Motherhood – Mother’s Day Special
Posted on May 07 2016
Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day is annually celebrated on the second Sunday of May. On this day, we honor mothers and thank them for their unwavering support and unconditional love.
What would we be without our mothers? Meghan Tschanz, from Painted Orange, remarks and captures the essence of Mother’s Day and why we all pause to celebrate it, “I’ve travelled the world and met mothers of every color and culture, the way they parent is as diverse as their food. But what I’ve noticed universally is the sacrificial love of mothers, putting their children before themselves in almost every circumstance. The mother in Africa goes without food to feed her children first, or of the mother in the States who works long hours to put food on the table, or the mother in Asia who stays up late through the night to comfort a sick child.”
Motherhood comes in all shapes, practices, and sizes. In honor of this celebrated holiday we’ve selected mothers who have seemingly conquered the invaluable balance of living, working, and raising children in the 21st century.
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has been a source of inspiration for many people, including President Obama. There are many qualities that people admire about Michelle Obama, right from the fact that she is not afraid to speak her mind to her self-confidence and style. She is one of the few people who have juggled the responsibilities of motherhood, career, and public commitments quite successfully - and with grace.
A graduate of Princeton, Michelle is the mother of two daughters, Malia Ann who is 17 years old, and Natasha, who is 14. She has strived to raise her girls in the most normal way possible in order to help keep them grounded. She explains, “And I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady… and not just as a wife. You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still ‘mom-in-chief’. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world”.
Along with being a singer, songwriter, and record producer, Beyoncé is also a working mom to a 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Beyoncé is a source of inspiration for all, not only because she has carved out her own success, but also because she stands up for what she believes in. In a magazine interview, she was asked what her greatest achievement to date was. The interviewer asked if it was the 20 Grammys or performing twice at the Super Bowl.
Beyoncé responded, “Out of everything I’ve accomplished, my proudest moment hands down was when I gave birth to my daughter Blue”. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, because she has always emphasized the role family and motherhood has played in her life. According to her, the source of her inspiration is her family, “One thing that’s for sure, the love that I have for music, for my husband, for my child is something that will last far beyond my life”.
With two adorable daughters, Honor, 7-years old and Haven who is 4-years old, Jessica Alba has become an expert on the whole parenting thing - literally. She formed The Honest Company, along with Christopher Gavin, four years ago to create childcare, cleaning, and beauty products that are free from any harmful chemicals and dyes. Today, this company is valued at $1.7 billion and offers nontoxic products, including lipsticks, diapers, and wipes.
Jessica has also gone above and beyond by ensuring that The Honest Company is a great place for parents to work, offering 8 weeks parental leave to new dads and 16 weeks leave to new moms. When asked about parenting, Jessica Alba said, “I have two very different girls. The way that I parent one is different than the way I parent the other. There’s no cookie-cutter way of going about it. I think we as women – and as moms – need to show younger girls that we support each other no matter what and to try and not be so judgmental”.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith is renowned all over the world not only for her acting and musical career, but also because of her successful relationship with veteran actor Will Smith. She is a source of inspiration as well as a role model for both her kids, Jaden and Willow, who have followed in their parents’ footsteps and entered Hollywood. In a recent interview with her mother, Adrienne Banfield, and daughter, Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith talked about the problems that every mother faces and what they should do about it.
She shares, “I’ll tell you something about being a mother. And some of the messaging that we get in this country about being a mother. That you have to completely sacrifice everything. And I think that the re-messaging that we as mothers need to have and gravitate to is that you have to take care of yourself in order to have the alignment and the power to take care of others at the capacity that we do”.
A list of celebrity mothers who inspire us would be incomplete without Angelina Jolie. This famous actress, writer, and UN Ambassador is also a mother of six; Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, 9, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 7.
Angelina Jolie who is known for her determination to make the world a better place surprised everyone by revealing that she never thought of herself as a mother, “It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother”. Funnily enough, today, the six kids are her first priority, “The center of my life is my kids. I woke up at 3 in the morning with four kids with jet lag and two babies. I put myself together for a few hours and go out. And then I go home. This is my job”.
The English singer and songwriter, Adele, has achieved more in her short career than anyone could ever imagine to achieve in their entire lifetime. This 28-year-old has managed to tick off everything on her list, right from record breaking hits and numerous Grammys to a Golden Globe and even an Oscar. Renowned for churning one hit after another, this gorgeous singer has a 3 year old son Angelo. In her recent interview with Vogue magazine, she said that being a mother is her most fulfilling achievement. “Angelo makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t”.
Another working mom is Reese Witherspoon. This multitasking actress has garnered a lot of fame for her roles in movies such as ‘Legally Blond’, ‘Wild’, and ‘Walk the Line’. Apart from being an Oscar winning actress, Reese Witherspoon has also launched her production company, Pacific Standard, along with her partner Bruna Papandrea. According to The Hollywood Reporter, currently this company has 30 projects under development, which include 25 movies and five television shows.
She is a mother to three kids, 16-year-old daughter Ava, 12-year-old son Deacon, and 3-year-old son Tennessee. Reese has always been outspoken about the importance of family time, “I love Sundays. We go to church, brunch and then just relax at home. We watch TV, play outside, and I attempt to cook dinner or bake something. It’s all very relaxing and it reminds me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family”.
Victoria Beckham is a former Spice Girl who is married to the famous soccer player David Beckham. She has single-handedly established her very own fashion brand over the past 8 years with grace, hard work, and panache.
Victoria Beckham has also managed to raise millions for AIDS and HIV charities, including amfAR, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers. This famous fashion designer has four kids; Brooklyn, 17, Romeo, 13, Cruz, 11, and Harper, 4. On motherhood, she shares, “They are a wonder to me every day. From a teenage son through to a toddler daughter, each moment of every day is filled with different energies, activities, feelings, and a lot of comedy”.
Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of the most powerful media platform in the world, YouTube. She is a visionary who has helped in the launch of Google by renting her garage to the PhD students who invented it. Back in 2006, she helped Google purchase YouTube because she was well aware of the potential of this media platform.
Through it all - Susan Wojcicki makes it a point to drive home daily in time for a family dinner. When asked about her work and how she balances motherhood she consistently does not like it when she is questioned about balance between work and life, stating that men do not get asked these questions. When asked about motherhood, she said, “I know from experience that being a mother gave me a broader sense of purpose, more compassion and a better ability to prioritize and get things done efficiently”.
And Wojcicki sums it up well - motherhood in the 21st century is about efficiency, fortitude, and grace. This Mother’s Day do something different. Rather than flowers, cook a meal for your dear mother. Instead of booking a day at the spa perform the mani and pedi yourself. Once again Meghan, from Painted Orange, captures it all again when she points out the very truth and sacrifice that motherhood demands, “Imagine, just for a moment, a world without mothers. Just for us to take our first breath she went through enormous pain. It’s her blood coursing through our veins and her lessons that shaped you. Without her, a lot of us wouldn’t know how to love or how to tie our shoes or how to pick ourselves back up after we fall down. She taught us how, never expecting so much as a thank you in return, just our love was enough.”
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