This is Ani. She is brilliant, positive, and powerful, and I am absolutely thrilled to feature her on this blog. I’m so happy that I get to celebrate her amazingness in this series.
She makes the world go round for those she loves and she loves being a mother to Tatum, (5) and Maverick, (1).
She believes deeply in the good in people, and always looks for it, no matter where she is and who she meets.
She is vivacious, and determined.
I admire Ani for many things, but one of them is the way that she brings positive energy into any room, and into any situation, no matter how dingy or difficult they may seem.
I love her for the way that she takes on life with such bravery and openness, and how she is not afraid to go after the life she wants, for herself, and for her family.
She’s got the faith of a child, and the mentality of a bulldog, which makes her a powerful combination for the hurdles and challenges that she faces, while often shouldering both mommy AND daddy duty, when her husband’s out-of-town job requires it.
Ani enjoys the simple things and is the happiest when she is wearing a sundress, and twirling in the sunshine with her kids. She dreams of mentoring women, and running barefoot in a field of wildflowers.
For now, though, she is just as happy running after bare feet and the small shoes of her children. Motherhood has taught her “to slow down and to recognize each child every day. To let them know they are seen as they are and that they matter.”
And what a beautiful gift she is to them!
Her passion and the sunshine that she pours out on life stretches far beyond her children, and she is known by many for her positive influence.
I count myself blessed to be one of them.
She describes her life right now as “up and down,” but I say that whether it is up OR down, Ani has the tenacity and the courage to greet it all with a smile, and a determined heart, and nothing will stop her or keep her down.
She will continue to shine, bright and strong and beautiful, above all.
What a woman. What a friend. What a believer!