Monday's Mom Crush: HeyMama || Amri + Katya
I'm so excited about this week's Mom Crush Monday, because it's double the fun and double the crushworthiness! Trust me when I tell you, these are two babes you want to get to know! Katya and Amri started HEYMAMA together to bring other women together. With that alone, you know these are two women I am here for; but they do so much more than bring women together... they build them up, and encourage them to achieve their greatest selves!
We are chatting with them both today, and learning more about how they work so well together and juggle motherhood!
1. How does having a partnership in business work for the two of you?
Amri: For us, I think it's great because we both have very different backgrounds and skill sets that compliment one another. Additionally, we’ve known each other very well for a long time before starting to work together. We have a lot of respect for each other, and at the end of the day, we put our relationship before business.
Katya: Amri and I are really different but also very similar, so it works really well for us since we can balance each other out, but generally agree on almost everything. I don't know what I would do without her, she's the hardest worker I know and laughs at all my jokes. :)
2. What advice do you have for other women going into business partnerships?
Amri: It's important to think about how your skill sets and personalities are going to play out when you're thinking about working with someone, whether they are a friend, or not. Even though you may love spending time with someone socially, they may not have the qualities that make them a good business partner.
Katya: Be upfront about your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest about your feelings. Have a contract so everything is crystal clear and you each have roles and responsibilities.
3. Do you have different personality types? And how does that play into the dynamic of who does what?
Amri: Katya and I have very different personality types but we also have a lot of similarities including what we find important for our values and goals. Katya is definitely more outgoing, and I can be a little bit shy and take a lot longer in making decisions, while Katya moves at light speed. This can actually work out great for us because we balance each other out.
Katya: Totally. Amri is more of a sit back and analyze type of person. I tend to be very in the moment and a chatterbox. It's a great balance for us. Two chatterboxes would drive someone crazy, but together we're the right dose. I am the CEO and Amri is the Editor in Chief but we work extremely closely on all of the major company decisions.
4. How do you juggle running your own business, being mothers, and life in general?
Amri: It’s always a juggle and some days are better than others. I personally can't juggle everything into one day, so some days will be all about work, and other days may be more about family. I think just recognizing which needs to be the priority at that moment, and letting that take place. Mentally, I try not to be too hard on myself. I think that's where a lot of time and energy gets wasted when I go down a rabbit hole of feeling guilty about something that I think I haven't done 100%. I've learned to just let it go and be present as much as possible.
Katya: Wine, great playlists and the most amazing team. I'm really grateful for my boyfriend who's incredibly supportive. He'll cook me dinner after a long day, be patient with me when I'm on emails at midnight... mostly. :) Although I’m guilty of feeling guilty, I'm attempting to let go of that and think of the big picture. We all know what we're working for, my daughter knows that her mama is passionate about something. For me, that's priceless.
5. What are your go-to tips for being productive?
Amri: I try different techniques all the time. I go through phases of getting up really early in the morning to get work done when I'm most fresh. I also find that short burst of concentration and 5 minute breaks are helpful for me. I do a lot of emails on the train and in taxis ;)
Katya: Lots of sleep! Great beats. Smart platforms, we use Asana for task management, Boomerang for email follow ups and SmartSheets for Excel on steroids. These tools have become essential for us to stay organized. Oh, and I try to put my phone away.
6. What goal for HEYMAMA do you have in the next ten years?
Amri: HEYMAMA has grown at an unbelievable rate and we feel so excited about what we have achieved in such a short amount of time. We really want to be the go-to resource for creative working women in their professional and personal lives. We know the juggle is hard and our mission is to provide the tools to make life easier for her.
Katya: Woah, 10 years! It would be cool to have an incubator where we can nurture young brands leveraging our resources, connections and talent to help them flourish. #heymamaVCfund