Mums Who Inspire Me and a Thankyou to you all xxx

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I love my mum.

I am one of the lucky ones.

I got a good one.

She is a huge part of the reason I try and do my best as a person and a mother.  I have a good role model and even though no relationship is perfect (mums and daughters can be tricky...) I am happy if I can instil the confidence, security and love in my children that she instilled in my sister and I.

We jokingly call her a wandering gypsy as for most of our lives, she has been somewhere amazing or exotic or adventurous due to her career as a travel agent and then a tour group leader which she still does now.  Sometimes we were lucky and got to join her on the many perks of free or cheap flights and accommodation and her and my dad always took us on fabulous family holidays. My hubby and I even met up with her on our honeymoon as she was leading a tour in Vietnam at the same time we were passing through!

She has been through many heartaches and tests, both as a woman and a mother.  She nearly lost me when I was 18 months old, a divorce, the sudden death of her fiance in later life and every time she picks herself up and after letting it out and grieving, she carries on and does more amazing and inspiring things.

In hindsight, knowing she had been through the near loss of a child and came out the other side as the most amazing mother, allowed me to feel deep down, that I would get through it too, maybe a little worse for wear but stronger and more appreciative of what life has to offer.

She is also the reason I was pointed towards my profession as she gave my sister and I, a very healthy and holistic upbringing, taking us to naturopaths and homeopaths more often than she needed to take us to a GP.

I want to use this blog today to tell her

I love her.

I am proud of her.

I am so lucky to have her and her help.

Seeing her with my children and being witness to the bond of love that is between them already makes me understand the circle of life so much better and makes me miss her mother, my nanny, very much.

Thankyou Mum, I love you x

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My darling sister is about to have her first Mother's Day as we welcomed my gorgeous nephew into the world in November last year...Like all new mum's she has gone through the wringer of trying to work out what her baby needs.  I marvel at her determination to try everything possible until she hits upon what is best for her and her bub.  It shouldn't surprise me but it has and does. To watch and listen to her, I feel like I'm seeing my mum back in time and that amazing love and security that my nephew receives will set him up for life.  Of that I have no doubt.

Thankyou Selly, I love you x

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My fave pic of all of us, my sister holding my daughter, me and my mum xxx

 

Inspiring people are all around us but with Mother's Day only 2 days away, I want to say a thankyou to all the mums who have inspired me since I became a parent -

My Close Circle of Friends

I will keep their names out of this gushy lovefest as unlike the mums I will mention in the next part of this blog, they aren't as public as 'us bloggers' ;)

I believe mother's can be defined in many different ways and just looking over the friends that I call close to me, I can't believe what an array I have.  They have all inspired me just by being who they are while accomplishing the task of parenting beautifully.

They all have a few things in common (apart from the fact of being lucky enough to know me - cue canned laughter) -

They are all loving

They are all ambitious

They are all overwhelmingly real.

I think to be a good mum, once the whirlwind of becoming a parent has died down, finding who we are in the aftermath and carrying on with our passions as well as caring for others more than we care for ourselves is decidedly unreal!

They all have this in spades.

In my group I have a friend who has 3 kiddies under 5 and continues to travel overseas and camp on a very regular basis.  Her hubby hails from England so they have travelled to and from Australia and Europe 4 times since becoming parents and take the kids camping at least 3 times a year. I can't imagine travel with kids so young and we are yet to go camping with them although have plans at the end of the year.  I know many parents do, I just get tight at the thought, so this inspires me.

I have another friend who has 2 littlies and has gone back to full time study to get her Masters of Social Work.  She is two thirds of the way through a 19 week practical placement that has her dealing with what is no doubt, a very challenging new role.  This is with a 5 year old and 2 year old.  She has come 180 degrees since becoming a mum, as we all do, but her passion for family, life and her own goals inspires the crap out of me.

I also have friends that have taken on the role as step mothers recently and although I'm sure the journey is as rocky as bringing up your own kids, they have remained loving, supportive and loyal and love their new children.

I have friends in all parts of Australia due to moving a few times since we had our two and have met all manner of women that inspired me to be a more capable mum. They got me to the doctors, had me over for a wine or a cuppa, got me to Mother's Groups, made me join their bookclub, showed me where the playgroups were held and generally made mothering look easy though I know now, it is not.  One of these mates even packed up and relocated her whole life back to England after having her two boys here in Australia.....the courage that took and the decision to do something for herself and her future was very inspiring to witness.

You all know who you are guys, thankyou and I love you  x

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You know, I could go on and on, I have more to mention but will leave it there as this blog is once again turning into a mini book!

Yours In health,

Alisha x

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