Becoming a mother in my early 30’s was a great gift. Twenty years later it’s even more precious to me. It’s wonderful to watch my daughter bloom into a bright, compassionate and mindful young woman. Today, I celebrate what it means to be a mother. I also celebrate the trials and errors of being a parent. Of trying to get it right. Hoping her father and I have provided enough tools for her to move through this sometimes confusing thing called life. I celebrate unconditional love.
As I watch her maneuver through, I step back and breathe easily. I know in my heart that she’s got this. I’m always ready in the wings should she a hand, an ear to listen or occasional opinion. I remember reading a poem by Kahlil Gibran in college. It stuck with me then and is even more poignant now.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
I truly understand those words now. As parents, we are here to guide, provide tools, let go and hope for the best. The rest of the journey is in our children’s hands.
Happy Mother’s Day!
This summer was a whirlwind of travel and inspiration. I had the opportunity to travel with two wonderful friends who are also an amazing photography team. BJ Formento and Richeille Formento beautifully captured Marie Todd jewelry in one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris. Enjoy their beautiful video Love Letters to Paris.
Earlier in the year, I was anticipating a very quiet summer. Little did I know I would end up on an inspirational adventure that would take me to Paris, Morocco and NYC. I had the pleasure of working with a phenomenal photographer BJ Formento and his stylish, talented wife Richeille Formento. Together, with our wonderful models, we explored the sights and sounds of Paris and the hidden treasures of Morocco. There was constant visual stimulation and experiences. Within a 24 hour period I had worked with a lamb, monkey and camel, something I never thought I would write about.
What began as a simple photographic trip turned into a journey filled with inspiration, growth and friendships. I love that I experienced so many treasured moments that will always make me (and my camel) smile.
Watch the beautiful Marie Todd video shot and edited by BJ and Richeille Formento.
When I design a new piece of jewelry, I get inspiration from many different places. Sometimes it’s from the simple, everyday things, while other times it’s rooted in my lifelong passions.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my latest piece honors my two greatest joys: designing jewelry, and more importantly, raising my daughter Nina. The Marie Todd Joy Necklace is a piece I can share with her. Everyday, I marvel at seeing glimpses of the woman she is becoming. She is an inspiration and joy to me.
The three circles in this pendant represent that we are two individuals, separate, yet forever connected. We are two women with many similarities and differences, and that’s something worth celebrating. This piece of jewelry symbolizes our relationship, and it’s something we can always share together.