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When a parent tells you they are proud of you, it can be a reminder of exactly why we do what we do.
My mom Janet Zimmerman, had eye surgery just over a week ago and she has been forced to slow down and have her head down while laying on her stomach for more hours than she can do anything else. For those of you that know my mom, that would be a hard thing to do because she is a person that NEVER stops to sit still.
She asked for my audio cds on personal growth and business tips and she is grateful that she was "forced" to lay down and just learn all week. She is still unable to see very well and was actually told to keep visual stimulus to a very small amount. She took time this morning to simply watch this 20 minute video of the interview I did with Paige Dawson McNaughton and Ryan McNaughton last night.
She called me just before she left to go for her eye follow up appointment in Toronto and is feeling nervous about that. But she took time just minutes before she was to get picked up by a friend to tell me one thing, "Tara you are so talented, I don't know where you got that talent but you are doing such a great job of sharing stories of others and helping them reach their dreams, Dad and I are so proud of you."
My thoughts were...my talents came from being your daughter. My mom and dad taught me so much about respect, helping others in need and when we start from very humble beginnings we know even more about where we don't want to live our life and it also helps me to gain perspective when I learn about a person or a family that feels as though they have no options to get out of their situation (whatever that might be). Our parents always do their best to provide for us. They never want us to give up on our dreams even though they may not really know how to support us in reaching those dreams. The fact that my parents always believed in me, that was all that I needed. They have given me more than they even know.
The best feeling in the world is when we can learn from our past and pay it forward even when at times it may feel like we don't have much to give. As I give and support people I continue to grow as a person...so my message to anyone watching this video...start where you are. If you truly care about others, you will be successful - get out of your own way and just impact the world - even if you have NO IDEA what that looks like right now. Start where you are and the rest will take shape as it is meant to as long as it isn't forced...be you, be natural, be real and transparent - that is how you can be relatable to others!
If you wish to see the video my mom watched and called me about: click here
Tara is a mother of 3, a former elementary school teacher, insurance broker & tutor. She enjoys life as a successful mom-preneur and now has time freedom to enjoy empowering others in reaching their true potential. (testimonials about Tara - click here)
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