Women across Canada are kicking butt in the workforce, all while maintaining their cool and doing the things in life they enjoy. “Monday Motivation: How she does it” is a news series where we profile notable women working in various fields to find out how they juggle work-life, balance. For this installment, we spoke with Faye Mamarbachi - Vice President of luxury Canadian leather brand m0851.
In a nutshell, can you tell me what you do?
I oversee the Sales and Marketing departments at m0851, a Montreal-based brand founded by my father in 1987. Live, create and inspire are words that we go by at m0851 and I strive to do so every day. At home, I am a mom of beautiful 4-year-old twin boys: my true rays of sunshine, my angels, for whom I push to be a better me each and every day. My better half Mathieu is, hands down, my support system. He’s my very best friend, my past, my present and my future, and absolutely the best father that exists.
What does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
I would be lying if I said I didn't wake up to a giant mug of potent coffee every morning, and need this imperatively to start my day. Mornings include short bursts of rushed activities before running out and heading for daycare drop off, and then of course to the office. A lot of meetings are held throughout the day. Some are fun and creative, while others are more challenging and imposing when related to making larger business decisions. Our administrative team often sits together making sure we're all aligned and everyone is on the same page. Emails are read, written and sent out throughout the day between meetings, and I usually finish them off later at night when the kids are in bed. I have a rule: never let an email go by without an answer, it's just not elegant.
What are some challenges you face as a career woman?
I truly believe a challenge is a gift that you can give to yourself. I love a challenge and rarely shy away from one. Call it overcoming major childhood insecurities, but in my late thirties, I no longer feel weighed down by a challenge, but rather I trust that I can grow from it. I’ve also come to accept my weaknesses, but also can identify my strengths, knowing that each individual has both, you learn to accept yourself, others and all of our differences.
How did you overcome these challenges?
You accept them, you work through them, and grow from them with a smile. Thus is Life!
How do you juggle work-life balance?
I feel I have achieved balance in my life, both at work and at home which are quite intermeshed in my case. I work hard on both fronts each day and give the absolute best of who I can be. I have to trust that that is enough. I was raised by two very strong, hard working parents with important life values and philosophical perspective who taught me to take responsibility over my decisions and to never be a victim of my own choices.
How do you like to unwind?
I love to travel. Both for work and/or with my family. It brings perspective, inspires and reminds you not to take things, or yourself too seriously.
Choose one: wine or cocktails? Why?
I’m not a big drinker although I do like a good red wine or a refreshing mojito on a warm summer evening.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Take time to get to know yourself and trust and respect who that person is. Never let anyone convince you that that’s not good enough. Strive to be the best you can be, have integrity, don’t cheat and, don’t take yourself too seriously. Finally, trust life and follow your own path, whatever that is and wherever it takes you.
How do you define success?
For me, success is when you feel you are truly at the right place, doing what you are supposed to be doing both in your professional and in your personal life, equally. I also believe balance is the true key to success and a peaceful life.
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This article has been edited and condensed for clarity.