This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
It has been said that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think it is safe to say that my mom will be there for a lifetime. She has loved me even though I was unlovable at times. She has stood with me through the hardest times and encouraged me in the lowest points of my life. She has always known when something was wrong, and she is always the first person I go to when something goes right. This journey called life has been crazy with its highs and lows but I am thankful for Wente Vineyards for providing me with the opportunity to raise a toast to the person I love the most-my mother; and share the story on how she has made me who I am, which ultimately has gotten me to this season of my life.
I owe my whole life and the path it has taken to my mother and all the different lessons she has taught me in life, whether she knows it or not.
My mom has always been such a BOSS, but there were times where I wish she was less of a business woman and more of a “momish” mom. I know.. you’re probably like what does that even mean? Well for one, my mom hates cooking, and isn’t that a thing that moms usually do? Well mine didn’t. She will even tell you herself that the only reason she would cook was just so my brother and I wouldn’t die from starvation. She was never the type of mom to look up the next new recipe in a cook book or even make the simplest of desserts for that matter. As a child, I wanted that excitement of wondering what we would have for dinner just like I am sure most kids have. However, her lack of cooking skills actually pushed me to learn how to cook myself.
I was able to develop such a passion for cooking over the years that I wanted a career in culinary arts by the time I graduated high school. Unknowingly, my love of food and cooking came from my mom. Literally, the only thing she made on a regular basis was “molletes,” and if you are Mexican, you are probably laughing at that. Not once do I blame her for that though! Why? Because now my love for food has become a side business for me. Many of you guys don’t know but I actually have a food blog. This blog has opened many doors for me. I get invited to all these amazing food events around the area, eat for free everywhere I go, and even get paid. So thank you mom for not faking your dislike towards cooking because that has shaped my path to what it is now and it has given me one of my biggest passions in life.
Another lesson she taught me, unknowingly was to always have high standards. Growing up I seriously cannot recall her ever saying “ I am proud of you.” I know that seems like such a terrible thing, but honestly, I thank her for it. Without that I wouldn’t have reached for bigger and better things. I would conform myself with accomplishments that for most people are big. However, if I had been satisfied with those things like most people are, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Growing up I never really thought anything about it, I just assumed that if my mom didn’t say she “was proud” then that must have meant that it wasn’t much of an accomplishment to begin with. Knowing that has made me to strive for the bigger accomplishments in life, like opening up my own restaurant one day. That is my ultimate BIG accomplishment that I know she will be proud of.
Seeing her confidence and excellence towards everything in life has also taught me a valuable lesson. It has shaped me into a strong individual in the workplace, not only do I always strive for excellence, but I will never do anything with mediocrity. I will either give it my all or nothing at all. I remember all my projects in elementary school looked better than others done by high school students. It’s because she pushed me to be creative and to go above and beyond in order to be original. Anyone can glue some pieces of paper on cardboard and call that a science project but to go out of the box and make something ordinarily, extraordinary is another thing. I use this lesson everyday with my blog. Every time a company reaches out to me, I strive with all my heart to put my best work forward. I know companies, even my current boss, appreciate that.
Another thing my mother has taught me is that my relationship with God is the most important thing in life. Growing up she made sure she guided my brother and I in the right direction. We would pray every night together, and she would always read scriptures to us and pray for us. Even to this day she will text me in the morning and declare things over my life. I know she always prayed that I had favor with everyone I met; I see that to be very true in my life everyday.
Doors open up for me and not for others that I know are more qualified than I. I can only hope to be such an amazing woman of faith and follow in her foot steps as I become a mother. I want to make sure my children know that with God anything is possible, even the craziest of dreams. I never thought I would be where I am today, but I remember being a teen and telling my mom that I wasn’t scared of the future because I knew that whatever I started off in life with, I would be favored because God was with me.
We don’t make wine because we have to, we do it because we love to.