Hello beautiful people!
This isn’t a post about makeup or hair but it is a post about something beautiful…and that’s my Dad! Today is my Dad’s birthday! I am so thankful for him and everything he has done for me that I wanted to write a little something that expresses just how appreciative I am of him. My parents live in Greece and I miss them so much everyday. They are my best friends and I love being around them all the time, so it’s been quite hard for me. My poor clients whenever they sit in my chair, I am like a stuck record telling them to appreciate that they have their families close by and how I would give anything just to simply cook my parents a dinner or have them over for movie nights 😉
Here is a picture of me and my Dad at my wedding in August 2009.
I am so proud of my Dad, he has been my rock all my life. He has always believed in me and from the day I can remember he told me that I can accomplish anything in my life. That belief in me gave me so much strength and fearlessness. I remember times from when I would win my athletic track races, to achieving good school grades, or when I got my first real job, my Dad was always there telling me how proud he was with me. He is a man of few words, but those tears in his eyes always showed me just how much he loved me. I have looked up to my Dad ever since I was a little girl. I always thought that when you grew up, that parents just had to know everything and do everything right. Now that I am “grown up” I know that it’s actually about having integrity, faith, humility, passion and love which drives a person to achieve and become better. All the things my Dad taught me and showed me throughout my life.
I remember when I was 17, I had to make a decision which university I wanted to attend to study Occupational Therapy, I was so torn over the decision and very stressed out. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and if this was right for me. My Dad sat on my bed one night and said to me, “If you don’t know what you want to do, then why not take some time off to discover where your roots are from” So I took my Dad’s advice and once I finished school, I jumped on a plane and went to Greece. That special year, I got to spend it with my Giagia (grandmother), who I didn’t really know all that well. While all my friends were in their first year studying, I was in Crete getting to know my roots and learning from this special lady. My Giagia passed away with Alzheimer’s the year I got married. That year I spent with her changed my life more than ever, she gave me so much insight into who I am and what I want from life. She lived a simple, humble and honest life. Everyday she walked around with a huge gentle smile and she loved God and everyone around her. She was such a happy and fun person. She is my inspiration and I am so thankful my Dad gave me that beautiful opportunity to get to know and learn from his mother.
The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him! – Proverbs 20:7
It so cliché but if it wasn’t for my Dad I wouldn’t be who I am now. The unconditional love, strength, belief, and faith that he has in me has given me wings and I love him so much! Happy Birthday Dad and thank you for being my inspiration!
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