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Inspiring Women On International Women's Day

Amy, her Mum, and her sisters enjoying dinner together.
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My name is Amy, I'm a 20-year-old second year Management with Marketing student and I'm an ambassador here at IconInc. With it being International Women’s Day, here's a post on the woman who has inspired me throughout my life.

Amy and her Mum sat in the garden when she was young.

It's Mother’s Day this Sunday, I have been thinking about my Mum a lot recently and what an incredibly strong, powerful, and beautiful woman she is. Therefore, my Mother will always be my first, and most influential, role model in my life.

Everyone loves their Mum, but I would go even further to say that my Mother isn’t only my role model, but my best friend. She taught me how to conduct myself with grace, poise, and confidence; qualities I believe to be paramount for a woman striding towards success in the 21st century.

My Mother grew up in a small town in Lancashire, and despite pressures to stay there and settle down like all her friends and family, at the age of 19, she packed her bags and travelled to Australia on the other side of the world.

This took a lot of willpower for my Mum to go against the odds and norms, and this is a lesson she’s taught me throughout my life. “Following the crowd is cool if you want to go where the crowd is going. Never fear being the odd one out in order to achieve your own goals.”

She went against the crowd and explored a new country and this helped shape her character in all her future endeavours. This has led me to take risks in my life, and is an influencing factor to me becoming the strong minded individual I am today.

Amy's Mum and her sister

The second lesson my Mum taught me was that, “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you”. I learnt this lesson at the tender age of 7, when my Mum was unfortunately diagnosed with Leukemia, a life threatening cancer formed in the blood cells, usually the bone marrow.

Watching my Mother battle such a terrifying disease in such a courageous manor taught me and my sister that no matter what obstacles we face in life, if we tackle it with courage and look for the light at the end of the tunnel, we can overcome any adversity. My Mum never let us see that she was scared, despite her illness. She powered through for her family and if that doesn’t make her the worthiest of role models, I don’t know what would.

The third lesson my mother has taught me is that, "A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." My Mum has always worked with children, and by the age of 25, she had set up her own company in the child care industry. She had to work hard to build up her company, her clientele, and the reputation of the company, which was a huge success. She’s never shied away from hard work either, and I’ve watched her slave away day and night in order to achieve her dream, whether that be in interior design, child care, property development, or simply being the best Mother she could be to her children.

I hope, however, that my Mother’s greatest achievement to date, is me and my sisters. Everything I do is to show her that each life lesson she’s taught me, I have taken on board and ran with. To make her proud is my greatest achievement. That’s why my Mother is my role model.

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