So in the last few days I’ve had some accomplishments I’ve shared with my mom. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the struggles it took to get me where I am. Yesterday, though I didn’t forget. I recognized that if it wasn’t for all of my struggles I wouldn’t be the woman I am. I wouldn’t be an independent woman making my way in my career. I wouldn’t own my own home and I wouldn’t have my 2 awesome kids without every single struggle that shaped who I am. Had I gotten the first job I applied for when I was looking to find my career, I wouldn’t be working with such a great group of people and loving programming and data quite as much as I do. If I hadn’t been married I wouldn’t have my kids and wouldn’t still be close with my former in-laws who will always be family.

In talking with my mom and how proud she is of me, I recognize that not only am I shaped by my struggles but by my many blessings. She reminisced of the time I was baptized as a baby and how her prayer for me was to be a strong woman who is independent and successful and how happy she is to see that is exactly who I am today. She didn’t pray for me to go through struggles, but that is a natural part of gaining strength. I realized how lucky I am to have a mom that loves me and prays for me and to have the love of my father who was always there to support and teach me. To have always had a roof over my head and food on my dinner plate. I have worked hard, and I have had my struggles. The struggles I have faced, though, have always been met with some of the greatest blessings. I am so blessed and I hope I never overlook that.

-Blessed Bonnie