Vesna Đukić-Williams
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I wish I had a daughter to teach her to walk with her head held high. To teach her the importance of self respect. To teach her to be confident in her own skin. To teach her to embrace her sexuality without any fear of judgment. To teach her the importance of hard work and that nothing is just given to her. To teach her that there are no glass ceilings in her way. To teach her to question everything. To teach her to hold herself equal to any man. To teach her to be fearless and kind. To teach her to be compassionate. I teach my sons the same, but I am fully aware of their advantages already. Let’s create strong women, let’s give them enough strength to smash all the glass ceilings. ❤️ #strongwomen #daughters #daughter #educateyourchildren #silenceiscomplicity #mumlife #dadlife #momlife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #womenempowerment #empoweringwomen #glassceiling #empower #inspire #motivate #truth #sexism #feminist #mumofboys #momofboys #parenting #educate #writer #inspiration #woman

My brother and his daughters. These pictures were taken eleven years apart. Love my crazy, loving, loud Serbian family. Miss them so much. 🥰🥰🥰 * * * * #brother #nieces #family #myfamily #serbian #mama #mum #mom #maman #mumlife #dadlife #momlife #love #happyfeels #daughters #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #expatlife #missthem #auntie #proudsister #sister #motherhood #fatherhood

My. Husband. Is. Going. To. Do. A. PhD. Over the years of his Astrophysics degree, whilst he also worked full time, I have joked and threatened that I would find a part time lover. 😁😂😁 Now that he has announced that he is definitely doing a PhD, I will have to come up with a very careful vetting process. My part-time lover will have to have/be: • Rubgy player type body. • He has to have an Irish accent; a must! • He must not be vegan (I am sorry if this offends anyone. I am Serbian, we eat a lot of meat. We are like Greeks. If you say you are vegan or a vegetarian, they’ll offer you lamb!) • Feminist mind. • Open-minded. • Have the ability to read my mind. • Have the ability to know exactly what I am on about, when I randomly say something that’s just come into my mind, without any warning. • He has to be intelligent, I dig brains! • He has to be a thinker. I love a good discussion! • He has to be interested in politics! • He HAS to make good coffee! That is the ultimate condition! More important than anything else! • He has to be in touch with his feelings. I don’t dig “dead inside” people! • He has to be physically strong; I just can’t deal with a man who is physically weaker than me! • He must be a Global Citizen. • He must be multilingual. • He must not ask to have relations, EVER! There is just no need for that. I have children, I’m not having any more, thank you very much. Ahem! • He must not ask “When did you buy that?!” I mean, what a stupid question anyway. And when I say, a real lover, this would be a platonic lover. 🤗 I am thinking...maybe he doesn’t exist?! 😜😂 * * * * #phd #husbandandwife #mum #mom #mama #education #marriage #reallife #family #partners #support #betteryourself #happiness #selflove #selfworth #goforit #momlife #mumlife #dadlife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #justdoit #inspiration #motivation #couplegoals #teamwork #writer #successmindset #workhard #funnyposts

My Blue Steel and I went for a two hour walk today. I honestly cannot remember the last time we were on our own, chatting uninterrupted, for hours. It was such a beautiful day. Finishing our day off with some Guinness and ale was superb! Oh, and we now can’t move after our massive roast dinner! Cheers! Happy Sunday! PhD is forgiven. 😉 For now! * * * * * #husbandandwife #happiness #momlife #mumlife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #forest #trees #blueskies #walking #pub #countryside #marriage #iphonography #landscape #nature #happy #wellness #wellbeing #goodforthesoul

No filter needed. What a beautiful day it is today. I love days like this. Sunny, bright blue skies and chilly. Our older boy’s decided that his friends and basketball are cooler than us, so he left 😁 but our little man and his ultimate girl friend have had a blast reviewing the city parks. Aren’t we lucky to have weekends? We truly are lucky, to be able to take a step back and enjoy our little beasts. Soon enough they’ll fly the nest. Soon enough I’ll be having counselling because I’ll be one of those mums who will want to camp in her son’s uni corridor, ready with his morning coffee & his bacon sarnies! 🤣 * * * * * * #mother #motherhood #fatherhood #parenting #parenthood #happyweekend #weekend #love #gratitude #grateful #family #mum #mom #mama #dayout #salisbury #mummyblogger #mommyblogger #mamabloger #travel #mindfulness #mumofboys #myboys #sons #friends #dayout #healthylifestyle #perspective #mentalhealth #nature #blueskies

Awwwwwww, isn’t this lovely?! 🤣This is what happens when you try and take a lovely picture of your teenage son. 🥰 😆 I love this boy so much, even if he doesn’t want to be associated with the rest of his family! Because, let’s face it, we are just not cool enough! 🤣🥰 * * * * #parenting #parenthood #mumofboys #momofboys #myson #sons #myteenager #son #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #family #mum #dad #mom #mama #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #lunchdate #myfamily #myboys #familylunch #happiness #pizzaexpress

May the strength be with you. 💪🏼 What is your physical superpower? Mine is strength. It’s something I was repeatedly told not to embrace as only boys and men are meant be strong and have muscles. Erm...No! It’s only taken me to hit 40 to gain more super powers to fully embrace what my body is. This mama went for a 2k run and then she did a session of 200 squats. The Kardashians are going to be after my ar*e soon. 😂 Joke aside; Encourage your daughters to do what ever they wish to do, what ever sports their bodies are most comfortable with. Empower your daughters and tell them to work hard & train hard. But more than anything, teach your daughters to believe they can achieve anything as long as they work hard for it. Happy Friday bishes 😘😘😘#happyfriday #womenshealth #womensfitness #mumlife #momlife #parenting #health #wellness #wellbeing #mentalhealth #mum #mom #mama #maman #strongmama #strongmum #strongmom #strength #inspiration #motivation #daughters #doyouevensquat #running #womenempowerment

Good morning beautiful people! I hope you all have a lovely day. I am rocking one sided bed hair, tired mother look, who passed out last night as soon as her head hit the pillow and didn’t move all night! Also, my trusted Sudocrem mask is firmly placed on my nose to cure my spotitis! And just like this, I was about to greet my first parents, before my husband in his subtle British way, pulled me back. Oh my word, where has the visit the hairdresser twice a week woman gone? Or the one who didn’t step out of her house without checking that everything was perfect, especially when she was at work! Or the woman who planned to be a perfect mother and a wife at the same time, AND look perfect! Well, news flash; she doesn’t exist! Or if she does for a brief period of time in her life, she eventually turns into a middle class alcoholic, because darlings, that life is simply unrealistic! We can’t do it all on our own. Or if you do, it’s not sustainable; you will burn out. Don’t believe the celebrity hype. Don’t believe these instaperfect or picture perfect images online. They are staged and faked. It’s not healthy. Celebrities have hair and make up artists, and these beautifully made up and staged women do it for...I don’t know. Maybe it’s for attention, maybe it’s for sponsorship deals. I just know it’s not healthy to keep up with the Joneses. You’ll either get stressed about it, or you’ll get into debt. Wwwhhhaaaaahhhhh, I am SO tired! But I am real! I am a real, tired mother with a house full of men leaving their pants and socks in all crevices of their rooms and somehow on the ceiling lights too! Have a lovely real day, full of real life and real people. Real people are good for you! Happy Friday! 😘😘😘 * * * * * #motherhood #parenthood #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #reallife #mumboss #realwoman #momboss #parentingtheshitoutoflife #happyfriday #mindfulness #wellness #mentalhealth #bereal #mama #mum #mom #writer #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #womenempoweringwomen #mindset #selflove #berealistic #inspiration #sudocrem #mumofboys #momofboys

Thank you early menopause! 🥊 Thank you early menopause for the hot flushes; I don’t know how I’ve lived so far without them! 🤔 Thank you early menopause for making me feel like I am 100 years old and for making me fall asleep before 9pm every night; I’m exhausted! 🥴 Thank you early menopause for the red face; I have always wanted to look like I am permanently burning up with a 41C temperature! 41 to match my age! Too early! 🥵 Thank you early menopause for the mood swings; They are definitely what my husband desired, because marrying a hot blooded Mediterranean Serb was not moody enough! 😤 Thank you early menopause for making me feel like a million dollar woman; More like a million years old hen, huffing, puffing and screeching at anything that speaks or moves before she’s had her first three coffees. 👵🏻☕️☕️☕️ Dear menopause, jog on! 🏃🏻‍♀️🐲🥊 * * * * * * #earlymenopause #menopause #womenshealth #women #woman #writer #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #husbandandwife #marriage #motherhood #fatherhood #reallife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #mum #mama #maman #mom #health #wellness #mindfulness #mylife #myreality #womensupportingwomen #wellbeing #ageingdisgracefully

#tbt 1997-2002 I worked as a translator/interpreter and those were some of the most amazing years of my life. Working for the British Army was amazing. We had SO much fun. We worked hard, but we definitely partied harder! 🍷💃🏻🍷💃🏻🍷😁 I got to see parts of my home country (Bosnia) that I would never have seen otherwise and I got to meet some wonderful, funny, kindhearted people; a few became my friends for life. Oh, and I kissed a few 🐸 too! 🤭😳 😂 Towards the end of my translating career I met my husband, nearly nineteen years ago. We only worked together for a week and he then left Bosnia. I was grieving for a friend who had just died, also I had just come out of a heartbreaking relationship that I thought that I would never get over; then this otherwise very shy young man appeared, who had all the confidence in the world to approach me and speak to me. He wrote to me for four months and phoned me very often to make sure I was ok. Four months after he left Bosnia, I received this envelope, without a stamp, that came through the army mail; in it was just a note saying: “Meet me in Split on the 17th. Rhys.” I thought somebody was winding me up, but he phoned me and confirmed that he was flying out to see me. From Split we went to Rome for a week. The rest is history. In the middle of work, tiredness, parenting and life, we too often forget how special our beginnings are, or how lucky we are. In my case, how lucky I was to meet this loving man who won me over with his patience. We came from two cultures, from two different countries. Don’t let distance put you off; fight for your soulmate. ❤️ #marriage #husbandandwife #love #longdistancerelationship#foreverafter #relationshipgoals #bestfriends #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #soulmate #mindfulness #happymemories #writer #gratitude #couplegoals #mum #mom #dad #dream #followyourheart #parenting #dontgiveup #britisharmywife #lovestory

Just did my first run since August. I thought, if I combine running with pilates straight after, it will keep my hip ligaments nice and flexible. It feels SO good to be out on my own, listening to just my rhythmical breathing. It’s so good for the soul. If only I could keep this up regularly and not have my “lapse of confidence dips” where I don’t do exercise. Oh I hope this formula works, as I’ve really missed running. #firstrun #runnerbeginner #confidence #lowselfesteem #begginerrunner #anxiety #depression #thisgirlcan #ptsd #pilates #running #selflove #metime #pilates #mindfulness #wellness #wellbeing #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #health #mentalhealth #goodforthesoul

#tbt to my crazy little man. We asked him to get dressed & he came back downstairs dressed like this; pants on the head and all 😁😁😁 Love my men, even though they make me want to head for Dover sometimes! 😆 ⛴ 🇫🇷 🍷 🧀 🥖 #myboys #mumofboys #momofboys #mycrazyboys #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #happychild #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #family #myfamily #motherhood #fatherhood #sons #myson #familydays #familyphotos #mum #mama #maman #dad #mom

There is some bloke sleeping on our sofa! 😱 He is now taller than me, at thirteen. Bless him, Dragan is all worn out after his Armistice Centenary parade yesterday. These pictures were taken thirteen years apart. My first boy. ❤️ * * * #letthembelittle #mumofboys #momofboys #mumlife #dadlife #momlife #parenting #love #parenthood #myboys #mysons #sons #family #growinguptoofast #myteenager #mummyblogger #mommyblogger #mamablogger #happyvibes

Attention! I am on my own! On my own 😱 and having my second flat white. It’s been weeks actually, since I’ve had some time just to myself. A little bit of self love is invaluable every now and again. Btw, saying “self love” is what millennials say! 😁 Also, how grown up am I? I just bought myself a few glasses straps/cords. My darling teenage cherub let me look for my glasses all over the house, for what seemed like ages, only to tell me in the end they were on top of my head all the time! 😆Like mother like son, my mum would say! 😁 Interesting observation. 🤔 People surprise you. Some people surprise you with their hidden depths, but some people surprise you with their hidden shallows. After I passionately wrote about the WW1, Armistice Centenary & mental health, I lost 38 followers, possibly more. I don’t see it as losing followers, I see it as cleansing. It’s fascinating how some people have their heads firmly stuck in the sand. Just because it happened 100 years ago, does that mean it did not happen? So if you are one of my followers, and if you read this, please know that you will not find pretty, cute pictures on here. Or if you wish to see a happy family with perfect children and a perfect marriage, I am not your tribe and nor are you mine. I don’t follow for follow. I try to follow real people who are mothers and fathers, or not, young or old, who are open minded and show real life, not just cute pictures and staged filtered photos. You might come across an accidental photo that is pretty good, but trust me, that’s accidental! I look up to the brave, honest and kind. Kindness moves me more than anything else. So, please, if you don’t dig kindness, mental health awareness, open mindedness, equality (racial, sexual and gender equality) then please jog on! Thanks. 😽 #motherhood #fatherhood #parenting #parenthood #realshit #realtalk #reallife #compassion #kindness #love #mindfulness #wellness #wellbeing #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #mummyblogger #mommyblogger #mamablogger #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #ptsd #selflove #equality #metime #coffeetime #writer #outspoken #mumofboys #momofboys

My beautiful boy Dragan, honouring our fallen ancestors, both British & Serbian. It was a beautiful day in Salisbury & this mummy is so proud. He said that he felt very proud to be there; proud to be part of celebrating lives of millions of men, women & animals. The only downside to Dragan’s day was the fact that Dragan couldn’t be given a pair of size 10/44 boots (he’s only 13!), so he wore a pair of size 9/43 boots all day. But he still did it all and didn’t moan once. #proudmum #proudmama #proudmommy #remembranceday #armistice100 #wewillrememberthem #lestweforget #british #serbian #myson #mummyblogger #mamablogger #mommyblogger #seacadets #salisbury #salisburyseacadets #mumlife #momlife #dadlife #tough #mentalstrength #mumofboys #momofboys

Too many; an unimaginable number. 19.7 million people. For us, for our freedom. They fought not just for their own country; they fought for all of us. For the whole world. There was once in 1995, when our dad was unaccounted for, for two months, in the Bosnian War. This was only for two months and he came home to us, alive. These men and women, in WW1, went away for much, much longer and too many never came back. Their suffering is unimaginable. Their families’ longing, hope & ultimately pain is unimaginable to us. I jump every time a firework goes off, and that is after my amazing bereavement and trauma counselling I received here in the UK. The WW1/WW2 survivors didn’t have anything; nothing! Nobody treated their flashbacks, nightmares, trauma or bereavement. They suffered together and in silence. We must NEVER forget them. We, you and me, and our babies are here because of their sacrifice. We Will Remember Them. Lest We Forget. They must never be forgotten. #ww1 #armisticeday #armisticeday100 #loss #wewillrememberthem #lestweforget #ptsd #mentalhealth #neverforgotten #fatherhood #compassion #motherhood #gratitude #parenting #mumlife #dadlife #momlife #warheroes #writer #mummyblogger #mamablogger #ww1veterans #veterans #proud #mindfulness #remembrance #nostigma #breakthestigma #remembranceday

Recently I was asked why I am so active on social media. Why I care so much about these virtual people and why I do it in the first place. This was my answer: “ Social media is a huge part of my life. It’s a powerful tool for spreading kindness and awareness on various issues. I am a maternal/paternal mental health, parenting, equality & general mental health writer/blogger. I don’t write about pretty things, I write about gritty, thought provoking, eye opening things. I blog about human rights, animal rights, women’s rights, and about political issues too. It’s in my blood. My paternal grandfather was a mayor, and my paternal uncle was a mayor too and an MP. I am VERY passionate about destigmatising mental health! I’m an expat. I use social media to connect with my family and friends, but also to make new friends and help others. Recently I organised a coffee morning for new mums who are not socially confident and were very lonely. They did not feel confident enough to go to playgroups. It was a huge success, I was over the moon. We all met on Instagram and connected. I am fully aware that there are bad sides to social media and internet in general, but these platforms can be invaluable when it comes to helping people. And that's how I use it. You might think: You’re just a childminder, what do you know? But we are never just a mother, or a mortgage broker, or a teacher. We all have multiple talents. I was very fortunate to have strong women in my life; the strongest of them all was my grandmother (in the middle). She was a supershero to me, an inspiration. She was an organic farmer, a seamstress, a mother, a stepmother, a wife, a highly educated woman who swore like a trooper, a WW2 nurse, a prisoner of war, completely self sufficient...She survived the WW2 and the Bosnian Civil War. She spoke her mind and she made sure her voice was heard. She always told me to be brave and speak up, and to always have my own independent income. She was a trailblazer. I use social media to help and to make people think. But I completely understand that some people don't feel comfortable with using social media. And that’s OK.” #blogger#kindness#mum#ptsd