Working Mom Interview – Mofoluwaso Ilevbare
Mofoluwaso Ilevbare (aka Fofo) is a transformational Vibrant Life & Leadership Coach, Speaker & Trainer. Her life oozes energy, passion and a desire to see every little girl, teen, and woman soar, free to fly above all limitations and live to her fullest potential. A social entrepreneur & women-in-the-boardroom advocate, Fofo champions a charity for empowering women and young girls in Africa and around the world. She loves God, loves life, and loves to bring out the best in others.
Working Mom Interview Q & A
1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?
I have a full time job and work outside the home.
2. How many kids do you have?
I’ve got 2 boys, an 8 year old and a 22 month toddler.
3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?
Dinner is usually home-cooked. My kids favorite is “Jollof Rice with Chicken and Fried Plantain”. I cook this every week. If we choose to eat out, it would just be to a nice Chinese/Thai restaurant.
4. What are your best tips for staying sane?
Great question – I’ll give my top 6 that I practice (there’s more if you want).
a. Charge your spirit daily: For me, when I wake up in the morning, my first act of the day is praying and singing songs of praise and worship.
b. Have a daily self-renewal routine: Before I start my day, I spend at least 30 minutes doing a quick mental assessment of the day before and of the day ahead (What went well? What didn’t go well? What do I need to do today?). It helps to start my day proACTIVELY vs. REACTIVELY.
c. Have a not-to-do list: What will I not do today? I put one thing on my list and stay conscious about it. For example, today I will not say yes when I mean to say no. Because I’ve made that statement, when situations come my way and I know I should say no.. it’s easier to say so!
d. Have a good sense of humor: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh at yourself if you do something stupid, and move on. Learn to relax & unwind.
e. Don’t try to be a 24/7 wonder-woman: Know your limits. Know where to play. Don’t ignore unusual symptoms in your body.
f. Expand Your Community Network: No woman is an island. Be humble enough to ask for help. Understand your community and what’s available. People may be around just waiting for you to ask for help… 🙂
5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?
Using one calendar for all aspects of my life
The alarm clock… LOL
Evernote: for capturing notes and things on the go
6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?
7. What are your hobbies?
Speaking, Coaching, Mentoring, Singing, playing football with the boys.
8. What’s on your bucket list?
To mention just 3:
– Travel across the world to Australia on a family vacation
– Write a book to inspire women across the world, with a reach into all continents
– Learn to ski
9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?
I’m a regional Human Resources manager in a multinational company. I started my career as a clinical pharmacist – but was quick to realize it was not meant for me. As I discovered my strengths and love for bringing out the best in people, when an opportunity showed up, I moved into HR.
10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?
Bringing clarity of vision and purpose to employees, doing little things that bring a smile, not add stress.
11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?
Coaching, Consulting, Mentoring Women through life-stages: Entrepreneurs, Leaders, Coaches, Working Mums.
12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?
The same thing I tell myself every day: “Fear Less. Press Forward. You are beautiful enough, smart enough, ……..(fill in the gap) enough”.