“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy… in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry (and) music…” - John Adams
My grandmother was born in 1908 in Salt Lake City; just 60 years after the Mormon Pioneers entered this valley to find their own American Dream. My grandmother was widowed young. She worked hard as a school secretary to support herself and her five children, though she never earned more than $10,000 a year. However, she consistently emphasized the importance of education and travel, things she never really got to do.
My mother earned a college degree and spent a good portion of her late teens and early 20s seeing the world. She then married and stayed at home with her six children. During this time, she created several small businesses as her children grew up. Those businesses gave my mother some extra pocket money and personal fulfillment outside of her family responsibilities.
It’s in the wake of these two great women that I have been building my own American Dream. It’s because of their sacrifices and examples that I was brave enough to begin my own company. A company that now, not only supports my family, but that of 30 other American Dreamers, like myself. We are women who say that the American Dream is both family and career. It is both hard work and happiness pursued. It is a life bold and full.
And like my mothers before me, I do what I do for my children. I work hard so that they not only hear, but see, that they can pursue and accomplish their own American Dream through hard work and perseverance. So that someday my daughter can break through the barriers of mental illness and rise up and live her own bold and full life.
I do it so my son, who loves art, technology, and fantasy, can choose to go to art school and perhaps become a digital illustrator and pave his own beautiful path. And I do it for my youngest, with all his incredible smarts and privilege, so he can not only pursue his own dream, but also know that the American Dream is for all.
The American Dream is one of failure and mistakes. It is paving your own path through those mistakes to create a beautiful life for yourself. And if you are lucky, a beautiful life for generations to come.