Anna, co-owner Archive Store | Answers for every what, why, when, where and how

Bijgewerkt: 11 okt 2018

An interview with Anna (co-owner Archive Store) about motherhood.


Anna with her daughter Georgia

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."

Anna, Georgia and Lewis

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.



Anna with her daughter Georgia

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."
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