International Women's Day: #ChooseToChallenge with Art Lover Mama Rashmi Anand
Happy International Women's Day to all the women and mothers out there. A challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change. So this year, let's all choose to challenge!
To celebrate this milestone, Mama on Palette will be dedicating this month to help forge a more gender-equal world. We believe that celebrating women's achievements and increasing visibility while calling out inequality is key.
Hence, we have produced a special series for this year's IWD featuring three amazing mother artists.
Previously, we featured Art Mama Regina Ong, a loving mother of two children. Read her inspiring article here.
Last but not least in the series, we have Rashmi.
Meet Rashmi Anand, a digital marketing professional and a mother of two beautiful little girls, aged five and eight. Apart from work, Rashmi enjoys spending time with her daughters.
She runs a small playdate group where like-minded moms come together and explore different aspects of their children as they play together. She also collaborates with entrepreneurial mums and helps their businesses to bloom.
Passionate about health, well-being, and motherhood, she is also a yoga enthusiast who loves to spend time around kids and inspiring people.
1. Art Helps Her To Appreciate The Time She Has With Her Kids
The best part about art is that no matter how old or young you are, it is easy to enjoy what you are doing. In my family, memories are created when we come together and indulge in the beautiful world of art and creativity. To feel a great sense of fulfilment after you witness what you have created is undoubtedly satisfying for us.
When thoughts flow on paper, it declutters the mind and heals you. The time spent during art gives me insights into how my kids are feeling and the emotions they are going through. We chit-chat about nature, people, and everything else that they enjoy. The bond that we create during this activity is beautiful and feels like it would last forever.
2. She Listens More Than She Speaks
One of the biggest challenges of parenthood is catching up with the growing kids. They pick up and learn from the world around them every day (and very quickly). Outside of home, the environment is more challenging for me to be in control of. Though we try to offer the best, it may not be enough.
Over some time, these experiences that they have picked up resonates in them. They unknowingly draw from those experiences when they come across a similar circumstance later in life.
It has been a challenge for me to spend more time with my kids with such busy working lives. However, I realised that it is vital for me to sit down with them occasionally to listen and encourage them to share.
It may not be easy for parents to get into their private space to share their deep feelings. Being a parent is not easy, but we just want what’s best for our children.
3. People Are Her Strength
I am someone who believes in improvement and growth. My most significant source of motivation is seeing myself as a better person with each passing day. I firmly believe that we all are growing individuals, and there is a lot to learn from life’s experiences and the people that we come across daily.
Whenever I meet people, I observe things and try to imbibe and learn well from them. Being a good person can be inspirational for others too.
It is good to introspect, understand your strengths and weaknesses and use the available resources to improve on areas that need improvement.
4. She Believes That Confidence Is Key
I live by the quote “Empowered Women Empower Women.”
With education, we see that the condition of women has improved a lot in our society. Still, there is room for improvement. Throughout my adult life, I have spoken to many confident, aspirational, and powerful women. But I also come across women still struggling to find their identity, worth, and confidence.
The onus lies on every woman to define a dream for herself. Women who are in powerful positions should always take that step to help others find their own power.
5. You Are Your Own Decisions
On International Women's Day, I would like to urge all women to make their own decisions. We may have had different experiences during our growing-up years, but we all have the liberty and strength to pick and fight our own battles at the end of the day.
Knowledge is Power. And if women have to progress ahead and continue to break glass ceilings, they should feel confident and assured.
So, learn, educate and empower other women.
Thank you, Rashmi, for sharing your inspirations and achievements as not only an artist but as a mother. Learn more about Rashmi here!
Read Art Lover Mama Amanda
Lapus's story here!
Meet Amanda Lapus Santos, a mother of two and a visual artist who enjoys working with vibrant color, texture, and expressionism in her artworks. She has been professionally painting since 2012.
Before being a full-time visual artist, she worked in various industries such as finance and events management to find herself returning to what she truly loves - art.
Read Art Lover Mama Regina Ong's story here!
Meet Regina Ong, a loving mother to two children.
Her love for art begun at a young age when she often found herself doodling on her textbooks and spending after-school hours creating paper dolls. Even though she is not a professional artist, she still uses art as a platform to connect and bond with her two children.
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