As we approach Mother's Day, I cannot help but reflect on the incredible impact that my mom has had on my life. From the moment I was born, she has been my number one fan, my confidant, and my biggest supporter. I am constantly in awe of the love and dedication to her family, and I am grateful for everything she has done for me over the years.
Growing up, my mom was always there for me, even thought I could be a real pain in the a$$. Whether it was sitting in the stands at every travel baseball, football, or basketball game she was always my biggest supporter. I could always count on her to be there when I needed her, and her love and encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams.
But my mom's impact on my life goes far beyond just being a supportive parent. She has also taught me the importance of kindness, compassion, and putting family first. She has always been quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, whether it's a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger. And she has instilled in me the belief that family is the most important thing in life, and that we should always be willing to make sacrifices to ensure that our loved ones are happy and healthy.
As I reflect on my mom's influence on my life, I am reminded of the countless ways that moms around the world shape the lives of their children and their communities. Moms truly do run the world, and their tireless dedication to their families and their communities is something that should be celebrated and appreciated every day.
So this Mother's Day, I want to express my love and gratitude to my mom for always being there for me and pushing me to be the best version of myself. I couldn’t of had the confidence to take the leap to start PrettyBoy if it wasn’t for her.
To all the amazing moms out there, thank you for everything you do, for the sacrifices you make, and for the love and support you provide to your families and your communities. You are truly the backbone of our society, and we are all better off because of the dedication and love to give.
Man, ever since I can remember, I have been the ultimate mama’s boy. When I was a little kid, I used to HATE leaving her, and now, as an adult, I still cherish every moment with her.
As an only child with a sick father, my mom has basically played every role in my life at least once. She’s been my teacher (literally, I was home-schooled at one point due to behavior issues), my best friend, confidant, ENFORCER, and coach (hence why I’m not in the NFL).
She taught me to pursue my passions. When I was 10, I started a lawnmowing company in the neighborhood, dragging my wagon of supplies with her by my side.
Quite the world traveler, she instilled a passion for exploring the world, prioritizing new experiences, and appreciating the uncomfortable.
As cliche as it sounds, she taught me never to sacrifice living my life to the fullest while prioritizing the importance of developing deep connections with friends and family because that was what would ultimately lead to genuine fulfillment.
But all the good fortune that came with my upbringing did not come without massive sacrifice on her part. As I mentioned, I grew up in a unique situation, as most have at some point. At a young age, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When I was 11, he came out of surgery without the use of his lower body, leading our family to make some significant changes to our lifestyle.
During these years, she never once made me feel guilty for continuing to enjoy life. She sacrificed developing deeper relationships with other parents, getting much-needed R&R, and exploring the world the way she always had to give the people she loved the most the best life possible.
Above all else, she prioritized letting her best trait always shine through - empathy.
Never one to prioritize herself over others, I have carried this intimately into all aspects of my life (although not nearly as well as she does), especially once starting PrettyBoy. From the beginning, we knew PrettyBoy wasn’t about us. Sure, we hope it turns into a trillion-dollar company, and she does too, given that I’ve promised her a blank check the day we ultimately live out our vision.
But PrettyBoy, at its core, is about helping others. We wake up every day hoping that our brand and products inspire guys to become healthier and more confident individuals. And that’s what she encouraged me to do every day while growing up.
So, Mom, as I reflect on you today and all other mom’s out there, I want to THANK YOU. Thank you for being unconditionally supportive. Thank you for teaching me to be a real man. Not the socially constructed version of a man, but a man based on core principles of empathy, emotional strength, and personal responsibility.
You taught me that I, and I alone, have agency over my life and future. You taught me never to make excuses, to give all of myself to anything I do, and to be gracious for my screw-ups because they were teaching me important life lessons.
Thank you for caring for Dad and me and sacrificing so many things in your life so we both could experience unconditional love, support, and happiness.
For all you’ve done, especially the things I’ve forgotten to mention here, THANK YOU!
I LOVE YOU - HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!