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Ciara was only 19 years old when her hit song “Goodies” dropped. Even so, she says she didn’t really “level up” in her career and personal life until she became a mom.

The now 34-year-old Grammy award winner opened up to PureWow about how becoming a parent has changed her during an exclusive interview thanks to Drinkfinity. (For those unfamiliar, Drinkfinity is a cutting-edge drink company that aims to reduce waste with its new multifunctional reusable water bottles.) Spoiler alert: What she said is pretty inspiring.

To many, a slew of massive hits and awards are the stuff of dreams. For Ciara, that was just the beginning. Now, as a mother of two, she’s not only started her own record label and wrapped her “Beauty Marks” tour but she’s also completed a Harvard Business School course and dropped her first clothing collection. OK, that’s what we’d call the pinnacle of crushing it, and Ciara modestly agrees.

“Motherhood has just shown me there’s really nothing we can’t do as women,” she explained. “I feel really empowered having my kids in my life. By far, my greatest accomplishment is having them.”

The recording artist shares daughter Sienna (2) with her husband, Russell Wilson (yep, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson), and her son, Future Zahir (5), with her ex-fiancé Future. She says having them has helped her grow not only personally, but also creatively: “That’s a blessing, to be able to have some really amazing kids and to be able to raise them and watch them grow and live vicariously through them and their little young minds. I really do believe that my kids have leveled up my life. It’s made me more responsible, more patient, even more compassionate for others…They make me go hard.”

 Although juggling family life and her fruitful career can be tough, she wouldn’t want it any other way. Just days after finishing her “Beauty Marks” tour (during which she relied on Drinkfinity to stay hydrated), Ciara told PureWow, “My life has been better. I can’t even imagine my life without them. Life without them was not as good as it is with them. They motivate me. I hope that my kids can look at me and say, ‘Anything is possible. Mommy went after what she wanted to achieve and she did it.’ Hopefully, I can pass down those nuggets of inspiration to them to go after what they want to do in their lives.”

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With all those accomplishments under her belt, we’d say the chances of Sienna and Future being inspired by their mama are high. 

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