She has used her experiences to inspire others and to seize every day. Elle attributes her zest for life to her ‘Everyday Hero’, her mother. She sat down to tell us about the special bond they share and how they inspire each other to live life with compassion and love.
Q. How is your mother your “Everyday Hero”?
She found her life's calling a few years ago at the age of about 60, writing for real estate companies. Her level of care in each story she writes is incredible, and I'm really proud of how well she is doing when she could easily just retire and do nothing. In between this she'll do the school pick up for my sisters, mind the grandkids and still manage to have time (and the patience) to listen to me whinge if I've had a stressful day!
I think mum admires my strength in the face of adversity, and that I just get on with things. I admire mum for being strong also, but I don't think she can see that quality in herself. She tends to underestimate how wonderful and resilient she is.
Q. How do you like to spend time together?
Mum lives in Queensland so unfortunately I don't see her as much as I'd like, but we both share a love of good food, so a nice lunch date is always a favourite option. And we're both obsessed with Scrabble! I usually win, but Mum's always a good sport about it.
Q. How do you spoil your Mum?