My Unstoppable Mom Friend CIndy Simmons

Cindy Simmons & I at Beaches Turks & Caicos

Cindy Simmons & I at Beaches Turks & Caicos

My Unstoppable Mom Friend, Cindy Simmons

Here I am just a few days before Thanksgiving and motherhood has never felt so sweet.  

This past weekend I got to spend some quality time with a friend that I have known for years from my old school radio days.  Her name is Cindy Simmons and you’ve probably heard of her if you live in Atlanta as she has been on the air there for the past 12 years at Star94.  She also blogs at www.SurvivingMommy.com too.  Cindy and I have been friends for a really long time and we always have had this mutual professional admiration for each other.  When I was on the air in Kentucky she was on the air in Nashville.  We both grew in our lives and all through the years rooted each other on from the sidelines.  I have a few old radio friends like that.  Women who live in different parts of the country but we still find a way to connect from our old radio days.  

Before Facebook, my blog or even MySpace we kept in touch with good old email.  Go figure, right? ha. Over the years I’ve watched and listened to Cindy share her life with everyone she meets.  She has always had this magical way of connecting to her listeners that I truly admired.  Ive heard all about her getting married, having babies & even going through the struggles of surviving breast cancer, the loss of her dad and most recently the loss of her dog.  In the old school radio days - we connected through ‘theater of the mind’.  Fast forward 20 years later and we’re both trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. lol  

She rocks a microphone and there is no doubt her listeners love her.  She’s real & not afraid to show her vulnerabilities.  Have you noticed yet that I am totally in love with Cindy? haha.  I actually got a chance to connect with her this past weekend and she’s the same person in real life as she is on the air.  One thing about Cindy that inspires me is the love of her family.  When her father passed away she brought her mom back to Atlanta from LA to live with her and her family. She is so focused on family that even her mom goes on vacation with them.

Doesn't this look like something out of a movie?

Doesn't this look like something out of a movie?

Every time I see Cindy in real life the past couple years it has been at a blogging conference and she really has THAT family!  In October we were in Turks & Caicos together and of course she brought her husband, two daughter and her mom along for the ride.  I randomly ran into them in the lobby of the Beaches hotel where they were all dressed in the EXACT same clothes! I totally died.  haha.  Again at an 80s party and even our last night Halloween Party - dressed all the same.  It was hysterical because seriously they looked like something out of a magazine.  

CINDY'S FAMILY AS THE 'SHADOW FAMILY'!

CINDY'S FAMILY AS THE 'SHADOW FAMILY'!

I don’t know if it is her true sense of style or the fact that she always wants to make everyone feel like they are apart of whatever it is she is doing.  Whatever it is - I love that lady!  And when she steps into a room EVERYONE notices.  We all notice her heart, her spunk, her passion & above all - her love.  Her joy and happiness is infectious!

Cindy, my own mother, my friend Mandee (link to her category cause I write about her a lot.) and many other women fill my soul as unstoppable moms.  Women who what you see is what you get.  They are who they are and they are totally happy with that!  They are great moms, great wives, great women in a world often always shadowed by dark clouds.  I look to all of them to remind me to be who I really am and not what everyone else wants me to be.  

Motherhood gets sweeter with age.  So does girlfriends, careers & even coffee grounds.  Ok, so maybe not coffee grounds! ha.  But put them all together and there is a serious amount of unstoppable force waiting to take over the world.  Check out Cindy on her blog www.SurvivingMommy.com & with #RealityMoms!

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Disclosure: I have been compensated by, and received information and materials from, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of Children’s MOTRIN®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

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