Can you talk to us about your personal outlook on that beaten to death conversation of having it all as a woman? What is your personal feminist manifesto? Was it a priority for you to be with your children for a set amount of time? How did you find the energy and courage to get back into work and how do you maintain that drive?
Let's also talk about how we have to face "others" with our decisions, did you ever feel judged for the choices you made? Be it by other women or your creative contemporaries?
I think that I have always judged and put more pressure on myself than others have put on me. I don’t have people in my life, who would make me feel bad for the decision I’ve made to be with my children. That being said, I really do wish that having it all was a real thing. I don’t think anyone can have it all and I think men need to be brought into the conversation as well. My husband doesn’t get to have it all either. He is building his career, but he gives up a great deal of time with his girls in order to do that. Having it all I guess is being happy with your situation in life.
I feel fortunate that I was able to spend the time that I did with my girls, but I have to say that a big part of me felt very anxious and eager to return to work, and my career and I felt more than just a pang of jealousy while my contemporaries were climbing their ladders, and I was so far removed from it all.
We didn’t preordain a set amount of time that I would be home, but when I started to dream about working, and having something that belonged solely to me, I knew it was time.
Photography by Layli Samimi