Letter From Elke: Grow

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It is amazing to watch the kids grow—the lines on the wall, the inches, the learning and the shoes, oh, the shoes!

Watching them grow makes my heart want to burst with a mix of pride and pain.

But guess what? I am growing too—in so many unseen ways.

My kids have pushed me to edges I didn’t know I had—both good and bad. I have had to dig deeper into myself than I ever possibly imagined.

These little mirrors of mine force me to look, really look at who I am, who I want to be and how to bridge the two.

That is growth.

I just wish it came with new shoes.

This month we’re sharing stories about growth. We all GROW. Sometimes we grow on our own. Sometimes we're forced to. Let's all GROW together.

About the Author


Elke Govertsen is a entrepreneur and founder of Mamalode. She has been featured in Real Simple, Forbes, Where Women Create, Ad Tech, and listed as one of Origin Magazine's "Top 100 Creatives." She has been a speaker at The Girls Lounge, Adweek, C2Montreal, HATCH, TEDx and (her favorite) in classrooms. She speaks on a variety of topics from entrepreneurship to overcoming obstacles. She loves consulting in the areas of community design, storytelling and brand building. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities. Of the many things she has learned by doing Mamalode, her ability to work with absolute chaos/kids/mess just might be the best. She is learning that slowing down creates more impact.

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