Happy Mother’s Day from Bowerbird Collections to you! Today is the day we get to celebrate all the mother figures in our lives. The ones who raised us, nurtured us, and cared for us. Whether it is the typical mother figure in your life, or a less conventional one, it’s time to let them shine! Women are incredible, resilient, and strong; if you ask us, they should be celebrated every single day. We decided to put together this list because today is all about celebrating the women around us, or the people that inspire us!

At Bowerbird Collections you may have already noticed we are a women-led brand. Our founder and ceramicist Peta runs the business with her daughter and artist, Ellie. Our accounts department is held together by longtime friend Sue, who also helps with behind-the-scenes sewing. Our marketing and Instagram fairy? Rachel in LA! Newsletters and blogs? That’s me! You can read more about the Bowerbird team here. We surround ourselves with strong and wonderful women every day, and we always jump to an opportunity to celebrate them on a day like #IWD.

This week, we have put together a list of some of the women we admire and the women we look up to to celebrate women this week. It’s impossible to narrow it down to a shortlist, however, the founders of Bowerbird have put their heads together to make the list of people they are looking up to right now. Without further ado, some of our favourite, inspiring women at Bowerbird Collections.

Esther Perel

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.”

Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist who explores the varying tension between the need for security and the need for freedom in all human relationships. Perel has is an international name, celebrated for her emotional intelligence and her ability to break down the complexity of human relationships. She discusses the human need for love and a sense of belonging as it clashes with the need for adventure and a sense of individuality and freedom. Perel believes that expectations for our relationships have risen and offers her insight into how we can navigate these terrains.

Her podcast Where Should We Begin allows the listener to follow along with her relationship counseling sessions, hearing firsthand the breakdown of real situations. She is a remarkable psychotherapist, admirable speaker, and her commitment to honesty and open discussion make her a woman we love to hear from, and we hope you will too.

You can find her podcast on all streaming networks or visit her website here and Instagram here.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

”If you have never been called a defiant, incorrigible, impossible woman… have faith… there is yet time.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a Jungian psychoanalyst who works primarily in ethnology and clinical psychology. Estés is Mestiza Latina and was born into a war-torn immigrant family who could not read or write. Her family, however, were wise in other areas: the way of nature, planting, animals, and crafting almost everything from scratch. Estés was immersed in the oral tradition of old stories, songs and chants, dances, and ancient healing ways. All of these influence her writing. You can read more about this and her work here.

She is also a poet and best-selling author, loved by us for her book Women Who Run with the Wolves. This book is a collection of stories from some of her patients in her work, encouraging readers to get to know the Wild Woman within us. It sheds light on the deep and instinctual nature of humans. Nowadays, this instinctual nature may not be deemed a high priority. Estés encourages us to move past rationality and decision-making and become familiar with our own instincts and the natural cycles of life in balance. It rejects the high expectations of women these days and says: Know when to stay or leave, when to let live and when to let die.

This book is on the top of our recommendation list, and we would love to know what you all think about it also! If you’d like to read more about Clarissa Pinola Estés you can head over here.

Brené Brown

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”

Brené Brown

Brené Brown is an American professor, podcast host, lecturer, and best-selling author. In her work, she explores the human connection and with it: courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She embarks to uncover and understand humanity and our ability to empathize, belong, and love. Brené Brown has an impressive repertoire of best-selling books that help us understand what she has discovered on these topics: Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, The Gifts of Imperfection, and Dare to Lead to name a few. Her recent podcast Dare to Lead (available on all streaming platforms) invites other people on board to share their views and dive into deeper investigations.

Our favourite place to start? Her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability”.

Anita Moorjani

“Self sacrifice is not a virtue. Self love is.”

Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani is a best-selling author, who shared her story of surviving cancer to help others find a way to express their inner selves. At age 42, she was diagnosed with lymphatic system cancer (lymphoma) which she believes was fear manifesting itself in her physical form. Moorjani believes that her not understanding how to love herself is at the core of her sickness. In her best-selling book Dying to Be Me, she shares her journey and how she overcame her fear to live her fullest and most authentic life. To express herself completely. To share her heart and soul with the world without fear.

Moorjani encourages all of us to stop trying to fit ourselves into a role that isn’t our own, or a role that prevents them from thriving. She says that now is the time to empower ourselves, to show the world the real you, and to live a life that is led by love. This is a message we hold very close to our own ways of being at Bowerbird, and we love Anita Moorjani’s message of self-love and self-empowerment!

You can read more about Anita Moorjani here.

Justine Leconte

Justine Leconte is a French fashion and jewelry designer currently living in Berlin. She also runs a popular YouTube channel with weekly uploads sharing her inside process on designing and creating her fashion label, how to style for your body type, and the perfect colors for you. However, that isn’t all. Justine Leconte also provides an insight into how to recognize good quality fashion, how to create a capsule wardrobe and offers insights into the entire process of how clothing is made.

In her own practice, Justine aims to create a high-quality, ethically made product. All products in her line are made in Europe by garment workers, who she ensures are paid a proper wage. Her garments are made to fit all body types and to fit comfortably into your own existing wardrobe. It is this inclusivity and commitment to an ethical standard that we admire.

This YouTube channel is a great way to expand your knowledge on fast fashion and what you can do to avoid it. We love the space for vegan alternatives and the helpful hints and tricks for good quality. Understanding what to look for is a great start to buying items that will last a lifetime, not just for this season. It is so inspiring to us to see other women leaping out into the world and following their own passions, and being able to learn from them. Leconte’s YouTube channel is well worth the watch when you find yourself searching for a video.

You can find Leconte’s YouTube channel here, or head to her instagram here.

Who do you admire?

We hope you’ve enjoyed our latest blog celebrating the women around us. This topic is so important to us, and we love being able to use our platform to share with you some of the inspiring and admirable women around us! Who are the women you look up to or celebrate? Let us know in the comments!

Above all, we want to celebrate the women who surround us. I feel blessed to work for two women who constantly inspire and amaze, find creativity in all pockets of their lives and push through challenges to find the silver lining. For me, I celebrate the women at Bowerbird Collections this week!

Until next time xx