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Times are hard in more ways than one. And, in this depressing economy, even inspiration can be tough to come by. I am a firm believer, however, that every cloud has a silver lining. Many times, when asked to name the person that inspires them, people credit Mom, Dad, a favorite teacher or coach. I have been inspired by all of these but, no one has ever motivated me as much as my new daughter, Joy. For the clouds that currently hover over my life, Joy—and her smile— are the silver lining.

I’m told that children have a way of “pushing one toward purpose.” I thought I knew purpose before she was born but it wasn’t until I heard Joy cry for the first time, that I gained a new reason for breathing—to be the absolute best mother I could be by raising a well-rounded, happy individual. To me, being a great mom means striving to live a productive, exemplary life—a life that my daughter can look at, be proud of and, in her own way, emulate.

I am more passionate about the things that I loved before Joy came along. Things such as my faith in God, my relationships, writing—she is sitting on my lap as I type this—and the pursuit of higher learning. All of these things have a hand in the person I was, the person I am now and the person I will someday be. So, naturally, I want my experiences in each area to be positive and fruitful because my daughter is watching!

I am thankful for her existence and, in a lot of ways, my daughter has saved my life. Thanks Joy!


Students writing for Real Life at Fontbonne are paid a small fee for each post by the university.