I never saw a weak woman.
I saw a very strong woman that really embodied a man too.
And she would actually say that to me.
She would say, you know, I'm your mom and your dad.
That's like your only person and that they become your best
friend, they become someone you argue with, they become like
all these different things.
But at the end of the day, like I still always love my mom and
it's just so beautiful to know that like, no matter what my
mom always gonna be there for me, she's just powerful.
You know, she's never complained about it and she, she loves
Do you think you'll ever be able to pay your mom back for everything
No, I don't think so.
I'm trying, I'm definitely trying.
There's things that she did that you can't quantify, you can't
put a, you know, a dollar sign to them, like the amount of affection
and encouragement on top of the physical things that she did
for me, like financially supporting me.
You know, my mom is a housekeeper, she was a house, she's retired
now, but she cleaned toilets every day, several times a day
so that I could go to college and so that I could be here.
So how do you repay that?
You know, my relationship with my mom is, it's a beautiful
thing to see her work so hard and to provide you with the best
of the best is like one of those things where it's like, I don't
wanna like romanticize the struggle because that's not what
that is, but to be able to see her and like how she wanted to create
a good like house with her two daughters.
And this like just seeing her do her, it was just so beautiful
So like, that's what I describe a relationship.
Very, just beautiful, complex, hard, of course, but it was
I just remember my mom being a warrior like all the time, she
was always a single mom.
She was always working.
She was always hustling, she never complained about anything
I remember a couple of months ago my mom ended up like having
a fall and she scraped her knee, she could barely walk.
But she was like, I'm, I'm going to work.
She didn't complain about it.
She was like, you know, it has to get better.
So that's the image I have from my mom.
And so growing up, my relationship with her has been a lot about
learning that quality about her has been about um embracing
that, that ability of her to just like be a strong woman.
A year and a half ago, my mom actually got really sick.
And at that point, she was still cleaning houses and she had
she has kidney failure.
And, you know, I was working at a job where I was chasing a dream
and I felt very guilty about it because I'm like, well, my mom
continues to clean houses.
And what am I doing here?
You know, I'm chasing this dream for almost 10 years now.
And I can't even take care of her financially, you know, and
she, she hit rock bottom and I realized that it was time for
me to take care of my mom.
I don't know how I was going to do it, but I had to do it.
So I left the job that I was at.
And two weeks later I started my own company and, you know,
it's a very successful company now.
And that, and that, that's a blessing in itself, but it has
allowed me to retire my mom.
So now my mom can chase her dreams, you know, and we talk about
this every day at the beginning.
She was actually very resistant to it.
She was like, what, what am I supposed to do?
You know, like, I, I don't know, what do you want me to just go
And I was like, no No, no.
Like this is your time, this is your time for you to go to school
for you to travel, for you to do whatever you want.
You know, I'm gonna fund it, like do whatever you want, explore
You never have, you never, you were never able to chase a dream
All of your dreams you put aside so that my dreams could have
You know, I've been, you know, I've been waiting for the right
time to tell my mom all of these different things that I felt
And you know, I'm excited that now it's actually going to be
So I have, I wrote a letter for you and it's just thanking you
for everything you've done for me and my sister and just thank
you for, you know, the hard work it is to be a single mom.
Ok, I wanted to first thank you for teaching me that anything
I want I can have as long as I believe in myself and I put the work
You are the perfect example of what it means to the dream that
seem impossible for women like us.
So thank you for always being such an inspiration to me.
Thank you for sacrificing so many years of tireless work to
make sure we always had a roof over our heads or that we never
went hungry all while doing it on your own.
You always made it look so easy.
But now I understand how much of a struggle that must have been
I know you had to grow up pretty fast as a child, which was so
And I want you to know that your constant fight for a better
life has never gone unnoticed.
Thank you for learning and going with me as I got older.
I know it was probably so hard to deal with all my moods as a teenager
to then dealing with me as a young adult going through college
So thank you for going through the journey of life.
I really love being your daughter so much and to be unconditionally
loved by someone as amazing as you is the greatest gift ever
No, I love you so much mommy.
Uh The way my mom is, she's a warrior like she's just a person
that doesn't take no for an answer.
And she's always showing that things need to get done regardless
So obviously that puts like um expectation on me on being like
ok, you know what I want, I need to to be up to that level because
my mom never expected less.
You know, she's so loving, she's so great.
She's always like, just always so welcoming, you know, she
has such a beautiful welcoming spirit and I take that to heart
Because that's who I wanna be.
She's the person I look up to because I wanna be that person
She is strong, she's smart, she's independent.
I think my mom is one of the most incredible people on the planet
She is everything I want to be and more.
Get this superstar, superstar three.
She's had that forever.