My Mom Responds to My Post


Do your parents read your blog? Do they comment? My Mom reads my blog but never comments (for fear of embarrassing me). She subscribes to my blog via email and frequently sends me emails after a post with her comments/encouragement.

Oh, Nadine, you’re afraid of heights? Knock it off. We’re going parasailing.

On Thursday, I posted about the kind of woman I want to be. Soon after I posted, I received this email from my mom. With her permission, I’m publishing it here.

Everyone, especially women, swing wildly between the type of people they want to be. This is not age specific and frankly, while it does get better with age, it isn’t a case of “improving” it is a case of getting used to the swings from persona to persona. As you get older you develop more personas. For now, you have girlfriend, best friend, daughter/sister, and employee perhaps. In a decade that will include at least a dozen more. The personas you become comfortable with will be a variety of traits from each of the different worlds you find yourself navigating.

The bold woman is always there. The quiet, confident intellectual is always there. The amazing thing about being a woman in today’s world is that you can be a blend of all these wonderful “images” all in one. You can sway with grace from one to another and you don’t have to choose or settle for any one specific type. That is the glory of living. As you amass life experience you become more comfortable in your own skin and the woman you want to be evolves and takes shape, constantly changing, hopefully for the better. (although not always – haha)

The most important part to remember is that you never finish that pursuit. There isn’t a finish line. You don’t become the woman you want to be because until the day you leave this earth, you will be evolving into the woman you want to be. It’s a process. It’s an evolution, without end, and it is one that doesn’t need labels.

Thanks, Momma, for this wonderful reminder and for always being my biggest fan!

  • I love her response! I am so glad you shared it because I know that I struggle with the same thing. Moms always know what to say.

  • Wow, that is so beautifully written- she should start a blog, as I (and many others, I’m sure) would follow it! Thanks for sharing (: And I think it’s so awesome that she reads your blog.

  • What an incredible response! Mothers always seem to know best, don’t they? I always say I’m trying to figure myself out, but her point really hit home. We’re always evolving, and I love that.

  • That is so sweet that your mom reads your blog and sends you comments. My mom knows I have a blog and has the link but I don’t think she reads it. If she does she doesn’t tell me. I think your mom is right. I can relate I want to be more courageous and bold. I think we all have that side to us. It’s just a matter of bringing it out.

  • Love her response! Your mom is so sweet.

  • cindy

    Your mom should right a blog. I would so read it!

  • Such a great response. I love that Mama Nadine emails you her thoughts on your posts. That’s so sweet.

  • That’s the sweetest. My mom is the same way. She reads everyday as my #1 fan and I always have an email response from her. Mom’s are the best aren’t they!

  • Trust moms to always have the right thing to say!

  • What a perfect and well-written response! I love that she sends you comments!

  • what a wonderful response from your mom. mom’s really know best.

  • She said it perfectly! That is so sweet your mom reads all your posts:) My mom does, too, and sends me comments through e-mail after each one. It’s always nice to get their perspective on things, too:)

  • What wonderful words of wisdom! Mommas are the best, aren’t they? Thanks for sharing!

  • What a great response! Your mom is clearly a very wise lady. 🙂

  • That was a beautiful letter, something I really need to see on a day like today. Thank you for posting!!! 🙂

  • Wow! What a great mom you have! My mom also sends me e-mails after I post something on my blog, mostly witty and sometimes encouraging comments about whatever I posted! I loved your post about the kind of woman you want to be too. I think a lot of women struggle with this! 🙂

  • That was such an inspiring and really quite reassuring message! I suffer with the same fear of not being the woman I envision myself but that was such a great dose of reality. Thank you, or I guess your Mum!

  • So funny you wrote about parents reading/commenting on blogs because my mom did a few weeks ago! LOL. I was a little embarrassed but I know she meant well, like all moms.

    Your mom’s response is so right on and beautifully put. I see where you get your writing skills from 🙂

  • your mom is the coolest. i love this post, i love the email, i love that you shared it. this is fabulous.

  • That is one of the best sets of advice I’ve read in awhile. Leave it to moms to be so wise! I think its great that even someone older can admit they may be juggling just as much as anyone else.

  • Wow, your mom knows exactly what to say! I would say that’s the best comment you can get!

    Your mom sounds so inspirational, you should totally get her to do a guest post series on your blog! I’m sure a lot of readers would be interested in what she has to say! 🙂

  • Aww, my mom and grandma read my blog everyday but when they have something to say they usually email or text me about it!

  • Your mom sounds like a cool person. And so smart! I love her response! If she leaves you this kind of feedback all the time I’d love to see them from time to time!

  • I’m so glad you shared this—she sounds amazing!

  • I love this response!! My mom and grandparents constantly respond on my blog… But often times they offer the best insight, just as your mom did here! So glad you shared this 🙂

  • What a wonderful letter from your mum

  • I just stumbled upon your blog, and I am so glad that I did! What a beautifully written note. Such wisdom in those words! I love your blog, thanks for passing this along!

  • I love both of these, your post and your mom’s response. I read your post and found myself feeling like you had crawled into my brain, so this post was just what I needed to hear.

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