— My family has always supported me, but I don’t think they imagined how involved they would be in this process. A friend of mine completed a similar trip before I did, and when newspapers wrote about him, all the headlines were something like "A soldier has set a new record at the South Pole". But when local radio or television did reports about me, the headlines were "Mom skied to the South Pole" And then I thought: this is wrong, they should talk about the expedition, and not about me as a woman and the fact that I have children shouldn’t be important. Absolutely everyone asked me how I decided to go on such a trip, and what my family thought about it, because it’s so risky. I don’t think they asked such questions to my male friend. But over time, I realized that this is exactly what we need to talk about and what to focus on — mother, who reached the South Pole, and my family, without whom this would not have happened.My youngest is twelve, my oldest is twenty-two
and the expedition became a very big part of their life. But the main thing for me is that they watched how I was pursuing my goal, how I devoted every free minute to it and did it every day.
My kids don’t climb mountains, but this whole process has taught them how important it is to be passionate about everything you do. No matter what their task is, to make a movie or create a clothes collection, they will cope with anything with passion and willpower. They watched me, and now they live the same way.