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Mother's Day 2019

Motherhood & Entrepreneurship

This Mother's Day, Pauline the Founder and Creative Director of Lilla P sat down with Alyssa Adams, Co-founder of Cabana Life, and Kate Reynolds, Co-founder of Studio Four NYC, to discuss motherhood and entrepreneurship. You can view the whole video at the bottom of this page.  


Lilla P, Cabana Life, and Studio Four Talk about Mother's Day

Alyssa            Pauline            Kate

How do you find that balance of work and life?

Pauline: You have to have clear defined time for both. I try to put the phone down when I walk into the apartment at 6 o’clock but it’s hard.

Kate: I was a little hard on myself when my business was about two years old and trying to figure out how much time you put into one versus the other. For me, my son was going to be the most important. I have vivid memories of running from our office to the train, literally running to get those extra few minutes. All of my time is precious, so I try to fully devote myself at work and also devote myself at home separately, and not spend my time overlapping.

Alyssa: I don’t think there is ever a balance. Your mind is constantly focused on the two most important things, which is your kids and your business. One of the things I really try to do is 7:30am - 6pm I’m working then from 6pm to 9pm I am present with my kids. That is the best balance I can find.


Is there anything you wish you were told before having kids?

Pauline: There’s so much unknown - it’s full of surprises, and I would have not wanted to know more than I know now. Other than time starts to fly but just to really take every moment and really appreciate it. One of my sisters said, everything is a stage and the stages get better and better...
Alyssa: ... and you’re a little sad when it’s over. You are remorseful you don't have those toddler years anymore.

Kate: Right when you get used to it, it passes, until you get a new curveball.


What do you think your kids will take away from seeing you work?

Pauline: They have seen things and hear us - things that work and don’t work. Learning that you can fall and get back up and taking advantage of opportunities.

Kate: It is very important my kids learn kindness. The ability to just take time out of their day to see how someone else is doing and how they are feeling. I think is something that will get you far in life and make you a happier version of yourself.

Alyssa: It is installing a sense of curiosity in my kids. They constantly hear a lot and they are curious about it and they can dig in.


Lilla P Mother's Day Interview


How would you formulate your perfect day with your kids and what do you do for “you” time?

Pauline: There are so few days like this, that it is nice when I literally have nothing to do. We have also been spending a lot more time in Charleston where I am from. It has been really nice seeing my boys in a new environment, with new people, watching them flourish and making new relationships. I have also gotten really great at “me” time. If they have things to do, I will take that time for myself. 

Kate: I am quite simple but the perfect family time is not having that many plans. Our eight year old loves to go to museums. We also just stay around our neighborhood and take our dog to the park.

Alyssa: My perfect day is discovering the city with my family. I love to find new restaurants, little galleries, fun shops. I like new things, so that is definitely the perfect day with the family.


Any other advice for mothers?

Pauline: Other than how fast it goes... you miss so much when you over plan, and you’ll fall short of expectations, so just live in the moment. Use your time better and in a more meaningful way.

Kate: To me motherhood, makes you a better manager. It forces you to look outside the box.

Alyssa: Let them fall down and they will figure it out and I let them try and do that. As a working mom, because you can’t do it all, they are forced to figure it out more, which is almost better for them in the long run. It can be really helpful for them to navigate the way sooner without you there.