I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.

My mother is my hero. But not only is she a hero, she’s a superhero. However, knowing her, she would probably disagree. 


She’s a single parent with a full-time job who still continues to make sure my brothers and I have a homemade dinner waiting for us on the table after a long day. We’ve been through a lot, individually and as a family, but it’s brought us even closer together. Many people ask us how we are so close. The truth is, it hasn’t always been easy. We have to work at our relationship just like anyone. We have to communicate what we’re feeling when we feel it, even if we don’t know why we feel it. Honesty is at the core of strong relationships, even if it hurts sometimes. My mother and I are at a point in our relationship where we can tell each other anything. She has walked with me through many of my darkest days and held my hand through my hardest decisions. 

Let me tell you a little bit about Kelly Lancarte.

She was raised on the Westside of Fort Worth as the great-granddaughter of Joe T. Garcia. Growing up, she was taught the importance of family and sticking together no matter what. Her parents Lanny and Jody Lancarte, both working full-time jobs while raising three kids, instilled strong work ethic in her heart and she has done the same for my brothers and me. It’s simple to say she grew up at the family restaurant. The restaurant patio was her playground. What is now the restaurant’s iconic patio fountain was once my mom’s childhood kiddie pool on hot Texas summer days. 


There is nothing remotely comparable to the bond between a mother and a daughter.

My entire life, I’ve had big dreams- dreams most parents would dismiss as impossible. My mom has given me every single opportunity to turn my dreams into reality. Even my most ridiculous, out-out-there dreams that I wasn’t even sure of pursuing. I’m not sure how, but my mom always knew I had an affinity for creating, even before I realized it myself. When I was two years old, she put me in painting lessons. By the time I was six, I had already been in dance lessons for three years and was starting musical theater. When I was fifteen, she was driving me to Dallas three to five days a week so that I could pursue my singing career. She has supported me every single step of the way with my blog and pours in to me daily.  She continually puts aside her own hectic life to mentor to me and nurture my creative passions. 


Throughout high school, I noticed that a lot of my friends did not have the same relationship with their moms. Some would say they hated their moms, they didn’t trust their moms, or they were sick of their moms. I’m still in awe of that. My mom is my best friend. How are these girls not close with their moms? Sure, she can annoy me now and then, but at the end of the day we always know we have each other. Just like any relationship, there are hills and valleys, but to know there is one person in the world who you are so tied to you can trust with anything? That’s priceless. Let alone to have been nurtured by the person literally since day one. For my mother and I, homeschooling has been a strong contributor to our growing closer. When you’re with someone every day, you tend to get closer or even further away. It would be easy for us to bottle up our problems and pretend they aren’t there instead of facing them head on. 

We learned early on the importance of communication. We don’t always see eye to eye, but my mom still gives me space to form my own opinion and I the same with her. We have to work daily on our relationship. 

A relationship between a daughter and a mother is unique and beautiful. Nurture your own relationships and see how they grow. 


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