The next quarter of the MOTM sequence is dedicated to all the mama’s who quit their steady and secure jobs and started working freelance, or started their own companies to work around their children. It’s more common that you think…
First up is makeup artist SARAH EDWARDS-KNIGHT – who was head makeup artist at Sky TV then decided to move into the freelance world to spend more time with her kids. And now that they are home schooling, flexibility is so important!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from, kids you have, job etc..
My name is Sarah Edwards-Knight. I grew up in west London, I am married to Louisa (she’s a girl drummer – much cooler than I am!!) We have 3 kids (a 4 year old boy and 2 year old twins), who were conceived via IVF. Up until May this year, I managed the Make-Up Department at Sky TV, after 15 lovely years with the company, I decided to make a move into the freelance world when the kids came along to spend more time with them.
I am also a Yoga Teacher and Area Manager with Arbonne. (Vegan health & well-being brand) www.sarahedwards-knight.arbonne.com
2. Is it Possible to have a kid without it effecting your career?
This is an interesting one, you can totally have both, but you have to work hard to have both. I have 3 jobs, (ha!) and I frequently hear… “I don’t know how you do it?”, and quite honestly I don’t know how I do either? But most of the time, I feel like I’m totally on the edge. I always say it’s just about manageable until someone is sick, then it’s game over! It’s a juggling act, it’s hard to feel like you are a brilliant mother, wife, boss, make-up artist…. sometimes you feel shit at everything!
3. What do you wish you knew about motherhood before you were a mother?
That your house will be a tip!!! Don’t beat yourself up. Play with your kids, they won’t want to play with you forever. Your toddler will creep into your bed every night – enjoy it, they won’t want to know you when they are teenagers. That sometimes you will spend hours creating a yummy dish for the family and this will quite possibly end up all over the floor. Shit happens…. try to have a sense of humour.
4. What would you say to yourself before you had kids?
Sleep, sleep & sleep some more. Man, I miss sleep!!!! On the odd occasion that I get a lay in, it just isn’t a lay in if you can hear peppa pig blasting out from the TV.
5. What have you leant about yourself being a mother?
That I have super strength – mentally and physically. I can carry one child on my shoulders, and the other one in my arms whilst navigating the 3rd one safely across the road holding his hand whilst keeping my cool. Skills!
6. What would you say to women who are about to come mothers?
Buckle up, it’s going to be a crazy ride. Be prepared for your heart to burst as soon you set eyes on your baby. That first few weeks is a blurry haze, don’t judge yourself on others…. do it your way! Trust your instincts….. & get a cleaner!
7. What’s your favourite thing about being a mother?
Watching them grow and blossom into their own personalities. And when your child says “you are my best friend in the whole wide world”.
8. What’s your worst thing about being a mother?
The continual washing!!!!!!!!
9. What would you say to your younger self?
Live life, have no regrets, follow your heart!
10. What would you say to your future self?
I did a great job!
Thank you so much to Sarah for these wonderful answers. Sarah offers ‘Yoga and Meditation’ workshops on the last Sunday of every month in a beautiful yurt in the Surrey countryside.
Sarah also runs a makeup workshop (using botanically based, cruelty free products) on the last Tuesday of every month at vegan venue The Brook in Wallington @thebrooksm6.
I absolutely love her positivity and spirit. Please take a look at her Instagram page @back2naturegirl and feel inspired!
If you want to get involved with ‘Mama of the Month’ then please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!