Social Entrepreneur Mom
Patty Monahan, Michigan USA
I’m a mom of two daughters, Sofia, 8 and Julia, 6 and wife to Jason Monahan, a legal counsel. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I met my husband while studying Law and Economics and lived in Hamburg. Together, we have lived in Washington D.C. and Madrid, before relocating to Michigan with my husband. I left a legal career behind to become a social entrepreneur, and the CEO of Our Whole Village, which I created to share my passion for traveling and motherhood. I enjoy reading, photography, yoga, and meditation; and being a foodie. My favorite food is sushi.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
What I do well as a mom
I do a good job of being an active listener and an affectionate, conscious parent. I see and respect my children in their essence and strive to use positive reinforcement and discipline to help them grow and develop into responsible adults.
What I learned from another mom
Wait until the cooked rice spilled on the floor dries out before vacuuming and that parenting is a journey of self-discovery, an invitation to grow and become a better person and a better model for our children.
Lesson learned from my child
To be more present in the moment. As parents, we hardly stop. Our to-do list is endless. It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of modern life. It wasn’t until I shifted my perspective and started seeing life through my daughters’ eyes that I was able to truly appreciate the beauty of being in the present moment.
Yes, you still need to get to school on time, but it’s equally important to stop and smell the flowers on your way there.
Successful motherhood moment
I was helping in my daughter’s Kindergarten classroom recently as they celebrated the 100th day of school. The classroom teacher was in charge of the “What would you do if you had $100?” My daughter replied, “I would help people and dogs.” After Julia’s turn, the teacher came up to me and said, “Your daughter is so kind and selfless”.
Mom I admire
Marineide. She’s a skilled artisan, very engaged in her community, founding member and president of their local artisan’s association. Despite their struggles and hardships, she always has a smile on her face. Her strength and kindness are reflected in her kids, who are curious, respectful and hardworking.
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This post was previously published in Amazing Moms Coffee Table Book and is reprinted with the permission of the author.
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