'My motivation is to provide her with the best of all'
Sonam Chawla, an awesome working mum from Delhi, takes some time out from her busy schedule to share with us her story! Must read
Feisty, passionate, fun-loving, and above them all, a supermum — Sonam Chawla is all this and more. A beauty blogger and content expert by profession, this diva chooses to handle work and family with the finesse of a tightrope walker!
Of course, she insists that she has an amazing support system in her family, and above all her husband. But we believe, it’s her charismatic personality that carves her identity as an awesome working mum.
Sonam, please tell us how does it feel playing supermum?
Aww! It is absolutely fantastic and lovely to play a supermum to my little daughter. Despite all the challenges we face as working mums, I often feel blessed and thankful to the almighty. Each day that motivates me to shower my love and keep myself engrossed in everything I can do for my girl, is a blessing.
Kindly tell us about yourself?
I was born and brought up in Delhi, which gave me every reason to prosper despite of my responsibilities all through. I am a beauty blogger and a content expert by profession, married for six years and a mom to a two-year-old angel. Being a mother to a daughter is a blessing and I am so proud of it.
What’s a typical day like in the life of Sonam?
A typical weekday is quite hectic but still brings new hopes for me. Being a mother, I have to balance each day between nurturing my school-going daughter, family and of course my work.
My day starts at 7:00 a.m. with office preparation while I murmur twice or thrice lovingly in Erica’s ears to wake up and live the new day.She gives a wonderful smile as she opens her eyes and that makes my day.
She loves going to school as it is a new experience for her and I love telling her new things, bonding with her and pampering her while I make her ready.
I drop her to school and leave for my workplace. The whole day goes by and I keep wondering how she is doing at school or home. Thanks to her granny who takes care of her in a wonderful way, I am assured of her upbringing. However, I can’t wait to see her in the evening as she greets me with a wide smile a loud shout, ‘I missed you Mumma’.
Click on Continue Reading to know how Sonam charts out her priorities!
If you were to create a pie chart of your life, how would your time be divided between work, spouse, kids, friends and self?
Work is something which obviously takes much of the pie as you call it. However, my kid and husband are my life and nothing can take their place.
Spending time with my daughter and making her a part of every family occasion is something I make sure of. As far as friends are concerned, yes, once in a month is surely fixed for them as well.
For myself, I love to drive and this is when I truly be with myself. Working late at night also gives me pleasure. At this very moment also, I am writing at 1:30 am and believe me it is lovely to get indulged in something you love at anytime of the day.
As a working mum, what are the challenges you face at work and at home? How do you get through those challenges?
Being a mother and a working one at that, is not a cakewalk. It often becomes daunting to balance the two verticals. I even get teary eyed on certain days when I miss my girl a lot.
My day long work-related analyzing and creative writing profile often gives my mental as well as physical stress.But thanks to my lovely daughter who well understands me and the fact that I won’t be available the whole day.
She cooperates with her granny in my absence and maintains the decorum. Her praises and smiles give me strength each day to keep moving towards the path of success.
What has been your biggest emotional struggle while bringing up both your kid and a successful career?
The biggest emotional struggle has been with my own desire to be with her when she utters new words. She is quite eloquent and I often miss out words she utters for the first time.
Being not available all the time to listen to her chirpy voice often gives pain, but I usually start visualizing the world we are planning for us.
Also, I love to see her participate in school activities. Though she has not started with school yet, I do not want to miss these out in future due to my work liabilities.
While struggling to create a balance between work life and your family, did things ever get bad enough that you wanted to quit? If yes, how did you manage?
Yes, things often come to a point where I wish I could quit and attend to my personal life. But what drives me further is the desire to achieve something big in life.
My dad wanted me to shine with fame and name and his dream cannot be compromised for my little comfort. So, I will make every single effort to make him proud wherever he is. Being a mother today, I realize what parents feel when their kids come out with flying colours.
Click on Continue Reading to find out how Sonam manages to create time for some self-pampering.
Who has been your sounding board through your parenting journey
The sounding board, all through, is of course my husband, Mohit. He helps me in my work and we discuss about our work progress each day. In fact, he has been a helping hand ever since I became a mother and is still the best mentor and friend I can reach out to, anytime I am demotivated.
At the same time, my mom is always there with her share of wise, elderly advice for the times when both, Mohit and I, are in a fix. I've also always been close to my dad, who left for the better world four years ago. I can always feel his guiding force around me even now.
How do you unwind over the weekend with the family?
A lovely weekend starts with cuddling my baby and spending time with her. I do not work on Saturdays and Sundays so that I can give the best to my family as my daughter. I usually plan a day out for one of these days so that she sees the world around.
Shopping is one thing we both enjoy. She loves admiring herself with new attires and accessories as any other girl…though she is just 2 years 6 months yet.
Your idea of me time?
Well, it would be reading a love story with a nice mug of coffee in my balcony.
If allowed leisure time, I'd also love to stroll on the beach and talk to the waves greeting me.
What does 'Being a mum' mean to you?
It's a true blessing, especially if your little bundle of joy is a ‘GIRL’. Being a mother to a daughter is a matter of pride as these little angels add charm to your home, and light in your life.
What is your advice to working mums who are struggling to achieve work-life balance?
Work-life balance is no rocket science when you have passion to achieve something in your career and at the same time zeal to give the best to your kid. I work each day with the motivation to create a ‘Disney World’ for my daughter in coming years.
Working mums need to realize that the best time of life to prosper being a mother is the initial years when your child is still learning things. This is the time when you are zealous and energetic and your kid is ready to take on all new things. So, gather the best out of your surroundings and peer group and nurture him/her ideally.
As we women grow older, our energy levels reduce. So, if you want to work and build something for yourself, start it early. This will help you spend better time with your little one, when she actually needs it.
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