I think if there is a way to describe how I.N.S.P.I.R.E Beyond Motherhood Awards came into being I would have to credit power of belief a lot.
I have always believed that if you truly want something and pursue it with passion, you will achieve it. It has been and will always be a mission very close to my heart to empower moms. I have gone through a lot of personal struggle starting from my childhood growing up in a small town, seeing my mom go through depression and come out of it, struggle to make a career and then leave it twice for motherhood and family responsibilities. Time and again, moms are made to realise that their personal achievements mean nothing if their kids don’t do well in school or if they have to step out of home when a family member is unwell. We still take it in our stride, balance everything and go on doing what we have to. When I met my partner Nirupama S, she was onboard with the idea from the word go. She has been such a force in supporting this dream and I couldn’t thanks her enough or ask for someone better.
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I saw this dream coming true on the 5th of May, 2019 when we(Team Inspire) met 25 wonderful ladies, who took it beyond motherhood and succeeded in achieving their goals, by reinventing themselves when life threw lemons at them.
The event was attended by dignitaries and mothers from various fields, with Manasi Joshi Roy as the special guest taking everyone present on a very motivating journey. The event was organised by Prerna Sinha aka me of Maa OF All Blogs and Nirupama S of FitlIfestyle in association with Radio Mirchi (Happiness and Associate partner), Shaili Chopra founder of SheThePeopleTv (Digital partner), Neha Kare founder of UNIMO(Community partner), Shweta Saxena of Women Tv India(Web media partner), our NGO partner Srujna, supporting partner Meenakshi Bhalerao of Prutha Foundation, creative media partner Seven Seas Solutions, Inner Being (associate sponsor partner), Yogi Today and VLCC (gifting partners) The official make-up artist was Purrvi Sinha of Alluring brides, and our official dress designer was Puja Mann Verma. The Emcee for the event was Former Television anchor for Zee Wion and Runner Up of Gladrags Mrs. India 2018 Francesca Mascerenhas Valladares of thechicaway. Our project director Vimmi Sanghvi, who was the face behind the successful flow of events.
After the welcome note by the anchor, the event felicitated the Panelists Mansi Zaveri (founder of Kidstoppress), Kiran Manral, Rakhi Vaswani, and Sonia Kulkarni (The Pinkathon Brand Ambassador and Moderator) of the discussion Is Motherhood our glass ceiling. This panel was joined by the Co-Founders of I.N.S.P.I.R.E Beyond Motherhood Awards Prerna Sinha and Nirupam S and what followed was an enlightening discussion about how if you want it to, motherhood can be a step forward towards your own dreams. A lot of insightful points were raised by the panel to inspire mothers who want to make a mark and achieve more and fulfil their own aspirations along with being amazing mothers. The thought provoking discussion was followed by a creative and enthusiastic performance full of motivation, spark and encouragement by Jasmine Khurana of the Creative Dopes.
Then it was time for the moment all the moms were waiting for, the Awards Ceremony. But first the jury comprised of Renowned Author Kiran Manral, Celebrity Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Popular Actress Farida Venkat (Of Dear Zindagi fame), and The Celebrity fitness expert Payal Gidwani , who worked for weeks to select the winners of the awards was then given their due credit with a wonderful felicitation by the organisers.
And then moms across various categories, like Fitness Gurus, Education Icons, Social Influencers, Writers, Mompreneurs, Corporate professionals, Artists, Cooks, Ideators, Champions who have survived against all odds, Moms who make a social difference were all celebrated with aplomb. They were the ones who dedicated their lives to being more and doing more, all while raising their kids. Few stories that were shared that day gave goose bumps to everyone around. There were high emotional notes floating in the air.
I have never felt more stirred or moved in life before. What I had seeked to achieve, may not be done with just one effort or event but the movement has started and may it go further and spread it’s wing beyond. When you empower moms they empower you back and I thank each and every woman present that day to strengthen this cause and give me the power to take it further.
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