- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Julia Yule – co-founder of Bloom and Blossom – mother of 3 children – a boy and 2 girls.
Christina Moss – co-founder of Bloom and Blossom – mother of 2 girls
We are sisters in law.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
Now that really is the question of the moment isn’t it. If we are talking about the time before covid (also known to us as BC), then we would always say what balance are you looking for. Balance for one mother, is completely different for another. For us both we stated early on that having an office near to our respective homes and in turn our children’s schools, gave us the flexibility to not miss some of the important moments. School drop off is the positive start to our day that we really need. We might not be there for pick up but to have seen them run into school first thing and have navigated the conundrum that is the PE kit, lunch box and book bag, is something we cherish and fuels us for the day ahead. The current Covid juggle is quite another conversation, and we are just continuously learning on the job. WFH alongside home schooling……. I mean there aren’t enough words to even start this conversation.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Our biggest tip for each other, in order to embrace balance, is to always be present – wherever we are. When we are at work be present and when we are being a mummy be present. To know how to focus on something or someone in life is an important life skill and we really do try to practise what we preach.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children? Its history – you could spend a lifetime exploring the city and you would never stop being surprised. It has such vibrant culture, it is so cosmopolitan and so diverse and in turn this has driven its creativity.
Walking is our thing – we walk everywhere, to every meeting wherever it is in London, just so we can take in the views, the sights, the history and the atmosphere. We love this city.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
‘Me time’ is a moment of silence, a moment of contemplation or a moment to think and a moment to re-balance. It is so important to get this into your daily life, whether that be losing yourself in music, a silent car journey, a podcast or a good book. It is so important to have your own thoughts and blank your mind and allow it to process the day. Thow in a great cup of coffee or glass of wine and quite frankly you are smashing the ‘me time’ and your body and mind will thank you for it.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Parenthood is just so rewarding, this unconditional love your children have for you and you for them. This responsibility can take your breath away at times, but to always have their best interest at heart, then you really can’t go wrong. There is nothing better than getting to the end of the day and feeling like you have done a good job, and the cherry on the top is knowing they are safely tucked up in bed and having a good night’s sleep.
The least favourite feeling is guilt – feeling guilty about doing or saying something wrong, flying off the handle or missing an assembly. You cant beat yourself up about it but it can get your down.
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
Julia – I have a Blue Peter badge
Christina – I bought my first house on a TV show
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Don’t wish away any of the time – yes the ‘baby’ nights are long and often the days are longer, but they are so young for such a small amount of time, and before you know it they will be asking to walk to school on their own, or then passing their driving test.
- I’m a mum and……
- Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
London can feel like a really big place sometimes, especially for new mums or mums that are new to the capital. To have a destination like Kensington Mums that offers a welcoming network of like-minded women is so important. Whether that’s sharing knowledge, the latest destinations to visit or simply just a support system – us mums need to hold each other up and Kensington Mums plays a really important role in this.