To celebrate Mother’s Day and the release of our newest digital download, we asked a few women we admire to share what they think it takes to be a great mom.
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the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
"What does it mean to be resilient? It means being able to bounce back from difficult situations in life. In motherhood we experience “bouncing back” in every sense of the phrase: back to our “old selves” postpartum, back to our careers while balancing mothering. I like to think that after we have children we bounce back into a new version of ourselves: one that is wiser and stronger even though our minds can tell us we are doing everything wrong and that we aren’t perfect like we should be. We press on and we steady the course for our children even when things aren’t perfect. I think resilience is a beautiful quality to have because no matter what motherhood throws at you, being able to rise up and press on is what matters- even if in doing so, it’s a little messy along the way.”
Izabela is known throughout the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley as
The Cake Mama. Feast your eyes on her amazing cakes and cookies and you'll be craving something sweet within seconds!
photo by Jayme Lang
a fault, blemish, or undesirable feature.
the state of being faulty or incomplete.
"As a mama who struggled with post partum depression - and still does 2 years later - I learned to embrace imperfection as a beautiful thing. The illusion of being a perfect mom is so hard to bear, it took me so long to realize that every mom is imperfect stitched together with good intentions, and we are all amazing in our own imperfect way."
Chelsea runs Feather & Rose Support Bags
, a nonprofit organization that provides support bags for patients going through cancer treatment.
1. concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish
”Being a mother means putting your family before yourself. My mother who has always been an amazing host, always ensured our home was cleaned, prepped and ready for a great family gathering. The rest of the family was fed, clothed and happy before she was. Now that I am older, and starting to build my own family, I can recognize the sheer selflessness that a mother portrays in order to ensure that her family is well taken care of and that her house is in order and looks immaculate before she does.”
Lindsay is the media sales rep for women's media movement I Like Her Style Vancouver
, and she recently launched Pink Crown Creative
, a marketing and social media consulting company for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is counting down the days to her upcoming December wedding!
(of a person) in a particular place.
My grandma was always there. She attended anything I was in that was important to me. Together we spent countless hours talking over tea. For her there were no distractions, she just wanted my company. She didn't need more."
Sherri is a lifestyle and storytelling photographer based in Vancouver, BC. See her gorgeous work on Instagram @sherriphotos
1. complete disorder and confusion
"Motherhood is a beautiful Chaos. That has been my experience. I have learned that in order to survive my family I need to have as much patience and humor as I can muster. I wasn't prepared for the sleep deprivation or lack of independence once my children entered my life but I was prepared for the mischievous behavior and endless energy. Finally, after being a mother for 6.5 years I am slowly gaining a tiny bit of control and being able to enjoy the craziness that is my life."
Jessica and her sister Carla blog about motherhood and their passion for living with purpose at featherandmane.com
photo by JuliaBePhotography
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
a feeling of trust.
"Moms need hope. Hope for a better world, hope that the kids will stop wetting the bed or fighting with their siblings, even a small shred of hope that they will eat their vegetables just once without making a scene. For me, I am holding on to the hope that one day I will become a mother. We've been trying for 5 years. Every Mother's Day is a challenge, but much less so when I hold onto hope and make a concentrated effort to enjoy the day I'm in today. Jeremiah 29:11"
photo by Julie Jagt Photography
What ingredients would you combine to make the perfect mom? Are those different qualities than a perfect grandma? This Mother's Day, let's celebrate all of the women in our lives who have led and loved us with the simple gift of our words! Download your free printable (Mom, Grandma, Nana, Aunt, Auntie and Stepmom versions all included!) and get those Mother's Day gifts finished early!