1) She bought Madisonkanna.com when I was 10 years old. She saw the value of having your own domain name, so she got mine to save for me for over a decade. This is just the kind of thing my mom does. For as long as I can remember, she’s been relentlessly researching new ideas, habits, and opportunities that could help better my life or add to my success and happiness.
2) She Homeschooled me while running her own company. There’s nothing I’m more grateful for than growing up as a Homeschooler. I had the freedom to discover who I was without the confinement of school. I had the freedom to curiously engage in the world around me. I also grew up watching my mom publish books, speak at conferences and build businesses. I got to help with all of these things. I got a mom who is a powerful woman, an entrepreneur, and a person with a relentless drive to learn. And somehow during everything my mom was doing, she was spending so much of her time and money Unschooling me. She spent decades of her life making sure I had a personalized hands-on education that worked for me.
3) She gave me books but never made me read. Unlike so many other kids, I was never once forced to read a book as a child. Yet I saw my mom treat bookstores as though they were magical, sacred places. I saw her spend her free time inhaling books as though they were oxygen. She always gave me new books, but never once forced me to read one. It wasn’t long before I chose to pick up some of these books, and became as enamored with them as she was. From stoicism to minimalism to meditation, my mom introduced me to the concepts and ways of thinking that bring so much joy and meaning to my life today. Through reading the books my mom gave me, I fell in love with the world.
4) She asked me why I hadn’t applied to Praxis. When I first heard of Praxis, becoming a participant sounded incredible–and scary. I followed what Praxis was doing, but I didn’t apply. Some months passed. On Thanksgiving day, after my whole family had eaten so much that we couldn’t properly walk, everyone fell upon the couch to rest–everyone except me. I grabbed my computer to check out the latest Praxis blog. It was then that my mom said, “Why haven’t you applied to Praxis?” She told me it was clear I had to apply. She was right. She said she’d support me in every way. She did. I sent in the first part of my Praxis application that night and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.
5) She’s my best friend, my world domination partner, my biggest supporter, and there’s no one on earth I am closer to. Happy birthday to my incredible mother.