The October Momma of the Month Clarissa Reese, Ed.D., has spent a lot of time guiding kids, but she wants to make the biggest impact on her daughter’s life.
Tell me about yourself.
I am 47 years old. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and am a product of Birmingham City Schools where I graduated from West End High School.
What do you want your daughter to learn from your life?
I want Halli to learn that things work out, especially those things in which you seek God’s guidance. I want her to learn that you shouldn’t dwell on things that don’t go as planned because it won’t change the end result. I want her to learn that you should never let hardships deter you from pursuing your goals.
What are the best and worst things about living in Birmingham?
The best thing about Birmingham is that my extended family is here. I love spending time with my family on special occasions and holidays, and living here affords me that opportunity. The cost of living here is reasonable, and it’s close enough to large metropolitan areas to make fun weekend getaways, yet small enough not to have to deal with big city issues such as constant traffic…and the city is growing and adding many fun attractions of its own.
If you could change one thing about Birmingham, what would it be and why?
I don’t know if that this is just a Birmingham issue, but if I could change anything it would be the mindset of racial prejudice. It is worse than I have ever seen it in my 47 years. Why would I change it? Because all of God’s children should have a truly equal opportunity for an education, career opportunity, and success.
What is your proudest mom moment?
Halli has given me so many proud moments, like when she extended her hand over me at age eight, closed her eyes and asked God to heal me when I wasn’t feeling well, or when she was accepted into the National Honor Society, or maybe every single time I receive a compliment on her endearing personality (which is honestly very frequent).
What is your proudest personal moment?
Recovering from the emotional and financial ruin of divorce.
What advice do you have for women juggling taking care of elderly parents, raising kids and building a career?
Pray without ceasing, and when help is offered take it. Don’t be afraid to pay extra for things like having groceries delivered, getting a sitter, or even an occasional housekeeper. God knows that you are only one person and will provide the resources needed for you to juggle it all.
What’s next for Clarissa Reese?
I don’t know. Right now, I am in a period of asking God to order my steps and listening to see what His will is.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Not that I can think of.