I am really excited because over the next few weeks our signature interview series Mom in Heels is back! One thing that you will notice from reading these interviews is that as mothers we are a community who share the same hurdles, dreams, and fears. I think you will find lots of inspiration and maybe confidence to be yourself, love yourself and enjoy parenting a bit more. Today, we have the fabulous Mimi of the blog Unlikely Martha. Mimi is an effortlessly stylish Atlanta mom of three. Mimi shares with us some tips on getting out of the sweats after having a baby and why self-care should be non-negotiable. Enjoy!
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Mimi. I’m a busy wife and mom of three who makes a living as a creative. I feel so incredibly blessed to be home with my family while living out my dream. I enjoy all things related to family, home, beauty and fashion. Unlikely Martha is my real life in digital form, sometimes it’s pretty, sometimes it’s ugly, but you can guarantee it will always be real! I live in a burb of Atlanta. When I’m not home and you can almost always find me in a Taret, Michaels or Homegoods with my pearls on and a child in tow.
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Three. My son is 10, my youngest daughter is 5 and my bonus daughter is 15.
What’s the biggest parenting challenge you’ve overcome?
Not beating myself up on the days when I get it wrong. I just try harder.
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How do you balance your career and motherhood?
I keep a strict schedule. I work only during times they are at school, doing homework or sleep. I also plan my life extensively during the week. If I am needed at the school, I schedule everything around that. My priority list goes something like: 1. Family 2. Income Producing 3. Whatever works best.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic. I don’t like a lot of colors and designs but I am trying to add a little more color. I can love looks on people all day but when it comes time for me to purchase that thing out of my usual colors it’s like I get cold feet. Baby steps I suppose!
Did your personal style change since you became a mother?
YASSS! What flat shoe? Now I live in flats. My big bags have been traded in for cross body bags. I go for comfort and functionality instead of fashion. I’m learning to make them all work together.
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What would be your advice to moms who are struggling to establish their style and make time for self-care?
Make it a non-negotiable. It doesn’t have to be something big, I make sure to keep my nails done. That is my thing. Find something and a style that works for where you are in life. What you did or wore before may not work for your finances or functionality now. Move on, there is some that will fit your life now, find it and make it your new normal.[Tweet “What you did or wore before may not work for your finances or functionality now.”]
Any tips you would like to share with new mothers?
Give your babies lots of love and hugs. All of this other stuff is irrelevant considering, few kids turn into adults that complain about getting too much love. If my husband and I turn out to have made an entire mess of this parenting thing our babies will never be able to say they didn’t know they were loved.[Tweet “Few kids turn into adults that complain about getting too much love. “]
Tell us about your blog/business and your motivation for starting.
I started my blog strictly as a hobby. I was transitioning for a career to being a SAHM and I was looking for an outlet. 5.5 years later I had no idea it would turn into all of this. I’m thankful I listened to the still small voice, otherwise I don’t know what I would be doing right now as I was miserable in my growing corporate career. I’m glad to be off the hamster wheel. I miss the money sometimes, but I’ve learned that means nothing in the grand scheme of things!
How can we keep up with you?
Thank you so much, Mimi for sharing all of this light with us!
Did you miss the past Mom in Heels interviews? You can catch you on all of them here!