Southern Journeys Mother's Day Tribute: Cynthia Andrew of Addicted2Etsy

Southern Journeys, along with fellow creative black women entrepreneurs who support our mission, will be paying tribute to our mothers all May in gratitude for the impact they have made in our lives. Do you enjoy these stories? Join our community on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and help us spread the word! 

My mum always emphasized that you get out of life what you put into it. If you want real success, you work hard, you stay consistent, you remain persistent.
— Cynthia of Addicted2Etsy

We hope that you had enjoyed this past Mother's Day weekend with your family. Motherhood is too important to spend only one day celebrating so the tribute to mothers continues on the Southern Journeys' blog all month long! Today we are honored to feature Cynthia Andrew of Addicted2Etsy and her loving tribute to her mother:

Cynthia of Addicted2Etsy

Cynthia of Addicted2Etsy

Cynthia's eye for fashion and her effortless style makes Addicted2Etsy a must-read blog. She delivers Etsy chic to the masses while sharing an eclectic range of interests from food to travel to music to humanitarian causes with her adoring fans. Cynthia also goes by SimplyCyn but we think she is simply great. We hope you will too:

Which values have been key to your success in life and business and how does your mother embody or instill these values in you?

It might sound cliche, but I guess that's cos its so important and very true. My mum always emphasized that you get out of life what you put into it. If you want real success, you work hard, you stay consistent, you remain persistent. She recognized that I was impatient and could quickly move into self doubt, so she was a coach and a cheerleader. She knew when I needed a yelling and when I needed comforting. She also knew when I needed prayer.

Growing up, I would watch my mum, who is nothing less than a naturally born entrepreneur. She never held just one job, even when that job was extremely financially rewarding, and even though she was a single mum.
— Cynthia of Addicted2Etsy

What role did your mother play in your journey as an entrepreneur?

Growing up,  I would watch my mum, who is nothing less than a naturally born entrepreneur. She never held just one job, even when that job was extremely financially rewarding, and even though she was a single mum. Just watching her navigate her tailoring shop, her contracting business and real estate ventures were really inspiring. She knew she couldn't do it all by herself and was great at seeking or asking for help. 

Cynthia and mum

Cynthia and mum

What is the most important lesson she has taught you that you would like to share? 

To be God fearing: and by that I mean that she taught me the importance of being a good person. To be kind, to be thoughtful, to care about others and to be the best person I can be. If you go into anything in life with that attitude and with that foundation, you'll only get good back. Even if it takes a while, even it takes what seems like forever, you'll be happier and you'll be really blessed.

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Thank you for sharing your tribute to your mother with us, Cynthia. She sounds like a tremendous role model for single mothers everywhere and we are proud to share her story here.

How does your mother inspire you to be the best person you can be? 

- SJ

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