Today, more than any other day of the year, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly grateful for the amazing woman who I have been lucky enough to call my Mumma, for the past twenty-two years.

The one who from the very first moment I entered this world, has showered me with unconditonal love.

The one who has been there day in and day out, every single time that I have ever needed her.

The one who has held it all together, when everyone else would have completely fallen apart.

The one who has taught me bravery beyond anything I have ever known and a strength that is indescribable.

The one who has shown me that above all else, love truly is all we will ever need in this world.

The one who has given me the courage to not only follow my heart, but to chase my dreams.

The one who has taught me to always trust in myself and to always trust in my instincts.

The one who has taught me that regardless of age, we teach people how to treat us; if we don’t respect ourselves, how can we expect others to do the same?

The one who has taught me to always do the right thing by others, regardless of the circumstance.

The one who has taught me that respect is to be earned and trust is to be cherished.

The one who has given me the confidence to step out into the world with a smile on my face and a spring in my step, knowing that anything is possible.

The one who has not only given me permisson to be exactly who I am, but who has taught me to love that person unconditionally; flaws and all.

The one who has taught me that at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is the opinion that we have of ourselves.

The one who has taught me to never settle for anything less than everything I have ever wanted, in every single aspect of life.

The one who has not only blessed me with her chompy knees, crooked smile and ever growing love for all things edible, but who also gave me the worlds most amazing big brother.

The one who has not only made my life a never ending episode of Gilmore Girls, but who continues to brighten my life every single day.

The one who has taught me to have faith in the belief that everything happens for a reason, even when we may think otherwise.

The one who has not only given me the wings to fly, but the courage to use them.

The one who has without a doubt shaped me into the very person I am today, the one who I could not for a single second imagine my life without.

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