What’s a typical day like for you?
I rise with the sun in quiet contemplation and perform a sun salutation. Then I make a nutritious breakfast for my husband and two boys that usually includes granola, quinoa and fibre clusters.
After thanking me for feeding both their bodies and their minds, the kids get dressed without being told to do so (no tantrums here!) and then we all sing Raffi in the car on the way to school.
I spend the rest of the day feeling calm and centred while I clean, cook and read books about how to be a better mom and wife.
I’m totally kidding, none of that happens (except the singing. Because Raffi.). In reality, there is no “typical”. It’s a fast-paced melange of caffeine, “the best I can” parenting, and hustling to find my next gig.
My sink is always half full, my boys are louder than a T-Rex riding a jumbo jet and just as tidy. My days are crazy and unpredictable and I love it.
What in your life is really important to you?My boys. Being the best parent and partner that I can be. I’d also list integrity. There’s not enough of it these days.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Being a good mom. Not even amazing, just good. And really kind. There also seems to be a shortage of kindness.
What role does fashion play in your life?
I wear what I feel. I’m pretty transparent that way. Fashion is my armour, it’s how I express myself. Fashion is also therapy. If I’m feeling low, an awesome dress or killer heels can lift me up (literally!).
What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
I love the unexpected. I’m inspired by the colours, textures and silhouettes. I love how the staff get excited about the clothing and the designers. They push me out of my comfort zone – and into some really gorgeous pieces.
You’ve had to face some pretty tough changes in your life recently. Could you tell us a bit about that?
This past year was really challenging. I lost my job of 16 years, then lost my home in a fire a month later. I used to be one of those people who were grounded by their routine and thrived on predictability.
Then, in one fell swoop, I lost everything (well, not the most important things. Thankfully, my family and I were on vacation at the time and no one was hurt.) I realized that I had an opportunity to start over and pursue avenues that I hadn’t had time for because I was so busy playing it safe.
I became a contributor to a parenting blog. I took up acting again. I returned to jewelry-making. I signed up for yoga classes and started pursuing a freelance writing career. I’ve met some incredible people and developed valuable contacts, networks and mentors.
Playing it “safe” failed, so why not take a chance?
What do you have that you want to promote?
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Getting back into my newly-built home is at the top of my list. I’m looking forward to barbecues and getting back into my own bed. In the long view, I’m co-raising two awesome little humans who hopefully won’t be too busy getting into trouble to give their mama some hugs.
Professionally, I can’t predict the future, but I have every faith that my next adventure will be rewarding and fulfilling.
When you’re feeling particularly daunted by challenges, where do you find your energy and motivation?
At the risk of sounding #blessed, my kids keep me motivated. It’s not about my own personal success or failure anymore – the stakes are high, but as long as their needs are met, I consider myself a success.
In terms of my own energy, I practice WAY more self-care than I used to. I do a lot of yoga (which I’m actually terrible at, but I stick to it because I can’t quit another gym), I lost 30 pounds this past year, and I constantly search for ways to feed my creativity.
Where can people find you on social media?