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in·flu·ence noun 1. the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
- My parents. (Yes, to save space I lumped them together.) They did everything they could to give me the tools I needed to go out into life and make something of myself. I feel they did a pretty dang good job.
- My husband. People always talk about their spouse saving them. That’s not what happened here. We grew together. We developed into adults by guiding each other along.
- My grandma. She just celebrated her 80th birthday. She is a retired police officer and raised 4 kids as a single mom. I can’t think of anyone in my life who’s stronger.
- My kids. If there are any people who shaped my character more, it was these three stinkers. Am I more than just a mom? Absolutely but it’s one thing I am now that no matter what happens I will continue to always be.
- My high school best friend. Even though she’s not in my life anymore, she made a great impact on what I did and who I was in my late teens and early twenties. These are years I have no regrets and am thankful she was there during.
- My blogging community. Before starting this blog, I wrote for years and year in a private community. We shared everything, our sorrows, our joys. It wasn’t so much takeaways or writing meant for anyone other than our very closest sisters, each other.
- My bullies. For everyone who teased me or thought I was just “the kid in the books,” for the mean boys in high school that moo’ed at me in the hallways, I dug deeper to truly find myself.
- My favorite boss ever. Pre-twins days, I was fast building a career in banking. About 18 months into my most recent job, we got a new manager. I immediately prejudged her and decided I absolutely did not like her. And then we started working together. To this day, even though she’s not at that bank anymore and even though I’m not either, I still dub her as my career mentor. She gives amazing advice, has such a positive outlook and just rocks overall as a person.
- My brothers. I have two very awesome, very different brothers. I’ve learn so much from them in ways that I likely would never seek out otherwise. And that is the best way to grow.
- My twin momma, blogger buddy, red headed bestie. Sometimes I wonder how exactly it is that I love this woman so dearly after only knowing her just two tiny little years. We have a long time to uncover each others’ secrets from the past and we both have things we’ve never shared. But there is just something about this relationship that makes me who I am. I don’t know that I’ll ever be the same.
Who has influenced your life the most?
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