This picture is of my mother in her twenties with my older sister and I..
With Mother’s Day approaching it seems only fitting to write about my kickass mother, yes I said it… kickass! My mother did not go to high school nor did she come from circumstances encouraging non-domestic skill advancement. She married very young, had my older sister at nineteen and yet when I was growing up my mother had a career.
She was initially a stewardess and then started her own business in our basement selling homemade crafts, a business that morphed into a fashion/interior design boutique downtown, which she ran successfully to her recent retirement. Sure the service and retail industry can be considered a natural extension of the female domain but my mother ran her boutique with true entrepreneurial spirit and killer business instinct.
I spent many hours in my mother’s boutique, not always willingly. She bought me to fashion shows and purchase meetings with her vendors. I had to help collate her many promotional schemes, I acted as a “model” for some of her advertisements and I saw all the many challenges of running a small business firsthand.
I have since then realized that through this exposure I got early insight into valuable business skills such as deal negotiation, sales, marketing, customer service and staff management, and I am extremely grateful for the path my mother paved for me by striking out on her own.
How did your mother influence the person you are today?
“We take a lot for granted as second wave feminists,
what our mothers and aunts did for us.”