To celebrate Mother's Day this year, we spoke to 6 wonderful women & asked them to share the best piece of advice they have ever received from their mother or the best piece of advice they will pass onto their daughters & sons.
Advice for my daughters;
Create ripples. Making changes that may seem so insignificant at the time can make such a large impact on the lives of others around you. Bettering yourself in any sort of way makes a positive impact when others can see these changes occurring, and then they may follow suit and make changes which will get passed along to their friends and so on and so forth. The world will be a better place from positive ripples that are passed around.
Also, my advice for my daughters when going through any sort of hard time or heart ache is; please stop to breathe and see yourself through my eyes. To me they are perfection. Please don't compare yourself to those around you because it is not about what other people are doing or achieving. The only person you should be comparing yourself with is your past self. You should try to achieve greatness by personal growth other than trying to outdo others
Meg Nolan, Digital Operations Manager @ RUSSH
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt from my mum is how strong women can be. She never apologises for who she is, whether that means running a farm whilst still having the best nails in town, telling us exactly what she thinks about that new dress we just bought or coming to festivals with me as a sixty-something year old. Women can do anything and no one has proved this to me more than my beautiful mum.
I hope to teach Atlas kindness, for others and the natural world, to nurture his childlike sense of excitement and wonder, to help instil a deep curiosity for the world around him, and to give him the strength and freedom to grow into his own person.
Juliet Souter, Founder of Marle
My mum is a wealth of knowledge on so many things, I turn to her often for the practical and the more whimsical life advice I need at the time. The thing I often reflect on now that I am a mother myself though is how she has never faltered in her encouragement and her belief in me, she has always gently steered me but supported my decisions even when they don’t necessarily marry up with hers. In that way, her all encompassing love and support has been her greatest piece of advice, shown more in the way she is intrinsically rather than sitting me down and imparting sentiments here and there. Through being the incredible woman she is, she has taught me to love deeply, believe in myself and just be me, all things I hope to pass on to my two children.
After having my Son I gained a new appreciation for a Mother's love - a burning, one in a million, all-consuming kind of love. I understand now all of the things my Mother dreamt up for me and I want my Son to have the same passion, to grow and fall in love with being alive. Mine taught me that I could be anything I wanted to, but that nothing comes easy. She taught me the value of hard-work and the power that comes from loving what you do. She allowed me the space to grow and the freedom to find the thing that set my heart on fire.
Nothing could have ever prepared me for what motherhood would bring. It’s that type of love that you can’t really put into words. It’s that perfect mix of beauty and craziness. Being so young when I fell pregnant I knew this would be a wild ride but there was one thing I knew for certain and that was what I wanted to instil in my children from day dot. Love, self respect and acceptance. Most importantly to be kind, every single day. My kids are the most beautiful souls and I can’t help but feel so proud of the way my husband and I have raised them.