Versatile. A perfect juggler. The balancer. We know a woman has many virtues. In today’s time and age, where the society is not just cosmetically changing but the mindsets too, have progressively changed we see a woman taking the front seat; steering the ship of family and life beautifully.Witnessing this change in society and growing with it, Monuca Arora made sure her life doesn’t vaporize by being a full-time mommy but balances it with her desires and interests.
When her extended family expected her to stay at home and do the normal ‘take care of the family’, thanks to her supportive husband, Monuca listened to her calling – her love for traveling.
It’s like an infant taking that first step to walk, Monuca took that first step out of the threshold of family routine and wrote her journey with passion, focus, love, and determination. Yes, her kid was small; there were countless responsibilities that come with the tag of a mother, she had to fulfill all of them. But as it is rightly said that when you are clear inside and you truly wish something from your heart the whole universe conspires to make it happen for you.
Monuca with her supportive husband managed to balance things out and she could do what she loved the most – Travel! Her first trip was a difficult and teary one as it was filled with guilt of leaving her 2.5-year-old behind for a few days. Well, with time husband too had learned to be an independent father and Monuca perfectly could now juggle between the responsibilities of wife, mother, and a professional!
She internalizes we being parents keep telling our kids, “follow your dreams”, “do something great in life”… But we ourselves are not setting an example for them. A parent feeds them with thoughts of following their dreams etc. but they, especially mothers, aren’t doing anything to show them how. It is so important for kids to see parents doing what they like, balancing family and taking up challenges. So what even if we fail in some, our failures and achievements both should be shared with our kids. It will help them to move forward without the baggage of winning or losing.
A parent feeds their kids with thoughts of following their dreams etc. but they, especially mothers, aren’t doing anything to show them how. It is so important for kids to see parents doing what they like, balancing family and taking up challenges. So what even if we fail in some? Our failures and achievements both should be shared with our kids. It will help them to move forward without the baggage of winning or losing. Sharing failures make kids realize that failure is a part of the journey called life!
We all get our inspiration from true stories. Not only do we get encouraged but also get ideas of how to manage and balance life. One fine day, Monuca realized that why should a family be a hindrance; in fact how the people whom we love so much can be a hurdle for us in our journey.
“Why cannot I travel with my kid?!” This thought boggled her mind.
She believes that we draw our strength from our kids, partner, and family. But the society has conditioned our minds in a way that we feel traveling with kids is something next to impossible. Hearing her friend’s story has been an inspiration for her. One of her friends has explored 7 countries with their small kid. Giving such an environ helps kids develop and learn many great development skills. Her friend’s 3-year old can do small treks at such a tender age and is already very confident.
At present, through her dream project Triyana – a Ladakh travel club – Monuca makes sure to encourage every parent to travel with kids to such offbeat places. Not only this she is encouraging the woman and mommies to go for solo travels.
As individuals and parents, it indeed is important to keep moving forward, have a progressive thinking, to question societal myths and to always ask ‘Why not?’ Travel with your kids, expose them to newer places, keep their curiosity going on, and they will become settled, content from inside but dynamic in their outer expression.
Hey mothers! It’s time you take out time for yourself to live your dream, take that first step! Overcome your fears, your worries, and you’ll see how life will unfold for you beautifully…
…is Monuca is an HR professional and has cofounded Enjobs, a women-centric executive search firm. She’s dreamy and passionate about her work. Through Triyana, she wants to promote women travel as she firmly believes that traveling is the key to liberation. She finds encouragement in the unwavering support of her husband and does not hesitate to take big leaps into the unknown territory. She wants her son to grow up seeing his mother as a fearless woman who chooses to pursue her passion.