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What I’m Learning From My Mom’s Legacy

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By Brianna Nelson


A legacy is a lasting impression left on someone after they are gone. It means to leave such an impression, that even years later, they are remembered not only fondly, but with a sort of reverence.My mom left a legacy not only in my life, but also my sisters lives. We grew up seeing her kindness, generosity, encouragement, and vivacious smile and personality affect those she met every day, as well as those that were in her life permanently.

When she died, hundreds of people came to remember and honor the amazing person she was. Even years later I hear stories of how generous and kind she was to those she met.

She poured so much of her life into my sisters, our family, and myself. She loved with every fiber of her being and always sought to see the good in everyone; regardless of their past offences.

I strive to live and love like my mom—to leave a legacy of generosity and kindness in the wake of those I meet. Her ability to love and give has given me the encouragement to live my life in honor of the kindness she showed everyday—to extend the legacy she left.

image1Brianna Nelson is a 24 year old Southern California native that currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves reading, listening to music and going to concerts, spending time outdoors with her friends, and playing with her new puppy Ginny, a 4 month old Dachshund. She was raised Roman Catholic, but at the age of 10 converted to Christianity with her family. She rededicated her life to God at the age of 20 while attending California Baptist University. Brianna has experienced her own sense of loss when her mom died of a rare blood disease when she was 13 years old. Since then she has lost several close family members and friends. She suffered depression in her early years of college and since then, she has spoken out about the effects of depression and the loss of a loved one within the Christian community. She is currently furthering her education at Regent University and obtaining a Masters in Strategic Communications while working full time for the Hospital Corporation of America in their Human Resources department. Her home church in Nashville is Crosspoint. Watch Brianna’s Becoming Story here

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