A Beau­ti­ful Time

Audry Ai-mor­row ex­plains how rais­ing her three chil­dren has changed her, in the sec­ond in­stal­ment of Clé de Peau Beauté’s se­ries on moth­er­hood

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pho­tog­ra­phy regime is also im­por­tant for busy mums and audry loves to use Clé de peau Beauté’s pre­mium sy­n­ac­tif range, which pu­ri­fies the skin from the in­side out by re­mov­ing harm­ful sub­stances from the lym­phatic chan­nels. this op­ti­mises the skin’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to re­new cells and the re­sult is a more even and ra­di­ant skin tone with re­fined tex­ture and con­tours.

like many par­ents, audry is acutely aware that bring­ing up chil­dren takes time and ded­i­ca­tion, and means mak­ing choices. “I re­alise ev­ery­one has their own way of rais­ing their chil­dren,” she says. “I am con­stantly ques­tion­ing whether the choices I make are the cor­rect ones for their fu­ture and our fam­ily…more tu­tor­ing or more free time? More fo­cus on aca­demics or more sport? More sum­mer aca­demic camps or more surf­ing?”

But if there’s one im­por­tant tip that this busy mother would like to give other mums, it’s this: “I’ve learned that if you miss a school con­cert or game be­cause of a meet­ing or ap­point­ment, you—and your kids—will re­mem­ber that you missed it five years later, but you will not re­mem­ber why you missed it.”

t’s said that moth­er­hood changes you. and it’s true. the changes are phys­i­cal, emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal; you be­come more than you were be­fore you be­came preg­nant. no one re­alises this more than audry ai-mor­row, the for­mer in­vest­ment banker who co-founded lux­ury bridal bou­tique Cen­tral Wed­dings.

the mother of three says that the in­stant she knew she was preg­nant, her pri­or­i­ties shifted away from her­self to to­tally en­com­pass her chil­dren, and the changes have been trans­form­ing. “from the mo­ment they were lit­tle cells grow­ing in­side me, my ma­ter­nal in­stinct kicked in and I was com­pelled to pro­tect, nur­ture, love and give to these chil­dren. Be­cause of them, I am more pa­tient and more em­pa­thetic. I am def­i­nitely stronger men­tally. I am hap­pier and more con­fi­dent.”

audry ra­di­ates as­sur­ance, con­tent­ment and poise, even as she jug­gles the de­mands of run­ning a busi­ness with the de­mands of moth­er­hood. “I try to make a beau­ti­ful, healthy, or­gan­ised and happy home for my fam­ily,” she says. “My ca­reer is also im­por­tant as it is some­thing of my own. I like to show them that after all the stud­ies and hard work, I also have a busi­ness that I helped build and grow.” It’s not sur­pris­ing then that her chil­dren say, “Mummy is su­per­hero num­ber 1.” she laughs, “I am also the coolest per­son on earth in their eyes at the mo­ment. ok, I have no teenagers—yet.”

so when and how does she find time for her­self? audry ad­mits that this can be a dif­fi­cult. “I read some­where that when you have young kids, ‘self­ish is a goal.’ I love that be­cause I agree that it is nec­es­sary to keep your own ‘self’—hob­bies, friends, in­ter­ests, etcetera,” she says.

part of mak­ing sure she has time for her­self is wak­ing up early and keep­ing fit. a reg­u­lar skin­care

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