In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, I wanted to pen a few words in honor of the woman who is truly the wind beneath my wings: Sandria Ann Nelson (aka Mommy). I had a chance to take mom on the road with me this past weekend to one of my Ready.Set.Redefine. 2013. Tour stops. We spent the past few days in Houston, Texas as a guest of my sorority sister Dr. Sonya Sloan, MD and her organization “Motivating and Empowering Women” (ME&WE, Inc.). We had a really great time together, and meeting other mothers, daughters, sisters, sorors, and friends. I was thinking this morning how RICH and blessed I am to have my mom with me still, when so many of my peers do not. I think on that often and as such I spend every moment, and every occasion I can to honor, celebrate and love on her to the fullest.
As I reflect on the woman who has poured into my life for four decades I wanted to share with the world some life tools I learned from her along the way. This is my simple way of saying thank you mom for all you do:
Mom modeled and taught me everyday of my life what it means to be humble. She is a RN. They are GOD’s special creation to this earth. Nurses care for others, and are the most selfless of servants. They care for the sick. They nurture the weak. They put others well being above their own. They are humble servants to humanity.
- Mom modeled being grateful. She came from very humble, very painful beginnings as a child. Yet she is always thankful. She is always grateful. I have never seen or heard her speak a bitter, ungrateful word in my life.
- Mom is kind. This I got from her genetically. Unlike her, however, I sometimes wish I did not have the gift of kindness because some will take it for weakness. Mom is kind no matter what. I watch her do it everyday of my life. She keeps me on that path with her even when I don’t want to be. Kindness is something she truly offers abundance.
- Mom is resilient. She has been to hell and back as a child, and in her marriage to my father (they divorced when I was in college) but she is always singing, smiling, laughing, and loving. It astounds me. She is the walking definition of letting things bounce off of her and she keeps living life forward.
- Mom is patient. I fail at this virtue routinely, but I am working on it. She is patient. Nurses have to be. She models patience and I see how it helps her to get through life in tact, at peace, and with joy.
- Mom models her faith in God. She does not just talk it she walks it by how she lives her life in front of her kids and grandkids. She is virtuous, kind, loving, peaceful, grateful, devoted, and she helps others everyday because of the light she radiates within her.
- Mom is gracious. She is never loud. She is never rude. She is never puffed up. She is quiet strength in motion. She does not push. She is grace in motion.
- Mom is Hard working. She worked 80 hours a week to put me and my brother through college and grad schools. She was determined for us to be better, to have better, to do better.
- Mom is honest. Lying was not tolerated in my house. It is not tolerated in my life. Mom is honest to a fault, as am I. Honesty though is a two edged sword that must be wielded carefully and with compassion.
- Lastly, mom is love. She models, gives, shares, embraces, and shows it to all she knows. I got this trait from her as well. I do the LOVE thing pretty well. Of all the things I got from her; the ability to love again and again is one of my strengths no matter how bad the hurts, the storms, the losses. Mom taught me how to love. She would read scripture to me as a child–to this day the verses from 1 Corinthians 13 hang on the walls of my home: Love is patient, it is kind, it does not seek its own way. . .” I love the way she loves us as her kids. She was tough at times, in that she demanded excellence from me, but she always was there with lots of LOVE.
Thanks mom for being you. And thanks for the blessing of having had the privilege to call you my “MOM” all the days of my life.
Love you with all my being!!
Sophia will be a special guest with host Deb Duncan this Thursday morning, May 9th, 2013 on the set LIVE from Houston, Texas to discuss how women can “have it all” . Joining them in studio will be award winning surgeon Sonya Sloan, MD host of the Houston Tour through her charity ME&WE, Inc.
ME&WE, Inc. of Houston and Award winning orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sonya M. Sloan are the official event hosts, with corporate sponsors ranging from Comcast/NBCUniversal, JW Marriott, BMW, KBR, Essence Magazine, The Luke Humble, Just Glam, to the National Diversity Council/Texas Diversity Council based in Houston. Melodrama Boutique of Houston will host the official kick-off and Book Reading Discussion on May 9th from 6-9PMCST.
MSNBC/TVOneTV personality, Essence Magazine & Newsweek Daily Beast writer Sophia A. Nelson will be in Houston starting May 8th for ME&WE, Inc. hosted women’s motivational and empowerment event titled “Ignite the Power in YOU” Life Class, and Mother’s Day Brunch. The event is officially sold-out (some additional seats have been added through May 5th). The event Mistress of Ceremonies is Ms. Nikki Woods, of the Nationally Syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. The event will be held May 11th at the JW Marriott, Galleria on Westheimer Road in Houston. It starts at 8:30AM (registration) and ends 2PM. The event is open to all women, professionals, networks, and corporations but is capped at 250 guests to keep the life class and social media interactions intimate, effective and interactive.
The event will honor some of Houston’s most accomplished women in the fields of medicine, business, ministry & media. Event honorees are Sonny Jiles Publisher of the Houston Defender, Deborah Clifton entrepreneur, Dr. Joni Hare, MD and Pastor Bridgette Hilliard of New Light Christian Center & Women Who Win Conference.
Nelson was in Houston briefly in 2012 with her award-winning hardcover book, Black Woman Redefined Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama (Benbella 2011) as moderator of Rolling Out Magazine’s “Female Success Factor” Panel at the 2012 Metamorphosis Conference. She returns with her best-selling Paperback Revised edition of the book May 9th, 2013.
This time, she is the keynote speaker & personal development coach of a very special “Life Class Redefined” (modeling Oprah’s Master Class). She will also moderate the Essence First Ladies’ Club Panel based on her February 2013 article by the same name on the inner lives of preacher’s wives. That panel will feature Pastor Bridgette Hilliard, Lady Audrey Cosby of Wheeler Baptist, former Lady’s Cherry Carr and Kim Bady (both featured in the Essence article) and of course Houston surgeon Sonya Sloan, MD.
Dr. Sloan is one of the nation’s few African American female orthopedic surgeons. She is also one of Houston’s “Top 25 Women” Award winners (2012). She is an active mom with three small children, and she is the wife of Senior Pastor Timothy Sloan of Houston’s The Luke Humble. Sloan is also founder and executive director of ME&WE, Inc. of Houston which is a 501c3 dedicated to the positive motivation and empowerment of women in America.
Nelson and Sloan are both members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nelson was the keynote speaker at the undergrduate luncheon at the South Central Regional Conference in March. The two women will join forces next week to make a positive impact on women of the next generation by teaching what Nelson likes to call, “life tools” that help women to better balance, integrate, appreciate, collaborate with and support one another in an out of the workforce. Nelson is a licensed attorney and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. They will both teach a motivational class at Houston’s Star of Hope Transitional Living facility on the morning of Friday, May 10, 2013. http://www.sohmission.org/NetCommunity/transitional-living. This event and all events are OPEN to the media.
Nelson will be a featured guest on Great Day Houston/KHOU, May 9th with host anchor Deborah Duncan. They will be discussing the concept of “Can Women Have It All” & “Lean In” as well as how women can successfully Define & ReDefine their lives in a new century.
Sponsors for the Houston event include but are not limited to the following companies:
Comcast/MBCUniversal, KBR, Emerging Technology Consortium, The Luke Humble, US Dentistry, Marriott Hotels of America, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Essence Magazine/Time Warner, Melodrama Boutique of Houston, Weneford Catering, The National Diversity Council & Just Glam Cosmetics.
Nelson kicked off the official Ready.Set.Redefine.2013. Tour this past February at Alabama A&M University, Comcast/NBCUniversal worldwide headquarters in Philadelphia, and Credit Suisse on Wall Street in New York.
She has been on recent stops in San Francisco, New Orleans, Augusta, and Washington DC, as well since March. She has drawn crowds over 3000 at her speaking events and workshop/Life Classes which are capped at 250 people. Last month, Nelson was featured with former Super Model turned business mogul Kathy Ireland and others at the “Your Dream Is Out There” Conference sponsored by American Family Insurance. Nelson is on a national tour of colleges, corporations, cities, and communities to help women leaders and professionals of a new generation learn how both to “define” and “redefine” their lives in the modern workforce. Nelson is considered a leading corporate coach and thought leader on all things work place diversity, corporate coaching, pay equity, and personal development and leadership skills. Her second book “The CODE for Women” is due out in 2014.
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