Leader of the Month: Alex Ambrogi
Posted on 09 October 2017
This October YXU is proud to feature our Leader of the Month Alex Ambrogi. 10% of our sales this month will be donated to the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation in her honor.
It’s me again. Checking in for week 2 of my blog series. Now remember last week when I mentioned my brothers were superheroes? Then it shouldn’t be any surprise when I say my mom is wonder woman. No – seriously, she is the greatest person I have ever met in my entire life. Marianne (aka mom) has spent the last 39 years working at the same company, accepting the challenges and changes thrown her way, and thriving through it all. What an accomplishment! With the exception of being alive, have you ever met someone who has done the same thing for 39 years? Yeah, me either. But this is only a glimpse of what she’s done. She visits my grandma, who lives an hour away, every other weekend so that she will never feel alone. She keeps in touch with her childhood friends – she’s even a godmother to some of their children. And in the midst of all this, she’s known as Ma by all her coworkers. They seek her advice and share their lives with her because she’s always there for them. My mom drops everything to support our family while continually taking care of others.
She is selfless, compassionate, and most of all my inspiration.
I know all this sounds super cliché because everyone is going to think their mom is the best. And I’m not disputing that! I just want to let you know why I absolutely love my mom and cannot wait to be just like her. Even as an independent adult, I’m at a point in my life where I need my mom more than ever. Moving away from home wasn’t so bad, but moving away from my mom was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. How do you leave someone who has been your rock, your best friend and your shoulder to cry on for 23 years and not wonder how you will survive without them?
Aside from the fact that I call my mom at least 3 times a day, I also take little moments to reflect on the strength of our friendship. It’s these memories that make being apart a bit more bearable. What’s powerful about our bond is that it’s a reciprocated relationship. We grow with the other’s success; we become each other’s support system in times of pain and challenge. Whenever something happens in my life, no matter how big or small, my first thought is always, “I can’t wait to tell my mom about this!”
But even someone as inspiring as wonder woman can have flaws. My mom is not always perfect and neither is our relationship. We have our disagreements and certainly our fair share of fights (which I can now admit were my fault for the most part). But despite all the bumpy roads we’ve traveled together, we have always managed to grow closer. The imperfections have strengthened our relationship. I know my mom enjoys being such an important part of my life and I will always appreciate having her play that role.
Here are some of the things I love most about you mom (I couldn’t list them all even if I tried):
- You are constantly motivating me to be my very best self. I know you are proud of the woman I have become – but I would not be who I am today without your love and guidance.
- You always make me laugh. And yes, sometimes until I cry and it ruins my mascara but it is totally worth it.
- You have never given up on me. You refuse to hear no from me and are always helping me maintain a confident exterior.
- You are an example of everything I want to be in a mom. I cannot wait to raise my own children and pave a bright future for them as you have for me.
- You are my best friend. No explanation needed.
Cardinal Mermillod said it best, “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take”. So mom – my irreplaceable wonder woman – thank you for being extraordinarily you. I love you (more) and will forever be grateful for all that you do!