I find women in generally pretty inspiring tbh and more so since becoming a mother. I feel empowered when I am surrounded by creative, inspiring ladies and I'm lucky enough to call a good bunch of them my friends. I would be here forever if I listed each woman in my life who I wanted to celebrate but I wanted to mention just a few before I move on to a lady who I believe truly deserves to be called inspirational.
Let's start with my mother of course, we may lead very different lives & disagree on a few things but I believe she helped make me the person I am today. She instilled in me the belief that to be kind was the most important thing in life, something I try to live my life by. She also taught me about feminism and to question what I might not believe is right and have the confidence to believe in myself to do so.
Good friends like Lori and Nichola who share my creative drive and work ethic and who inspire me to be excited about and have faith in what I can achieve. People like Adele who's gentle parenting and non-judgemental support remind me to be the parent I want to be. Jess's creativity, generosity and honesty when it comes to motherhood and the lovely Katie who paints it so well with her words and photos.
The person I really want to talk about today though is my friend Emma.
The first thing to note is that Emma will probably be mortified I have decided to write about her. She will claim she is not inspiring but this is so far from the truth. Emma is one of most inspiring people I have ever met. She's one of those people that make you want to be a better person without making you feel bad about it. She is open minded, funny and someone you feel you could chat to for hours without running out of things to say.
Emma is a twenty something mum of two beautiful children. She set up a charity to help disadvantaged families in her local area called First Days. Believing that every child deserves the same start in life she helps find families the items they desperately need for their children. Knowing there are people like Emma in the world who's kindness and compassion to help others can actually change people's life inspires me immensely. Actually even writing this has reminded me of how much I could do to help, if it's made you feel the same way then do check out her site.
Who inspires you? I'd love to know! In fact If you want to join in then post a picture of a woman who inspires you on Instagram, tag it @AtterleyRoad #ARWOMAN and nominate some friends to do the same.
p.s if we are going to talk wish list I'd be picking this jumper!