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My Greatest Influence and My Spirit of Thanks


My greatest influence 8th Grade graduation – My Grandmother

I believe that each of us have an incredible story lurking inside of us that defines who we are or who we want to become. I myself have personally been working on my book (A story of my journey) for over 4 years now.  I couldn’t until the past six months understand what was preventing me from finishing this book.  Almost everyday I would think about, read over it and even write a little. But for some reason I just simply couldn’t finish.

Sometimes something as small as a photo can bring back a world wind of memories. And sometimes, those memories can remind you of who you are and your purpose in life. Coming face-to-face with your past can trigger you to continue your divine purpose in life and even spark that flame that went out. Well, that recently happened to me and I must admit, it wasn’t easy facing, but i’m glad it happened.

The reason I’m Thankful!

I was raised by a loving Grandmother who had a 9th grade education.  Although she wasn’t educated she had a skill.  She was a phenomenal cook. That skill afforded her the ability to provide for her children and even her grandchildren.  In addition, she knew that the ticket to success was through education. Even until this day, I don’t know how she was able to provide me with a private school education on a $12, 500 a year income living on the WestSide of Chicago.  But she did! and simply put, Its called sacrifice!


My Grandmother- Lucy Norington working as a Cook

I get it now as a parent. I understand how when you accept your responsibility of raising your children you accept full responsibility for everything that comes along with it.  You begin to believe all over again in the future and possibility of things that maybe you forgot all about. You begin to wish and work hard to provide everything for your children that you  maybe didn’t have the opportunity to have.  I get it! And not only do I get it, I appreciate the sacrifice and I’m grateful and thankful for all of her sacrifice.

Every time I think about the moment she told me she had cancer ( I was going into my sophomore year in college) It brings tears to my eyes because I feel like I really didn’t get a chance to show her how much I really appreciated her love and sacrifice. But then I’m reminded that she gave me the greatest gift of all….She infused me with her spirit, her tenacity for life and her passion for living.  She left me with the constant reminder that I can truly accomplish anything if I put my nose to the grind and make it happen.

I’m thankful that I’m blessed with an awesome husband who has a conscious spirit, loves his family and willing to sacrifice everyday so that we can have the best life possible.  I’m thankful for a healthy, beautiful daughter who brings us joy everyday. I’m thankful for life itself and the fact that I have another chance at life to live it to the fullest!

I hope and pray that each of you dig deep this holiday and find the true joy that resides deep inside of you. Being grateful and having faith will ultimately bring us closer to the joy that each of us seeks daily. Pay homage to those things and always be grateful and appreciative to those who have helped to pave the way for you.

I wish you all a very wonderful Thanksgiving!


xoxo – Mo Joseph

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