Freedom of Choice — Just Like Great-Grandma Had

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Freedom is the presence of choice, and the ability to create and forge a life different from the circumstances we were born into.

My great-grandmother came to the United States, started a family, and lost her husband when her children were small. In a time when young married women were usually restricted to the home and child-rearing, Great-Grandma Sato chose to launch a business, which she grew into a small store, which grew into a well-known restaurant/bakery that still exists today.

In her birth country, her life and that of her children would have been very different. She had the freedom, and pressure, to make many choices that allowed her children to be educated — even the girls — and created an environment for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have more options than she dreamed.

My family is not unique. I have had choices, too. One of my choices was to be a Girl Scout. The freedom to choose what badges I wanted to earn exposed me, first and foremost, to choices and the responsibility that came with those choices — and I did love collecting those badges and checking off the lists.

There are many things we need to address and make better in the world in which we live. Still, I am grateful for the freedom to make the myriad choices I have, which have allowed me to carry on the title of woman business owner, inherited from my Great-Grandma Sato.

This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs in the United States.

President of teamCFO and past Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) National Board and the NAWBO Institute of Entrepreneurial Development, Laura Yamanaka is a strong advocate of financial literacy for women.

GIRL SCOUT AFFILIATION: Laura was a Girl Scout.

Tags: NAWBO, Family, Self Confidence, Girl Scout

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