If there is ever a week to sit back and think about the Women in your life, then this is it. With International Women's Day and Mothers Day all within the space of a few days, I have sat back and really reflected on the women that have moulded me into who I am today. I feel 2018 in particular is a very important year for women. With movements such as Time's Up and the Me Too women's rights are at the forefront of people's minds.
A lot of people may not know this about me as it isn't something that I like to talk about, my Dad passed away when I was 8 years old. Since then, my Mum has been both my Mum and Dad. Looking back on it now I don't know how she did it. She not only had the strength to carry on, but she had the strength to raise us into people that I know my Dad would be proud of. It isn't easy being a single parent, especially when you have three children and a crazy spaniel to look after! At times my Mum felt overwhelmed and often wondered how she was in this position, but luckily she had a great support system of amazing friends surrounding her. Proving the phrase that "Real Queens fix each others Crowns". Personally my Mum's strength made me grow up thinking that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
Relationships between Mum and Daughter change throughout the years and I think when my Dad died our relationship changed instantly. I became a very mature 8 year old and Mum and I became more like friends or sisters. I helped out wherever I could at home and this is really where my love of food began to blossom. A simple gesture like making dinner for everyone or baking something at the weekend, made all of the difference. I still remember the first recipe that my Mum taught me, Delia Smith's Rock Cakes, Simple yes, but I still remember how proud I was when I made them on my own. Our most memorable Food moment must have been my first attempt to make scones unsupervised. Lets just say a tad too much milk mixed with a tantrum led to Scone mixture ALL OVER the Kitchen.
Thankfully Sconegate didn't put Mum off investing into my Foodie adventure. So now our relationship has changed again from best friends to business partners as well. I remember when I quit my last job to do this full time someone said to me "You're so brave. Most people are too scared to do this as they can only think of all the ways that they could fail." The funny thing is, failing had never even crossed my mind. I put that down to my Mum, she had the strength to bring us up single handedly after losing the love of her life. That's nothing compared to a food truck!I am lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing Women in my life, my Family, my future family and my friends.
As I said at the start of this post, if ever there was a time to sit back and think about the amazing Women you have in your life then this is it. I hope you all have an amazing weekend.