Sunday morning reads (extracts from issue one)

And now you’re mother to two boys. What life truths has motherhood taught you? How has it transformed you and your life? 

Becoming a mother totally changes you. You go from being this mostly self-centered being to truly in charge of someone else’s everything. Mostly, motherhood has taught me that most of the things I worried about were petty and trivial. I’m much more aware and secure in my own inner voice after becoming a mom. I don’t know how to explain it, but I just can feel when things are right or wrong for my kids and my family in a profound way. I am more confident of subscribing to the things that truly make me feel good and I care less about what other people think of me. At the end of the day, you will always be comparing yourself to others around you, it’s human nature to do so. But honestly? I’m much more confident in saying “who gives a fuck?” now. If it’s not going to make me happy or be a good decision for my family, I don’t really care about it in the same way as I did before.

 

Who are some of the women you most admire and why? 

You know what? I haven’t met that many women I don’t admire. Women are the ones who are the caretakers of the world. Even women who disagree with my politics are caring for their own mothers and children and working their butts off doing a million different things for their communities and friends too. I stitched a sweater with the first names of famous women I admired – names like Angela, Ellen, Gloria, etc. – and it’s an ongoing and neverending project. I can’t stop! 

In my personal life, I know and love so many women who just totally blow me away. They have cared for people with little or no returns. They have been treated poorly, they have had things done to them that many wouldn’t even dare imagine. They have struggled with substance abuse or illness. They are fighting cancer or going back to school in their 40s. They are the first ones in their family to go to college. They are single mothers, they are grieving for their lost daughters. They are running for offices and board rooms. They are the nannies who are loving our children like their own. They are struggling to conceive, they are due to deliver a baby any minute. There are too many for me to name, but they are all warriors and they keep showing up for battle, and I am their biggest cheerleader. 

 

 

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