We were raised together. Not in the same household but true friends since the beginning of time. Not like meeting in elementary but our mothers knew each other...while they were pregnant with us. They gave birth to us one month and 21 days apart. Yeah, we are that close!
Let's make this story a little cooler. Our mothers both worked together. Not like on the same job but on some entrepreneurial shit. Yeah, real BOSSMOM like! There were meetings that seemed like play dates to us. A reason why we can't be upset when our kids Turn All The Way Up during our business meetings.
Life happened and their business subsided but they both individually maintained businesses and hustles throughout our childhood that set major examples for us in our adult life. We are ambitious AF and BOSSMOM NATION isn't our first baby but it IS the one that makes the most sense of our life and represents our true calling. So it's safe to say, it'll be here to stay and a MAJOR 'Thank You' is in order! Take a moment to read each of our personal "Dear Mama" dedications to our mothers...
A round of applause for you!!!
You've always been an unconventional hustler, so my true hustle spirit comes from you. You didn't graduate college with some fancy degree that lead to a nice paying job to provide a stable income. What you did do, was follow your creative passion while using it to provide for our basic needs. Late nights on the sewing machine, creating your own designs to sell to the local community. Participating in fashions shows. Selling at the flea market. You even took the hat you made off your head to sell to a lady who stopped you in the grocery store (just because she liked it that much). You may not remember that day but I do. Wanna know what else I remember? I remember thinking two things...
1. Your hair was totally not done underneath that hat so why in the heck would you take it off?!
2. Wow this lady is really going to pay my mother for an already worn hat, she made, just because she REALLY liked it, true BOSS moment!
Although our life was a little bit of a struggle, there are many memories sketched in my mind of you taking lemons and making lemonade. You made sure your children were safe, felt loved, and surrounded by a strong community of people that helped shape who I am today (it took a village). So, Thank you! Thank you for doing your best, for being constant in my life and showing me that being a mother doesn't mean you're always going to get it right because we're all just winging this thing. :)
- BOSSMOM Shah -
My new favorite mom quote..."I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: you go through big chunks of time where you're just thinking, this is impossible -oh, this is impossible. And then you just sort of keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible" - Tina Fey
Just do it like me!
You've been putting the BOSS in this BOSSMOM since 1982. Multitasking looked like the most effortless thing when I saw you do it. Maybe you should have been an actress because I couldn't tell the difference. Running our household and your own business is not as easy as you made it look. Yet, I always knew I would do it just like that as I was a little girl watching you. 20+ years and 3 children later, I'm making my own lane. Nevertheless, it was you that taught me unconditional love and how important the role of a mother is in a child's life.
Losing my father at the age of 11 was hard but losing your life mate must have been hell. Still, you never skipped a beat. You never stopped being BOSS. In my hands, hold the torch you graciously passed down to me and I am forever humble and grateful.
- BOSSMOM Aliyah -
"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one" -Jill Churchill
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