After an exciting day at work, they are they people I want to celebrate with (which I actually did last night), if I'm sad, they are right there to pick me up, and when I'm lost, they are there to provide me direction and insight. These two people provided me a home and love when they didn't have to. They raised me and loved me more than anyone could ever hope to have their parents care for them. And they supported me through the emotional roller coaster to find my birth parents and explore my background. I'm amazed and inspired by the strength they posses, to open their hearts to a baby and struggle with the thought of having to give that new baby back, to raise a child and then have to go through the process of watching that child search for and meet people that could potentially borrow or take some of their heart. Through tough times and wonderful ones, both of my parents have always put my brother and I first. They have excelled in their careers and have taught me to never give up on my dreams. Not only am I their biggest cheerleader, but they are mine as well. I would absolutely not be the woman I am today without them in my lives.
Erin won't mind that I'm borrowing one of her BFF's for this list. Don't worry Erin, I won't try to budge in on your BFF status, I'll just admire her from afar (in a non-creepy/non-stalkerish way). Okay I'm going to share why I admire her before I come off looking like any more of a freak. So back to Giuliana. Besides her awesome fashion, adorable family, and five star restaurants, there are a lot of things I find really inspiring about her story. Before she could even speak english, she knew she wanted to be a reporter and she worked hard and never gave up her dream. One of the most inspiring parts of her story is how she has turned some of her own struggles in to a way to give back and inspire others. Her openness about her journey with cancer, provides not only a sense of connection but it promotes early detection and prevention strategies. Her strength throughout that journey and the amazing ways she has turned a struggle into a triumph are admirable and inspiring. But it isn't all about her triumphs and career. I adore her relationship with Bill (her husband) and her willingness to be goofy and enjoy life. It can be so easy to get busy in the every day tasks and feel like you constantly have to be professional and put together, that you forget to have fun. Her constant positive attitude and outlook on life inspire others to remember to enjoy every moment.
So there you have it, five people I admire! Who do you admire? Join us on this linkup and Write Yourself Happy!