Dear Mom,

I don't even know where to begin because there is so much I want to say, but I will try my best to make this short and worth your read. Don't worry, it won't be too lame or sappy, but I just wanted to dedicate this to you to show you how much you truly mean to me from the bottom of my heart.

First and foremost, I honestly don't know what I would do without you. I know every kid probably says that about their mom, or maybe they don't, but it is 100% true in my world. You are my rock and my best friend all wrapped into one. We may bump heads from time to time, but what mother-daughter duo doesn't? We are so alike it is scary sometimes, and it must be true considering everyone thinks we are twins, so I guess I will just roll with it.

You truly are my greatest inspiration and I am incredibly thankful for that. I admire your strength and courage, and that is why I try my best to be a better person every single day. You motivate me to go after my dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem. Your kindness is overwhelming and sometimes I wish I could be more selfless like you.

You have always put our family first before anything else, and I could not be more grateful for that. You inspire me to work harder and to challenge myself more because I know if you can work full-time and juggle graduate school simultaneously, then I can do the same, if not more. You continue to pursue your own aspirations, which is another reason why I love and appreciate you so much because you never settle for less.

Now, I just want to say thank you for all those times that you had to put me in my place. I know I can be stubborn, usually more often than not, but I know you are one of the only people who will ever be brutally honest with me, and I will forever be thankful for that. You are the one who won't tell me what I want to hear just to make me happy, and that has allowed me to grow into the woman I am today.

I will never be able to thank you enough for your continuous and unconditional love and support, and for always cheering me up somehow when I am too hard on myself. I know I may not show how much I appreciate you all the time, but I do. Without you, I would not be the person I am today or the person that I hope to become in the future. You know what they say, a mother is a daughter's first best friend, and I could not agree more.

Through the good times and the bad times, I will always love you, mom. Never forget that.