An interview with Anna (co-owner Archive Store) about motherhood.
What’s the full name of your children and how old are they?
Georgia Giulia (3 years old) & Lewis Moss (8 months old).
How did motherhood change your life?
Motherhood enriched my life; the unconditional love you can feel for your kids is something I've never felt before. I enjoy the role of being their mother; their arms wrapped around you and nothing else matters. I am more able to put things in perspective, what already started when I was pregnant with my first baby; the most important thing is that they are happy and safe. Some things are not important to me anymore. I feel less insecure, I guess pride took over; proud of my two little stars. But yes I also see the other side; less spontaneous trips, fewer diners till late with our friends (everyone has got kids now), more tiredness; it all changes but for the good, that's for sure!
"I feel less insecure, I guess pride took over; proud of my two little stars."
How do you create the balance between your work and family life?
Sometimes it is difficult, ‘Archive Store is my third baby’, I always say. I try to ignore my phone and e-mails when I’m at home with the kids, but with your own business it can be challenging. Luckily work doesn’t feel like work and I enjoy it every day.
Last week I enjoyed one day off and spent a day together with my oldest girl. Just the two of us; we went to the beach and had such a great day. I would love to do this more often, go out with one of them and give them all my attention. And not only with the kids, since a couple of weeks we have a babysitter every Thursday evening and Robert and I have “Date Night”.
"Since a couple of weeks we have a babysitter every Thursday evening and Robert and I have “Date Night”."
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do most?
Never a dull moment or not one that at I can remember. What I love most is sitting outside on a small terrace near the canals or just a little bench outside while Lewis is sleeping or chilling on my lap and Georgia is playing with her dolls and Robert is reading the newspaper. At times like that, I feel so so blessed and lucky…
What is one thing you hope to teach your children?
Live your dream! Be open-minded, happy and positive… Give and help where you can, take care of each other.
What was your childhood like?
I look back to a very worry-free childhood. Of course every household has a story but in general, I have had a very happy and good childhood. With my very sweet and caring mum, hardworking (and sweet too) dad, a younger brother and an older sister. I had a great time at school where I met my best friend. Together we played outside all day after school, horse riding, chatting, we had a lot of fun, always.
What is your best piece of advice for (new) moms?
Believe in yourself and trust your own (mother/parenting) intuition.
Or even better: don't give any advice. Unless people ask for it and you can tell them based on your own experience. While pregnant or with a newborn people feel free to give you all the advice which can help but also can make you very insecure. So often I hear people say: Oh no but you are not allowed to put the baby on her belly or you are now allowed to use a cot bumper… So many stories, good and bad… In my opinion, it is so important to learn to trust on your own intuition and feeling, a mother always knows best for her little baby.
"In my opinion, it is so important to learn to trust on your own intuition and feeling, a mother knows best for her little baby."