Eva Mendes became a beautiful mom at the age of 40. She is a mother to two beautiful daughters, but she didn’t always think about being a mom. It was actually being with Ryan Gosling that inspired her to start a family,she said in an interview.

For now, she’s keeping busy with motherhood and her clothing line for New York & Company—or, as she put it on Instagram, her “side hustle.”

In a 2014 article with The Violet Files, the actress explained how motherhood completely challenged her. “I’m completely exhausted,” she explained. “I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.” LOL. She and her husband Ryan Gosling are hands-on parents.

Motherhood is such a precious gift. The journey has never been easier but the result is one to be proud of. #WCW