GROWING UP CONNECTED AND CURIOUS
LIFE LESSONS FROM ROBERT’S MOM
Sylvia Plath once said, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” I feel blessed to have a mother that couldn’t agree more. My mother has been a writer her whole life. She’s been a professional technical writer, but she’s also a published short story fiction writer. Like most adults, I’ve been lucky to learn many lessons frommy parents, but I didn’t really realize how valuable these lessons were until later in life. This May, in celebration of Mother’s Day, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to express
spiritual and took us to church every Wednesday and Sunday. Wednesdays were more of a Bible study, while Sundays were the usual church service.
I’m grateful for all those Wednesdays and Sundays. I still go to the same church I did growing up. From an early age, she taught us to value our community and surround ourselves with people who will help us go where we want to go in life. That’s helped me tremendously, in both my business and personal life. I’m very much a self-taught business owner and learned everything along the way. Research always helps, but nothing replaces the people I’ve met and learned from too. I’m so grateful that I’ve made all those friends, and I keep in touch with many, no matter where they are now. Even frommy earliest memories, I remember my mom nurturing my curiosity for business. When I was young, if there was an estate sale nearby, my mom would help me set up a stand to sell lemonade and snacks to hungry and thirsty shoppers. Then, when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I started getting
into magic tricks. I was super passionate about it, actually. My parents bought me different kits and cards to play around
“FROM AN EARLY AGE, SHE TAUGHT US TO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY
the awesome impact my mom has on my confidence as an entrepreneur and as a person. The lessons I learned from her feel deeply encouraging still, especially during this recent national crisis. Now that I think about it, my mom’s temperament was pretty impressive for howmuch she had on her plate. My momwas always there for us while our dad was working long hours. She was the involved disciplinarian, but she also almost never lost her temper or cursed; she knew how to roll with things, and I think I picked that up too. She juggled taking us to school, parks, restaurants, friends’ houses, and anyplace else we needed to go. There weren’t video games, so we didn’t stay indoors!
with. Then, when David Copperfield got into town for a show, my parents bought me exclusive tickets —my mom and I got to meet him after the show, and it was just us. No matter how unique my inspirations were, my mom supported them. I even put on my own magic show for the neighborhood, and we charged for entry. My mother was the assistant. We dressed up accordingly, and it’s one of my favorite memories with her. Moments like that made me feel like I could do anything because the people I cared about were willing to support me.
AND SURROUND OURSELVES WITH
PEOPLE WHO WILL HELP US GO WHERE WE WANT TO GO IN LIFE.”
This May, I hope you surround yourself with your loved ones and stay connected, digitally if nothing else. I also want you to know that our team is working harder (and cleaner) than ever —we want the time you spend in your beautiful garden to always feel like a rewarding, relaxing experience. Enjoy the rest of your month, friends; stay healthy and safe!
We already relied on her a lot, but she taught by example that we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. These days, I realize some people are afraid of being an extra burden to others, but my mom always seemed fearless about connecting with others to seek advice and help. Whenever my momwas worried, I saw that she’d talk with her church friends or those in her writing circle. My mom is very
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