Our Journey

Our Journey

I’ve always found inspiration in the developing world where the pace is slow and the people have so little. Usually it’s the strength and resilience in the women that I admire the most. However on a recent trip to Central America I have been changed forever by a group of children – many of them teenagers!! In fact the most respectful, thoughtful , smart, gentle and happy teens I’ve ever come across. Not a lick of attitude amongst them! “Who are their parents?” you ask. No parents, just an amazing organization and a lot of love and structure. As many of you know each summer [...]

Why I created HipMum

Why I created HipMum

I believe women in general are extraordinary, but mothers (not to blow my own trumpet) never cease to amaze me. As the proud mother of four incredible little people (ages 11,9,6, and 4) I understand the meaning of selflessness. Like most families, there is never a dull moment in our house. I’m constantly wishing I had more time to spend with each child and more time to myself. And I wish my bathroom felt less like a highway! Regardless of whether we’ve chosen to work from home, climb the corporate ladder, start a business or stay home with the kids – mothers are the busiest [...]

A letter to my children

January 18, 2013

A letter to my children


Don’t be afraid to step off the path taken by most. Allow your curiosity and passions to lead the way and navigate you to places that are rich in meaning according to your unique spirit. Walk with confidence in your heart knowing that anything is possible and that every experience – from the highest highs to the lowest lows, will contribute to your growth and shape who you become.

Know that many people will cross your path in life. Some will hurt you, betray you and some will confuse you.  Not all people are meant to stay in your life forever. They will however, all have a purpose. Be grateful for the lesson and don’t stick around.

Surround yourself with those who you’re drawn to because they lift your spirit, encourage and inspire you, make you feel alive and bring the best out in you. Cherish and nurture these people – they love you for who you are and they allow your spirit to shine as it should.

Respect differences in other people’s choices and park your judgment – it will never serve you. Your way is not superior, simply one of many. You can’t change or control other people’s behavior – so don’t waste your energy trying. Instead focus on what you can control – your own reactions and attitude.

I want the world to be your classroom, for there is only so much you can learn within 4 walls, one town, one city, one country. Respect other cultures and embrace the people.  Take time to get to know them, as there is something truly beautiful about a strong connection with someone from a completely different world to you.

Be abundant in perspective and compassion and aim to make a difference, one person at a time, for it will humble you and you will appreciate what you have. Aspire for humility and gratitude; you cannot put a price on either and they will make you wealthy for life.

See through materialism and value the things that are truly important in life – relationships, love, nature, experience and adventure.  At some stage in your life, it may seem important to be wearing certain brands and buying the latest trends but living life to the fullest is what brings the type of happiness that ‘stuff’ cannot come close to.

My advice is not to rush into marriage or motherhood – they both require a lot of hard work where you can no long only think of yourself. Enjoy those young wonderfully selfish years in your 20s – you cannot get them back. Choosing a life partner will be one of the most important decisions in your life. Live a little first and know who you are and what’s important to you.

Be good to your parents (especially me). Even though there will be many times when all you want to do is roll your eyes and give me a piece of your mind, know that the love I have for you is the type of love that is impossible to put into words. Only when you have your own children will you fully understand the depth of my love for you.

Don’t let those beautiful spirits stop shining.

Your Mother,  Julie McBroom





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  1. Lou Iselin said...

    Julie I have a tear in my eye, very well said xLou

    Jan 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm
    • HipMum said...

      Awww… thanks Lou

      Jan 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm
  2. swarna shanmugalingam said...

    I’m grateful to you and I appreciate and I am thankful to those lovely thoughts.

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:35 am
  3. Chloe Jeffreys said...

    This is beautifully written. I have a 22yo and a 24yo who have definitely stepped off the beaten path. While I am very proud of them, it has left my lying at wake at night many nights with worry, and it does make for very awkward moments around the water cooler at work.

    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm
    • HipMum said...

      Thank you Chloe for your comments. I often think of how it must have been for my mother when I was backpacking around the world for many years (before email or internet was around) where there was no way for her to contact me.
      I’ve also learnt that whenever you step off the path there will be raised eyebrows and awkward moments. We are so use to them that they don’t bother us any more. At 22 and 24 years old, they should be having the time of their lives. Thanks again for your comments.

      Jan 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm
  4. Sharon Greenthal said...

    Such a perfect letter for your children to read and cherish for a long time to come. How lucky they are to have a mother like you.

    Jan 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    • HipMum said...

      Thank you Sharon for your kind words. They mean so much.

      Jan 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  5. Heathercallaghanahrens said...

    Darling Jules, the girls and their husbands ( all new) and Pete and I are all up north in a huge sky home sharing my birthday!!! We were chatting about you and just all read your comments to your children written in the beginning of the new year!!!! We think you are amazing!!! I look back on our journey together years ago and think how proud I am that you have been in my life!!!
    Love and hugs from all of us
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx you are wonderful

    Jun 09, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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