Celebrating Motherhood and Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Our Founder, Saya.
Motherhood and entrepreneurship can be two challenging yet rewarding journeys. As we celebrate Mother's Day, we had the pleasure of interviewing our founder and CEO, Saya, to share her experience on being a mother and a successful businesswoman. In this interview, Saya answers questions about her journey in business, how motherhood has influenced her decisions, and who inspires her to keep pushing forward. Join us as we dive into Saya's world and learn from her inspiring story.
How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year?
This Mother's Day, I will be spending quality time with my family. We are lucky to live in beautiful Noosa, so we'll be enjoying a walk around National Park and some time at the beach.
What’s the best piece of advice your Mum has given you?
It's hard to describe just how much my mum's advice has impacted my life.
When I started making my own skincare products by hand, my mum was there every step of the way, offering invaluable support and encouragement, even allowing me to take over her kitchen so that I could create my formulations. Not only did she help me with the practical side of things - from sourcing ingredients to packing orders - but she was also there to to listen and offer advice when I needed it most. Her support and belief in my vision gave me the courage and determination to take my business to the next level.
Mum has always encouraged me to be true to myself and my values, even when it's challenging or unpopular. She has reminded me time and again that life is too short to compromise on what matters most, and that staying true to yourself is the key to finding success and fulfilment in all areas of life. Her advice has influenced my approach in building and growing Saya as a brand. It has given me the courage to take risks, the determination to push through obstacles. I am so grateful for her guidance and inspiration, I hope that I can also pass on these values to my own kids.
As a mother and business owner, what are some strategies you use to balance your professional and personal responsibilities?
I have come to understand the importance of finding a balance between my personal and professional responsibilities. It's an ongoing challenge, but for me, it's about prioritising and making the most of my time. I've learned that waking up early to fit in a quick gym session is not only good for my health but also helps me start my day with a clear mind and a sense of accomplishment. While I don't think I've fully mastered the balance yet, I make a conscious effort to be present in both areas of my life. When I'm with my family, I try to be fully present and engaged, putting away any distractions to enjoy those precious moments with my kids. At work, I focus on being efficient with my time while also ensuring that my team and brand receive the attention they deserve. It's an ongoing learning process, but I believe that finding a balance is possible.
Can you share a simple routine for busy mothers who want to prioritise self-care but don't have a lot of time?
We've made it our mission to create skincare products that are not only effective but also efficient, so that even the busiest of mums can take care of themselves.
I believe a simple and effective 3-step routine is all you need looking after your skin and making you feel good too. It starts with our Cleansing Gel, which gently removes dirt and impurities from the skin. Next, Brightening Peel provides gentle exfoliation. And finally, moisturise, I personally love the Balance Moisturiser which hydrates, protects, and nourishes but choose one that is right for you.
With just two minutes and these three products, you can achieve radiant, glowing skin without sacrificing your sanity or your schedule. And if you have a few extra minutes, our Renew Serum is a must-try addition to your routine. This facial oil is incredibly versatile - you can use it on its own or add it to your daily moisturiser for an extra boost of skin-glowing goodness.
But the most important thing is to make time for yourself, even if it's just a few minutes a day. By prioritising self-care, you'll not only look and feel better, but you'll also be better equipped to tackle the challenges of being a mum and life in general.
Has your approach to business changed since having kids?
Having kids has definitely changed my approach to business. While before, I could put all my energy and focus into my work, my family is now my priority. I want to be there for my kids as they grow up, and that means learning to be more efficient with my time and delegate responsibilities. I have also come to trust my team more and allow them to take on more responsibilities. However, it can be a difficult balancing act because I also feel a strong sense of responsibility towards my brand and my team. It's a bit like having two babies, but I am grateful for the wonderful team I have around me. Ultimately, I don't want to miss out on the special moments with my kids and watching them grow up. Time goes by so quickly, and I don't want to look back and regret missing out on those precious moments.
Has being a mother influenced your leadership style at Saya?
My experiences as a mum has greatly influenced my leadership style. It's taught me invaluable lessons about patience, empathy, and understanding - qualities that are essential in any leadership role.
As a mum, I've learned to appreciate the unique strengths and weaknesses of my children and understand that the same applies to my team. I believe that understanding each individual needs and offering guidance and support that enables them to grow in their roles is crucial in achieving success as a team. But being a mum has also taught me the importance of work-life balance. I know how challenging it can be to balance the demands of work and family, and I want to ensure that my team members don't have to choose between the two. I believe in creating a flexible and supportive work environment where employees can excel professionally while also prioritising their personal lives.
Overall, being a mum has given me a unique perspective on leadership, one that emphasises compassion, empathy, and an understanding of the diverse needs of the people around me. I know these qualities have not only made me a better in my position but also helped create a positive workplace culture at Saya.
Who are the women that inspire you?
My mum, sister, and best friends are truly amazing people – they're strong, super fun, and hilarious, just awesome to have around. All the women I've had the chance to work with, who have played a huge role in helping me build this wonnderful business. I'm also inspired by female entrepreneurs running their own businesses, as their stories and accomplishments in the business world never cease to amaze me.