I have had a wonderful summer, grasping the opportunity between jobs to spend time with my boys being a Mum. It has been a time of nurturing, reflection and rejuvenation.
As a Mum I, like many of my friends and colleagues, struggle with the balance of motherhood, work, study, the eternal washing and occasional play. I find myself too frequently blaming myself when no one thing is done quite well enough.
I had forgotten how to stop, see and celebrate my achievements. It is in reflecting on this that this week I have been overwhelmed by the women in my life, how mind blowingly awesome they are and the incredible difference they make in our community.
There is my friend who breast fed her premature baby while completing her Masters degree.
My BrumYODO friends who have just won an award for Modern Funeral Director of the year. Who offer truly beautiful personal funerals (and are amazing Mums too)
My friend the Nurse Leader whose audacity, values and pride in nursing have changed the face of end of life care (oh and she’s a brilliant Mum too)
My friend who volunteers for a hospice and a spinal injuries charity. Who has the most beautiful soul and who without I would be a gibbering wreck (and has amazing twin boys)
All multi taskers, but it is not as simple as that. At their core is a sense of what is right. A need to nurture and place people at the heart of their action.
There are many more, all unique but sharing that same value base of kindness, community, family and what matters.
And so, I would ask you, my friends to be mindful of your brilliance and radiance, to love yourselves and each other and remember everyday what incredible women you are. I’m going to try too x