- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hi, I’m Rosie! I run Mamawell – a women’s wellness company with a focus on pregnancy and postnatal fitness. I’m the mum of a 3 year old, and i’m expecting my number 2 in October!
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
The juggle is always hard! I feel very lucky to have found a balance as I work part-time with my clients for Mamawell and then i’m with my daughter every afternoon. However, as all mums know, this is actually full-time work in itself – so I do feel very busy! I have the marketing and admin of my company to do in addition, so I grab times when my daughter is sleeping or watching her bit of TV in the evening to catch up on my emails.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
My first tip would be to be organised so you can make time efficient. This is key for me! I lay out what I’m going to put on in the morning, for myself and my daughter. Plan meals in advance, batch cook etc.
My second tip, is you can’t do it all yourself, and there’s no point in letting the stress of something build up until you burst and scream (most likely at your partner). So I always try and make sure we can split the tasks. Women often allow themselves to do all the housework as well as vast amounts of the parenting – and they often have a job too. This unpaid extra work for us can be a huge burden, so I just don’t sign up to that!
My last tip would be that I try to switch off from my work. I try to keep my phone away when i’m playing with my daughter, sometimes leave it at home when we go to the park. And I turn it off after about 9pm if I can. It’s good to have that physical break from the reminder of work!
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I love living in London with my daughter! We are lucky to live in SW London with the gorgeous parks and riverside walks so we make sure we take advantage of that. We have a seat on the back of the bike so we’ll ride to new parks/woods to explore most weekends. We love the museums as we like things that stimulate us all and allow us to have really good fun as a family.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Me-time is often alone time! Relaxing watching a favourite TV show, or reading or also taking a walk alone is just so nice! For me, it doesn’t have to be something big and extravagant, just some quiet time with my own thoughts, or a yoga class is enough.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
I think my favourite thing is just watching my daughter grow and learning so much about the world seeing it through her eyes. I’m amazed at the connections she’s making and how she’s articulating it to us.
I guess my least favourite thing is the big change in mine and my husband’s personal autonomy. We used to travel all the time, head off on weekend breaks – or just out to dinner at the drop of a hat. Now everything needs planning, checking the schedules, booking babysitters, extra gear – basically this whole other person to think of all the time! I’m not complaining, but it is a big change!
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I used to be a professional dancer, choreographer & dance teacher and have lived in diverse places such as Dubai, Vietnam and New York creating shows and bringing the love of dance!
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
My advice is that YOU know best. You are the mother, and it is in your gut what you should be doing. You can definitely take advice, read the books, listen to friends – but the bottom line is, you know what’s best for your and your baby. So don’t panic, follow your instinct. It’s fine to feel you’re a bit lost at times, you’re not failing in any way, just take time to look at what’s happening and what your baby might need from you.
And I always love to remember, in your baby’s eyes you are perfect and you’re all they need.
- I’m a mum and…… I’m so thankful for this role in life.
- 10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
It’s a community hub of fabulous women – all diverse, but all sharing the wonderful & challenging mum life!