Posted on May 11 2017
Important markers in life are determined or influenced by family – with the mother often being the key pillar to support it all. The Milestones collection features pebbles - symbolic of the achievements mothers have made in life and especially in motherhood. In celebration of the beautiful journey of motherhood, we bring you three pairs of mothers and daughters whose relationships exemplify the essence of the Milestones collection.
First up, we have the lovely Rachel Lim, co-founder of Love, Bonito and her radiant mom, Madam Winnsie Kwa.
Is there a milestone in your life that would not have happened if not for your mother's advice and support?
Yes definitely, it was 8 years ago when I wanted to start Love, Bonito. I was in my final year of university and in order for me to leave school I had to break my bond and pay off my bond. It was tough as I did not have the money to break off my bond. I come from a lower middle income family, where my dad was a taxi driver and my mom was a secretary. Essentially she had to pull out her whole life savings for me to start the business. If she had not done it, I definitely would not have been able to do this. I am very thankful that she took the leap of faith for me and gave me her entire life savings to start a business that back then was uncertain. And this was 8 years ago when e-commerce and online shopping was unheard of.
How would you describe your relationship with your mother?
Growing up, I’ve always looked up to my mom because she’s always been our rock, an essential part of our lives. We have been through so much as a family - through the days where we lost everything financially and had to live together in a room. She has always been the one who gels my family together, both my immediate family and even my extended family. My brothers and I recognise that we are what we are today because of my mom’s love for us.
What do you appreciate most about your mother?
I have always been very thankful that she is our silent supporter, rooting for us and praying for us everyday. She also believes deeply in my brothers and I. And that's something I am really very thankful for.
Can you describe with one word, what Rachel was like as a child?
And what is the one word you would use to describe her now?
Grounded. Despite all her achievements, she remains grounded and has the deep desire to continually learn and grow.
Can you share 3 key milestones in your life?
My three children. My eldest son, Samuel went into mission field; my daughter, Rachel who broke her bond to go into starting up her business and my youngest son, Benaiah who ended up studying law in England. Seeing the men and woman they have grown up to be today, and at the same time, keeping family as a priority, these are the milestones I celebrate.
With her, it's not just a milestone, it's a memory.