Happy Mother’s Day! To celebrate we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.
Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee
What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To be flexible. Things don’t always go exactly as planned, you have to learn to go with the flow.
What’s your favorite activity to do together?
Draw. Rylee has grown up watching me paint / draw (I work as an illustrator and graphic designer). She could draw with me for hours.
What’s the best part of being a mom?
The immense joy she brings to my life.
What’s one lesson you learned from your mother?
In regards to parenting, my mom has taught me to always confirm individual worth and beauty. Each of us was created with a unique purpose. She taught me to believe that in myself, and I want to do the same with my daughter. Encouraging her in her strengths and affirming her worth.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give?
Early on, when I was struggling with the balance between work and motherhood, I remember reading that it was less about balance and more about “the juggle”. Finding balance somehow implies that everything will be perfect one day and that we will come to a place where we have “everything figured out”. The juggle however, is learning how to make it work within our own situations. It’s a constant challenge and it’s not always pretty, but somehow, you make it work.
I’ve slowly learned to let go of the unrealistic expectations I put on myself to “do it all”. I do the best I can with each day and try to remember that that my best is enough.
What’s been the most memorable moment so far?
Holding her in my arms for the first time. I’m not sure if anything will beat that.
Share your favorite part of motherhood.
The overwhelming and unconditional love that they bring. It’s hard to remember my life prior to having my daughter. But I know for sure that she has filled my life with so much more joy and fulfillment than I ever thought possible.
Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!
Photography by Taryn Kent