There really isn’t only one way to sum up being a mother, so I thought there’s no better way to do it than sharing a collective of thoughts, wise words and quotes.

Being a mum and business owner is a unique experience. The juggle of life, business and babies can sometimes feel completely overwhelming – especially as a FIFO mum. In the hard times it’s important to be able to lean into practices that affirm the strength and resilience we have as mothers.

For me, journalling helps to alleviate some of the running commentary in my mind. Starting a journal entry with an empowering quote is a great way to set intention and shift focus in challenging times.

For times when you need to be uplifted, inspired, comforted or soothed, I hope these words help in your own journey as they do in mine.

Empowering Quotes to Help Guide & Inspire You in Motherhood

“There will always be people who can’t see your worth, don’t let one of those people be you.”

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

“Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one.” – Jodi Picoult

“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” —Barbara Kingsolver

​​”Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one.” – Jodi Picoult

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake

“Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.” — Jessica Lange

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” —Maya Angelou


“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s. – Princess Diana

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” —Rudyard Kipling

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” – Arianna Huffington

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” – Washington Irving

“Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles.”

“Birth takes a woman’s deepest fear about herself and shows her that she is stronger than them.”


“Everything has changed and yet, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.” – Iain Thomas

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own mind.”

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust.

“Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.”

“A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”


“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” -Osho

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.” —Gilda Radner.

“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” – Buddha

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” Mitch Albom

“Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. And may we raise them.”

“She quietly stepped out of the race she never wanted to be in, finding her own lane and proceeded to win”


“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa

“Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering.” —Elaine Heffner

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” —W.R. Wallace


“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” —Donna Ball

“Having kids – the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings – is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” – Maria Schriver


“Talk to yourself like someone you love.” Brene Brown

“Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson

“Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.”  – Tina Fey

“Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.” —Jane Seymour

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” —Victor Hugo

“There are really places in your heart that you don’t know exist until you love a child.” — Anne Lamott

“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” — Oprah Winfrey


“This is the beginning of loving yourself… Welcome home.”

“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.” – Carrie Fisher

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nicholls

“Birth is the epicentre of women’s power.” – Ani DiFranco

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” – Coco Chanel

“She was brave and strong and broken all at once.”

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick

“If you’re a mum, you’re a superhero. Period.” – Rosie Pope


“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”

“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” – Amy Tan


“Always my mother; forever my friend.” 

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“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.”

— Anne Lamott

“Trust in the timing of your life.”

“If you can dance and be free and be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

“Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher

“I’ve learned the value of absorbing the moment.” — Thandie Newton

“As a mum, you may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.” 


“Some days she has no idea how she will do it, but every day she gets it done.”

“The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“For a mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among 10 children and each child still have all her love.”

“At the end of the day my most important job is still mom-in-chief.” – Michelle Obama