INSPIRATION . 06/01/2016

Inspiring mom: Anna from brand Anna+ Nina

One of Amsterdam’s most popular shops Anna+Nina sells the most brilliant lifestyle accessories, that everyone wants. Together with Nina, Anna, aged 30 has set this up. Alongside these two shops they also have an online web shop. Anna aside from being an entrepreneur, is also mother to her daughter Amy. We most certainly think she is an inspiring mom and therefore asked her questions!

HOW DO YOU COMBINE YOUR WORK WITH BEING A MOM?

I try my best to let as much go as possible and try avoid doing everything perfectly. Sometimes I need to work very hard and I am away a lot. However, other periods I am home more often and try to spend quality time with Amy.

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?

I get inspired through a bunch of different things: films, magazines, travelling, books, my friends, my mom….

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HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE SPECIAL MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE?

I am very good at this. We try to go away a lot on holiday and even weekends away. We enjoy delicious food and often go outside or to a good restaurant. I can also become very happy through reading a book, a good glass of wine and my favourite chair.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD ADVICE FOR WORKING MOTHERS?

Do what you do with complete conviction; so choose to focus on one thing. If you are going to work – commit yourself to it. If you are staying at home with your kids, do not stand in the playground constantly calling on your phone. In this case, you will avoid doing everything half as good.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

My family of course, Amy can make me laugh so much and I enjoy this enormously. I also get lots of energy from my work. I also couldn’t do it without my friends.

WHICH PLACE IN THE WORLDS WOULD YOU REALLY LIKE TO SHOW YOUR CHILDREN?

I would love to take my kids on a world travel, for a few months. We do not have much time for that anymore, as before you know it they will start going to school. For my job I sometimes I go to India, and I travelled there myself for a month for leisure. I would like to show India to my kids, and show them the shocking contrast as to how we live and how others do.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU NOW THAT YOU HAVE KIDS?

Having kids is a big rollercoaster. It touches you deeply, every now and then a slap in the face and it changes you entirely, but it also makes you stronger and bigger!

HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY?

I always ask myself the same question….I box once a week, I try to go running and we frequently go walking outside.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FAMILY MEAL?

Peet, my husband makes the most delicious lentil-pasta…

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WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

06.30 Amy wakes up, therefore so do we, then everyone showers and then we eat breakfast together as a family. At 07:30 Peet goes and at 08:30 I go. The nanny comes at this time or I bring Amy to the baby care crèche, it depends on the day ahead. Friday’s I stay with Amy. At around 18:30 I come home. Then I read something with Amy and then she goes in the bath. At 20:00 she goes to bed. Peet and I tend to go to bed early these days as well! On the weekends, every now and then we like to go outside the city or at least enjoy some fresh air! If we are in Amsterdam, we enjoy cooking delicious meals and enjoy evenings with friends.

DO YOU SNEAKILY TRY TO MATCH YOUR OUTFIT WITH YOUR JOOLZ?

My Joolz is the army green colour and luckily, it matches with almost everything.

WHICH LESSON THAT YOU LEARNT AS A CHILD DO YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?

I would like it if they are later confident yet remain modest. I would like them to feel and know that I am always there for them. I want to teach them that if something doesn’t succeed first time, that they need to continue and try again. Don’t give up!

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