mother’s day reflections

I have so many thoughts on a day like today. So here goes…

I always want to live a life with purpose. I was recently asked at work about what motivates me professionally, and my answer has always been to have a job at a company or organization where I can make a difference in the lives of others. I am so glad that I can say that the organization I’ve worked at for the past five years does just this.

However, as I continue to think about what motivates me, I’m reminded 24/7 about something that happened almost two (eek!) years ago that changed who I am and how I think about the world. I became a mom.

Being a mother gives more meaning and purpose to my life than I ever could have imagined. And she brings me joy that I never knew existed (cue the tears). To know Eloise is to love her. Her smile lights up a room. She loves to make you laugh. She climbs on everything. She’s shy and sweet around people she doesn’t know or hasn’t seen in awhile. She manages my coloring assignments. She’s so good at puzzles. She loves being devilish. She blows bubbles in her milk and water. She will eat all fruits, most vegetables, but doesn’t love meat (but we keep trying!). 

Her current favorite phrase she says to me is “mommy, hold you up,” (pick me up). Now, sometimes I’m busy preparing dinner or folding laundry, but I hold my baby tight as much as I can for as long as I can. I know that I’ll blink, she’ll be driving away with her friends or going on a date or going to college (okay, I’m jumping ahead of myself here!). My point is, I’m trying to savor every hug, every kiss, every book reading, every swaddle of her babies, every giggle, every tear…because I just love her so much and and am so grateful for the person she is and the person she helps me to be. Strong. Independent. Opinionated. Loving. Fun. She brings out the best in me, especially because she’s watching me.

As we all know, there’s not enough iced coffee with soy milk in the world to give me the energy I need to be my best self, but my family and friends give me the love and support I need to do my best.

My daughter motivates me. And my life goal is to make sure she’s a happy, healthy girl. 

Don’t all moms feel this way? Whether you work at a company or organization or if you’re the CEO of your home, we all want to do our best to give our children the best we can. It’s not always easy, but always rewarding. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all!


A handmade gift from my sweet girl. Xoxoxo 

WEEK #19 – Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Drake

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of the mothers out there! I need to give a special shout out to my extraordinary mother. She has taught me to love many things, but one thing that always brought us together was our late night cups of tea. So where better to bring her than for tea at the Drake?

My sister-in-law, Melissa, rounded out our reservation for three for tea. We arrived to the open and airy room that was surprisingly loud. I always imagined ladies who tea to be dainty and quiet, but the acoustics just carried the sound. Plus, tea is a popular spot for parties and tourists alike (we saw both), so I guess I shouldn’t be that shocked.

We sat at a nice table near the entrance, and had a nice little corner to ourselves. We combed through the pages of tea, and decided on:

  • Mom: Earl GreyWith organic cold pressed Italian Bergamot Oil, a rare variety of Citrus
  • Stephanie: Chamomile CitrusMade with Soothing Egyptian Chamomile flowers and subtle slices of citrus fruit, this vibrant blend will rejuvenate the spirit
  • Melissa: Wild Blossoms & BerriesBlackberry and black currant, infused with lemongrass, hibiscus, chamomile, mint, licorice root and spices – its best without milk.

All of the teas are served loose. You get your own tea pot with the loose tea and hot water inside, and then you must strain the tea when serving. (We kept forgetting this part!) I thought my tea was delicious, until I tasted my Mom’s…it was awesome. I had a second sample of hers it was so good. What’s so great about the tea service is that the waiters keep coming around with hot water, so the tea is endless!

The “bottomless” tea pairs well with the three tiers of charming breads, scones, finger sandwiches, and decadent desserts. Even though I requested extra egg salad sandwiches (who knew I liked egg salad?), I would say the pastries were my favorite. There was one that tasted like a peach pie–I will dream about that little bite of heaven until I return!

We stayed for awhile and chatted, never feeling rushed. The service was excellent, with not having to wait long to be seated and, like I said, the hot water was flowing. Ha.

Oh, and the harpist—when she wasn’t playing “Happy Birthday” for different groups—was a nice touch. There’s something about a harp that’s so soothing, don’t you think?

I think my mom enjoyed herself…I know I did. Do I smell a new tradition?

I love you, Mom. Thanks for being my confidant, my advisor, and one of my best friends. I hope that one day I have a daughter, and she loves me just as much as I love you. XO

Tea at Palm Court, The Drake
140 East Walton Place
Gold Coast

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