And just like that, it’s Monday again. To help you kick this week off on the right note, here we bring you five inspiring mamas that are sure to help you take on whatever this week throws your way.
1 // Rachelle Rowlings
For our daily dose humour, we love nothing more than the musings on mama-hood from mum-of-two, Rachelle Rowlings. From her laugh-out-loud accounts of the day-to-day through to her hilarious Insta story captions, you can always count on Rachelle to keep it real.
I picked a fight with the fridge. It took me 3 attempts to open it & when I finally did, I did with such force that it bypassed my arm & hit me straight in the face 🤦🏼♀️ I’ve reached sleep deprivation level extreme, where i’ve made a hobby of getting angry with inanimate objects 🥣 I stabbed the kettle with a butter knife after it scolded me & put the fry pan in the naughty corner when it broke the yolk on both my sunny side’s up ☀ I can’t be blamed though. The fact that I have no control over my offspring means my pent up anger levels at tupperware containers, soap dispensers & remotes are at critical levels & the need to slam them, throw them, snap them is relatively unavoidable 🤷🏼♀️ And seeing as I mention pent up anger, let me delve deeper into this sordid abyss. We’re human. As much as Mum’s are expected not to be. We are. We’re expected to remain patient with tonka’s to the toe, parmigiana to the eyeball & pudgy size 7’s to the ribs 🖕🏼 We can’t bat an eye at a tantrum over toast sliced the wrong angle or if they’re not enjoying the shade of blue their shirt is. Or when your toddler karate chops your 4 month in the temple so you banish him to his cot to let him cry it out. Upon your return he has projectile vomited cheese topped beans all over himself, the carpet & his freshly changed sheets saving the largest proportion of predigested food for your new Balenciaga tee. (While your baby decides her stomach contents are the perfect dooner accessory!) What do you do?! A 1950’s parenting book would guide us in the direction of a slight giggle & a ‘such is life’ shrug. Beat it 👊🏼 We don’t get a moment off. Even if they’re down you’re staring at that monitor with such trepidation that you start to twitch. Waiting for that assholey light to flicker. And yes we want to be reminded daily of how amazing we are! Because we’re scared everyone forgets. Etch it into some stone. Write it in the sky. Hand us our OBE’s. We live for praise & sympathy like addicts because it’s a lonely, scary bloody job. One we would never change. But we still reserve the right to bitch, moan, remind you daily of our sacrifice & well, wine 🍷 Bring home wine! Top: @saroka___official
2 // Kelly
Need a little health inspo? Kelly is your gal. As someone who struggled with her weight, we love how honest she is and that self-care for her and her little one are at the core of everything she does.
When your exercise calls for wall balls but you don’t have a ball, you only have the cutest ball of tiny human ever created !! • • • Seeing the joy in her face when I include her in my exercise makes me so happy. I’m getting done what I need to AND giving her lots of cuddles and laughs in the process. Feel a bit offended how she laughs at me when I do a burpee… I must look RIDICULOUS cause she finds it extremely funny 😄 PS: just a tiny bit obsessed with that multicolored Pom-Pom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #jshealth #jshealthprogram #jshealthgirls #goals #motivation #inspire #instahealth #instagood #instahealth #instafit #fitness #fitnessjourney #fitnessaccount #fitmom #livingthehealthylife #idontdiet #healthyliving #bbg #bbgprogreess #bbgmom #workout #bbgtransformation #healthyrecipes #girl #love #happy #cleaneating #momlife #exercise
3 // Turia Pitt
A new mama that needs no introduction, we are inspired by this amazing women day in, day out. Need a little boost to take on the week ahead? Turia Pitt’s strength is enough to inspire a village.
Just a little shout out for my nose. I’m currently recovering from a surgery where doctors reconstructed this bad boy. I won’t go into too much detail, because the gore factor is high, but basically the doctors took cartilage from my ear and used it to re-shape my nose. Amazing, huh?! I choose to keep having surgeries like this because I believe life is all about continual improvement. And, whatever you do in life, you can’t improve without doing the work. For me “doing the work” means accepting that I’m going to be in a bit of pain, recognising that I’m not going to be able to do the things I enjoy for a while (running/surfing/being active), taking time off from work and other projects, and trusting the process. But putting in the work always pays off. I can breathe through my nostrils for the first time in 5 years and I’m loving hanging with the best antidote in the world. I’m jotting down some thoughts about how to keep putting in the work, even if you don’t know how it will turn out. It will all be in my weekly letter this Thursday. Hit the link in my bio to make sure I’ve got your deets. Xx
4 // Libby Johnson
A midwife and mother-of-five, Libby’s youngest, Mabel, now one, was admitted to SCN the day after her birth. What a terrifying ordeal for a parent. Mabel was later diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS ). Since, Libby has worked tirelessly to shine a light on the syndrome and raise money for research. She’s doing this while raising five children, running a business and finding out every bit of info she can on PWS so she can help make her youngest daughter’s life as comfortable as is humanly possible.
One journey around the sun and what a journey it was! Happy birthday Mabel. Thank you everyone for all the love this year. The saying it takes a village came to light this year. The simple hello to mabel when she is in the shop, to the patience whilst I finish feeding or pumping to the asking on how she is going means so much.
5 // Carly McDonagh
Mama to Sonny and with another little one on the way, Carly beautifully chronicles her motherhood journey on Instagram and over on her blog. We love her gorgeous images (that are literally like a breath of fresh air and make you feel like you’re on a holiday). AND we especially love her candid thoughts and insight on her journey as a mama.
Since I can remember I wanted to be a mum. I was always so excited about being pregnant, to have that feeling of a little human being growing inside of me, to feel that connection with the baby long before the baby was to enter the world and to keep a baby safely inside me until they were ready to meet the outside world. I truly feel so blessed for being able to conceive and carry our babies. Through every ache and pain I remind myself of how hard my body is working to keep this one safe and healthy and preparing itself and our baby for their arrival. Not long to go now 💫