I make sure I take the time to care for myself. It sounds simple, but it can be hard when you are a mother to two toddlers and trying to run a business at the same time. Balance has been something I have been searching for for a long time. The key really is self care. You can't pour from an empty cup. Self care can be as simple as taking a shower or establishing boundaries. If I take a few moments to myself each day, then I am more patient and able to tackle my task.
We all play many different roles to people around us, how do you find the balance in your life to be these roles?
You started sharing photos of your self and your body in the height of lockdown last year. What made you decide to do this?
Right around that time I had a bit of a self-awakening. I realised I wanted to live my life without fear of judgement from others. This freedom allowed me to be unapologetically me.And I decided I really wanted to fall in love with myself. "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" Sharing photos helped me push through insecurities and forced me to work through my creative blocks.
You capture your motherhood journey so beautifully. What have you learnt about yourself in becoming a mother?
Thank you. I have learned so many things about myself in becoming a mother. Our children really are little mirrors to our personalities. I have learned my "catch phrases" , I have learned my nervous ticks, and I have learned how I deal with conflict. All of that just from watching them grow.
Our bodies carry us through life and can create life. Has your relationship with your body changed since having your two children?
It has changed dramatically. After my first kid, I had a really hard time adjusting to my new body.I spent over 20 years knowing what to expect when I looked in the mirror. After I had my baby, I felt like I was looking at a stranger. When I decided to fall in love with myself, I started to view my body in a whole new light. This body created and nourished two beautiful humans. That is powerful. My body is powerful and deserves my grace and respect. Embracing the motherhood in my body has strength endear relationship. When I look in the mirror now, I see a powerful foundation of unconditional love.
What does being a mother mean to you?
"Being a mother means being the foundation and the unconditional love to kids."
Our jewellery tells our story, it can be a scrap book of memories we carry around with us. Do you have a sentimental piece of jewellery you treasure and if so why?
I love my wedding ring. My husband picked it out and it is a sapphire in the centre. It captures me and our love story perfectly.
Daisy is run by women, for women and we champion those around us. What women in your life inspire you most?
My moms and my grandmas inspire me the most. They each have strong personalities and are beautiful women to look up to.
What advice would you love to give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to remain in the present. There are many chapters in life, so there is no need to rush through this one.
It is clear that you are a nurturing, supporting and inspiring mother. Are there any important values you hope to show your children as a woman and as a mother?
I hope to live a free life, so that my kids also may live a free life. Freedom to me is embracing happiness and living life without fear of judgement from others. I want to teach them to love themselves.
What does the statement I am me, unapologetically mean to you?
It means living life without surrendering or giving up parts of yourself to please others.
What’s your go to Daisy jewellery piece?
I'm really obsessed with the gold Figaro Chain right now. I can pretty much put it on with any outfit. It makes a really bold yet delicate statement and I always get compliments when I wear it.