Josie Maran: What I’m Teaching My Girls by Being a Working Mum

Every mum’s a working mum, whether she’s a domestic goddess who works at home, like my mum, or a businesswoman like me. Each “job” has its joys and challenges, and every mum I know considers being a mother her most powerful, most meaningful, and hardest work. What could be more important? Growing children is growing our future.

I started creating Josie Maran Cosmetics when I was pregnant with my older daughter, Rumi Joon. When Rumi was born I was still the face of Maybelline Cosmetics, which meant I was flying all over the globe with my baby daughter in my lap, changing nappys on 14-hour flights and breastfeeding on photo shoot sets. It was challenging at times, doing both of my jobs at the same time, but Rumi and I bonded that way. She was a great world traveler at three months old and now she’s a great world traveler at eight. I loved knowing she was growing up seeing her mum balancing work and motherhood and knowing she was watching me live my dreams.

Now that I have two daughters, motherhood is more of a juggling act. But over the years I've learned that taking care of myself is actually the most important part of the balancing act. When I'm whole I can give so much more to my girls and to my work. I have a good self-care practice — mediation, journaling, exercise, and reading. My girls often join me in these practices and it has become an important ritual for us to learn how to give as much to ourselves as we do to others. Balance makes us whole.

I’m a big believer in the idea that the best way to make the world a better place is to create opportunity, freedom, and self-efficacy for women everywhere. Women are at the heart of their families, communities, and countries. That’s why it’s so important to me that my daughters are growing up watching their mum empowering herself, making her dreams come true — which is the best way to teach them that they can do the same thing.