Motherhood by June Angelides

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

I think one thing that really helps me keep it together is my pretty relaxed attitude to life. I try not to get stressed out when plans don’t work out. I work hard when I work and have lots of fun with the kids when we’re together. I have lots of help from my husband and family. I come from a large family and we’re super close. They say it takes a village to raise a child.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is getting over my inner fear of failure. Last year, I did something I never thought I could do – I set up Mums in Technology. I never thought I could be responsible enough to own a business, but having kids changes you and often brings out a fire to succeed to make them proud.

What top tips would you give to any mum on starting her own business?

Don’t overthink it – There is no perfect time to start a business. The kids will always have something unexpected to throw into the mix so the key is learning to carry on and work around family.

Have a support network – It can get tough and lonely when you’re starting something new, especially when you’re finding your feet and building a community. You need people you can call and be really honest with about your ups and downs. People that will truly cheer you on and pick you up when you feel it’s all getting too much, because it will at some point.

Keep learning – get a mentor, keep reading and keep asking questions. Don’t be shy or embarrassed to ask when you don’t know. You’ll be surprised at how helpful some people can be.

What is your top family recipe that everyone loves to eat?

My bread and butter pudding is a family favourite. It’s so simple but it seems to make everyone so happy.

What is your favourite hang out in London with your children?

I’m based in north London, so Brent Cross is such an easy solution with the kids. It’s got free parking, which is rare for London and lots of nice places to eat. It’s also great as the kids have lots of space to run around.

How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

Ah, quality me-time would involve walking around Selfridges and House of Fraser and doing lots of window-shopping J I would then head to Busaba for lunch as I love the ambience there. After that, I would go for a massage and pedicure at Elemis or Cowshed. I would then head home to catch a few episodes of Greys Anatomy.

I am a Mum and…?

I am a Mum and go-getter

What do you love most about London?

I love the feeling of anything is possible and anything can happen. There is so much variety culturally and I love to explore food and art and there’s so much on offer in London.

Where is your ideal family holiday and why?

My ideal family holiday would be with my entire family in an incredible villa with incredible views. We would have lots of amazing food and have quality time catching up. All amazing holidays would have to include my gorgeous Grandma, Mama, in the top picture as she has the most wonderful heart and keeps our family united. She has 10 children and turns 90 this year. Doesn’t she look amazing!

Given we are all about embracing our Motherhood journey what advice would you give a first time Mum?

I’d say don’t get hung up on advise from people. Accept that they will offer it a lot and probably make you feel like their way of doing things is best. The truth is, you will work out what is right for you and your baby. It may look nothing like all the books you read or what people have said, but it’s perfectly fine if it works for you.