I had the pleasure of collaborating with Jessie, a new mom from England to baby girl Noa . Jessie co-runs a blog called Wokemamas, it’s about advocating breastfeeding, gentle parenting and empowering women globally. This momma has accomplished a lot in life so far and she’s definitely going to achieve more success. You can catch her uplifting moms, posting adorable photos of Noa and sharing new Wokemamas on her blog wokemamas.com and her ig Instagram.com/wokemamas
Can you introduce yourself, where you’re from, what you do?
My name is Jessie, I’m currently a stay at home mum with cheeky 1year old Noa. Prior to becoming my daughters mummy, I was in girl band “neon jungle”. Before and after that I’ve done acting and held various temporary retail jobs. Oh, I was a nanny for a little bit too. Oh and a teachers assistant. Just a few career paths😆
What does being a mother mean to you ?
Loving like I never thought was possible. Caring like I never thought was possible. Being fearless and selfless and worried all at the same time. Watching my daughter grow into the little lady she will one day be is the greatest gift life could of ever offered to me. In just 13months she has already taught me so much about myself. How to live in the present, how to prioritise the shit the matters and more importantly the shit that doesn’t!
What made you start wokemamas?
Myself and Cle aka Iyra’s Mummy aka business partner and favourite mummy friend, started wokemamas on a whim after a group WhatsApp conversation. We were talking generally about mums we follow on Instagram and how much we admire them for putting the sleeves out there. (As we would be too chicken to do so alone!) Thats when I suggested doing something as a group. Next think I knew, Cle had bought domain name and had blog up and running ha. The rest is history.
Can you tell us what gentle parenting is and why it’s important to you?
I LOVE your curls !! What are you favorite THANK you 🙂 it’s taken me a while to get them to how they used to be! I’ve always been a curly girl (have a big head so need the volume to balance everything out), but for some absurd reason decided to start straightening it when we were Neon Jungle were on tour (oh the pressures of society *eye roll*)
The products that I am currently using are:
CANTU cleansing cream shampoo ANGEL PROFESSIONAL helichrysum pure nourishing mask
SHEA MOISTURE curling enhancing smoothie
OLIVADO extra virgin Avocado oil.
When did you curly hair journey start?
So where I completely fucked my natural hair with all the bleach and straightening. I one day woke up (after taking a weave out) and decided enough was enough and shaved it off February 2015.
I was a bit slap dash with what products I used (still), till after I gave birth, and the healthy shiny pregnancy hormones had ran out. My hairline was so fragile and LOADS fell out (I remember crying in the bath after washing my hair once it was so bad). So although it started after I shaved it all in 2015, it got a revamp 2017 in the new year
Any advice you’d like to give to other new mommas ?
Take all advice with a pinch of salt and always trust your gut instincts! You got dis!😆