About Life, special occasions

To the Woman Who…

To the woman who is now a grandmother and has worked hard all her life until she has finally come to her retirement stage. She who has raised her children and is now able to simply be present in the given moment. She who has ripened along the years and became the wise woman people refer to. She who patiently guides others and calms the fears of the younger generations… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who is now a mother and who daily sheds tears of defeat because she thinks she is not up to the standard. She who holds all the worries of the world on her shoulders. She who tries to tend to her endless duties juggling work and motherhood at the same time. She who hides her fears as she wants to give the impression that everything is under control. That mother who might wish she could escape from those years and wants to fast forward her life because she thinks she will finally have some peace of mind. It could also be that other mother who feels she is missing out on her social and professional life simply because she wants to be with her child….. I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who is now a first time mom. She who feels that someone has pulled the carpet from under her feet and made her life stumble into pieces. She who silently observes the physical damage caused by the stretch marks that now smudge her body. That first time mom who is lost in the dark shadows of postpartum depression feeling guilty because she simply doesn’t understand how she can deal with all the craziness happening in her life…. I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who is now an expecting mother and feels swollen, heavy, and tired. She who wants to get over with the delivery and warmly hold her baby against her. She who might not be aware of the pain she will go through. She who wearily walks by feeling unhappy – despite her excitement- about all the body changes she is experiencing… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who has never been able to become pregnant and experience the magical beauty of feeling her unborn child within her womb. She who has sobbed in sorrow everytime she knew she missed her chance of getting pregnant. She who longed to have that child to cuddle, caress and embrace with love and affection…. I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who has lost a child, a friend, a parent, or a partner. She who might have cursed fate for choosing her above the others. She who will never understand why she had to pass through such a horrendous experience. That woman who then pulls herself up, strengthens her faith, and just moves on. She who is filled with courage, firmness, and power soon realises that life goes on. With a broken heart and shattered dreams she also carries on… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who is now a wife. She who has just argued with her husband thinking he doesn’t understand her needs. She who wonders why she even thought of tying her whole life and happiness to a man. She who still has dreams and ambitions which she thinks have evaporated into thin air. She might not know that through communication, one day she will get there… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who has not yet met her lifetime partner and wishes she could live a love story one-day. She who still dreams of walking down the aisle with a charming man at her side. She who might be struggling with weight, personal, or even psychological issues… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the woman who might have been neglected and criticised by the society due to a certain incident. She who had to carry the blame of others. She who had to face those challenges on her own. She who had fingers pointed at her… I salute her because she has struggled!

To the little girl who is mesmerized in her own world. She who plays the different roles of a woman as she grows. She who thinks of fairy tales and dreams of rides on glittery unicorns. She who fantasizes about dreamlands and flutters around the house like butterflies. She who stands firmly to the ground speaking of her likes and interests… I ask her to find that beautiful woman inside. Find her strength, tackle her weaknesses, come over her struggles, fill in her self esteem, swarm in the beauty of womanhood, and not hinder her power to the hassles of life.

It is high time that we learn to support our fellow women. Learn to avoid negative criticism. Learn to spread positivity. Learn to be non-judgemental. Learn to accept the other!

After all, we all have our imperfections, our pains, and our apprehensions. As I have grown from that little girl into motherhood, I have learned a lot about us; women.

The least thing we would want is conviction! That is why, for International Women’s Day I salute each and every woman out there, and ask for transparency and empowerment!

Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with Chirine Ajouz

Chirine Ajouz Kabbara: Managing Partner at Est. F. Kabbara (kitchen and wardrobe supply company)


. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Just like any mother out there, I face the usual daily challenges that come with raising children in addition to the challenges that come with your outside job. The biggest challenges have been to find the right balance to make both worlds work in harmony. And in all honesty, the toughest challenge is finding time for yourself. But I have learnt that regardless of what’s going on, a mother needs time on her own to be able to give back to her family and work.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

My family is always my number one priority. I am lucky that I work for myself so it’s easier managing my home and work. I plan my work day and meetings in accordance to what I have going on at home. For example, I try not to take meetings after 3:00 in the afternoon during the school year as I choose to be at home with my children at that time. But that doesn’t always work out. My kids have learnt to rely on themselves more since a lot of the time I have to be out working. Basically you become a master at planning and juggling.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

For the first 3 years I had children. I was a stay at home mom and it was wonderful, but as my boys grew older and didn’t need me as much I felt I needed to go back to work. It was tough at first but my boys were so supportive. They started appreciating me more and they actually became more independent. It also helped me realize that it’s not the quantity of time we spend with our kids that matters but rather the quality. Going back to work has helped me fulfill myself as a woman. I am not just a mother at the end of the day, I am a woman, a person that needs fulfillment and self-actualization on all levels. It’s tougher out there for mothers because we are expected to balance it all and do great at it all. We do end up working on a somewhat even equilibrium between home and work but most of the days it’s not perfect and that’s OK. So yes I encourage every woman and mother especially to go after what she wants. It’s not going to be pretty all the time, but you can have both worlds.

Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with Mamazou85

Jenny Raymond: Founder of Mamazou – a non-judgmental social space for parents offering access to forums, blogs, discount codes, shop and much more.

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

I’d say that the biggest challenge I’ve faced so far is mum guilt. It shows up day and night and has been an experience that I haven’t been able to shake off since day one. Time is also another huge challenge – whilst being a full time mother, I also need to balance being a wife, growing Mamazou and working my other day job.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

Balance is key. It’s something that I’m still a long way from perfecting, but it’s so important to plan my time accordingly. I’m fortunate enough to work from home and be a full time mother when my daughter is around, but it can also be quite difficult to switch off. I make sure I go for a walk every day as well as spin at least twice a week so that I can clear my head.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

If you dream it, you can do it. Yes, it’s hard work and exhausting but it will be worth it in the end. I’m a huge believer that doubt and fear block us from achieving what we want to… my advice would be to take that leap. Don’t be scared. If I can do it, so can you.

Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with dahliaphotography

Dahlia Khattar: Wife, Mother, and Photographer

.What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Since I do not work full time, the challenges I face as a working mom are relatively few. That said, what most women relate to is the usual struggle in trying to successfully juggle responsibilities as a mother along with that of a professional career. My dedication to motherhood and my work ethic are both at a 100%, hence sometimes I feel that there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill all this. Moreover, we all have obligations towards our partners, our homes, and even ourselves.
. How do you maintain work and daily life as a mom?

I try to maintain an equilibrium by always reminding myself that while I may execute my work professionally and wholeheartedly, my family life should always remain my priority. Being organized and having time management skills are key. For instance, I try to work as much as I can while my kids are either in school, doing activities, or asleep. This way I am able to stay fully engaged with my family when we are together. On that note, family support is also very crucial and I am so grateful that my husband and parents always pitch in when I need the help. A balanced family structure is all about teamwork.

.. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

My advice for moms is to never give up on their dreams, because it is an incredible feeling to be able to achieve one’s goals; and most importantly, it sets a great example for your little ones. Your children are always looking up to you and learning from you, so one should always try to be the best role model possible. I believe that women in general are built very tough and are innately great at multitasking. As I said before, nothing is impossible when you have a good schedule in place. Also, never forget to save a piece of your day for yourself to unwind and relax. After all, you are the glue that binds everyone and everything together, so go easy on yourself and don’t feel guilty for taking some personal time. You need to be able to take care of yourself and be at your best, in order to take care of others.

Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with maman_chocolat

Jihane: Marketing Manager and owns a home-bakery business

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

It is hard to manage the time between kids and work – this is my main challenge, to be able to do well, my job – at the same time be a full time mom and not missing any of the activities they have. Also I don’t have someone who can keep my kids so I often have to postpone meetings or skip them because one of them is sick or they don’t have school. This does affect my work as it is also challenging to make it up.

. How do you maintain work and daily life as a mom?

It is very hard to do the 3, but I feel it is a duty and a goal to succeed at work, as a mom, and as a women. So I try as much as possible to divide well my time and use every second of the day wisely. And because during the week I don’t see my kids a lot I give them all my time during the weekend and my only focus is them.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

I read somewhere that kids who see their mom succeed in a career usually turn out to to be successful too. So it is my main motivation to be an example to my kids and also to make something for them – build their future. It is also good for a woman to work and be indepedent for herself and her self-esteem. So be the person you want to be even if it is hard or if you are tired and feel you won’t make it… At the end of the day the kids will be proud of you and will want to succeed like you.

This is when you will become a super women and a super mom.

Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with petites_choses

Yasmine Idriss Tannir; originally a graphic designer, turned recipe developer, food stylist and baker.

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

Managing time is my biggest challenge. As I am blessed with 3 young kids, I sometimes struggle with time, days are too short! And with food, you can’t rush things neither.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

I try to get as much support as possible from my husband, friends and our nanny. I also tend to work a lot after everyone goes to sleep. I feel as a mum, my role is to show my kids perseverance and hard work. I am lucky to be a freelancer, my schedule can be flexible as my main priority is my kids and family.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

Since breastfeeding days, I always believed that a happy mum is the source of a happy family.

Time management, delegating some of our loads, and believing in ourselves is all we need to keep doing what we love. The kids will grow up, have their own lives… That’s when we will appreciate that we didn’t give up on our passions.

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Parenting, special occasions

Working Mother’s Day with Yasmina Audi

Yasmina Audi Haber: Strategic Marketing director and founder Super Mama Lebanon and The Sparks Factory

. What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom?

A working mother’s number 1 enemy is time. Running and trying to balance quality time with the family, and their needs and being able to run a successful business… 24 hours are sometimes not enough.

. How do you manage to maintain work and your daily life as a mom?

With time as our enemy time management is key. Prioritizing each task and needs, and knowing that your children are the priority so delegating work is key at times.

. What message would you send to other moms to encourage them in pursuing their dreams?

Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Be a role model for your children in pursuing your dream and in turn this will give you the confidence and peace of mind to be the best mom, wife and woman you actually are 💖 good luck super mamas 💖