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We're celebrating Mother's Day with a shout out to all of the amazing mothers out there who helped their daughters become who they are today! Happy Mother's Day to all of you.
Check out some of the inspiring words from our ambassadors about their mothers.
My mom has been a huge inspiration in my life and has supported me in everything I do. She bought me my first snowboard and buys me a season pass to my home hill (Wild mountain) every season. When my gear starts falling apart she takes me to get new stuff. Since snowboard season is so short here she also bought me a wakeboard and longboard and is letting me start skateboarding. She drove me to the hill 3-4 times a week and it's 40 minutes away. I started competing this past winter and my mom comes to every competition and even hikes the hill to watch me. She also gives me advice and when I doubt myself she motivates me. My mom is the strongest and most bad ass woman I know and I am so thankful for her.
- Grace Hiljus
My mom has always been my best friend, biggest supporter, and my role model. She works so hard at everything she does and always gives 100%. Whenever I got hurt running track, dancing, or playing soccer, she always scheduled me either a doctor's appointment or a time to see the physical therapist so I could get back out there and do what I love. Back in January, my husband and I decided to sign up for a half marathon and she decided to sign up with us. Ever since signing up, she has been walking 5-10 miles a day and encourages me to do my best or go workout even when I don't want to. Even while taking care of two teenagers at home, working full time, and home cooking each meal, she makes time to take care of herself. When I become a mom, I hope I'm even half the woman she is.
- Linsey McClain
My mom is not a fan of pictures, but this will always be one of my favorites. My mom is my biggest supporter. Starting at age 8 when I first put on the roller skates she bought me at the thrift store, she has been to every skating event I have ever done. When I was in the hospital for weeks due to a serious brain condition called Increased Inter-cranial Pressure and being diagnosed with MS, she never left my side. She herself has battled heart failure and cancer. She is a warrior--the epitome of strength. She has attended every roller derby game I have played, and cheers me on, but also cheers every other skater on. She taught me to be passionate about my sport, and give it my all. She hugged me when I didn't do well or got injured, and encouraged me to lace up my skates and get back out there every time. My mom is the reason why I am driven, dedicated, and committed to my sport. She has taught me to have a kind spirit, but fierce determination. I am eternally grateful for my mom. I can never express my gratitude properly because it would be impossible to adequately thank her for all that she has given me. I love my mom! She is my super hero!
- Ashley Earp
If it wasn't for my mom, i don't think i'd be the athlete i am today. She started taking my brother and I skiing/snowboarding when we were very young, she paid for the hotels, gas, lessons, equipment and food all by herself just so we could have a weekend of fun spent together. She is a single mother of two, and works so hard everyday to support my brother and I (even though we're both adults she will still treat us to little things like taking us out for lunch & always spoils us on holidays) Anyways, I truly don't think I would even snowboard if it wasn't for her! She is my best friend, and my role model; i only hope I can work as hard and be as successful as she is one day.
- Jordan Brandingen
My mom has always been a huge influence in my life. I can always remember as a little girl, looking up to her because of her strength and independence. She always taught me to get back up when you fall down. We went through a lot together. As the years went on, she picked back up snowboarding and decided to get me on a pair of skis. I was nervous and rejected it at first. I then looked at her shredding it up on the mountain and I told myself, if she can do it then I can too. Now skiing is the love of my life. Eventually, she got a wakeboard and even a paddleboard, and decided to teach me. I fell in love with both sports. Fast forward to the present – she has taken on longboarding and I have taken on skateboarding. It is incredible to be able to do these sports with her. She has showed me that you can beat the boys and kick butt in these sports just as hard as they can. When she joined SheShreds, it immediately got my attention. If it weren’t for her becoming an ambassador, I would not be a part of this strong and amazing community of women that I am a part of today. I am so blessed to have such an inspirational and wonderful woman in my life. I am who I am today because of her, and hope to be just like her when I am her age.
- Megan Benson
This is a photo of me and my mom on the chairlift last winter. We do share a love for skiing, but besides that, she's not really into action sports at all. Nevertheless, she still drives me to the skatepark and the beach all the time, which I am forever grateful for. Just in this week and last week alone, she has driven me to the skatepark twice and the beach twice to go surfing. She understands that skating and surfing is what I love to do, and even if she doesn't love it, she still is positive and happy when I am happy about something that happened in my sport. I need to not take everything she does for me for granted and thank her more often. She is a great videographer and is stoked whenever I am stoked. I know my mom would rather be at home drinking coffee, knitting and watching podcasts, but she is out there driving me around to all my favorite spots. She drove me to Boston last week for the SheShreds meet up and I know how much she hates driving to Boston. I am truly grateful for everything she does for me and I hope she knows that!
- Lills Hubbard
Ask me to run of a mountain, or let myself fall out of the sky. And I’ll do it. Ask me to do something I never did before and I won’t even think about it. But the most important thing in this live I can’t. There’s one thing in my life that scares the shit out of me. The worst thing of it all is that the one that deserves it the most is the one I struggle the most saying it to. But here I go.
I think the world of my mom. If I would ever have the honour to become a mom, my child would be the luckiest on earth if I only be half like my mom. She must have the hardest job in the world. Raising four children is a superhero job to begin with. And then one of them is me. Her babygirl who likes to live her life on the edge, always looking for a way to feel alive. Her girls that struggles and where she sees the pain in her eyes when she’s not able to fly. A babygirl that always talks about going away. About leaving everything she has behind just to feel alive. The one that makes everyone around her asking her ‘how could you let her do that’. And where she again and again keeps explaining that she just want me to be happy. She supports me in everything I do, she always sticks up for me when people say to her that they think I’m crazy and she should not allow me to do those things. She supports everything I do just so she can see that I’m happy. I can never give her what she gave me. She lets me be me, she supports me in everything I do even if it actually scares her to death. She encourage me to follow my dreams no matter what it takes.
But in the end of every day I’m also her baby girl that can’t say the words ‘ik hou van jou’ to her, even when she says it to me. She deserves so much more than that. I wished I could. It just scares me more than everything. I’m not afraid to die, but I am afraid to lose the people I love the most, my brothers, my sister and my mom. Saying those words just makes it more real. Makes the fact that I actually can lose them more real. If I don’t say it we have to see each other again so that moment still can be. But as said, here I go: Ik hou van jou mam. So much more than I will ever be able to show you.
- Kitty Egelman
My mum is the most amazing human I know..this photo is very special to me because it is from my first trip back to Canada to snowboard after a serious accident. I'd hung up the boots, I'd accepted the fact I was no longer a snowboarder and more than anything I was scared. So scared. This beauty would not have a bar of it and took me on a mother daughter adventure back to Canada. Mum lives with Parkinson's disease and has more than enough reasons to be afraid and make excuses, but she doesn't let it effect her. This same trip she was such a role model to me and started sking in the adaptive ski program in Whistler, who were able to support her needs. She was scared but it didn't stop her... I knew then that it wasn't the end of snowboarding for me. If I can be even half the woman she is, I would be exceptional.
- Alyssa Anderson
When I have fallen on my face, whether it be in sports or in life, this woman has always been there to pick me up and tell me to keep going. She is the strongest woman I have ever met and I'm beyond blessed to call her my mother. She inspires me to keep going when the times get tough and to always look on the bright side. She has always been my rock to keep me grounded. No matter what she has going on, she will drop everything to help with whatever I need. There are no words that could come close to how grateful I am for what she has and will continue to do for me. Even when I told her I was moving across the country, she never told me I couldn't or got angry with me. She was right there to tell me to follow my dreams and live my life to the fullest. When you know the difference between conditional and unconditional love, it makes you truly appreciate a person more when you know their love is unconditional. I love you Smalls.
- Erin Sands
My mom is by far my best friend, no matter what she is doing she always pushes me to do by absolute best! She drives me to friends houses and up to mountains not only to shred but to make memories. We were driving to my brothers basketball tournament and her favorite song comes on, we turn it up all the way and JAM out to it. My mom is the craziest mom around she loves to laugh, have tons of fun and have the BOMB dance parties. She is the most involved in action sports and always has me take pictures to post of her that she's wearing SheShreds clothes. One time she was walking around the snowboarding park like a gansta. Even thought you can be pretty weird and I have to turn away or walk away because of your weirdness. Today you drove me and Caden to starbucks, chipotle, jimmy johns, and taco bell all at 8 o'clock. One time we drove down to state cross country and we went to shopko with students to get an AUX cord to jam out in the van and we found this Christmas sweater and she was like try this try this so I did and it was SOOO comfy, we bought it and every time I wear it she's loves it. Melanie Marie Hendricks I love my mom with all of my heart. Thank you best friend.
- Kyla Hendricks