Ayesha Curry is a Canadian born chef, business woman, lifestyle blogger, wife of NBA superstar Stephen Curry and mother of two adorable little girls. She is also a former model and actress.
Ayesha was cast as “Cassie Stevens” in the 2008 television film, Dan’s Detour of Life”. She followed up with roles in Whittaker Bay, Love for Sale, and Underground Street Flippers. She has acted in couple of TV shows including Good Luck Charlie, Gary Unmarried as well as starring in an episode of Hannah Montana (yup! she’s that cool).
Ayesha Curry started her own lifestyle website, Little Lights of Mine, a few years ago and describes the venture as “my place to give thanks and share the people, places and things that bring light into my life.” There she post recipes, shares her faith and all the little things that make her happy. Little Lights of Mine has expanded over the past few years from a simple blog to a growing mini-empire that crosses all social media platforms.
In addition to recipes like fresh baked bread, or fast, nutritious “protein packs” for little ones. She also launched a few products including olive oil and adorable waterproof aprons (currently sold out on the site) for both cooks and their offspring. Her Little Lights of Mine brand of extra virgin olive oil has 10% of all proceeds going to help No Kid Hungry charitable organization.
5 Practical Lessons we can learn from Ayesha Curry
Sacrifice is REAL and will be demanded from you at some point
Ayesha gave up her acting career to become a stay at home mom due to her husband’s traveling schedule. In Steph’s (her husband) 2015 MVP acceptance speech, he acknowledged that it’s Ayesha’s lifestyle and sacrifices that allowed him to be the man he is today. He said to her. “You’ve given me the opportunity to go out here and work as hard as I do.”
Let’s be real. In life, particularly when it comes to marriage and family, there will always be a need to make one sacrifice of the other. I struggled to accept this fact myself but it is what it is. Over time I’ve come to understand that something’s are just more important than others and sacrifices are never easy.
Ayesha’s story for me reemphasizes this fact and my major learning point here is to never hold on too tight to anything in life; be it your career ambition or ideas and longings. Nothing should be deemed so important to the point where it becomes a do or die affair. Even in your walk with God, he expects that at his word we turn away from everything and follow him (Matt 19:29).
It’s great to long for a blossoming career, business and whatever else it may be but not at the expense of what really matters. (P.s I know a lot of guys read this column, this message is as much for you as it is for the ladies).
Don’t stay idle
According to Ayesha “After having my daughter, I kind of made a career change, and so I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do where I could be home with her and still have something for myself,” says Ayesha. “My main reason for doing all of this, is that I felt like at the time being a mom and being a wife wasn’t considered cool, and maybe it was a little bit looked down upon.”
“So I decided to start the blog just as a place where I could share all of my recipes, because that’s what I do, I love to cook. I figured, why not try and make a career out of it?”
When plan A does not work out, go on straight to plan B. If you don’t have a plan B then create one.
Shine your light to the world
Ayeshanever misses an opportunity to share her faith. Her blog is plastered with inspiring messages of hope and some of her favorite Bible verses.
According to her “I love the Lord, food, and my family. I started this blog to witness, exchange recipes, stories and document the daily happenings that season my life. In a world full of dark this is my place to give thanks and share the people, places, and things that bring light into my life”.
Luke 8:16 says “No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he sets it on a lampstand, so those who enter can see the light.” Your faith is supposed to shine through in ALL that you do not just in church when you lift up your hands in worship. Let the love of God be seen through you via your career, social media platforms, words… everything!
Christ is the only constant in a changing world making him the PERFECT foundation
According to Ayesha “[Faith] is the foundation for everything that I do, really. It’s not so much that about the religion, it’s more so just about the relationships that I have with God and making sure that I pass that on to my kids. With my relationship with my husband, it’s what it’s founded on.”
On marriage (and relationships) Ayesha says “The advice I’d have is to make sure that regardless of what’s going on individually in your lives, make sure you come together in the evenings and pray together”
Ayesha and Stephen are probably one of the most admired celebrity couples this year and to hear her say Faith is the foundation for everything she does. WOW. Also, for her to say that couples should come together in the evenings to pray? That just warms my heart.
Now, having God (faith) as the foundation of your life as well as having a culture of prayer in your relationship is not something that will happen overnight; you have to consciously build that culture until it becomes natural to you.
Don’t wait till you’re married, start now. If you’re currently in a serious relationship, start with your partner now and if not begin with yourself.
Find yourself a companion in worship
In one of her blog posts, Ayesha described her husband as her companion in worship.
I literally almost shed a tear when I read that line. The only relationship we can ever have that will transcend all of eternity is a relationship with God. Every other thing will pass away; this is the one relationship that will even go as far as determine where we spend all of eternity making it far more important than any other.
Now what can beat you and your spouse/partner helping each other nurture that relationship? It’s literally the best thing you can do for each other. This is why the bible talks about not being unequally yoked. You just can’t afford to be disconnected on the most important part of each other’s life.
In 2016 Ayesha teamed up with FreshlyPicked to launch a line of baby shoes. The limited edition shoe line consists of three styles “Pink Lemonade”, “Mint Chip” and “Fan Favorite”. She also makes frequent appearances on the Food Network and is releasing her first cookbook, The Seasoned Life, in September this year.
Ayesha is no doubt an amazing woman. I would love to hear from you, what was your most striking lesson? And lesson learnt outside this? Please share it in the comment box below. As usual don’t forget to pay it forward by sharing with someone else.
This post was culled from the Thresh woman WCW Column. The ThreshWoman WCW is a column I manage with the goal to celebrate and encourage the successes of women all around the world while inspiring other women to chase their dreams fiercely.