This has inspired me, Claire and Julia to do the same – and some of our mums and daughters will be joining us on air for our Get Gorgeous Event on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th May.
Why my daughter is a star
Her unswerving determination to make a success of everything she turns her hand to. She has always worked tremendously hard, not just at school and college where she took an additional A level at night school and also held down a job, but then again at University.
She attained an excellent degree and then went on to qualify as a teacher. She never takes anything for granted and has the kindest nature. She’s faced every challenge head on and even through some difficult times she has remained positive. She's also incredibly organised – even her wardrobe is colour co-ordinated! On top of all that she can cook and makes fabulous birthday cakes.
In what ways does your daughter inspire you?
Lucy faces life head on, but never over-dramatises a situation. I tend to over-react to things and she is always the quiet voice of calm who can sort it for me. If she gets something wrong she apologises, and rather than running away from a problem, she works it out.
I find it inspirational how she always wants to do or be better. She never settles for second best, which is why she's making such a success of her life and is always seeking out new challenges. She’d be an inspiration to anyone.
Why my daughter loves QVC (written by Lucy)
I love QVC because of the huge range of products available. I use the Philosophy skincare range which is really hard to find on the high street and if I do it’s really expensive!
On QVC I can buy a big collection of products for the price of one pot on the high street – so I love the prices! I do a lot of online shopping and I think QVC is a great place for gifts – my Mum gave me a fantastic Diamonique ring which I wear everyday and people always comment on how lovely it is.
Why I love QVC (written by Lucy)
She especially loves the Diamonique range because it allows her to have lots and lots of jewellery – she’s very glam so it adds to her look!
How my has Mum inspired me
It’s funny how the little things I must have learned from mum as a child have stayed with me as an adult. How to cook, clean properly (moving things rather than cleaning round them!), make a home and deal with the children when things have been tricky.
She's also taught me how to cope with some of life’s hardest lessons. How to deal with bereavement, break up of a marriage, and even though she may have seen the writing on the wall, she’s stood by me when the path I’ve chosen hasn’t always been the easiest one.
When I think of the hard work involved in bringing up three children and holding down a job, and then I remember the years she did that alone, I find that inspirational. Whenever any one of us – my sister, brother or myself – have had a crisis she’s always been there and remained calm and strong. I try to be there for my children too, and although I may appear calm and strong on the outside, it’s on those occasions that I’m often falling to pieces on the inside.
Helping me to become a presenter
Mum was involved in amateur dramatics when I was a child, and I used to help her to learn her lines while she did the ironing. She also inspired me to write – reading my poetry and essays as a chilld – and from there came my love of language.
While we were still quite small she wrote a play one Christmas and we three performed it for our grandparents. It was a great success and somewhere on an old reel to reel is the evidence. She encouraged me to act in the school plays and read the lessons in church, and when I got my first job as a presenter on radio she was delighted.
I always told her when I was planning to try for a job, and she’d ask all the right questions as to why I thought I’d like to do it and if I’d be able to do it. She never once dissuaded me from chasing my dreams.