Learning to Walk in the Footsteps of My Mom

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom. And, not just because it’s Mother’s Day, I’ve just been analyzing how she does so much, and is such a grateful, generous, positive, person.

In case you didn’t know, my mom is a blogger. She has accomplished many great things, gotten awards, traveled worldwide to speak at conferences, gets mailed cool stuff every month (seriously, we get at least one package in the mail every month), has changed lives with her coaching, and has even gone to red carpet premieres. Also, she’s in school again and has exams, papers, and assignments to turn in, in addition to all the work she has. She slays it!

My mom - Elayna Fernandez - The Positive MOM - Happy Mother's Day!

She’s pretty awesome, though I’m very biased and you can think what you want (but it’s actually the truth that she’s the best, so you can’t argue with me on this LOL). She has inspired me to write and introduced me to this profession, which is my soul’s purpose and truly the thing I am passionate about.

She doesn’t even chase the glory or the fame, and she’s about the most humble person you will ever meet. I think that’s what stands out about her, is that even at 4’8″, she has the most giant heart and the largest amount of love humanly possible.

My mom - Elayna Fernandez - The Positive MOM - Happy Mother's Day! - The Tecla Awards

It is incredible to think that she exudes all these qualities even after all the hardship, abuse, depression, and abandonment she has gone through. I don’t know how she does it.

She was an immigrant to the U.S., a country she didn’t even want to move to in the first place, with a 1 and a 2 year old (me and Elyssa, respectively,) abandoned and alone without money, a car, a job, a house, or anything.

Yet she picked herself back up, started working, started a business, put us in one of the best private schools, went through countless sleepless nights, and gave us the most magical childhood. 

Then to think about how we started all over again and moved to Texas, we started homeschooling, she helped us blog and write our book, supported us in jump-starting our public speaking careers, and has gone above and beyond to empower the people around her, not just moms, but everyone. 

My mom - Elayna Fernandez - The Positive MOM - Happy Mother's Day! - WeAllGrow Storytellers

She is a woman of immense faith, too. She taught me that God is always there for me and to pray to Him when I need to. 

She’s there for me in the good times, like when I turned quince, or when I perform at piano recitals. She cheers for me when I speak in front of an audience, or when I post on social media.

But, she stays by my side during the hard trials, too. She was there for me when I was bullied in private school, and as a result she started homeschooling me. When I broke my arm years ago, she stayed by my side and helped me after surgery. More recently, when friends I trusted started gossiping about me behind my back and being mean, she held me while I cried and helped me recover.

My mom - Elayna Fernandez - The Positive MOM - Happy Mother's Day! - BloggyCon Cedar Point

She is truly a great example. Sometimes I get overwhelmed because I think of the shoes I have to fill when she’s gone (I hope she never is gone, though, because how will I ever survive??!?)

She has basically all the admirable qualities in the universe, plus is modest and humble about herself – like, seriously, mom?! How can you not tell people that you are famous and beautiful and ah-mazing?! Ahem. I rest my case.

My mom - Elayna Fernandez - The Positive MOM - Happy Mother's Day!

I hope I can grow up to be even half the woman she is. Thank you, mom! Happy Mother’s Day, and remember to appreciate your mother and tell her how much she means to you!



  1. Enny Suarez on May 15, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations on such a beautiful message.
    Reading your article got me very emotional. I am very proud of you and I know your mom your sisters and the rest of your family must be proud of you as well. I can’t wait to see the person you’re going to become in the future. You’re definitely on a good path since you have a good foundation by seeing your mom’s example. I can’t wait to read your book. I bought two of them one for my daughter and one for my niece. I believe in confidence and I am happy to know that you do as well!
    Best wishes in whatever you do Elisha.
    God bless you sweety!
    Enny Suarez

  2. Karinee on May 15, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Wow these are beautiful words any mom would love to hear! She is definitely doing an amazing job as a mom! 😘

  3. Vanessa on May 18, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Wow Elisha😢 wow wow! Que hermoso👏🏻😍 sin duda tu mami es un gran ejemplo a seguir. Yo quiero mucho a tu mami y eso que aun no la conozco en persona. Ella es un amor ❤️

  4. Nancy Sustersic on August 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Elisha you speak such words of love and Joe and I are so proud of you and your Momma. We’ve watched you grow since you were wee little and will never forget when you broke your arm and how Joanne Hartman and her puppies helped you heal quicker. Everything you say about your mom and your family is true!

    You have achieved everything that a mama, or me a.k.a. Grandma Nancy, would wish for you and you will turn out to be a wonderful mom and wife someday too.

    I’m so sorry you’ve been bullied (I am on a mission myself to end that) and thankful your mom knows how to help your get through the abuse.

    Love you all and sending kisses to everyone xoxoxoxoxo
    G’Ma Nanc

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