This episode is dedicated to my mom, Alice Smith. I’m sharing the top 5 life lessons I learned from her as we celebrate her life.
To the woman who has always been there supporting me in every decision I make, I share this very special episode for her. I have learned so much from my mom. But, I will share with you the top 5 lessons I learned that has brought me miles and miles in this life’s journey.
This episode is filled with inspiration and life triumph that I have experienced in my life because of my mother, the woman whom I have never heard saying “Don’t do it”. Her trust and support have motivated me to succeed in all my endeavor ever since I was a child.
Listen to this episode and find out these life lessons. And maybe, you have learned all these from your mother as well.
I would love to hear from you! What lesson resonated with you the most, or what life lesson have you learned from your mom or mother figure?
Be sure to leave a comment or share with me on twitter at @doreenrainey or on in our Facebook group.
Quotes:“I believe that all of the exposure demonstrated to me that there were unlimited opportunities.” - @DoreenRainey Click To Tweet “You should spend time doing things just because you enjoy it.” - @DoreenRainey Click To Tweet “I just cannot thank her enough for all of the support she has given me.” - @DoreenRainey Click To Tweet “She was there supporting me 100%.” - @DoreenRainey Click To Tweet
Alice Lear Smith
July 16, 1942 – July 20, 2018
Alice Lear (Rock) Smith is the oldest of four children to Violia Frances Windborne and James Jacob Rock of Woodford, VA. She was born July 16, 1942 in Washington, DC. She was her high school valedictorian, received her Associates Degree from Northern Virginia Community College and her BA from Potomac College, majoring in accounting.
She was married to Elbert Allen Smith for 56 years, and raised two fiercely independent daughters.
She loved her co-workers from PSI, Del-Tech, Stafford University, and the City of Bowie.
Alice loved to travel. Paris, London, cruises to the Mediterranean, Hawaii, and Aruba were a few of her destinations.
In her mid-twenties, she spent decades as a member of a bowling league, then in her 50’s became a member of the Women of Whist, where card playing was serious business.
She was preceded in death by one brother, James Rock. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Elbert Allen Smith, her two daughters Sandra Gammons (Charles Gammons) and Doreen Rainey (Reginald Rainey), her two grandsons, Shemuel and Jakob; a granddog Monte, and her partner in crime, her caregiver for the past two years, and dedicated sister-in-law, Nevada Smith.
Receive a Complimentary Registration to the RADICAL Success Intensive as one of Alice’s Angels. In honor of her 76 years on earth, we’re giving away 76 registrations. Learn more here: Alice’s Angels.
Doreen! First of all, my prayers and condolences to you and your family. Your mom was an amazing woman. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this podcast dedicated to your mom. I took notes,laughed and cried. Most of all, I’m even more inspired to keep striving to be the best version of myself. Thanks so much for All that you do to help empower, uplift, and educate others. Much Love and may GOD continue to Richly Bless You.
My sincere condolences to the family. I am honored that you shared her story with me.
I praying for you and the family. So sorry to hear of your loss. My God strengthen you and give you peace and comfort.
Letting go of those things that bring you joy is what resonated with me. I’ve lost steam overtime because I was dealing with unemployment AFTER i earned my masters degree. I love acting and play productions. Now that the company has hired me permanently, I will look into auditioning again. Not about the money for me; it’s the feeling of excitement, joy and freedom that i experience! Your Mom IS amazing. Thank you for sharing your Mom’s story and may she continue to LIVE in your heart and soul.
Doreen in honor of your mother’s legacy I honor you for this Alice Smith heartfelt commemorative podcast. Every point resonated with me. Thank you for doing this.
This was simply beautiful. This made me check in with myself. Your mother seemed to be well rounded. It’s hard to pull it off but it looks like she got it right. I enjoyed all of the lessons. I feel that the greatest of these is support. A good support system can carry you a long way. I feel that this has been my biggest setback in starting and getting my business off the ground. Thanks to you and to Mrs.Alice for putting it all together to make it Simply Beautiful!!
Beautiful tribute and celebration to the life of Alice Smith. Thank you for sharing this intimate moment on your journey. While all lessons were significant, I enjoyed Lesson #4 and Lesson #5 and all the wisdom within each. What incredible shoulders of strength, determination and love – to stand on.
We celebrate your life, your talents and your gifts! Well done good and faithful servant. Rest in Peace Alice Smith.
I think this is so awesome. Sending prayers and comforting hugs for you and your family. This podcast is beautiful too.
What a way to Honor Mother! You look just like her!
Let the peace Of The Holy Spirit comfort you, strengthen you, encourage you and sustain you! Our Father is a present help in time of need! He shall indeed see you through! For He is well able! Trust Him!
We are here to help!
I learned a lot from each life lessons.The 2nd life lesson touched my heart.i always dreamed of traveling the world. I will make my dream a reality soon because I have always wanted to go to Paris.
I’m sorry to here about your mother, Doreen, i pray that you all are well and at peace. Thanking God for your commitment to your calling even in your time of need. Take care love alicia Frederick
I loved these five points. Every one was for me. My birthday is July 20th. Thank you for sharing.
Excellent job Doreen! Certainly for me #1 struck accord. As a Coach, I get tired of coaches clinics and meet and greets, but hearing your explanation and points on why exposure matters was like a light bulb coming on; particularly as I consider my future in coaching. Networking and exposure are vital parts of growth in this business.
All 5 points were exceptional and I thank you for sharing!
What a great mother and nurturer to have by your side supporting you in all you’ve done. Support consistently is the key ingredient to self-mastery and confidence. Sorry for your lost Doreen. She’s still watching over you at every event. Peace, Love and Blessings.
Thank You so very much for these 5 great lessons from your beloved mother. God Bless You and the Lord keep you. Isaiah 26:3. Thank you for sharing, and remember time is a healer. My mother exemplified all five lessons in her life. I Thank God for her example. She was fierce, fabulous, and well traveled like your mom. Great Mother’s are a blessing from God.How wonderful that you would honor her memory by sharing your journey with all of us. Thank You, and God Bless you and your entire family.
Sorry for your loss. Lesson number 3 have a hobby doing something that it fun for you. I love to crochet it makes me happy and safe places in a stressful world.
I am sending you my heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort are with you and your family as you all daily transition in her absence. What better way to know that she is still alive, in your memories and thoughts, she is a living legacy and has written her best indelible story on the pages on your heart and many more people that she has touched through out her life. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful inspired commentary in honor of your mother.
May you continue to celebrate her life and legacy richly, blessing to you and your family!
Doreen, My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. She was a great role model and inspiration for you and your sister. Thanks for sharing her life story with us. I was empowered by all the lessons, particular lesson 1 Exposure Matters. I will be seeking out new people, ideas and experiences.
Thank you so much and may God bless you and your family
Thank you for sharing your Mother’s Love with us. I’m sure she is definitely smiling. Sewing LOVE…I love that! Thank you again.
Doreen, my condolences go out to you and your family. May God continue to bless you and your family. I loved all of the lessons from your mom.
The podcast touched my heart in a very special way. The first lesson focused on exposure. If you do not expose yourself;how can you expose the gift or dream inside of you. Lesson 5 support makes a difference. These lesson made me realize some people won’t support so will. When your mother supports you that is a cherished moment that stay close to your heart . That lesson by Mrs.Alice Smith is the support I want my children to say about me. Thank you for sharing Mrs.Rainey.
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your mum was definitely an angel.
Thank you so much for pouring your heart out in this podcast. Every part of it spoke to me. And I immediately went over to fill out the form for one of the 76 spots come September 2018. I pray I’m blessed enough to get one of them. I definitely look forward to some radical success training.
Thank you, Doreen. I share and understand your loss and determination to continue moving forward in your journey. I am inspired to spend more time returning to those things that have always brought joy to my life as taught to me by my aunt who inspired 100s of lives 1,000s of lives in Baltimore City. She exposed me to the arts to where I received a voice scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory, travel, horseback riding, theater, sewing, . When I opened my boutique, she immediately purchased an industrial sewing machine for alterations. She was always 200% in my corner. I would be truly honored to become one of Alice’s Angels. I was taught that all things are possible, if you believe and put for the effort! Than you, thank you, thank you for reminding me!
What a blessing this message is I thank you for the words of encouragement at this time in your life. I pray God will give you peace at this time.
Thank you so much for sharing these very intimate lessons from your beautiful mother. This message really touched my heart. I have tried to follow several of these lessons, but I realize I must do better and be more intentional. I have hobbies(they keep me sane and grounded), I try expose myself to new experiences, places and people. I am a life long learner. I haven’t traveled as much as I like, but I thoroughly enjoy every opportunity to do so. I even enjoy local events, festivals, etc. I truly bilieve in Charma. Whatever you put out into the universe will certainly return to you, whether good or bad! I support my children when they’re involved in activities and their passions. I didn’t receive a lot of support during my younger years, so I understand the struggle. I try to be their not only gor family and friends, but strangers. I believe God blessed me to be a blessing and he’s given me gifts and talents to do so. I must pay it forward and help others. Thanks again for sharingthis message. I could hear the love, appreciation and honor in your voice. May God bless, strengthen and keep you all and grant you peace.
What a beautiful way to honor your mother 🙂 Thank you for sharing this personal message it truly touched my heart. May our GOOD Lord bring you peace and comfort during this time.
Thank you so much for sharing the lessons from your mom during what has to be an extremely challenging time. My prayers are with you. I must say everything you shared resonated with my in some way to be a better me. Your message was amazing!
I had the pleasure of meeting your Mom at the Radical Conference in Reston, VA about 2 or 3 years ago. She is extremely proud of you and fiercely supported you. I think it so awesome how you are honoring your Mom. My prayers are with you and your family .
My condolences to you and your family.My mother was a single parent in England in the 60s. She believed in Exposure,seeing the world hobbies,karma and support. My mother also sewed,to make extra money. I was in every wedding:exposure.She made me go on school trips to Austria to learn how to ski, I spent summers In Paris,she wanted me to speak French.I played soccer with her blessing.I took a course in car mechanics as part of my college credits. I wanted to be a mechanic.She could have told me this is not possible for a young black girl in England but all she did was support me,love me.I didn’t understand or appreciate at the time. She told me to become a nurse,I did,She encouraged me to follow my heart when I met my now husband on vacation and moved to the USA.You’re mother,my mother women who know how to raise children,We must honor them and learn to pass it on. Thank you. I have not thought about the blessings my mother has given me for some time
Peace be with you Doreen…my condolences to you and your family. You’re in my prayers….Be Blessed!
First my sincere condolences go out to you and your family. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I opened this email and listened to the podcast. My birthday was Tuesday, July 24th and I lost my Mom 31 years ago at the age of 43 and 5 years later my Dad passed at 49. I actually was thanking God for allowing my parents to birth me into this earth 54 years ago. I was reminiscing on the wonderful up bringing I experienced and just praising God for them. I’m so joyful that you had an opportunity to share so many wonderful years with your Mom. It hurts me to see and hear folks that for whatever reason doesn’t have a relationship with their Mom. Life is precious and can be short, so yes we must engage in all that God has for us. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen you and your family.
Thank you for sharing. How beautiful your relationship with your mom was.
I truly enjoyed your tribute to your mom. The pictures remind me of me and my mom. She looks as lovely as the wonderful things you said about her in the podcast. I am so sorry for your loss but I truly believe, when our loved ones leave this earth, they are watching over us from above. They are our angels.
Thank you so much for sharing with us. My prayers are with you and your family. I love all 5 lessons – and will be sharing those with my daughter and granddaughter. You and your mom are true angels.
What a beautiful blog and tribute. #5 Support resonates with me because I’ve had that support, I’ve seen that support in your mom, and I appreciate the support you have given to me and others. Condolences and job well dinner in honor of your mother.
Doreen I pray thatyou and yourfamily are doing well and being strengthen during these times. I can relate to what you are sharing because when I lost my mom and best friend it was a devastating time because she was my number 1 supporter. Keep staying strong in God and for her as well as your father and I will continue to keep you in prayer.
Your Mom were an awesome lady and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how it feels to lose a mother because I lost my mom 5 years ago and it still hurts.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Doreen.
Your mother was an amazing woman and you’re blessed to have the kind of love and support she gave to you and your sister.
As a parent,the tip that resonated the most was #1-exposure. My daughters used to be involved in gymnastics (and are naturals), piano,and swimming. They would have continued and had more exposures, but due to my career setback, their activities have been on hold. I too believe exposure is crucial to everyone’s growth and development, so I look forward to the day when they resume to their activities.
God bless you and your family.
Wow!I just heard this podcast (7/31/18), and I am so sorry for your loss. I am in tears, but they are tears of pride for you and your Mom! She sounds like she was the Bomb! I have an amazing Mom too, and I know this because she taught me some of the things yours has taught you. Thank you for sharing these lessons and for being such an inspiring coach for Radical Success.
One of life goals is to travel to Africa and more.
Thanks so much for inviting me. Just getting to one of the points. I am stuck, constantly putting things aside and not getting back. Will come next time. Again, my condolences to you and your family , may God bless you all.