Today I’m sharing my space with Anthea o’Neill who blogs over at Anthea’s Project Life.
Anthea is a modern working mom to 2 kids aged 9 & 6. Her site is all about living a lifestyle that balances career and family while not forgetting the importance of taking care of yourself!
She features ideas of things to do with your kids, recipes to make, crafts to create, beauty products to try and ideas and products to help you create beautiful events.
Read on below for more about Anthea….
Being a South African working mom and wife is both challenging and rewarding.
It means that know the struggles of raising a family in a tough. I also know what it’s like to work hard for your family and make the time to work on your own personal goals as well.
I know that I am not defined by my roles in life. I absolutely love my family and I work hard for them but I am also a person in my own right and I make sure that I maintain a fine balance between being dedicated to my family and investing in myself.
Investing in myself and doing the things that make me happy makes me a better mom to my children and a better and more interesting wife to my husband.
Even though I am a full-time working mom, I love being a homemaker and taking care of my family. I’m always changing things around our home. I update furniture, redecorate, frame pictures, keeping things as tidy as is possible with two young kids.
I love the idea of my husband and kids wanting to come home and feeling comfortable. I strive to create a calm and loving environment for them.
I also love my husband very much although I’m sure we drive each other up the wall as many couples do! People always ask if I am “happily married”. I always reply that we’re not “happily married” we’re just “married”!
Neither my husband nor I are perfect but over the years we’ve shared both happy and turbulent experiences which has made our bond unshakeable. We share a strong commitment to each other and are ever mindful of the fact that our children will one day reference our married life as a model for their own future relationships.
Through all our experiences we have learned how to support each other and how to communicate well which makes for a successful marriage based on love!
I’ve been an avid reader from a very young age. When I was younger I was painfully shy and instead of playing with other kids on the playground, I read a book. Books were my escape and now that I’m a parent I have the pleasure of introducing my children to the wonderful books that brought me such joy as a child.
We visit the library very often and I most enjoy reading novels that I can lose myself in for days at a time. Reading a good book makes me look forward to every quiet moment when I get to continue with the story.
Having read many books to date, I’ve developed a rather peculiar habit of selecting books. I like to read books by author. In other words, when I discover an author who’s writing style I have enjoyed, I read as many of their books that I can find, one after the other.
At the moment, my bookshelf is filled with the latest book by Sophie Kinsella. I have read all the other books in the Shopaholic series and I find the main character, Becky Bloomwood to be hilarious! It’s a very light reading which is perfect for my busy schedule at the moment. I loved the Twilight and the Shades of Gray series (please keep that smirk to yourself).
My other all-time favourite authors (also reading at the moment) are James Patterson’s investigative thrillers and Clive Cussler’s adventure novels. Finding a book on a library shelf by either of these two authors that I’d never read before is buying a brand new pair of shoes!
I want to create some wonderful experiences for my children so that they can always look back with great memories on their childhood. I want the close relationship I enjoy with both of them to never change no matter how much they grow up and away from me.
I also want my children to know God. We read the bible to our children and we pray that they will come to know God. My faith is very important to me, it’s the foundation of who I am and what my values are based on and we are raising our children to know God too. I hope that in planting these seeds of faith in them and His Word, that God will one day use that to draw them close to Him.
I also want to keep working hard at my personal goals and keep writing for my blog. One day I want my blog to be our family’s main source of income and I’m working hard to achieve that goal albeit very far away at this point.
Writing for my blog stimulates me in all other areas of my life. It is what makes me a better mother and wife and overall keeps me motivated even in my day-job.
Until very recently, I’ve been a work at home mom so I never really had a need to wear anything except yoga pants for school drop offs. Since going back to work full-time, I’ve been exposed to the other women in the office they have amazing style. Being around other women everyday has made me realize that I’m missing out on one of the great pleasures being a woman – to be able to dress well, pamper myself, wear gorgeous clothes and makeup!
My make-up regime used to consist of eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. Now that I am a blogger and working with brands, I’ve received some fabulous media drops which include tons of womanly products to enhance and highlight my best features.
Having followed a few tutorials on YouTube on application techniques, I’ve now developed my own style and have gotten to know which products work for me and it’s been an exciting learning curve!
It makes me feel sexy again and it’s also made me put different looks together to compliment my new more groomed style which is more appropriate for a working mom.
Accessories and subtle feminine scents like Elizabeth Arden’s Fifth Avenue, Revlon’s Pink Happiness and Love is on as well as Issey Miyake are also part of my daily regime.
I have a very real need to soak up as much quality time with my children as I possibly can before they grow up. I feel like they are growing up way too fast and I need to enjoy as much of our time together as possible.
Thanks for taking part in this series Anthea. I love your well thought out answers!
Images: Anthea O’Neill