Hi Rachele, tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do, how old are your children and what happens with your kids when you are at work?
I am a personal stylist focusing on new Mums. My children are 3 years and a half and almost 2.The oldest goes every day to nursery school, the younger goes to nursery 2 days a week and he is with a nanny the other 3 days.
1. One word to describe how being a WoMo makes you feel?
Empowered and fulfilled.
2. What’s the funniest experience you have had juggling kids and work?
One day during a meeting I was rushing to find some documents from my bag and instead a dropped a bottle of milk on the meeting table!!
3. What is the one piece of advice you could offer another WoMo?
I have started feeling empowered when I have accepted to be kind to myself and not to put enormous pressure on myself for everything.
4. What’s the least amount of sleep you’ve gone to work on and how did you cope?
A couple of hours probably, I was very moody and looking awful. I cancelled all meetings and did admin basic work that didn't require too much energy and concentration.
5. What have you learned about yourself as a WoMo?
That I have much more patience than I thought I could have and that I value sleep a lot more!!
6. If you had a working mother’s anthem or mantra, what would it be?
Keep going as each day is more interesting and rewarding than the previous one.
7. What is your guilty pleasure to combat WoMo guilt the best?
I have started on coffee since my babies I admit.
8. Would you rather be dealing with a tantrum or presenting in a board meeting?
I am not a fan of presenting but I like the feeling that comes afterwards knowing that I have made it in both cases!
9. If you asked your child / children what your job is, what would they say (exact quotation if possible)?
She would say I work at Swarovski and I choose clothes.
10. What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you became a WoMo?
The sense of guilt. That is not so easy to leave your children at home with someone else to do your own business.
11. To date, what has been your best WoMo achievement?
Having been able to set up my own business as a stylist for sure.
12. What do you want to teach your kids about working mothers?
That if mothers are more independent they are also happier and that they can grow more confident children as well and also contribute to stronger societies.
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