen more than anywhere)

I give my mom a lot of credit for: raising me and my brothers as pretty damn good people.

I’ve never met anyone more giving and caring  than my mom.

Gia Alvarez,
RUNgiaRUN Founder and Coach

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: love of laughter. My mom has a big bold laugh that lights up a room, I love to hear her laugh and laugh with her!

I wish that I had inherited her: eyes. She has beautiful blue eyes that I’ve always admired

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: trust the knowledge that’s inside of you. She always reminds me that my instincts are good and that I should rely on them instead of worrying

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: anything artistic. Painting, drawing, decorating, making vision boards. My mom is an artist and she inspires my artistic side.

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: move to the east coast from CA to be near me and my children. There is just nothing more comforting than having your mom support you while you navigate motherhood. My mom lives 2 miles from me and I see her every day, she is active in my children’s lives and supports me with everything I do. I could not be more grateful

My mom doubles as my: interior decorator! She has an amazing eye and thank goodness because she has helped me turn my house into a warm and loving home.

I give my mom a lot of credit for: her independence. She is a strong independent woman and she reminds me how important it is to teach my daughter. She is her own woman, she is firm in her beliefs and doesn’t let herself get swayed. That takes a lot of conviction and courage

My favorite memory with my mom is: the moments before my second c section. I wasn’t expecting to have another C section and she stood by me instilling confidence in the hard decision I had to make.

I’ve never met anyone more  passionate than my mom. She loves to love life. She loves to make things beautiful and colorful and she loves to make others happy and welcome.She has a passion for those principals in her life and I respect that immensely.

Alicia Bell,
Kinesiologist 

I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: Athletic ability.

I wish that I had inherited her: patience

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: work hard and the results will come

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: go for walks

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: overcome severe depression

My mom doubles as my: best friend

I give my mom a lot of credit for: always believing in me despite my lack of communication at times

My favorite memory with my mom is: when she use to come to my track meets and cheer me on from the stands. I always heard her and my grandmother over everyone else

I’ve never met anyone more  patient than my mom.

Jamie King,
Founder of the Sweat Pink Community

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: compassion and loving nature.

I wish that I had inherited her: science brain! She’s one of the smartest people I know.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: to always let the small things go.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: anything outdoors. We both love adventure and she’s never one to say no to an outdoor adventure – whether running, hiking or swimming.

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: compete in her first ever triathlon in her 50’s. She’s fearless, amazing and never stops challenging herself and I love that about her!

My mom doubles as my: stylist. She is always pushing me out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion. Bling on my shoes? Ahhh. Prints? No! Color? Eeek! She also doubles as my biggest fan…obviously.

I give my mom a lot of credit for: my ability to be compassionate and loving towards others. She taught me how to love others and never judge a book by its cover. Thanks mom!

My favorite memory with my mom is: our two week roadtrip from California to Texas. We shared an adventure that I will never forget. We explored, laughed, ate, and adventured our way to and from Texas with two dogs, a U-haul trailer and plenty of snacks.

I’ve never met anyone more  giving than my mom.

Jenna Goitiandia,
Digital Marketing Associate at Innovation Department

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: eyes

I wish that I had inherited her: ability to parallel park anywhere

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: to always stand up for myself & to try my best with everything I do

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: gossip or watch reality TV

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: dedicate so much time to everything my brother & I were involved with growing up (and still)

My mom doubles as my: cheerleader & best friend

I give my mom a lot of credit for: putting up with me

My favorite memory with my mom is: Christmastime each year

I’ve never met anyone more generous than my mom.

Michael Weinberg,
Content & Media Associate at Innovation Department

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: Great Hair

I wish that I had inherited her: Dental Health

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: Brush your teeth

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: Hike

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: raise me

My mom doubles as my: travel planner

I give my mom a lot of credit for: being so smart

My favorite memory with my mom is:  vacations

I’ve never met anyone more self-aware than my mom.

Isabelle Ahearne,
Chief of Staff at Innovation Department

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: positive attitude

I wish that I had inherited her: beautiful skin

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: it’s all about your attitude

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: cuddle her or cook delicious food for our family

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: everything she does is amazing. Everyone who knows my mum adores her, she’s a force.

I give my mom a lot of credit for: centering our family

My favorite memory with my mom is: when my sister and I flew to meet her in Mexico when we first moved to the US

I’ve never met anyone more  magnetic than my mom.

Stacy Feldman,
Operations Manager at Innovation Department

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s: easygoing personality, inclination to be kind to others, artistic hand and great hair.

I wish that I had inherited her: ability to strike up a friendly conversation with just about anyone.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: Keep your pants on! Just kidding. In all seriousness, the best advice that my mom gave me was to do well in school and work hard to have a career so that I can be independent and stand on my own two feet.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: talk to her. I know it seems basic and I do enjoy doing other things with her such as going on vacation, shopping, and going out to dinner, but essentially, my favorite thing is talking with her.

My mom doubles as my: best friend

I give my mom a lot of credit for: having been a full-time working mom. She did a great job balancing her career and spending time with her family.

I’ve never met anyone more into watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette than my mom. If I call her and she is watching that show, she quickly tells me she can’t talk and will call me back after it’s over (the caveat being that I’m not experiencing an emergency).

Zac Howard,
Contributor to The Path and Rise & Shine

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s
:  impeccable memory.

I wish that I had inherited her: selflessness.

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: attitude is everything.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: talk about life, girls, and family.

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: raise 8 kids.

My mom doubles as my: appointment maker.

I give my mom a lot of credit for: never complaining.

My favorite memory with my mom is:  any time she brought a birthday cookie cake to school on my birthday.

I’ve never met anyone more humble & willing to work behind the scenes than my mom.

Tamara Rahoumi,
Contributor to The Path and Rise & Shine

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I’m happy that I inherited my mom’s:  compassion & sense of humor.

I wish that I had inherited her: athleticism – she was on the Egyptian national women’s basketball team! Such a baller, in every sense of the word!

The best advice that my mom has ever given me was: to be patient and trust that everything happens for a reason.

My favorite thing to do with my mom is: movie nights! We’re obsessed!

The most amazing thing that my mom has ever done was: put up with mine and my brothers’ antics.

My mom doubles as my: everything!

I give my mom a lot of credit for: basically raising me and my brothers on her own. I could never do what she did!

My favorite memory with my mom is: from this one Christmas when I was young. She had gotten me an American Girl doll and some clothes and furniture, but everything arrived later than it was supposed to, and I remember she woke me up in the middle of the a few days after Christmas and sat with me in my room while I opened the presents that came late. It was the sweetest surprise and I just remember being SO excited. She always does special, spontaneous things like that with me and my brothers; I love her for it!

I’ve never met anyone more resilient than my mom.

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