When a group of women get together to offer support and encouragement to one another it can be incredibly EMPOWERING. It’s one of the reasons that I love my mastermind and I love my Back to Work Confidence programme. It’s that incredible woman to woman support and encouragement that empowers everybody in the room, including me as the facilitator. I love it.
Last night I attended the Bromley Mums Awards. Last year I was honoured in the Entrepreneurial Mum category. This year I was there to support a friend that I had nominated in the Community Mum category.
The evening was amazing and we heard so many moving and inspirational stories about mums and by mums. And as we all sat there, listening to incredible story after incredible story, it struck me how much power and strength there is when you gather together a group of women.
The evening started with a YouTube clip that interviews various people for the #WorldsToughestJob. Here’s a link to the clip.
That same evening, local charity, Bromley Brighter Beginnings, launched its #ShineALight campaign. As part of that campaign, they asked us to use #mymumshines on social between now and Mother’s Day to share what makes your mum shine. I asked my girls this morning what they would write, and here’s what they did write:
As I drove over to a women’s group this morning where the theme of ’empowering’ came up yet again, I wondered what I would write to share what makes my mum shine.
Bizarrely, I couldn’t think come up with anything at first. She’s my mum. I guess sometimes we take our mums and what’s special about them, for granted. I know she’s always there for me, if I needed her. We live 300 miles apart, so I don’t see her very often.
I reflected on my childhood and what I remembered as being special about her. There were some tough times as a family when I was a teenager: marriage breakup, divorce, mum moved out for a while, her boyfriend died suddenly, her sister (my closest aunt) was in a horrific road accident … I talk about this in my book.
But in all those hard times, I don’t remember my mum crying. I’m sure she did and I’m sure we all did. But it’s not my abiding memory of those dark days. Instead what I remember is that Mum was always Mum. It seemed that life threw some really hard and difficult situations at her. But I don’t remember ever hearing her complain or gnash & wail about what life was giving her.
I know I have an inner strength and confidence. I believe that my mum is the one to thank for that. She showed that adversity does not have to take you down. She proved that life goes on. She set the model to get up every time you get knocked down.
My mum shines because of her strength in adversity. #mymumshines. I don’t mind admitting to feeling a little tearful when I think about my mum now. What is amazing is that when I look at what my children wrote this morning, I could have written that about my own mum.
What about you? What about your mum? What makes your mum shine?
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