Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
My name is Tessy de Luxembourg and I am the director of communication at DS-48, an intelligence security company in London. I have two wonderful children. Gabriel, who will turn 11 years old in March, and Noah, who is 9 years old.
What was/ is your inspiration behind your work?
My inspiration behind PROWIBO is that I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to quality education no matter where you’re born and what background one has.
How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
Life is not always easy. I am sure you can understand what I mean with this statement. I am able to mange to juggle my professional life with my private life because it synchronises well with one another. My professional life as director of communication in an intelligence company links to my private life as I am a mother of two precious boys who will grow up eventually and I want them to be safe and happy in the fast changing world we all live in.
On another hand, my NGO and all my other extra curriculum activities with UNAIDS, Chatham house, UNA-UK etc are causes I support strongly with my heart. Hence, as such, I do not see them as work and fulfil my duties with pleasure and no pressure.
What top tips would you give to any mum on starting her own business?
Being a mum is already a fulltime job. I admire every mum who takes the courage to start her own business. I congratulate them with all my heart. Starting a new business is almost like having another baby. I truly believe that if your business idea is one that resonates with your ambitions and with what makes you happy that your hard work will eventually pay off. Believe in your business idea as you would believe in your child starting Pre-K or any other activities and all will be fine.
What do you love most about London? Do you have a favorite spot with your children?
I absolutely love my life in London as do my two children. London is diverse in its populations which I think is the greatest gift you can give to a child. Growing up in a diverse and stimulating environment is key to succeed in a globalised world.
Our most favourite spots are definitely Holland park (we call it also ‘Papa’s park, as there are so many wooden sticks to play with) and Hyde Park (mama’s park as I like to take them out for a run around the pond or go to the Diane Memorial Playground).
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
I am an addict of the spa. Everything that has to do with massage and sauna are my quality ‘me-time’ favourites. For the rest, my life is pretty busy. Therefore, if I can get just 15minutes with a nice book and a coffee that satisfies my quality ‘me-time’ too.
What does motherhood represent to you?
Motherhood is a gift that women have received. I wouldn’t say my life wasn’t stimulating and inspiring when I was young and had no children yet on my own but being a mother makes life worth living. I learned so much by being a mum about myself, the world around me and what I want our future to look like. Motherhood teaches us lessons about our own personality and gives me personally a reason to wake up every morning and work hard to make this world a better place for them.
Please complete the sentence, ‘I am a Mum and…’
Master the skill of multitasking very well.
What would we always find in your handbag?
My cell phone where I have my children pictures on it and of course to work on it while on the go. My note book as I love taking notes while taking to people, and of course my paper agenda. I cant do it to have my agenda on the phone. I love scribbling into my agenda with colours, highlights etc…
Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
First and foremost, no matter how great or difficult your pregnancy might seem, embrace it. It is the only moment in your’s and your child live where your little baby is the closest to you. You as a bearing mother have the privilege of sharing these very intimate 9 months together.