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Meet Cheyann Smith, 2023 Florida Mother of the Year®

February 8, 2023

About

In 2012, Cheyann joined the United States Air Force to serve her country. While serving active duty she noticed there was a mental health crisis in the military and went back to school. Cheyann completed her master’s degree and is currently working on her PsyD while maintaining her active status in hopes of aiding her fellow Airmen. After years of leading a multitude of humanitarian drives, Cheyann launched a non-profit organization dedicated to providing relief to individuals with food and housing insecurities. She then became a certified volunteer firefighter to help further safeguard lives in her community. Cheyann is a mother to two daughters, Boston and Dakota. As a mom, she aims to instill her same work ethic and empathy for others in her daughters, having them assist in her volunteer missions. Though Cheyann has many successes, she constantly reminds her girls, “You, above all, are my greatest accomplishment.”

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and share often through motherhood?

My mom, mom-in-law, and grandma-in-law have been the most impactful in my journey as a mother thus far. They have taught me to trust my instincts, ignore the unnecessary pressure our society puts on mothers (and young women) today, and just let kids be kids. I’ve lived by this guidance throughout motherhood, and I share this knowledge with my daughters daily. I couldn’t be more thankful for those three women, and I’m blessed to have them in my life.

What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?

My daughters. You know, I was nervous about becoming a “girl mom.” I had all brothers growing up and was a tomboy, so I didn’t know if I would be any good at raising girls. But I know God hand-picked them for me and me for them. My greatest ambition in life is to raise strong, independent, kind women and to be a mother they can be proud to call their own.

How has being a mom shaped your life?

Being a mother has always been my life’s dream, so I have shaped my life around becoming a mom. At 18, I put myself through college so I could have a career for them. At 20, I joined the military so I could have stability for them. Even after marrying my husband, we waited over five years to start a family so I could ensure he would be the perfect father for them. They are the missing puzzle pieces I have built my life around, and if I were gone tomorrow, my life would be complete because of them.

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