Meet Emily. She is Beauty Revived.
Emily spends her mornings teaching twenty-six children how to read, write, think, collaborate, investigate, inquire, and problem solve. She has been called an “institution and there are families that move into the neighborhood in hopes of getting a spot in her crew. In the afternoon, she comes home and spends the afternoons giving her recently turned one-year-old son her warm energy, devoted time, and unconditional love.
In this frightening political climate Em is dedicated to raising and nurturing a feminist son. The language, choices, and actions she lives by are constant models to Jack that inclusion, equity, and advocacy are the ways to be and the ways to grow up. In this era it is not only critical to raise strong daughters who defy gender “expectations” but also to raise thoughtful tender sons who do the same.
Emily has championed for all the mamas at her school. When she learned her school only gave mothers 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, she championed to change the policy. This year alone, there are 2 new mamas who are benefiting from her efforts.
What would you say your influences and inspirations are?
My inspirations and aspirations may sound simple: Love deeply. Walk tenderly. Speak kindly. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Raise good people, and grow old with my person.
My family is my greatest influence- the deep love, connection, and warmth of my tiny tribe.
What do imagine fighting for in the Future?
I’ve discovered being a sensitive and present mama and a dedicated and passionate educator don’t have to be opposing goals. I hope to continue to advocate for more opportunities for mothers to find job shares, co-teaching structures, and other avenues to achieve balance and nurture all sides of them. This feels like a good fight to me.
How do your personas as mother, teacher and peer intertwine?
Parenthood, and seeking balance can feel tough and overwhelming at times. But I try to remember that even though motherhood is not always easy, and even though teaching is not always easy, love is.
I think it’s all too easy for mamas to fall into the trap of feeling guilty or striving for non-existent ideals of perfection. Self-care is not synonymous with selfish and as mothers we need to unite and support each other to tend to self.
I feel fortunate in finding and growing with a community of friends and mothers. I wish this were every mama’s experience. Motherhood can feel lonely at times, so all consuming. I’m reading this fascinating book called, “The Hidden Life of Trees”; I love this passage- “A tree can only be as strong as the forest that surrounds. Their well being depends on their community.”
What do you hope to pass on to future generations? What do you hope your child takes from you?
I’d like to write this to Jack
Jack- I promise to cultivate a life full of laughter, and love, a life of dance parties in the kitchen. I promise to take you on adventures and experience the big beautiful world with you. I will model and teach you loving kindness. I will teach you to be on the giving and receiving end of kind hearts. I will encourage you to be the custodian of your integrity.
I vow to let you live life. I will make you smile and laugh. I will let you be a kid for as long as you can, knowing we will take care of the rest. I want to model an unhurried life. I want you to keep your eyes, ears, and heart wide open. I want you to look for the goodness all around. I want you to choose love every chance you get. I hope you grow to up to be kinder than ever necessary. I hope you learn the value of sitting under a tree and view doing so as time well spent. I want you to feel small in the big world. I want you to embrace mistakes, beautiful mistakes. And when you start to feel lost, I want you to know how to be still. I want you to think of your deep roots, of the love and connectedness you entered the world with. And I hope you use those roots of yours to stretch and grow and go into the world, letting your joyful light shine brightly everywhere you venture. I hope you grow up to cherish and nourish the relationships that mean the most. I want you to always have a curious mind, and seek out whatever you find beautiful in life. I hope you always find time to get lost in the things you feel compelled to get lost in. I hope you walk tenderly and leave our world a better place than you found it.