Inspired: Sabrena Smedley & Brenda D. Turner

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves, told by those they inspired most.

Photography by Emily Pérez Long

 

 

inspired: Sabrena Smedley

inspiration: Brenda D. Turner

 

As a business owner and county commissioner, I get the opportunity to meet talented and amazing women across our community every day. But when I think about the woman who inspires me the most, the answer is clear. It’s my mom, Brenda D. Turner. 

My mother is the most caring and selfless person I know. Her smile and laughter are infectious. She loves to have fun and strives to make everyone around her happy. Her random and selfless acts of kindness brighten the day of anyone she encounters. 

She is a giver whose passion is working in her spectacular flower garden. When family or friends visit Mom, they always leave with a bouquet of flowers from her garden or with some other gift. 

As a child, I was raised by a woman of conviction and integrity – a woman who always put her children’s needs above her own. Now that I’m an adult, my mom has become my best friend. She is someone I can trust and turn to for sound advice and wisdom. My mom is the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 in the Bible. Like the Proverbs 31 woman, she inspires me to work hard, play hard, and love hard. She has taught me that inner beauty is more important than outward beauty. My mom is a true inspiration and one of a kind.

 

“My mom inspires me to work hard, play hard, and love hard.”