Twelve years ago I became a mother for the first time. Not bad as an experience on the international day for women. Getting a daughter made it even more special.
And she is a special one, but so is the second one. Our little ladies, children, they change your life!
From the minute you pee on that first pregnancy test to the moment your baby arrives, you know your life is going to change, but often, we can’t even begin to imagine just how much. Maybe I was always an entrepreneur in my heart but when I became a mother, new responsibilities popped up, new challenges I had to conquer on how to manage my time. And running your own business means that you can (somewhat) be in total control of your hours.
Having your first baby makes you question what’s important in your life. It brings you back to your passions in a way. I also wanted to find meaning outside of motherhood and pursuing that side hustle I have been thinking of for years.
When kids see their parents working hard to pursue their dreams, it encourages them to do the same I think, I hope. Being a woman entrepreneur works to break down gender stereotypes and shows sons and daughters that both girls and boys can choose to have meaningful career paths as well as raise a family.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
But for me the 8th of March is above all the day I became a mother and the birthday of a beautiful little lady turning 12 today!
May your dreams come true, Noa!