Ever since I was a little girl I had a special bond with my mum, especially with her being a single mum, which just made our bond even stronger.
I see my mum as an inspiration as she is a very selfless and determined person.
I was two years old and my brother was just over four, when my mum officially became a sole parent and being a single mum in the 1990’s in Ukraine, wasn’t the easiest thing to do.
I remember my childhood clearly. Mum was always working to provide for both my brother and I. Despite her being very busy as the sole provider for our household, she always had time for us and always told us how much she loved us.
My mum always wanted a better future for all of us, especially my brother and I and she would always say that one day we would live in Australia, the country that provides equal opportunities and a better future. All her friends and family would just laugh and never believed that she could achieve this huge dream of hers.
It’s been nearly 15 years since we arrived in Australia with no money. As non-English speaking at the time, it wasn’t easy for the first few years here in Australia. My brother and I were teenagers and my mum was working 3 jobs to provide for us.
“Throughout the years I have seen the determination of my mum grow and play out and I use the motto of ‘never give up and always strive for better and bigger things and always follow your dreams no matter if someone neither laughs nor agrees”.
Throughout the years I have seen the determination of my mum grow and play out and I use the motto of ‘never give up and always strive for better and bigger things and always follow your dreams no matter if someone neither laughs nor agrees. She encourages all women to follow their dreams and to be role models for everyone to the best of their capacity.
Now that both my brother and I have grown up and are successful in our own right, we want to reward our mum for everything she’s done for us. I love spending time with my mum and doing things with her that she absolutely loves.
I made sure to treat her to a bottle of sparkling wine on the beach as we celebrated International Women’s Day together. Oyster Bay’s sparkling Cuvée Rosé went beautifully with our picnic and made the moment unforgettable.
I want to celebrate this International Women’s Day cheersing to all the women out there and encourage everyone to embrace what impact all women can have on not only other women, but on everybody in this diverse universe we live in.
I try as a confident, ambitious and social woman, to build up the people around me; try to give them the same feeling I have of being a proud woman. I enjoy exposing people around me to a positive outlook, and demonstrating what a successful woman can achieve if they believe in themselves and own opportunities that come to them.
With all of life’s stresses, it’s important to take time to unwind and catch up with the people who inspire you. I made sure to take time to celebrate the strong, ambitious women in my life and encourage you to do the same.
Celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day by thanking and appreciating the special women in your lives. Cheers!