Category Archives: Inspirational

Women inspiring other women

March is Women’s History Month – Women in STEM

History has not always been kind to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Some women , like Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper, were recognized for their phenomenal work during their lifetimes.  However, many women have passed long … Continue reading

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To My Mother-in-Law: I Was Wrong

You always stole my thunder. You gave them everything they wanted. You never said no when they asked for anything: a second helping of dessert; candy before dinner; a few more minutes in the bath; or money for the ice … Continue reading

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Value in Loss

My Mom was a person who valued people and time. She valued the relationships she had with others with respect, respectful honesty, thoughtfulness, insight, intelligence, humor and love. Some people may say that one sees something “very black and white”. … Continue reading

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Kayla Mueller : The Daughter that Every Mother Hopes She is Raising

Kayla Mueller had been held hostage by the Islamic State since 2013.  She was kidnapped while leaving a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria on August 4th – just 10 days shy of her 25th birthday.  She was working … Continue reading

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And, I am an African.

Over the years, I have taken up a new identity. I have embraced a wide and broad title. A title which sometimes feels bigger than I am, but one which nonetheless I am carrying with the utmost pride and dignity. Now, I … Continue reading

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The Gift of Sally Ride’s Secret

I stayed up until 4 a.m. last night reading Lynn Sherr’s biography, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, an unwise choice, given my schedule for today. Now, I’m sitting on my flight home to Seattle from NYC, where I … Continue reading

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The Gift of Life

“They said it’s cancer,” my mom said on the other end of the line. I got up from the table where I was playing ‘Princesses’ with the little girls I was babysitting and paced the hallway.  “Oh?” I said, trying to … Continue reading

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Why I Wear My Mother’s Robe

My mother died four years ago. Every morning I wake up, and without thinking I put on her robe. Of all the precious things she gave me; a sense of humor, a love of Mondays, her favorite ring and her … Continue reading

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How Maya Angelou Inspired Me to Write

I was seventeen and at my best friend’s house for her seventeenth birthday party. Despite being really good friends I couldn’t bring myself to share with her what had happened to me when I was aged seven, such was the … Continue reading

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20 Inspiring Women We Lost in 2014 : A Tribute

Every year we lose many women that have led incredible lives however some of them may not been remembered in the lists that are compiled at year’s end.  Inspired By My Mom is starting a traditional of paying tribute to … Continue reading

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