Natasha Hertanto

hi @valerialipovetsky! 💕 i’ve been watching your videos since the beginning of the year and i’d like to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. becoming a mother is one of the biggest, most constant sources of my anxiety. i’m an ambitious, creatively-driven person, who follows my passion like a compass. and as a millenial, being career-oriented is expected—something to be proud of. but as a woman, especially from my cultural background, success is defined through a more domestic(ated) lens. you are expected to marry and have children by 25-28 years old, and the thought is suffocating enough to keep me up at night. i do want to raise my own children one day, but i’m afraid of losing myself in someone else’s orbit. i’ve seen and heard stories of moms who are... just moms. who do not stand on their own two feet and slowly disappeared into their children’s or partner’s lives. but i also know a handful of successful women who are constantly chided for failing to build a family, or for having children who are left neglected because of their busy schedules. however... you’ve taught me that it’s possible to excel in both worlds. the way you treat Ben and Jake with love and respect, how you challenge but remain gentle with them, is the kind of mother i’d like to be. the way you maintain a balanced life, stay authentic to your soul, and advance your career with perseverance, humour, and grace is the kind of #ladyboss i strive to be too. you’re leading a life i never thought possible, and for that i will always be grateful. so thank you for your wisdom, kindness, and magic. i adore you ✨

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

hi @valerialipovetsky! 💕 i’ve been watching your videos since the beginning of the year and i’d like to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. becoming a mother is one of the biggest, most constant sources of my anxiety. i’m an ambitious, creatively-driven person, who follows my passion like a compass. and as a millenial, being career-oriented is expected—something to be proud of. but as a woman, especially from my cultural background, success is defined through a more domestic(ated) lens. you are expected to marry and have children by 25-28 years old, and the thought is suffocating enough to keep me up at night. i do want to raise my own children one day, but i’m afraid of losing myself in someone else’s orbit. i’ve seen and heard stories of moms who are... just moms. who do not stand on their own two feet and slowly disappeared into their children’s or partner’s lives. but i also know a handful of successful women who are constantly chided for failing to build a family, or for having children who are left neglected because of their busy schedules. however... you’ve taught me that it’s possible to excel in both worlds. the way you treat Ben and Jake with love and respect, how you challenge but remain gentle with them, is the kind of mother i’d like to be. the way you maintain a balanced life, stay authentic to your soul, and advance your career with perseverance, humour, and grace is the kind of #ladyboss i strive to be too. you’re leading a life i never thought possible, and for that i will always be grateful. so thank you for your wisdom, kindness, and magic. i adore you ✨

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@valerialipovetsky

Can’t tell you how much you’ve brighten my day. This means so much and I’m extremely proud of you and your journey of becoming the best version of you. Sending you lots of love and light and thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

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