A walk down memory lane…
It seems like a lifetime ago when I first stumbled upon Sassy Mama as an anxious-but-excited soon-to-be mom, looking for answers to my seemingly never-ending questions, inspiration and community. Being one of the first to get pregnant in my circle of friends as well as having my immediate family living abroad, Sassy Mama became my go-to site to prep me for the chapter of motherhood ahead.
After reading, Public Versus Private Hospital, I decided that private was the way to go. An eye-opening reflection of hiring a confinement nanny (aka pui yuet nurse), led me to the decision of hiring one myself. All the aspiring, encouraging and funny interviews I read of incredible mums and dads left me feeling inspired and motivated. And don’t even get me started on all the restaurant recommendations… I hold the Eat and Drink section of Sassy Mama responsible for all my extra pregnancy weight gain! But who can blame me? The reviews left me salivating and calling to make reservations stat.
When my son, Aiden turned one, I felt ready to work again in some shape or form. I also knew in my heart how much I wanted to be a part of the Sassy Mama community that kept me sane throughout my pregnancy and afterwards. As I started contributing to the site, I couldn’t help but feel proud to be part of a resource that was so helpful to families like my own. Fast forward to two years ago, now with my second child, Everly in tow, I received a call from Maura, one of the co-founders of Sassy Media Group who offered me a full-time job as the editor of Sassy Mama.
These past two years have been nothing short of a dream come true. I have had the incredible opportunity to work with some of the kindest (and fiercest!) #bossbabes this city has ever seen. There’s something truly powerful and special working with a team of women who are passionate, driven, ambitious and care so deeply about #TeamSassy. It sharpens you and motivates you to challenge yourself even further.
In this role as editor, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a team of talented contributors, meet and interview inspiring movers and shakers in a variety of industries (from Jennifer Aniston to an Oscar Winner Producer, to local heroes and influencers), write on incredibly important topics that are close to my heart (created a new series to highlight domestic workers in Hong Kong), channel my inner MTV host and launch the interior design series Cribz, travel to review exotic locations like Sanya, Maldives and Okinawa (is this even real life?!), not to mention all the spas and hotels I got to visit and indulge in. I’ve had my fair share of getting makeovers, dining out in some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants and always bookmarked every experience with the phrase, did it for Sassy!
After two incredible years as the editor of Sassy Mama, I’ve decided to move on from my time here. Believe me, it was not an easy decision to come to as I truly, truly love everything about this job. There were tears (there’s always tears with me!) but ultimately, peace about this decision. The struggle of trying to balance a growing career and a growing family with a variety of needs, proved challenging. I’ve come to a crossroads in my life where I realise that the time I have with my kids while they’re still young is fleeting. Being present for all those moments, big and small is irreplaceably important to me.
I realise that I even get to make this choice to work or not to work is a privilege. It’s one I don’t take lightly either! Whether it’s your choice to be a working mom, stay-at-home mom or a variation of something in between, know that I will always support and applaud your decision.
If you’re interested in being part of a vibrant, strong and fun team, we’re looking for an Associate Editor to join the team. Please email your interest along with your CV to: [email protected] More details here.