I am so excited to share a new Blissful Moms interview!
Today’s interview is with the talented Nargis Natrajan. She is a writer, an artist, and a happy mom. Nargis connects very well with animals. Her dog and cat feature in her writing most of the time.
I met Nargis through her blog, and soon found out that she can literally play with words. It’s amazing to know how Nargis found time to pursue her many hobbies.
I enjoyed her witty answers and loved the self-care practices she follows. Thank you Nargis for sharing your experiences and insights today!
1. Tell us about yourself, your passions and interests.
I am a proud homemaker. I also was a full-time mother until my children grew up and flew the coop. Until then, I dabbled in all sorts of hobbies like painting, singing, dancing, cooking and whatever I could lay my hands on. However, it was only to combat the empty-nest syndrome that I started to write. And ever since I have not looked back. Now writing is my only passion.
2. What is the best thing about being a mother?
First, I’ll tell you what the worst thing about being a mother is; unlike other jobs, you get only one holiday a year. I think it is called Mother’s Day ! However, the best thing about being a mom is that even if your kids steal your heart the moment they are born, one day they will return it back with interest. And that interest is called ‘Grandchildren.’
3. Tell us about the most difficult day you faced and overcame as a mother?
The most difficult day was when my first born left for the boarding school. And the only way I overcame it was by drowning myself in ‘Champagne’. The Golden Retriever puppy arrived into our household just two days after my son had gone. And that was perhaps the best timing ever; because with Champagne, I became a mother all over again!
4. What advice would you give a mama who feels discouraged by the responsibilities?
Being a mama is not a papa’s job. It is a very serious business. So stop taking it lightly. But even in crucial circumstances and grave situations, make it a point to laugh about it. Humour is the best inspiration in life.
5. What is/was your biggest challenge in balancing the time, space and energy to connect with yourself after becoming a mother? Any tips to share with us?
Every step was a challenge. But a very dear friend of mine once called me a ‘Kinetic Mom’!! Ever since there has been no problem juggling between time, space and energy. As for the ‘tips,’, I suggest you ask that ‘friend’ 🙂
6. What are you working on at present that you’re most excited about?
At present I am working on how to be a ‘grand’ mother! And needless to say, it is the most exciting change over.
7. Has motherhood changed you? How?
It definitely has. Earlier when something good happened, I felt like I was in heaven. When something bad happened, I thought I was in hell. But after my children were born, there were days when I experienced heaven and hell at the same time. Like when my daughter got married. Or my son got a job abroad and had to leave. It is not very often you simultaneously experience an overflowing of grief and joy.
8. What self-care practices do you follow?
• I always surround myself with beauty.
• I always follow my heart.
• I take time out to breathe.
• I eat whatever I feel like.
• I love to walk with time and never look back.
• I love to endlessly talk with nature.
• I try to write with my heart.
• And even though I am now a ‘grand’mom, I still like to think I am a child.
9. What three things would you want/wanted your kids to learn?
I want them to believe in God. Not the God that man has made but the one that IS. I also want them to be good and do good. And if they believe in God that’s not such a difficult thing to do. They just have to learn to spell it with an extra ‘O’ .
10. Do you have a space in your house where you connect with yourself?
Yes, it is my study where I do my writing. My balcony and kitchen also help me to connect with myself.
11. Anything else you may like to add:
No, but if I can, I’d definitely like to multiply peace; because I have a feeling, it is being pushed out in some far corner of the universe. And as a mother, I want every child in the world to be safe.
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