BOSSMOM NATION: Ayanna Listenbee

I was given the opportunity to collaborate with ClosetPIECE and style one of their new BossMom T’s, and I was more than excited to do it. I love clothes, and having the ability to take an item of clothing and make it my own is one of the reasons I love fashion so much. I believe that our clothing is an external reflection of who we are + aspire to be, and that we should have fun with it! The BossMom T celebrates the many facets of who I am every day:  a mother, entrepreneur, designer, artist, sister, daughter + friend. Being successful in each of those areas is not always simultaneous, but it is what drives me.

Maintaining a balance between motherhood, and being a wife and business owner has been an ongoing process for me. I haven’t figured it out yet, and I don’t even know if there really is such a thing as an equal balance, but what I do know is that our time here is precious and fleeting. With technology at our fingertips, I have found it very easy to spend my “downtime” working, and because I love what I do, realized that I am perfectly happy doing some aspects of my job all day long.  I noticed myself texting or researching the web for projects while I was with my children, and it dawned on me that I was making more eye contact with the screen on my phone than with the little faces in front of me. I want to teach my kids to respect the time they spend with others and with loved ones. To me, that means being present in the moment, for example, not taking business calls when I am with my kids, or texting and emailing when I am in the middle of conversations, etcetera. Those are small, basic steps, but I show my children that I respect my time with them, they are more apt to put the same values into practice with others. Being able to make changes to little things like that have made the balancing act more attainable. It has shown me that I can create the life I want to live and mesh different areas of my life under my own rules. This, in turn, has made me a better mother and a better businesswoman, because the time I devote to my children and each of my projects is not diluted.