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10 simple things I’m grateful for

“Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.”― Ellen Hopkins

One day last week I came home from work, I had picked the girls up from their after school program, and I was doing my usual evening balancing act. I was helping with homework, cooking dinner, and trying to pick up a few things around the house from our usual morning tsunami. I had run up and down the stairs a few times, the girls were crying about homework, and it seems as soon as I would get back downstairs I would have something I needed to run upstair for and vice versa. I was quite at my wits end. I sat down for a second to complain and feel sorry for myself. At that moment, I began to think about how blessed I was and how I remember when we had no stairs to run up and down when we first got married and lived in a small one-bedroom apartment and shared a room with our daughter. I remembered the time I was unemployed and wished I had a job to come home tired from. I remembered the mothers who had lost children and yearned to hear them cry and complain again. I remembered all of those things and my attitude changed.

I began to think about the many times we take the simple things for granted. We become comfortable in our daily operations and take many blessings for granted that may seem simple but are huge if we were forced to live without them. Some small simple things seem small to us, but in reality they are big things for other people and for those things I am extremely grateful.

Here are 10 simple things I’m grateful for:

1. Being Tired.

I’m grateful for being tired some mornings because this means I stayed up late spending time with my husband or working on something I love.

2.Stretch Marks.

I’m grateful for my stretch marks because these are my scars of being a mother while some women can’t bear children.

3. Getting Fired.

I’m grateful I was fired that one time, if not I would have never found my purpose.

4. Overspending.

I’m grateful I spent too much at the grocery store. This means I had a little extra to spend feeding our family, and we bought things we would enjoy.

5. Student Loans.

I’m grateful for my mounds of student loans; it means I was blessed enough to have access to a good education.

6. Loud bangs and booms over my head.

I’m grateful for the loud laughter and the little feet that run above my head. It means my children are happy and healthy.

7. Mounds of Laundry.

I’m grateful for the pile and piles of laundry for it means we are blessed with plenty of clothes to wear.

8. Disagreements.

I’m grateful for disagreements for they made me stronger and helped me to love harder.

9. A full hard drive & low iPhone storage.

My storage is always low! I’m grateful for it means my phone and computer are filled with memories of the ones I love.

10. Not enough seats at our table this Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful our love ones will surround us.

11. Bonus (This space is for you…yes YOU) Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re grateful for.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends, etc.). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed.”― Pablo

Haute Moms Have Purpose + Christina King-Rogers

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

This interview is one very close to my heart. It’s one thing to highlight Moms, but another thing to highlight a Mother whose story you’ve lived through. I have watched Christina evolve literally. She is my cousin, but more like my sister. As I told her a few months ago at her vow renewal, and I’m not ashamed to say it publicly, I am so inspired by your tenacity and drive to push forward past adversity and into your purpose. Christina has created her product not only with her hands but her heart. She is the budding entrepreneur and CEO behind Blessed Organic Essentials; she is teaching us and giving us the tools we need to take care of our beautiful skin. I know you will be inspired by her awesome story of triumph and purpose.

|Briefly introduce yourself and your passion/purpose.| 

I’m Christina King-Rogers, entrepreneur and creator of Blessed Organic Essential Fragrances established in 2014. I’m married to Mercedes and have three beautiful children Jayda 13, Christian  8, and Aaliyah 6. On August 5, 2015, I quit my job as an Office Manager and took a step of faith and fully committed to walking in my calling in the health and beauty industry.

|What’s your favorite quote or saying?| 

My favorite quote or saying is…Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works within us.

|How do you find balance?|

I find my work/ life balance through making sure my family continues to be my priority at all times, whether that mean making sure we have home-cooked meals at least 5 days out the week where we sit and have family dinners or just being present at school to support their academic achievements or extracurricular activities. I pride myself on having one on one time right before bedtime to channel in on what transpired throughout the day with my husband and children. It gives them all an outlet to be able to have me as their support system.

|You have an amazing story of healing and triumph, Can you share it with us?|

In 2009 at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Follicular Papillary Carcinoma …which is cancer of the thyroid with a goiter the size of a lemon in my neck. I was brought into an office alone with four doctors for them to tell me after a routine check-up and ultrasound that I needed to get surgery right away and undergo aggressive radioactive iodine treatment immediately. I left the hospital afraid for my life. All I can say was Lord have mercy on me… My thoughts were racing as I got in the car with tears streaming down my face “ what about my husband, children, and what is going to happen to me am I going to die” I felt lost in motherhood as I had to shift my focus from my family for a while to beat this cancer and fight for my life. God is amazing because I am here today 34 years old and after undergoing two major surgeries, two bouts of radioactive iodine treatment, and three reconstructive surgeries later. I am cancer free, here with my family, and living out my dreams.

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|How important is having support?|

Having a support system is so crucial and vital in my life with being a full-time mom, wife and entrepreneur especially during the school year when all of my children are on different schedules and participate in various activities, not to mention the deadlines and obligations that have to be met in a timely fashion. I accredit my husband and my mother-in-law giving their time without measure.

|How did you discover your purpose?|

I discovered my purpose while still working in corporate America. Once I knew was completed cleared in my health in 2014 I start making my essential oils for the health benefits that it provided my family and me. I also made a choice to live a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. Thereafter I began venturing off into creating my own Organic Skincare Line to provide health awareness and for me to give back to the world a product that is not only good for your skin but the mind, body and soul.

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|How important is it for mothers to find their purpose?|

Every mother has her personal journey and story. It is so important for us as women and most importantly as parents to find our purpose to gain our self-worth and fulfillment on earth. We provide so much within our homes, being teachers and nurturers, which our children need to see us succeeding in finding our purpose that it may inspire them to find their own.

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|How do you stay inspired?|

I stay inspired through my passion for helping others and educating them about living a healthy lifestyle, helping them through own their health challenges, and of course my life journey keeps me grounded and humbled by it all.

|Have you ever experienced Mommy Guilt?|

I experience mommy guilt quite often especially during the peak times of business where I am up until 3 am fulfilling orders and haven’t spent much time with them all day. As a parent, you are unable to get that time back, so I make sure to remain present and give them my undivided attention when they require it.

|What is some advice you would like to share with other Moms?|

Moms, we are life givers and timeless. Our children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of our womb is his reward. He has entrusted us with his precious gifts; we will not always understand the ways God takes our children or us but trust the process and most importantly trust God.

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Connect with Christina King-Rogers & Blessed Organic Essentials | Website |Facebook | Instagram

One Haute Mommi presents…The Adventures of Taylor & Morgan!

Hello Everyone!

My daughters love YouTube, I know for a fact my youngest has contributed to thousands of views of children’s programming! They have been asking me for quite a while to film their own video and we finally did. These two have so much personality as you will see in this video and I hope you will support them by watching, sharing with your friends and family, leaving a comment, and of course by subscribing so you won’t miss any future videos!

Thanks so much for always supporting One Haute Mommi and now “The Adventures of Taylor & Morgan! Enjoy!

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Haute Mom’s Have Purpose + Toni Robinson

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

 Being an active social media user it’s important for me to connect with people I wouldn’t normally have access to just going through everyday life. On Instagram I found inspiration in Toni Robinson the owner of Stilettos & Screwdrivers, an electronic repair service who repairs everything from your smartphone, computer, and even your dated Walkman (I hope you still don’t have a Walkman, just joking). It was refreshing to see not only a woman but a mother successfully build her business in a male-dominated field of electronic repair. Along with her Husband, Toni is building her brand, getting her hands dirty, and shattering glass ceilings all over the place. I hope her journey inspires you and when you have an electrical need or break the screen on your iPhone or Android, don’t hesitate to reach out to Toni of Stilettos & Screwdrivers!

| You’ve set out to change the face of technology and electronic repair, how did you get to this point and how did you see the need? |

 I’ve been in this business for over 15 years and one thing that has remained a constant is the lack of woman counterparts in my field. In school as well as in starting my career I was one of or the only female in the bunch, let alone black female. I want that to change because technology is such a profitable field to get into, opportunities to advance are here. Growing up as an inner city youth, you aren’t exposed to enough role models you can look up to and say “yes I think I can be an engineer”! We weren’t and still may not have that chance to see faces like ours doing computer tech work or digital design. So I felt the need to be the face a little girl or an underprivileged child sees and believe they too can achieve this goal of becoming an engineer or technician. It should be a normal occurrence that they see someone like me and believe in themselves. It’s not typical you see a woman owning an electronic repair company well; here I am!! I want to break stereotypes and defy the odds. It’s only right.

| What’s your favorite quote or saying? |

 It’s actually a scripture Proverbs 1:5, that is my favorite it says “A wise person listens and takes in more instruction; A man of understanding acquires skillful direction”.

 | You made a huge decision to leave your comfort zone and to take on a field dominated predominately by men. What was your motivation? |

 I started at a very young age with my mother’s coercion. She didn’t know what the field entailed, but she knew the technology field was a booming industry, and she told me to give it a try. I first started off in a trade school in high school that specialized in electronics and electrical courses. It allowed me to be then chosen to be an apprentice and learn firsthand how to troubleshoot and do repairs on real machinery. At that point I knew I wanted to continue in the field of electronics. I was always the only girl, even still I felt like I belonged there. I wanted to show the boys I can do what they do even better at times. It was always cool to see people’s reaction when I came to do a repair. Hopefully in the future it won’t be a surprise to see a female as a technician. My motivation most definitely is my children. They have this confidence that they can do anything, and I know seeing mom getting her hands dirty and do hard jobs is one reason they feel so confident. I let them be in my work environment, I let them know they can do anything they put their mind too. So instilling that in them gives me motivation because I have to be continuously the example of being able to do anything I put my mind too.
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| How do you find balance if that’s possible? |

 It is very difficult because it’s easy for one aspect of life to overshadow another but scheduling everything, giving adequate time for everything is necessary. Planning quality time for the family each week is necessary. When I’m home there is a certain amount of time for work then I give them my full undivided attention. Everything has a time and place.
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| How important is having support? |

 I don’t know what I would do without it. I’m fortunate enough to have an amazingly, supportive husband that I can lean on to pick up the slack at home, and since we are in the same field, he helps with repairs as well. He will take the children out when I have to work late. He gives a listening ear. Support is everything.

| How important is it for mothers to find their purpose? |

I feel it’s absolutely necessary. We as mom’s get wrapped up with everyone else that we may lose our identity. Other than being a wife, a mommy who are You? It’s nothing wrong with having individuality.


| How did you discover your purpose? |

 I’ve always been a little different from everyone else. I use to hide my likes from other because they were not like my peers. Then I realized how stifled I felt, and for what? So I wanted to be an advocate for being yourself. Being different is what makes us unique from one another. Embrace it. My purpose came at a late age when I began to accept myself. Eccentric, eclectic, geek, diva, having so many facets of yourself, and embracing it, you inspire others to dig deep and see what they can give to the world. This allowed me the guts to venture out and develop an electronic repair company because I feel I can inspire others in an area dominated by males. Yes, I wear heels and makeup, yes I love to dress up and yes I can fix your laptop and phone with these items on lol.
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| What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? |

 When trying to accomplish a goal don’t get too wrapped up with completing the goal that you miss out on enjoying the journey. There is so much to learn on each step leading to your final destination.
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| How do you stay inspired? |

I always think of progressing, making myself a little better every day. I stay inspired by not forgetting who looks up to me. I remain motivated by knowing I am a role model that has to continue to reinvent herself.

| What advice would you like to share with other Mom’s? |

 Be the best mommy you can possibly be, give them love affection and attention, but don’t lose yourself in the process. Always do something that doesn’t involve any of the titles you hold as wife or mom. Do something you love. Keep your individuality and don’t feel bad for wanting to do so.

 Connect with Toni and Stiletto’s & Screwdrivers | Website |Instagram | Facebook

12 Inspiring Quotes For When You’re Stuck in Between

I love inspiring quotes! If you’re a regular reader of One Haute Mommi or follow me on social media, you are sure to get a regular dose of quotes from me. One of the hardest places to be in life is in between. When you’re in between, you’re not quite where you want to be but also not where you feel you should be. Waiting can be tough, even for the strongest person. During my most difficult moments of waiting, typically when I was searching for my purpose it seemed like the one of the longest times in my life. Take it from me…the wait was totally worth it. If you’re in between this post is for you, if you’re not in between keep this one in your back pocket for a time when you’ll need it.

Here are 12 inspiring Quotes For When You’re Stuck in Between:

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What’s a quote that keeps you inspired when you’re in between? Share it below in the comments! Don’t forget to share this post with a friend who may need it.

 

Lessons I want my child to learn this summer

Learn, the word my 7-year old doesn’t care to hear this summer. At the conclusion of every school year, children across America look forward to unplugging from school and having fun. Words like book and work become foreign in their minds. I agree, they work hard all year long and deserve a break from early bedtimes and even earlier rings of the alarm clock, and the pressure of homework and test. Summers are supposed to be fun, laid back, and not as strenuous as the school year, but if I can be honest as parents the summer also gives us a break from the strict schedules we also face during the school year with helping with homework, projects, and activities. It’s up to us to make sure they have adequate learning opportunities during summer break. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.” I don’t know about you, but my girls can’t afford to lose any skills, we work too hard to allow the summer months to steal their precious capacity for growth. There are some lessons I would like our daughters to learn this summer, not only academic skills they can use during the school year, but also life lessons we don’t necessarily get a lot of time to focus in on.

Here are five lessons I want my kids to learn this summer. I hope some of these lessons you can incorporate into your child’s summer learning.

1. LEARNING JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN AT SCHOOL OR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Every parent would like for their child to take an interest in learning. This summer I think it’s important for it to be instilled into our children, that learning isn’t just something that happens in school or during the school year, but a lifelong activity. There are some adults who still need to grasp this concept, there are people who haven’t picked up a book since they were in school…but that’s another post. I don’t want learning to feel like a chore or something we make them do, but a choice to grow and develop new and existing skills.

2. TO HELP AROUND THE HOUSE.

During the summer months, we are on a more relaxed schedule and spend more time at home especially during the day. I would like to take these opportunities to help develop and grow their household responsibilities. We always tell the girls we are a team and as members of the team it’s important for them to feel responsible for taking care of our home as we do. For them, it means cleaning up their room without me having to scream my head off and picking up after themselves.

3. LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

When kids learn something new, it builds their self-confidence. I want my girls especially my 7-year old to learn something new this summer. The older children become, the tougher it is to keep them motivated through the many outside influences. Learning something new is a valuable life lesson, it gives the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. This summer I would like them to begin learning a new language, grow a small garden or even indoor plant, and for my youngest to learn to ride her bike without training wheels.

4. DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS AND INTERESTS.

On a good day, my oldest daughters mention 5-6 times a day that she wants to be five different careers when she grows up. As parents, my husband and I are always thinking about how we can develop those talents and interests. When you notice what your child is good at or take an interest in an activity, it’s important to develop those skills and give them the support they need to learn. Summer activities are very expensive; most park districts have summer programs taught by the industries best at lower costs. This summer our girls will be moving from doing handstands on my bedroom wall to taking gymnastic classes at our local park district.

5. JUST BE KIDS.

The pressure is constantly on children to grow up and to be responsible. This summer I want my kids to be kids. I want them to be free, to laugh, to run, play, do handstands on my wall and let their imagination run. They have all of their lives for pressure, stress, and responsibility. I believe as adults we can take a page out of our children’s books and just be free, willing to learn, and to relax and have fun this summer.

As a parent, what lesson would you like for your child to learn this summer? Leave me a comment below.learnSummer-1

5 things we can learn from Misty Copeland

Yesterday, Misty Copeland became the first African-American Principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatres 75-year history. A principal dancer is a dancer at the highest rank within a professional dance company. Throughout her life, she has broken through multiple glass ceilings and overcome obstacles that would have caused most to quit. Her passion is to be admired and her story to be used as a lesson to young girls all over the world. Here are 5 things I believe we can all learn from her journey.

1. Timing is everything

“It’s rare that someone finds it so late, falls in love with it, has the passion, has the gift, has all of these things that it takes to make it” -Misty Copeland

Unlike most professional ballerina’s who began dancing and gymnastics at very young ages, Misty didn’t start taking ballet until she was 13 which is considered late for ballerinas in training. With no prior training within months, she had the ability to mimic tough choreography and began to excel. She had the capacity to learn training in months that it took others to learn in years. Timing is everything, never compare your journey to that of someone else.

2. In the words of Taylor Swift, the Hater’s gonna hate…Shake it off

“You can do anything you want, even if you’re being told negative things. Stay strong and find motivation”-Misty Copeland

She consistently faced discrimination from the beginning and surprisingly still battles through it today. At one point, she was told she didn’t have the body nor the talent for ballet. It was never easy to shake off, even at some points Misty wanted to quit. There were times she doubted that an African American woman would make it her level. She turned disappointment and doubt into opportunity and inspiration for the generations ahead.

3. Passion strengthens talent

“You must have the passion, strength, and belief that you can become anything”-Misty Copeland

It doesn’t matter where you’re from. If you have the passion like Misty, you can be the best at what you do. (via Time Magazine). Finding ballet gave Misty a love she never knew existed inside of her. She danced through stomach pains, migraine headaches and being an unlikely ballerina. Tenacity such as this is fueled by passion and can only strengthen the natural talent inside of you.

4. Your beginning doesn’t have to determine your present

“You must have the passion, strength, and belief that you can become anything”-Misty Copeland

Misty one of six children, growing up poor, single mother, and at one point living in a motel. She could have allowed her past to stop her or as a crutch, but she kept pushing, she kept dancing and has never stopped. You have the power to move beyond where you are. You will be surprised. You have the capacity to be someone great no matter how the beginning of your story started out.

 5. You have what you say

“It’s my goal to become, the first African-American principal dancer with ABT”-Misty Copeland

Many times dreams can seem unattainable. One of the biggest things that stood out to me about Misty’s journey was her ability always to see beyond where she was. She knew if she was going to keep climbing the levels of ballet she had to speak it aloud. While unpopular, in 2014 she told the New Yorker“It’s my goal to become, the first African-American principal dancer with ABT”. A year later the dream has come to past. Misty’s incredible story has opened the doors to many little ballerinas to come and inspired us all to keep pushing and not to be afraid to break the mold in industry’s around the world.

5 tips before talking to your child about racism

There are some tough conversations as parents we wish we never have to have with our children. Racism is one of them. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve seen the countless stories and the racial tension that is brewing in our country. As parents, it’s important that our children learn from our voices. My husband and I are firm believers that certain first-time conversations shouldn’t be had with our children at school, amongst their peers, and if I can keep it real…out in the streets. We want our kids to know our voice and views on particular issues. From the pool incident in McKinney, TX to the Massacre in Charleston, SC conversations about racism with our children are more important now than ever. Being prepared for the discussion is almost just as important as the conversation itself. Have you ever had your child ask you a question you totally weren’t ready to answer at the time? Exactly, I can see your face because my face had the same expression. It’s not fun…you began to stutter, you either dismiss them or give them an answer you weren’t sure about. Be prepared.

Here are five things to consider before talking with your child about racism:

1. Just do it

Most people think there are children are too young to have a conversation about race. Between the ages of 5-8 years old is when children begin to notice the differences between themselves and other children. Speak age appropriately. It’s important to have a different conversation with an 8-year-old than you would for a 15-year-old. Certain events or illustrations may be too much for younger children. The last thing you would want to do is cause your child to be fearful or nervous about certain topics that will cause a breakdown in the communication. This won’t be an easy or one of those light-hearted conversations, but it will be worth it later.

2. Anticipate questions

Your child is going to have a ton of questions, so why not anticipate them. Take some time and write down questions that could come up and think about your answers or stories you could tell to help them understand. Do your research on the subject, be sure you support and clear on the information you’re giving. Another important thing is to not to worry about saying “I don’t know” or ask to revisit the question later. Your kids know that you aren’t an expert or Wikipedia, so it’s completely fine to come back later and give an appropriate response.

3. Foster their curiosity

Give your child room to be curious about the issues. When you hear the word curiosity, your mind automatically goes to younger children. Curiosity isn’t solely linked to younger children, but also prominent in teenagers, most of the time we don’t give them room to be open enough to share and ask honest questions for fear of disagreement, embarrassment, or just plain ole not wanting to know.

4. Think about how to start the conversation

Depending on the age, how you bring up the conversation can cause a break in communication. Time the conversation when you’re not tired, hungry and don’t have the time to give your full attention. The worse thing in starting a meaningful conversation is starting it and not having the time to fully complete it and to answer any questions that may come up.

5. Give homework and plan to have a follow-up conversation

Give your child homework and follow up with them a few days later. It’s especially important for parents of teenagers, don’t be pushy if they say “I’m good. Give them a little space and allow them to come to you. One of the best ways to get your child invested in what’s going on in their community or the world around them is to allow them to be a part of the solution. Ask them questions to get their input and assist them in making small strides towards a goal.

Bonus: Be an example

One of the best conversations you can have with your child no matter the age is through your actions. Be a role model and look for teachable moments every day.

Grateful for Dads

There was a recent survey that polled 300 participants. 78% of people chose that if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fell on the same day, they would celebrate Mom over Dad. It is a well-known fact that in America billions of dollars are spent on Mom’s every year and only millions on Dad. This year I was on a mission to give honor to dads. Typically Dads get a bad rap; unfortunately, the absence of a few fathers has stolen the spotlight and honor of some excellent dads. Someone may not like this, but I don’t care…We even have women that attempted to steal the shine of men on Father’s Day! Father’s Day is for Father’s and because your child’s father isn’t stepping up to the plate doesn’t give you the right to take the honor away from the dads who are.

The media would have us to believe so many stereotypes about fathers. Such as they aren’t involved, don’t play an active role in the household and the raising of their children, and they’re not sensitive or affectionate. These things could be further from the truth. The Truth is some dads need to get their stuff together, but the bigger truth is the modern dad is on the rise. Dads are playing a more active role than ever in their children’s lives. I think in 2015 we have a new definition of what a dad is.

As I stated earlier, Father’s deserve their day and to be honored by their families. This year I started the #Thanks,Dad campaign where I invited OHMommi readers to submit pictures and short excerpts of why they were grateful for the fathers in their lives.

See what they had to say:

LaChaya, Dallas, TX

We couldn’t be prouder of you. When you’re around there is never a dull moment. You keep us smiling, laughing, and uplifted. Thanks for being the visionary of our family, mapping out our direction and future. Thanks for being a great father to our children, our superhero, provider, comedian, and showing us what true love is.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Meeka, Chicago, Illinois

I am thankful for my dad because he has the biggest heart and DJ knows that he is loved even though they are miles apart.

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Delilah, Chicago, Illinois

My husband, best friend, and soul mate on this day I want you to know that the girls and I are grateful that GOD has given us a man who protects, provides, and unconditionally loves us. You exemplify what a husband and father should be. I watch you with the girls and my heart fills with joy because you are such an amazing father. You give them your time and heart and that means the world to them. They love their papa and I love you. You will always be our world. Thank you for all that you do this day and always.

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Meeka, Chicago, Illinois

I love this man because he is the most impatient man in the world, but he has taken the time and patience to build a relationship with my son and it filled my heart the first time I heard them say “I love you” to each other. He loves his daughter to the core and that is what attracted me to him!

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Jess, Chicago, Illinois

Grateful to have an amazing role model & best friend. Someone to always play with and learn from.
I Love You Daddy, Jr. 😊

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Faith, Dallas, Texas

I would like to show my soon to be husband some love. This is a picture of the beginning of his journey of fatherhood with our girls. We have 3 daughters together (2 of them in this picture). Although he is not their biological father, he has accepted the opportunity to be a father figure in their lives and has always been available for everything they need. He has shown us love continuously and we are forever grateful for who God has made him to be and look forward to our continuous journey together as a family. Happy Father’s Day Reginald L. Curry! ‪#‎YouRock‬ ‪#‎FathersDay‬‪#‎ForeverOurs‬‪#‎Number1Dad‬

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Felisia, Chicago, Illinois

Thank you for being such a great Daddy. You work hard every day, you set such a great example for your son and sweetpea, what a real man is supposed to do for his family. With you, great things are possible. 20+yrs of friendship and You & I’s, has grown into ” Us “. Happy Father’s Day! Keep up the good work Daddy!

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Meeka, Chicago, Illinois

Al, I am thankful and forever grateful for everything you have done for me and my son because you don’t have to do it, you chose to out of pure genuine love!

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LaChaya, Dallas, Texas

I can’t think of too many times where I’ve written publicly about my dad. This guy in this pic was my world. He was my first love, he taught me about sacrifice and had the biggest heart. When I think about him, I see those same attributes in my husband. It’s been 16 years since he left us, but I still carry him in my heart every day. Thanks Dad for impacting our lives. Happy Father’s Day!9

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose + Camesha Gosha

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

Camesha is such a breath of fresh air! Our blogs have very similar missions to see moms be their best at motherhood, but also in their careers. She wants to change the face of motherhood through seeing moms inspired, motivated, and most of all happy! Read more about Camesha below and don’t forget to visit her beautiful website!

|Briefly introduce yourself and your passion/purpose.| 

I’m Camesha Gosha of Camesha.com. I’m a mama, wife, author + former network TV writer/producer. I’ve made some huge changes in my life to allow me to stay at home with my kids. It’s been a crazy journey but one I’m thankful for. My passion is encouraging other moms to find and follow their passions/dreams. After I had kids, I heard that my dreams would have to be put on the back burner and that just didn’t sit right with me. I didn’t see a reason that I should wait until my kids are adults before I start following my dreams. From modeling to authoring a book, I’ve made it happen while being a mama. My goal is to be an awesome mom while following my dreams.

|What’s your favorite quote or saying?| 

My favorite quote is “There’s freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh, but my darling, what if you fly? – Erin Hanson I love it so much, I just had a pillow made with the quote on it.

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|What’s on your iPod?|

On my iPod right now are toddler tunes! I have all of these Disney and Sesame Street stations for my kids. I mix it up every now and then with Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Michael Jackson. They LOVE Michael Jackson.

|What are you reading now?|

Right now, I’m reading Launch by Jeff Walker. It’s about launching products for sale online. Learning lots of good stuff!

|How many kids do you have and what are their ages?|

I have two children. I have a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. They keep my hands full! Never a dull moment.

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|How do you find balance?|
Finding balance is a day to day thing for me. Some days are definitely better than others. It’s a perfect day when I feel like the kids have gotten what they need (play, learning, etc) and then there’s time in the day for me to do something for me. I really try to make that time. It makes me a better mama. When my daughter takes her nap, I have time to relax a bit, work a bit or whatever else it is I feel like I need for me. If I’ve met my needs it’s so much easier for me to meet theirs.
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|Was there ever a moment where you felt lost in motherhood?| 
 Making the switch from being a working mom to a SAHM had me feeling lost for a minute. I had to find my identity in this new role. I was determined to be here for my kids and just as determined to be there for myself. I didn’t want to get lost in all I do for them and have nothing for myself. With two kids who need me for just about everything, that’s not always easy to do.
|How important is having support?|
I’ve found that having support is vital. I learned the hard way because I don’t have much. My husband and I live here in Los Angeles with no family around. All of our family is on the other side of the country. We rely on each other to make things happen.
|How did you discover your purpose?|
Discovering my purpose was quite the journey. I should have known that part of it involved writing. That’s all I’ve ever done. Motivating others again wasn’t something I thought about. It’s just something I’ve always done. I love to see people doing + living in a way that makes them happy. If I can serve to motivate along the way – awesome!Working Hard-HMHP
|How important is it for mothers to find their purpose?|
I think it is vital for any of us to find our purpose. I have a special passion for moms though. As a mom, I know it can be hard to find time and brain space for anything else outside of our families. At the same time, it’s even more important that we find that time. Making room for purpose not only serves us but our kids too. I tend to think of it this way – the kids will grow up and move out. When that day comes, I want to be able to say I took the time to invest in myself by finding and living my purpose. Being an example for them to live on purpose is part of my job as their mama.
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|What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?|
Someone shared this quote with me once and it really stuck. “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” Every since I let that sink in I have worked hard to live the life I want right now. Knowing that we only get one go round makes me not want to waste time not being happy.
|How do you stay inspired?|
I stay inspired by always looking forward. When things seem to be going left, I think about what the end result of all my hard work will look like. That keeps me inspired to keep working toward it.
|Have you ever experienced Mommy Guilt?|
I’ve definitely experienced mommy guilt. As a working mom, I was worried I wasn’t spending enough time with my kids.I worked in television and it’s not always family friendly. Things can change at the last hour and late nights weren’t uncommon. I felt like I was missing too much. Now that I’m at home, I feel guilty about all the time my daughter gets with me that my son didn’t. There’s always something to feel guilty about. We just have to figure out how to manage it and balance the guilt with the good stuff.
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|What is some advice you would like to share with other Moms?|
My advice for other moms is to make sure to enjoy the journey of motherhood. It looks different for all of us. It has its ups and downs but it really is special. The bond and the influence we have with the little people we bring into this world is nothing short of a miracle. Try to remember that when they’re bouncing off the walls and you wanna pull your hair out. lol
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