If you live in the UK, you probably know last Sunday was Mother’s Day. I am lucky enough to be a mum of two amazing girls, aged 8 and 10. The greatest thing about Mother’s Day wasn’t the gifts, but the reminder of how lucky I am to be a mum and the amazing new journeys it has taken me on. From adjusting to the demands of babies and children to taking on a new challenge – handmaking organic + natural lip balms and bath bombs for kids – I’ve grown as an individual and realise the love for my children is never-ending.
To be completely honest, the decision to have kids was never really straightforward for me. Early on, I didn’t see a life with children. I was completely focused on my career. Then at 35, for a variety of reasons, I decided to have children. Luckily I didn’t run into problems, had two girls and have been on the most profound journey ever since.
Last Sunday I received cards from each of my daughters – a true window into who they are and our relationship. My eldest spent some precious free-time at school (time which doesn’t happen very often) to make me a Mother’s Day card. For her to selflessly use her time was a tribute to how loving, caring and generous she is. My other daughter, our youngest wrote me two loving poems on why she loves me. I’m a ‘loving machine’ she said. I laughed. You can’t make this stuff up. It is honest, genuine and completely adorable.
Motherhood is a spectacular journey for which I am grateful. With all of the joys and experiences that my children bring into my life, I can’t imagine my life without them. Like most mums, there are however times amidst the tantrums and drama (and believe me with two girls there is DRAMA), that I do think about what my life would be like without children. But I keep coming back to what my children have taught me –love, adventure and the need for society to empower our children.
My children are the reason I started ON! Juniper. Had I not had them, I wouldn’t have realised the lack of organic and natural bath and body products for children. My journey would be completely different from what it is. I would have never had the opportunity to call myself a mumpreneur! I love this journey and I look forward to it continuing it, including all the Mother’s Days that lie ahead.