Mom Crush - Nazila Takapoui

Born in Iran and living in Canada for the past 15 years, Nazila Takapoui is a nature-loving mom who is active as well as busy – she is owner, artist and curator for 4Cats NDG, as well as mom to two boys (7 and 10 years old). She was also an architect until the birth of her second child. “A few years ago, I decided to start my own business and find something that was fun, used my background in architecture, and involved kids. And here we are!”

So how does she do this daily juggling act of parent/businesswoman? Read on (and crush on Nazila with us!).

What’s a typical day in your life?

I have a pretty “regular” routine: bring the kids to school, and then sometimes I go on a nature walk or play the piano. Then my workday starts, and I do everything from check up on correspondence to plan class curriculums. Then, pick the kids up, home for dinner and homework, and prepping for another long day.

What’s the best part about owning your business?

Flexibility! I love the fact that I can plan around my own agenda. I’m my own boss, and I get to choose the people I work with. Ultimately, it creates a healthier work-family balance.

Got any tips for moms thinking of starting their own business?

Start a business that is challenging but not overwhelming. Establish limits and boundaries between work and family. Talk to your family to make sure that they understand your obligations and responsibilities so that they will be more understanding and supportive.

What is your secret to work-family balance?

Honestly, sometimes I'm not good at keeping a balance. No matter how hard I try to draw the line and divide it into two separate halves of my day, sometimes it's impossible and it gets quite stressful!

How do you deal with that?

I work mostly in the morning when the kids are at school and at night when they are asleep. I also have good, trustworthy staff that can fill in for me while I'm busy with my family.

Would you want to start another company?

If I start another business, I'll make sure it's a day-time business!

What is your favourite family vacation?

I love all-inclusive vacations in the south. Since I always take charge of planning and making decisions for the family, it's the only vacation when I actually rest!

Any words of wisdom to share with readers?

Think about what you want to achieve. Try to measure the risk, and if that risk feels okay, then go ahead and do it. Family will understand, respect and appreciate your hard work.  

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