THE CHILDHOOD CHAT: Karolina


A flight attendant and a student of the Polish Air Force University, Karolina is a 20-years-old independent young woman, dreaming about having her own little family one day. In the interview, she reflected on growing up in a multigenerational home, immigration and family relationships. 

What is your earliest childhood memory?
When my mum went to work (to the UK), and I was left home alone with my grandma and my dad. I was so stressed out, it was one of the first nights when my mum wasn't at home. I couldn't really eat or drink anything. 


You spent the first five years of your life in a family house with your parents, grandmother and great-grandmother. Four generations under one roof. How does it feel?  
At times it wasn't very spaciously, because I think we only had 50 sqm in the house. I remember my parents had their own room, which I was meant to sleep with them, however, I slept with my grandma in the kitchen on the couch. And then my great-grandmother, she had a separate room as well. We all lived together, but it wasn't that bad. It was normal for us. Raised in a small house with a lot of people,  I really didn't have any comparisons to how anybody else lived.


I think that being raised by three generations is actually amazing. The knowledge and experience you gain are so precious. Also, I often see that children who grew up in small houses are much closer to their parents because they physically needed to be around one another, so emotionally they are more connected. I believe that that closeness and support must have had a very positive impact on you. 
Yes. And I was never really lonely because when my parents went to work, I was with my grandma, and my great-grandma. Even now, when we all live separately, we are still all very connected. I visit my grandmas once a week, I visit my parents very often. We all have a very special bond, that not many people have with their grandparents and parents. 


I think that living with your grandparents and being able to make so many memories together is so precious.
Yes. And I have always treated my grandma as my mother as well because when my mum was working, I would always be with my grandma. She would take me out everywhere, take me out for a walk, she would show me everything that I really wanted to know. And even now, for mothers day, I always get something for my grandma as well.


That is so sweet! She must have had a great impact on you. I always admired how bold and confident she is. And she truly lives her life to the fullest. And I know that you are similar, you are very present and emotional. When you laugh, you really laugh, when you cry, you cry.
Sometimes I laugh and cry at the same time!


The flat you spent your early childhood in, your parents' house, the flat you're living in at the moment. Which of them do you call home?
When I was younger, the home was my paternal grandparents' house, because all of our family would always meet up there, and anytime you visited, you were always very welcomed. A home filled with family, filled with love. 
Now I live in a flat in Wroclaw, but for me, home is the one in the countryside, where my parents live. It reminds me so much of my grandparent's house because everyone in the family had an impact on its building. For example, my older cousin, he helped my dad to build the house, even though he was young. My other cousin would help to plant the trees around it. 
I think that it is a place for everyone now. It is in the countryside, there is a lot of animals in there, everyone is always welcomed to visit, and everyone that visits always feels at home. And even though I have my own little family here in Wroclaw, it's not the same. 


It is amazing what you just said about the impact everyone had. I remember how excited your parents were when they started building it. 
How similar is the flat you are living in at the moment to your parents' house?  
Actually, we have quite a lot of plants here. It is not a big flat, but we have at least two plants in every room. We have a lot of candles, which I took from home as well, because my mum was always obsessed with candles, with cushions, with photo frames.
In my family house, in the countryside, we have pictures everywhere. Pictures of us, of our family. And I really want that in this flat as well. I want this flat to be as welcoming for everyone as my home is. And I want it to be really cosy, nice and warm, so when anyone just comes in here, I want them to feel loved.


Amazing! You moved to the UK at the age of 5, having to leave behind your home and your grandmothers. Do you remember that moment? If so, how did you feel? How did that separation impact you?
I don't remember exactly the moment of us moving, however, I do remember that I missed my grandparents a lot. I was with them every day, and then I moved to a completely different country. We weren't able to be on the phone with them all the time, and I don't think Skype was there either. So I didn't really see them at all. I saw them once a year, twice maybe. It was really sad. I missed my family, I also missed my favourite cousin a lot, because we were the same age, so we would always do everything together. So being separated from them was really hard for me.


Do you remember visiting your home in Poland? Your grandmothers were still living in it. How did it feel to come back for a moment, only for a few days, and then leaving it again?
For me, it was very sad because even though our things were still in there, it felt very empty. And because we didn't have the contact that we would normally have, I kind of felt like if I was drifting away from them a bit. 
And I also remember when I used to go to my cousin's house I would always cry when we had to go back home, and my parents would literally pull me out of their house because I wouldn't go out on my own.


I bet! When you came to the UK, you were only 5 years old. You couldn't speak English back then, do you remember that feeling of going to school and not being able to understand the teachers and other kids? 
Yes. For me, it was awful because I didn't really understand anything. I didn't know what they were saying, and I didn't even know how to say that I wanted to go to the toilet. It was quite sad. I remember that every day I would go home, and my mum would teach me new words that she learned, so we would help each other. When I learned the rhymes, and when started reading books, it was all easier for me to understand everyone.


You have a little brother. How did the birth of him impact you? 
For me, in the beginning it was kind of hard. With time I learned to love him. We didn't really have a good relationship because we would always fight when we were a bit younger, this was until like 2-3 years ago. We weren't very good siblings to each other. He always wanted me to be told off by my parents, I always wanted him to be told off by our parents. Now it is a bit different, because he always wants to come to me, and our relations are much better. I always want to come home to see my brother. He always calls me, he wants to always be here, in Wroclaw with me, so it is quite cute. 


How old were you when you returned to Poland for good, and how did it feel?
I was 15 years old. I really wanted to go back to be with my family and to start school there. I was very excited, however, when I was going back I lived with my grandma for half a year, because my parents were still in England. I think that they just wanted to finish their work, they waited for Adrian to finish his nursery in England. So I was alone in Poland with my grandma. 


Tell me something about your mum. What kind of mum is she?
I think that my mum is a very good mum. She is very caring, she is a very good listener, and she doesn't judge anyone. I find that I can come to her with all sorts of problems, and she will always help me. She would never tell me off, and she would get straight to the helping bit. I think for her the most important thing is for the family to be together, for everyone to be close. She always tries to help everyone the best she can.


I always found her to be the most organised mother, too. Her house was always spot on, kids fed, she looked amazing. I have known her my entire life, and she has not aged at all! And I always appreciated that special bond she has with you.
Yes! It is very nice because we can always call each other, any time of day. She can always tell me about her problems. When she talks to me, she calms down a bit and starts to think rationally again. And I think that she has the same effect on me as well. 


Do you think that she knows just how amazing and beautiful she is? 
No. I don't think so. She never really knows how beautiful she is.


You were an extraordinarily beautiful baby, and you are an absolutely gorgeous woman today. Are you aware of that?  Did your parents, or the family, in general, assured you of that?
Aww, thank you! I think that they did, actually. I think that my parents always made me feel confident with myself, they would always tell me compliments. When I was feeling a little low, I would always go to my mum, and she would always make me feel a lot better.


Your dad. What kind of father he is?
He is a lovely dad, he is very strict but he is also very caring. And I know that if anything happened to me, he would always take my back. There have been a couple of situations when he didn't really think about the consequences, he just really went and stood by me. If anything happens, if have any boy problems or anything like that, my dad is always the first to help. It is so nice because I know that I can always count on him. My dad is also really good at everything. He has knowledge of every single subject, and if I have a problem with my car, I can always get to him, if I have a problem with my partner, then I can go to him. If I have a problem with anything, he can always give me some kind of tip, or do something about it. 


Are there any days that you would like to relive?  What are some of your happiest memories? 
When I had school productions, I would always see my parents in the crowd. They would always be there, they would always cheer me. It was amazing. And they still do that to my younger brother. He still gets a lot of support, they take breaks off work just to go and see him. 
And also, some of my happiest memories were in my grandparent's house. I believe that my love for horses comes from my granddad, cause he would teach me how to ride horses, and he took me for horse rides. 


Is there anything that you particularly are missing from your childhood, but you know that it can not come back?
I think I miss the bonds that everyone had when we were younger. All of our family would meet up a lot, and now everyone is spread around the world, so it is very hard to get everyone in the same place. And not everyone has time for each other anymore. 


Is there something about your childhood that you would change, if you had the power to do so, of course?
I don't think that there is anything that I would change.


Wow. Amazing! What does the word 'family' mean to you? Based on your own experience.
For me, the family is trust, love, and being able to be yourself without anyone judging you. 


Which phase of your life was the toughest for you?
The secondary school. It was a bit tough because of being bullied there. I was too scared to tell my family about it. I knew that I could tell them, but if they went to school and they started talking to my teachers, it would get worse. So I never really told anyone about it.
Now I always make sure to talk to my brother about how he is getting along at school, if he has any friends and if anyone is annoying him. And I know that there was this little boy at his football club that would pick everyone and always hit other kids, so I actually went down and I talked to him about it. He stopped doing it. I think it is very important to always tell an adult if anything is going on because we can actually do a lot about it.


In which phase of your life did you grow the most? Emotionally, spiritually, skill-wise,  knowledge-wise?
I think that I grew the most when I moved out of my family home. 


Are you happy?  
Yes, I am very happy. I have the best job I could dream of, I am living in a lovely flat in the city that I love, I have cats and a loving boyfriend. I am very happy.


Your job is very challenging, and I believe it takes a lot of courage to become a flight attendant. Did you have to overcome any kind of fears in your mind prior to starting your work?
I was never really scared of flying, however, on our training, they would talk to us about all of the accidents that could happen, all of the hijacks and the engines turning off, so I was a bit scared then. However, I have learned that whatever you do, you have to do it according to the procedures. Before the flights, we always check all of the equipment, if everything is working fine. 

Some people take our job for granted because they think that it is just a waitressing in the air, but it is not really about that. In the air,  we're doctors, we're midwives, we're the police people. If anything happens with a passenger, we are responsible for him, we have to help him. It is not just about serving beverages and food.


What challenges is your generation facing today?  What, in your opinion, the generation of your parents could have done better?
Politics is definitely a problem for my generation. I think that in Poland, not many young people are getting to say what they want and speak their minds.
And then, there are a lot of problems with the environment as well, not many people are trying to reduce plastic. In my household we use only metal straws, we reduce the plastic, we recycle. Not everyone does that yet.


I would personally toss in the technology here, too. It definitely changed the quality of family relationships. Especially that it all happened when you guys were coming of age. In the time when you need people to be there for you the most, they are constantly on their phones. It is scary. In some parts of the world, the consumerism is killing people, in some other the war.
You are living in a completely different world that your parents did in their twenties. It is a world full of opportunities, but everything now seems to be easy and instant: career, love, success. It actually isn't as easy.  And for success, one needs to be prepared emotionally, too. Sometimes, too sudden financial abundance or fame becomes a burden. Does it motivate you, or makes you anxious? As a 20 something woman, do you feel like you can do anything you want in your life?
I think that it is really scary actually. Some of my school friends have a lot of Instagram followers, they are getting paid for advertising products, and it is great, cause they are getting money from it. But sometimes they are advertising products that they have no clue about. That's really strange. 
And also, for me, the scary thing is that pressure that you have to go to Uni when you're 19. You have to know what you want to do when you're older,  you have to stay in that direction. But often when you're 19  you have no clue what you want to be doing.
When I was 19, I  passed my A levels, I studied International Business, and after 3 months I said that I can't do it anymore because this isn't what I want to be doing. Then I had to wait a year to really think what direction I want to be going in.


What are your dreams for the future?
I am a family oriented person. I want to have children, a house  I could call my home. I want to be happy. I want my children to be happy. I want to maybe get married one day. Have animals.



Thank you, Karolina, for your time and honesty. I am proud of you, and wish you all the happiness in the world! 
Thank you!





This interview is a part of a new series on my blog, all about how the upbringing style impacts one's life. If you would like to take part in this project, please email me at whatmumloves@gmail.com I would love to listen to your story.
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PO POLSKU: Ulubieńcy ostatnich miesięcy

Mariusz Urbanek „Tuwim. Wylękniony bluźnierca”. Wydawnictwo Iskry, Warszawa 2013. Opracowanie graficzne: Andrzej Barecki
Ten blog powstał w 2017 roku, chociaż w mojej głowie dużo, dużo wcześniej. Pomimo tego, że zawsze wiedziałam, że będę go pisać po angielsku, brakowało mi platformy, na której mogłabym dzielić się swoimi opiniami na temat polskich książek, muzyki, czy filmów. Dlatego też stworzyłam osobną podstronę na blogu, na której będą pojawiać się wyłącznie artykuły pisane po polsku. Znajdziecie tam już recenzję spektaklu „Ucho, gardło, nóż” w reżyserii Krystyny Jandy, a dzisiaj opowiem Wam o kilku inspiracjach ostatnich miesięcyMiłego czytania!


Mariusz Urbanek „Tuwim. Wylękniony bluźnierca”. Wydawnictwo Iskry, Warszawa 2013. Opracowanie graficzne: AndrzeBarecki

„Tuwim. Wylękniony bluźnierca” Mariusz Urbanek

Kunszt Tuwima tak naprawdę doceniłam dopiero jako nastolatka. Jego niezwykłą umiejętność bawienia się słowem, plastyczny, nowatorski język i świeżość. Odwagę, chwilami objawiającą się jako bezczelność.
Mariusz Ubranek sprawił, że Tuwima pokochałam jeszcze bardziej. Napisał biografię wybitnego poety z należytą jej finezją i lekkością. Książka ta jest wypełniona informacjami, ciekawostkami i nazwiskami, ale nie jest nimi przeciążona, nie jest encyklopedyczna. Bardzo przyjemnie wydana, opatrzona wyjątkowymi fotografiami, jest niezwykłym spotkaniem błyskotliwego pisarza z błyskotliwym poetą.
Urbanek wspaniale oddał klimat Polski dwudziestolecia międzywojennego, małych knajpek, spotkań towarzyskich, kabaretów. Pięknie opowiedział o dzieciństwie Juliana, jego młodości, miłości, o Skamandrytach, o jego pasji szperaczo-badawczej, o emigracji i powrocie do kraju. Autor wyjaśnił także niezrozumiane przez wielu uwielbienie Tuwima dla komunizmu. Na końcu książki znajduje się życiorys poety w datach oraz wyjątkowa rozmowa z adoptowaną córką Juliana i Stefanii, Ewą.
Uwielbiam czytać biografie i ta jest chyba moją ulubioną, nie tylko ze względu na to, jak wyjątkowy, wybitny i skomplikowany był Tuwim, ale też na to, jak wspaniale jest napisana. 


Fot.1  Magda Hueckel. Na zdjęciu  Borys Szyc,  Szymon Mysłakowski , Barbara Wypych , Joanna Jeżewska.  Fot.2 kadr z transmisji spektaklu „Ucho, gardło, nóż”. Na zdjęciu Krystyna Janda.
TheMuBa
TheMuBa czyli internetowa platforma transmitująca spektakle teatralne, muzyczne i baletowe to jeden z moich ulubieńców ostatnich miesięcy. Nie potrafię nawet wyrazić słowami wdzięczności za możliwość oglądania spektakli wystawianych na deskach polskich teatrów w zaciszu własnego domu. Chciałabym Wam serdecznie polecić dwa wyjątkowe spektakle dostępne na tej platformie- „Ucho, gardło, nóż” oraz „Psie Serce”.

„Ucho, gardło, nóż” to monodram, który przez 13 lat reżyserowała i grała na deskach Teatru Polonia Krystyna Janda, i której ostatnie spotkanie z Tonką Babić uwieczniły kamery zespołu TheMuBa. Jest to bolesny i przerażający, a chwilami ironiczny monolog kobiety skrzywdzonej, która sowicie rzucając 'kurwami', niepokornie opisuje brutalność swojego życia, piekło wojny, walkę o przetrwanie i rolę kobiety w społeczeństwie. To trzeba zobaczyć! Moją recenzję tego spektaklu możecie przeczytać tutaj.

„Psie Serce” to spektakl na podstawie opowiadania Michaiła Bułhakowa, wystawiany na scenie Teatru Współczesnego w Warszawie od 2017 roku. Główną rolę, bezdomnego psa Szarika, gra w nim znakomity Borys Szyc.
Szarik trafia do domu profesora Preobrażeńskiego, który przeprowadza na nim operację wszczepienia ludzkich jąder i przysadki mózgowej. W wyniku tej operacji pies człowieczeje i z Szarika staje się Szarikowem. Gwiazdą „Psiego Serca” jest, rzecz jasna, Borys Szyc, który po raz kolejny dowiódł, że jest wybitnym aktorem, któremu własna technika, dynamika i jakaś wrodzona magia dają wolność i możliwość bezgranicznego tworzenia niezapominanych kreacji. Jego monolog otwierający spektakl zwala z nóg. To, w jaki sposób potrafił odtworzyć niuanse psiego charakteru, ruchy, skomlenie, wycie, i jak pięknie przeobrazić się w cwaniaka Szarikowa jest nieprawdopodobne. Obok Borysa, na scenie królują wspaniali aktorzy, między innymi Joanna Jeżewska, Krzysztof Wakuliński, Rafał Zawierucha, Szymon Mysłakowski i Monika Pikuła. Doskonałą scenografię spektaklu w reżyserii Macieja Englerta stworzył Maciej Stajewski, kostiumy Anna Englert, a nastrojową muzykę Jerzy Satanowski.
Repertuar TheMuBa znajdziecie tutaj



Okładka płyty 'Mira' zespołu Breakout. Na zdjęciu Mira Kubasińska. Wydawca: Polskie Nagrania, projekt graficzny: Marek Karewicz.
Mira Kubasińska i Breakout
Jako dzieciak wychowany na bluesie, zawodowo zdmuchuję kurz ze starych płyt i ponadczasowych dźwięków. Przez ostatnich kilkanaście miesięcy przesłuchałam „W co mam wierzyć” Miry Kubasińskiej i zespołu Breakout chyba tysiąc razy. Cieszę się, że po latach wróciłam do słuchania Miry, bo uwielbiam jej głos, który miał w sobie przejmującą wolność, nawet kiedy śpiewała o tak niecukierkowej historii miłosnej.
Warto wspomnieć, że tekst piosenki stworzył Bogdan Loebl, który dla zespołu Breakout napisał między innymi „Modlitwę”, uważana przez wielu za jeden z najwybitniejszych polskich utworów bluesowych.

W co mam wierzyć znajdziecie tutaj


Logo Babek z piersiami. Wpadajcie do nich,  kopalnią wiedzy!

Babki z piersiami
Babki z piersiami to stworzona przez trzy promotorki karmienia piersią i wspaniałe kobiety- Ninę, Magdę i Martę, strona na Facebooku. Dziewczyny w wyjątkowy sposób dzielą się swoją wiedzą na temat karmienia piersią, są bardzo taktowne, wrażliwe, i zabawne, co sprawia, że ich posty po prostu chce się czytać.
Karmienie piersią bywa trudne, bardzo wiele kobiet nie może liczyć na wsparcie partnerów i rodzin, dlatego praca Babek jest tak ważna. Jeśli chcecie karmić piersią albo chcecie wesprzeć w tym jakąś kobietę, to serdecznie polecam odwiedzenie Babek z piersiami na Facebooku, Instagramie, na ich blogu, lub kanale YouTube


Podzielcie sięproszę, tym, co Was ostatnio inspiruje, co czytacie/ oglądacieMiłego dnia! x



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Fine motor skills activities for toddlers

Fine motor skills are one of the fundaments of a child's independence, they help him to tie the shoelaces, write, button up a shirt and eat with cutlery. As parents can enormously help their children to improve those skills, I am here today to share with you a few simple and fun activities that you can set up for your toddler.



TRANSFERING TISSUE PAPER BALLS
This activity takes seconds to set up. All you need are tongs, ice cube tray, and tissue paper balls (you can also use pom poms). A child needs to place the paper balls into the slots of the ice cube tray using the tongs. If you don't have the tongs, he can use a spoon too.




PAINTING ROCKS
All you need for this activity are some rocks, a brush and acrylic paints. Let your child use his imagination and colour the rocks just the way he wants. 




MAKING TINY PLAYDOUGH BALLS
The list of activities you can create with playdough is endless. It is one of my favourite art materials because it wonderfully strengthens child's hands. 
The aim of this activity is forming small playdough balls and placing them in the slots of the ice cube tray.




PLAYDOUGH PEBBLES HUNT

When I first came up with this idea, I had no clue that my son will enjoy it so much. But he loved it. I simply hid pebbles in large playdough balls, and he had to dig them out. Sometimes I would make a humongous ball and hide plenty of pebbles in it. It is a very entertaining activity, and it beautifully supports the development of fine motor skills. 



DUPLO SCRUBBING STATION
Duplo blocks, even if stored in a box with a lid, do get dirty and dusty all the time. I need to bath our Duplo once a month. Kian loves to help out, so I usually just rinse the Duplo and then transfer it to a large container where he can wash it with either a toothbrush or a nail brush (both used exclusively for cleaning). It is a fun practical life activity that also supports the development of fine motor skills.




LACING CARDS 
You can either buy lacing cards or make them at home. This activity is simple, but it not only improves the fine motor skills but also hand-eye coordination, concentration and strengthens the pincer grasp. 




PINE CONE PAINTING

You can set this activity in two different ways: you can either squirt some paints into a box lined with paper and ask your child to gently shake the box to colour the pine cones, or he can simply paint them with a brush. 



TISSUE PAPER 3D ART 
I have to admit that this used to be my least favourite type of arts and crafts project when I was a pre-schooler because it requires patience and precision, which I didn't have back then. On the side note, I have lost the hope that I will ever master the precision thing.

This activity supports the development of fine motor skills, precision, hand-eye coordination and concentration. The child can prepare the tissue paper balls by himself, or you can do it for him. Then he can glue them on the paper to create a beautiful 3d art project. 




TISSUE PAPER BALLS RESCUE
All you need to do to set this activity up is to fill the whisk with small (tissue) paper balls. If you're worried that your child may want to put the balls in his mouth, you can use small scarves or baby socks instead. 



HAMMERING AND SMASHING PLAYDOUGH

Smashing and crushing are some of the children's favourite activities, so when my son first discovered it, I came up with playdough smashing to avoid him smashing and wasting the food. All you need for this activity is playdough and a hammer.



PLAYDOUGH PRINTS

Your child can make prints in the playdough using animal figurines, wooden blocks, spoons, Lego Duplo, leaves, flowers, tree twigs, pine cones, little figurines- pretty much anything. It is a fun way to work on the strength of hand muscles, and entertain the kids, too. 




TRANSFERRING WITH TONGS
For this activity, you will need two bowls or containers, one filled with some small objects you find at home- wooden blocks, animal figurines, acorns or pine cones, and a pair of tongs.
Your child needs to transfer the objects from one bowl to another using tongs. 



SCOOP AND TRANSFER ACTIVITY
All you need for this activity are two containers (one of the filled with water), a strainer spoon (or a spoon/ ladle if you don't have the strainer spoon), some small objects and a cloth to dry the potential spill. The idea is that the toddler transfers objects using the ladle from one container to another



WHISKING UP SOAPY WATER
For this activity, you will need a bowl or a plastic box, soapy water, a whisk, a cloth to dry the potential spill, and paints (if you wish). What I love about it is that your child strengthens his hand muscles and has a sensory play in one. If you let them mix 2 or more paint colours, he will learn the basic of what colours make what colour. 













ANIMAL RESCUE 
Animal rescue is a fun activity that helps to develop fine motor skills and critical thinking. I strung jute twine through the holes of the clothespins basket, and I asked my son to rescue the little animal figurines using tongs.




METAL RIMMED COUNTING CHIPS SEARCH
You can hide the counting chips in a container filled with rice/ dry pasta or tissue paper balls and ask your child to find them all using the magnetic wand. 
The counting chips usually come with a magnetic wand in a set, but if you don't have the wand, you can use any magnet you have at home. 







RAINBOW PASTA SCOOPING
For this activity, you will need two containers- one empty, and one filled with dry pasta/ rice/ tissue paper balls/ pom poms/ dry beans and some sort of scoopers. It can be a spoon, a ladle, a teaspoon, wooden scoopers or handy scoopers. Sometimes we use toy cups or cooking pots, too. It is not only a great sensory play but also an activity that supports the development of fine motor skills. 



WATER POURING 
This wonderful fine motor and practical life activity can be set up in many ways. You can use either a jug and a pitcher, two identical jugs, two identical pitchers, a pitcher and a bottle etc. Younger children can start by pouring rice/ tissue paper balls/ pom poms, and once they have practised dry pouring, they can move onto wet pouring. 
The child pours water from the right-hand container into the left-hand side container, and then from the left to the right. Provide him with a sponge or a cloth, so he can clean the tray if there is any spill. 



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Inspiring Instagram accounts



Instagram is a machine powered by billions of photos and millions of faces and souls behind each one of them. I don't demonize it, because I truly believe that there are many fantastic creators on Instagram, who have interesting stories to tell. I love content that inspires me to grow as a person, mother, friend and artist. I believe in the value of each of the Instagram accounts I am going to share with you today, and I have selected some of the best ones out there. 
Instead of simply describing them in a few words, I decided to tell you how exactly they have inspired me, and in order for you all to understand that, I had to be vulnerable and share some feelings I have never shared publicly beforeHope you enjoy!
                  
   
Zuza Gasiorowska  @zuzagasiorowska   Photo credit: Zuza Gasiorowska and @kubazawada
Zuza Gasiorowska is a phenomenal Polish photographer born in Australia. She blows me away with her craft and sophistication. Just like the high contrast colours she uses, her photographs are both subtle and powerful. I follow the work of many photographers, but what makes Zuza special is her ability to unveil what is unique about her models, and keep her work so coherent at the same time. She doesn't have many colours or props to play with, yet the way she captures people tells me so much about them. Her Instagram account is a pure gem, looking at it feels like walking into a stunning temple, when the beauty of it, and some kind of sublimity makes you speechless. Her harmonious feed is one badass artistic haven in the twee and vulgar world of Instagram. Hats off to a true artist! 

A few of my favourite pieces. Masterpieces! Photo credit: Zuza Gasiorowska @zuzagasiorowska



Daniel Daggers  @daniel_daggers  Photo credit: Harry Borden, Daniel Daggers 
I first heard of Daniel Daggers last year, but it was an episode of The Ikonn's podcast he appeared on earlier this year that made me start following his journey on Instagram. Daniel is one of the best real estate brokers in the world, who climbed up to the top of the ladder in his field in a very respectful way. And the best thing about it is that it didn't happen over the night. He started over 20 years ago as an intern in a local estate agency, and his hard work, persistence and loyalty helped him succeed. 
His Instagram account is a fantastic source of information for people starting out in real estate, a source of inspiration for those, who are dreaming of buying a luxurious property one day, or those, who are on a hunt for one. I follow Daniel because his content is a daily reminder to stay focused and learn more, and that hard work, efficiency and dedication are the core of success. 
Moreover, there is one thing that I find the most inspiring in Daniel's Instagram account, and it is the respect he has for his parents. He is a grown-up man, working in an extremely serious field, and yet he repeatedly, in front of thousands of people, proudly says 'I love you, mum' and 'I love you, dad'. As a mother, I find it so inspiring. It shows the value of parental unconditional love, attention and support. When I decided to get pregnant, I knew that, just like with everything I do in my life, I was going to give my son 1000000% of my attention and time. I knew it was going to mean taking a major step back in my career. Since I am a crazy perfectionist and workaholic, it still hurts me being constantly judged by people for the decision to fully commit to motherhood up until my son turns 3.

What Daniel said on the episode of Ikonn's podcast about his parents ensured me that my decision was right and that our children will remember and cherish the time we spent with them more than anything else. I always knew that, but I listened to that podcast on a morning when I was feeling humongous mum guilt, and it helped so much. 



Mimi, Alexa Love and Alex Ikonn.  Photo credit: Mimi Ikonn  @mimiikonn
When I think of inspiring people on the Internet, Mimi and Alex are always the first couple that comes to my mind. They are dreamers, who overcame a crazy amount of obstacles, and built not only a few extremely successful businesses, but first of all the life that they always wanted. They are entrepreneurs, authors, Youtubers, and social media influencers. Mimi and Alex are parents to Alexa Love, a smart and adorable little girl. 

What is fascinating about them, is that they grew mentally, spiritually and financially without allowing their egos to grow even a little. Mimi's and Alex's approach to business and marketing is admirable. You won't see them flashing their products in every video and Instagram post, or over-promoting them. 
What is more, I always adored the way the Ikonns treat people, and most of all- the way they treat one another. It is fascinating how much respect and kindness there is in every word they say.

A few months ago they created their own podcast, where they share a lot about their past and present lives, their fears, the problems they had to face on their way to success and self-growth, and business tips. They invite fascinating guests, and I have to admit that I have cried listening to each one of the episodes. It is, honestly, the best source of inspiration on the Internet. 

Alex's Instagram account: @alexikonn

You can listen to The Ikonns podcast here.



Photo credit: Chakra  @chakra
Chakra is the ultimate inspirational account on Instagram. In the past three years, life has challenged me in many ways, and I fell off my wellbeing track. I am in a much better and happier place now, slowly putting the puzzles back together, and Chakra's daily inspirational posts on Instagram help me with it a lot. They remind me to meditate, breathe and focus on positive energy and gratitude. I don't know much about the people behind Chakra, but I  certainly want to thank them for their consistency and time they put into creating their content. So if you need some inspiration to start a mindfulness journey, or if you're looking for calm in the storm, check out their account, they are fantastic! 




Please let me know if you follow any of the accounts I wrote about today, and what or who inspires you to live a happier life. There isn't such a thing as too much positive energy or too much inspiration. Thank you for reading! x




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