Has your mom changed your outlook on life in a big way? Likely, yes. This Mother’s Day, we’re partnering with Hallmark to share the stories of four inspiring women whose mothers have shaped their lives in special ways. Today, we’re sitting down with Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After to hear how her mom impacted her career choices, parenting style, and life values. (By the way—Mother’s Day is May 12, so there’s still time to find the perfect card for Mom!)
Q: How do you make your mom feel loved?
A: My Mom has always loved a handwritten note, and is amazing at writing them! I feel like by prioritizing handwritten sentiments I honor her in a small way.
Q: How has motherhood changed you?
A: It has changed me in every way! I think it’s given me a lot of confidence, and allowed me to accept my faults more. It taught me that, at the end of the day, it’s most important to lead with your heart not your head.
Q: How are you and your mom similar? What parts of her do you see in you?
A: We both love crafting and making things! I think I picked that up from her for sure.
Q: How has your mom inspired your career?
A: It was amazing to live with an example of a woman who was a Mom but also had a career. Unapologetically. It’s something I saw both the ups and downs of—and I think that education has helped me a lot as a Mom while I navigate the same waters.
Q: What's your go-to mom word of wisdom?
A: “The days are long but the years are short.” Also: “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” LOL.
Q: What are the most important things you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: Kindness, generosity, bravery, and a good sense of humor.
Q: What is your most memorable card to or from your mother?
A: My Mom writes amazing cards! She really pours her heart out, even in cards for holidays, like easter. My favorite card from my mom was probably one that came with her gift when I was pregnant with Marlowe. She wrote about how much she looked forward to seeing me as a mom. It was really touching!
Q: What are you most grateful to have inherited from your mother?
A: Her skin! She is in her seventies now and has the skin of somebody at least 20 years younger. I’m so lucky to be a part of that gene pool!