Coffee Chat: 10 Quick Candid Answers from a Lawyer on Work + Motherhood

 

Sometimes, as busy professionals, we’ve only got time for a super quick coffee chat. That was certainly the case for today’s interview. She was busy, I was busy, I asked her about work life, being a mom and everything in-between and she came back with 10 short + sweet but deeply insightful and candid answers.

WHO: Olamide

OCCUPATION: Full Time Lawyer & Part Time Business Co-Owner of Ola’s Grace

A FEW MORE DETAILS: Mother of 3 boys (including a set of twins)

What fires you up for work every morning?  I love to help people when hope is lost and my passion is to help restore their dignity.

What has motherhood taught you? I have learnt that being a mum is hard work if you want to do it well. It takes patience and perseverance. It is rewarding because they are my greatest accomplishment.

How do you achieve work + family balance? There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I have a great support network of husband and family and I never take it for granted.

Strategies for meal planning?  I try to organise the meals for the week based on what I have in the house. I organise myself on the Sunday and aim to have all meals prepped by Monday night.

Tips for other working moms? It is important as working mothers not to be hard on yourself, you are doing the best you can so leave the rest to God.

How do you recharge?  Outside of work and motherhood I love to work on Ola’s Grace with my sister. It’s a fashion business which provides me with an outlet to create and is completely different from the intensity of my day job.

5 things you love? I am passionate about helping those that cannot defend themselves, spending time with family and friends, women’s rights, and stamping out inequity.

What gets you through the work day? I love quotes and have them all around my office. One of my favourites is “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.” 

Any hobbies? In my down time I love to read, plan trips, travel and cook.

One thing about you people don’t know? I love to day dream

Thanks for the insight and tips Olamide, it was great catching up with you!


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