Mother’s Day is my favorite day, and this one is my first without my girls! Plus, I will be away from my mother, who has and is always so supportive of me.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

You my #1 prayer warrior and late-night Garmin texter! She gets me through sleepless nights in the tent! I love my mom!

This year is so different. Today, I’m thousands of miles away from those I love. As most of you know, I’m at Mt. Everest Base Camp waiting to return back to Camp 1, 2, and 3 before climbing on to the summit of the tallest mountain in the world.

Mom: I love you!

So, the above photo is one that wish I could enjoy for a few minutes. I will soon enough—when I’m back. I know my purpose for being here goes beyond myself. I climb to raise money for cancer awareness and prevention. I climb so more mothers like me and my Mom will have many more Mother’s Days!

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the scene surrounding me as I celebrated Mother’s Day. My girls were in the room—talking, laughing, and saying things that only teenagers understand. It was peaceful. My heart was full.

My girls!

Not far away was my Mom. We share a bond and closeness that cannot be broken. These are my Perfect Day moments that I understand many of you may not have for one reason or the other.

We live in an imperfect world that’s so broken at times, and so in need of love—the kind of love that does not end and cannot be turned off and on with a simple flip of a switch. No, love is true. Love takes courage. Love brings wisdom and requires sacrifice.

My love for my family is not lessened by the distance between us right now. My girls and my Mom know that mentally and spiritually, I am there . . . with them.

Do we have our imperfect moments? Yes, like all families we work to “stay on the same page” but honestly, it’s love that keeps us there—together, forever.

Clients often come to me holding handfuls of shattered dreams. We place each one on the table and work through them. For many, love is a stumbling block. How to love again. How to love and forgive. How to listen and love despite differences.

You can’t successfully plan for the future, if you are stuck in a place of frustration. Love covers. Love protects. Love is the only gift that’s really needed on any and every Mother’s Day and for me, especially on this one.

On this Mother’s Day, give yourself a tremendous gift by taking the health pledge listed on Everyday Everest. Early detection save lives!. This pledge could be the motivation you need to make that doctor’s appointment!

I also want to give you a Mother’s Day gift—an opportunity to download my book Perfect Day for free. Be sure to track my climb to the top of Mt. Everest on www.share.garmin!

When possible, I’ll continue to post updates as I climb to the top of Mt. Everest. Finally, to all Moms and the guys, who are someone’s son—Happy Mother’s Day!