Q&A with Jessica Jane Sammut: ''Style is all about the vibe''
Jessica Jane Sammut is the founder and editor-in-chief of the inspirational print and digital magazine for the modern mother, Mama Disrupt™. Jessica is a former commercial lawyer turned leading journalist for the British/Australian national media and global brands, and a mama to two little balls of fire, five-year-old Finn and eight-year-old Zac (plus Salty the dog and Sky the cat). Having shaken off the shackles of London, Jessica is now living her dream amongst the palms in Noosa, Australia, inspiring an army of modern mothers globally through Mama Disrupt™.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I love edgy sports luxe – it suits my lifestyle (active with two boys, a busy job and living on the coast). I also love clashing genres and items that contradict. The smart dress with sneakers, the sexy pants with an androgynous tee. It’s all about the vibe.
As a busy mom how do you combine motherhood with your career?
Crazily! It is a constant juggle and one that I am always looking to finesse. It only takes something small to blow the whole thing out. I am hands-on mum – I take my kids to school, I pick them up, I help them with their homework and run the house. And I want to do this. I want to be a present mama. But, I also work 60 hours a week running Mama Disrupt™, and I love this in addition. I have a very supportive husband who I share the family chores with, and I have fought hard to arrange my life so that I am able to work around my children. I MAKE it work. I work my hours around my kids during the day and then start again at night when they go to bed. You can make anything happen if you really want to, and this is my message to other mothers. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
If the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself but there’s no way you can balance this with being a fulltime mom, what would you do? Dream job or family?
I don’t believe they are exclusive. I would find a way through the middle and throw the rulebook out the window. I would do both. I think it is important that as women we follow our dreams and model to our children what it is to evolve.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Sneakers! I have a huge collection. Sunglasses too. Food-wise I believe a little of naughtiness makes the world go round. I love cheese and anything Asian.
Which fashion mom you look at for inspiration?
I love attitude and mamas who push boundaries, so Gwen Stefani is a top favourite. We were lucky enough to chat to her for our launch issue which was a dream come true.
What is the best part about being a mom?
The love! Oh, the love. No one and nothing prepares you for the love. I am such a lioness and would give my life for my boys. God help their girlfriends!
What inspires you most in life and where do you find creativity?
I am passionate about changing the face of motherhood, spreading the message that we as women can do ANYTHING and that we should not play by the rules. Listening to your heart and reaching for your dreams, as a woman, is not exclusive to motherhood. All the messages of love and support we receive from our readers inspires me also. We are changing lives.
Are there any fun (childhood) traditions that you share with your kids?
We have started a new family tradition – the Love Bomb. This is where one child gets to spend special quality time with one parent one-on-one. It can be a trip somewhere, a lunch out, or simply an hour or two curled up reading books and eating cake together. My boys love it, and look forward to their time with my husband or me. Finn, my five year old, wants to go and have his first pedicure with me for his next Love Bomb! I think he’s after the foot massage…
What’s currently on your reading list? Favorite book(s) of all time?
I adore books. I am currently reading The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements. You would think in my down time, I would want a break from the magazine world, but I can’t get enough! Also on my list are The Parents Tao Te Ching by William Martin and A Pukka Life by Sebastian Pole. One of the most powerful motherhood books I have ever read was Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children by Sarah Napthali. It changed my life.
What keeps you relaxed in stressful times? Describe your ultimate me-time moment.
I love to wake up early and go for a long walk on the beach as the sun rises over the ocean. I put my iPod on and hit the sand. Sometimes there are dolphins playing in the water. It’s makes me thankful to be alive.
How do you stay healthy? Are there any beauty and lifestyle tips you would like to share?
I eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and watch how much sleep I get. I also make sure I live a life that feeds my soul.
Is there anything you love to wear but your partner simply hates? And the other way around, is there anything in your partners wardrobe you would love to see mysteriously disappear?
Ha! My man loves everything I wear, and I am lucky that he has good style (with a little help from me!). The only time I struggle is when he is off to kids’ sport and puts his sports trainers on with a pair of shorts!
What is your favorite holiday destination with kids?
London. As a Londoner, I love to go back to my European home when I can.
A decade ago would you have pictured your life as it is now?
No! I am truly living my dream. It has taken a lot of courage, and there have been times that have been tough, but it goes to show that if you follow your truth, great things happen.
Can you name 10 things (in no particular order) you couldn’t live without?
My hubby and kids, my puppy Salty, my beautiful mum, dad and brothers, the beach, the sunshine, my work, music, tea (I live on tea!), the Internet, my amazing girlfriends, a fast car.
What advice would you give working moms who struggle with stress, a busy job, and family, career and time for yourself?
So many of us struggle with the feeling that we are one second away from failure, but don’t believe the voices in your head. Acknowledge your bravery. Acknowledge how far you have come. Acknowledge your strength. Be fearless. Never stop believing. Never stop trusting in who you are and know you can do it – fiercely, with conviction and with courage. On those days when it feels too hard, just remember, you are enough. On those days when you feel you are failing, remember, you are enough. On those days when you think you will never get it right and don’t have the energy, know that you are enough. It’s only we who can say, WE ARE ENOUGH and we deserve the world. Never compromise, never hold yourself back, never feel guilty. Live your life the way you would like your children to live theirs: fully, completely and without apology. Because you are not only enough, you are MORE than enough. You are magnificent. You are glorious. You are WOMAN.