11 Women Share Their Favorite Part About Motherhood
No woman loves everything about motherhood. Try as we might, there are some parts that are more challenging than others. Still, we love our kids, and even when we’re completely drained, there’s always something that drives us. Maybe it’s seeing our babies smile at us, or perhaps we’ve made a positive connection to family mealtimes or reading bedtime stories. Whatever the case, every mom has a few big motivators that help her get through the day. We asked a few moms to share their favorite part of motherhood, and their answers will make you want to run and hug your own baby (even if they’ve grown much past that phase).
1. “Seeing each child develop their own personality and humor. Then noticing how much of you is a part of them.” – Jenny, Port St. Lucie, FL
2. “Watching him develop into his own person. There’s no way to describe it really. He went from this little babbling baby to a little dude who likes to dance and climb and swim. He’s so full of life. It’s really just awesome.” – Kristina, Coopertown, FL
3. “My favorite part about motherhood is experiencing wholehearted, joyous love without fear, shame, or self-doubt. But I’m also here for all the fart jokes.” – Emily, Oneonta, NY
4. “The sweet smell of newborn breath, the tiny fingers and toes, wispy hairs, toddler belly giggles, watching them be absolutely fearless, the pride you feel when they do amazing things, seeing the love my daughters have for one another, snuggling, the moment when your kid is being awful and you’re about to lose it but then they do something funny and you have to tap out… Do I have to choose just one?” – Lauren, Salisbury Township, PA
5. “Watching him grow and learn daily. His laugh is contagious.” – Jenn, Gainesville, FL
6. “I think my favorite part is helping them through something REALLY hard, or watching them figure it out on their own. Witnessing their growth is inspiring and beautiful to watch. And it happens all the time, in small and huge ways.” – Sarah, Baltimore, MD
7. “Watching my son be spontaneously kind, and knowing I helped make the world a kinder place by bringing him here.” – Jillian, Burlington, VT
8. “Feeling your heart expand larger than you ever thought it could.” – Mary, Austin, TX
9. “Cuddling and watching them learn and play. I can watch kids for hours and never get bored, and watching my own girls flourish is the best thing ever. It’s those moments when they’re laughing and playing that you forget about the screaming and crying and it makes it all worth it.” – Arlene, Denver, CO
10. “The moment my son sees me when I come to pick him up from daycare and runs to me. No one has ever been that excited to see me.” – Kimberly, Huntington, NY
11. “Honestly, lately my favorite part is watching these little humans I gave birth to develop the most amazingly funny personalities. And sarcasm! When they get sarcasm for the first time? THE BEST. The other night my seven-year-old roasted me so bad: We were watching snowboarding, and I jokingly said, ‘I could do that!’ And she said, ‘Mom, you can’t even walk down stairs without holding the rail.’ She’s savage. Oh, and the mixed up words. My three-year-old told me the other day that something was ‘real-a-lipstick.’ She meant realistic, but I’ll say real-a-lipstick from now on because it’s perfect.” – Jayme, Los Angeles, CA
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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