To kick off our exciting year, let’s jump right in with a Birthday Party!
There is one primary reason that January 11 became our birthday: that was the day we officially settled on the name of our business, AthensBorn. We went through countless business names, some were pretty good, some were plain-old terrible (I think my favorite reject name was “Save the Empire Birth Services”). We just couldn’t settle on the perfect name that fit our personalities, our business style, and didn’t make us feel totally cheesy. When we finally came to AthensBorn, it felt like we had come home to ourselves. We said it out loud. We tested it on our hapless, unsuspecting family members. We wrote it down, typed it out, obsessed over it, and finally we deleted all of our other potential business names - on January 11, 2016.
Another day that makes this particular day feel special to me is that it’s my mother’s birthday - my strong, sensitive, hard-working mother turns 60 the day AthensBorn turns 1. My mother gave birth to my twin sister and me… precipitously… without medication…. both of us breech. She breastfed us and lost countless hours of sleep over the years of our youth, and probably still does. My mother attended the births of both of my children, and was the person who said “Yes, you can do this. You are doing it.” I’ll never forget her strength over those long hours of my labors… and all the years of my life. So part of why I love the idea of celebrating the birth of AthensBorn on January 11 is because my life and motherhood are so firmly tied up in my mother, and loving and serving our clients is a small, precious way that I can honor her.
So I want to dedicate our first birthday to our mothers - mine and Kate’s. Kate lost her mother many years ago, and I know she still misses her with every fiber of her being. Do our mothers ever truly leave us? Our mothers live in us. They shape us, they grow us, they love us. They teach us to love and make us into the people we become. Our mothers have shaped us and, in turn, have shaped AthensBorn. We have poured our lives into it and over the last year have learned so much about love and service to others. Our mothers' legacies are a very real and present thing at AthensBorn.
So here’s to the mothers of AthensBorn. Thank you for your legacy, and for helping bring us to this place. Friends, please come celebrate our first birthday on January 11, so that we can thank you for everything you’ve done to bring us here, too <3