Recently, my mom was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, an honor society of nursing. I was thrilled to be able to attend: not only am I proud of her, but as I sat in the audience, & when I stood to take the above photos, I found myself reflecting on the fact that the achievements of others - especially those you love - are infectious. As I watched her walk across the stage, my feeling of happiness & pride was overwhelming, as if I were up there myself. My mom has worked hard over the years in her career as a nurse: working weekends, working holidays, & even working nights. I feel like her recent achievements have made it all worth it, & the lesson rings loud & true for me: hard work pays off.