An interview about motherhood with Olivia, co-owner of Olli Ella.
What’s the full name of your children and how old are they?
Nika Elodie (4) and Jules Patrick (2)
How did motherhood change your life?
It’s easy to get caught up with trying to do things the way they “should” be done, but for me, motherhood has been about learning to let go and trust my own judgment. It’s interesting because once I started applying this mentality to product design, everything suddenly clicked. Instead of designing products I thought people wanted, I designed products that I personally wanted for Olli Ella. Becoming a mother gave me the confidence to do this.
Instead of designing products I thought people wanted, I designed products that I personally wanted. Becoming a mother gave me the confidence to do this.
What has been the biggest learning curve like a mother?
I thought I had it all figured out with Nika, but then Jules came along and everything I thought I knew went out the window. What works for one kid doesn’t work for the other. It’s been amazing seeing how different the whole motherhood experience can be depending on the child.
How do you create a balance between your work and family life?
I’m fortunate that my children are incorporated into my work life a lot; they test prototypes, hang out at the office after school, come along to photo shoots and genuinely think that what I do is pretty cool. That being said, it’s been a major juggle at times. We just moved to California, in part to recalibrate the work/life balance and to spend more time as a family.
What was your childhood like?
It was chaotic, wild, and a bit complicated. I am one of 7 children and our family moved around a lot, (I lived in the U.K., Australia, and the USA by the time I was 12). There wasn’t a great deal of stability, but we had each other and I think that’s why we are all so close today despite being spread out around the world.
What is one thing you hope to teach your children?
To always be interested and be interesting.
Give them unconditional love, listen to them and treat them as independent people and they’ll probably turn out ok.
What is your best piece of advice for (new) moms?
That children don’t actually need much and they definitely don’t need you to be perfect. Give them unconditional love, listen to them and treat them as independent people and they’ll probably turn out ok.
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do most?
A quiet moment...no such thing! But if it were, I would take a nap!
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