As the author of “THE SINGLE MUM’S SURVIVAL GUIDE – How to Pick Up the Pieces and Build a Happy New Life”, I have spoken to many inspirational single mums in person- and as background for my book, I’ve researched a lot of famous single mothers, too. This -the second part of my blog series- features more inspiring stories.
Erin Brockovich – Erin was such an inspiring single mother that they made a film about her, but what really sets Erin apart from other s is her ability to fight for what’s right and still do anything it takes to ensure her family is happy. “I believe that our perception of things become our reality. It is how you choose to see yourself, your character, that can actually determine your fate…Most people don’t know that my favorite movie is not “Erin Brockovich” but “Pay It Forward”. All of us should pay it forward but not with the expectation of seeing a reward, that is not why we do it. Pay if forward because it is the right thing to do, reward or not…If you follow your heart, if you listen to your gut, and if you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth.” Erin Brockovitch
Laurel Burch – Laurel was an artist and businesswoman who used to hammer out junkyard metal into jewellery to support her two children. Her hammering eventually panned out into a full-blown multi-million dollar business. Throughout her life she battled a rare congenital bone disease. This inspirational mother and artist eventually lost her battle at the age of 61 but will continue to inspire others through her artistic legacy and the way she lived her life.
Rhonda Byrne this single mother of two was at a crossroads in her life when she received the inspiration for her bestselling global phenomenon, The Secret. “Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.” Rhonda Byrne
Eva Cox – As an inspirational Australian writer and sociologist, Eva put herself through school as a single mother during the 1970s, then later went on to inspire millions of people with her writing and activism.
Sheryl Crow After recovering from a split from fiancé, cyclist Lance Armstrong and beating breast cancer, this talented singer and musician decided she was strong enough to do parenthood on her own. She adopted her oldest son, Wyatt, in 2007, and her second, Levi, in 2010. “Kids change your life — period.. The first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night is them, and every decision that you make in between is dictated by their welfare.” Cheryl Crow
Hilary Devey is an English businesswoman, television personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist and commentator. She appeared as a panellist on the programme Dragons’ Den. Her wealth is estimated to be around £50 million. A born survivor, who has suffered adversity and sorrow, her personal life has been beset with tragedy, ill health and challenges. She has been divorced twice and has stated publicly that her beloved son is a former heroin and crack cocaine addict. Thanks to the emotional and financial support of his mum and his own self-will, Mevlit, now 24, is off heroin but his well-being continues to be the driving force in her life. “We are really close and I will always be there for him.” Hilary Devey
Stanley Ann Dunham – Mother to the 44th U.S. President – the first African American President, to be exact – Dunham had to work hard to encourage and inspire her son, Barack Obama. In an interview, Barack Obama referred to his mother as “the dominant figure in my formative years … The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics.”
Mia Farrow – Divorced from Woody Allen, Mia continues to love and support her growing adopted family of more than 13 (she’s also a survivor of polio). “And I have the most wonderful children. I`ve been very, very blessed.” Mia Farrow
Jodie Foster – Apart from being an actress, film director and producer, Jodie has proved that she has what it takes to be an inspirational single mother for her two sons. “My kids are young and my life with them is really stimulating and really full and significant.” Jodie Foster
Whoopi Goldberg Multi-award-winning film and television actress, comedienne and talk show host became a mother in her late teens and a single mother shortly afterwards. Prior to her enormous success and critical acclaim, she did a wide range of jobs to support herself and her daughter, including bricklaying, washing dishes and cutting hair before ending up on benefit. She explains that her mother taught her that there is no shame in asking for help when you need it. “I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.” Whoopi Goldberg
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