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Being a Mum is a Spectacular Journey

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Being a Mum is a Spectacular Journey

Tess Ackland

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 6 and 8. The greatest thing about Mother’s Day wasn’t the gifts, but the reminder of how lucky I am to be a mum. 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. 

Yesterday 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 the reasons why she loves me. I’m a ‘loveing 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 – about love, adventure and the need for society to empower girls.

As I’ve mentioned before on my Blog, my kids are the reason I started ON! Juniper. Had I not had them, my journey would be completely different. But I love this journey and I look forward to it continuing, including all the Mother’s Days that lie ahead.   


Blog by, Tess Ackland

Tess is the founder and Director of ON! Juniper, a conscious lifestyle brand that supports girl empowerment through building self-awareness, health and happiness. ON! Juniper hand-makes organic + natural lip balms and bath bombs for girls.