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Sis 2 Sis: 6 Dynamic Women Share “Lessons From Mom”

This Sunday we will celebrate some of the most inspirational women in our lives, our Mothers.  Although my Mom is deceased, not a week goes by when I don’t utilize at least one of the hundreds of valuable lessons that Mrs. Daisy taught me.  I started thinking about how many dynamic women I encounter daily and how their Moms must have equally influenced them.  So naturally I reached out to some of these ladies and asked them to share some of these lessons and mantras from ‘dear ole Moms’ about love and life.

I got goose bumps as I read this article, so I’m quite sure you will enjoy it.  I’d like to take a moment to extend a most gracious THANK YOU to the ladies who agreed to be interviewed.  And also to the BLF Journalists Delisha Easley and B.Knight who conducted the interviews and wrote the content.

Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day from Team BLF!

1. Renee’ Mack Jones (married mother)


“Don’t play with people’s feelings, because when you do that, you don’t know what will happen!”

Renee’ Mack Jones is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Jones has found the impact of her mother’s rearing to influence her life both personally and professionally. Renee has watched her mom succeed through life by being a “hustler always being about her business” and a survivor of various obstacles. A Mother must prioritize, be mature and willing to sacrifice for her individual family members to succeed in relationships throughout their lives.

2. Paulette Payne (single)


“Treat others the way I wanted to be treated.  This golden rule of life persuades me to see others through non-judgmental eyes of compassion.”

Paulette Payne’s positivity and overall love for herself and others, is ultimately what drives her. Her spiritual foundation is what she hopes young women and grown women alike will infuse into their relationships. Her advice: “… no matter the cost, develop and continuously cultivate a relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is this lesson that sustains me in all areas of my life.”

3. Candace Reese Johnson (re-married)


“For the sake of peace, let it go. Choose your battles.  The ultimate goal is to convince your partner to see your point of view, so that you may come to a place of agreement, not discourse.  You have to operate from a peaceful standpoint.”

Candace Reese Johnson is a loving mother and leader of entrepreneurs. As CEO and founder of Envision Global, Johnson has not only inspired thousands of entrepreneurs, but literally helped them hands on achieve their professional goals. Her passion for others has derived from her mother’s loving, graceful and spiritually grounded foundation to serve others personally and professionally. Candace has learned as a mother that something as simple as a smile, can change the outcome of a conversation.

4. Tameka  L. Williamson (single)


“ The love of parents has NO LIMITS…I’m still her baby and it never ends.”

Tameka L. Williamson is a power-house of sorts and in her case, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Growing up, she has watched her Mother stride through life with fierceness, selflessness, and love for others, even through adversity. And in the area of relationships, Tameka recalls the best advice her Mother ever gave her: “…know how to handle the business of the house and not be dependent on the man to do everything for me.  Being ignorant of what your husband does to manage your household can result in you being clueless if something happened to your husband.”

5. Sonya Greene (widowed/ single mother)

[Raleigh, NC]

“There is never a failure in a TRY! You can accomplish anything if you work at it.”

Sonya Greene is a woman of great work ethics, determination and resilience, which has been displayed in her life thorough raising two daughters solo after the passing of her husband. She is now sharing the love and endurance she learned from her mother with her granddaughters as well. In turn Greene’s children have taught her that life is great and each day is given to work towards being a better person.

6. Candace Ledbetter (single)


“My mother has been right about most things my entire life. I found that out when I began to date. When I followed her advice my relationships worked out!”

Candace Ledbetter’s creativity and focus has allowed her to stand out professionally. Her spiritual foundation has helped her stay focused on exactly what God has created her to be. Her gift of writing and production has given her the ability to encourage other women, the way her mother did her, by knowing their self-worth.

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