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Lexi Miles, founder of WAXON Laser + Waxbar and mama to the adorable Piper. Lexi, recently featured in a photoshoot with Trish Mennell Photography, talks to us about all things motherhood, her take on a work-life balance and so much more.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a mother? Biggest joys? Biggest challenges?
L: All the little moments are the most rewarding. Putting a smile on Piper’s face and making her giggle brings me a whole new level of joy. Since I’m not with her during the day most days, I savour our mornings and after work time together.
My biggest challenge is the amount that I was working and how much of her childhood I felt I was missing in the first few months of her life. I was completing our first investor raise when Piper was born and 2 weeks after Piper arrived, I was in a 5 hour meeting downtown (yes, my boobs were exploding and hormones were raging). This definitely caught up to me a couple months later and I really struggled with how I can accomplish all that I want to do as a mom while achieving all my career objectives.
Q: You currently have 13 locations, your own product line and seem to always be evolving your services and offerings… how do you balance motherhood with your career? Does Piper come along with you or do you keep work life and parenting separate?
L: Honestly, there truly is no such thing as balance in my life. I prefer to call it more of a juggle because a balance would assume all things are being treated equal and I’ve come to recognize that this just isn’t realistic. I recently read Shonda Rhimes, Dartmouth Commencement speech and she said it perfectly when asked ‘how do you do it all’. She said: “The answer is this: I don't. Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life”. This is absolutely my truth, but what keeps me going is I know I am a better mother to Piper and wife to my husband because I work and I hope that one day Piper is proud to have a mother who continued to make her dreams come true while raising her.
The girls at our locations always love a little Piper visit and I typically try and have her pop by the office once a day because I miss her too much but otherwise, I try and keep the two separate. I am home by 5pm at the latest most nights and my team knows that from 5pm to 7pm it’s ‘Piper time’. I will be offline busy with bath time and enjoying some QT with my daughter and husband.
Q: You look incredible postpartum! Please share your workout details and how you were able to bounce back so quickly.
L: First of all, you’re so sweet ☺
I think a lot of it came from staying fit during pregnancy. I fortunately was able to work out literally up until the day before I went into labour. In my eyes, I was about to complete the biggest marathon of my life… why wouldn’t I physically train my body for that? My workouts while pregnant were mostly weight lifting and spinning. (Zero ab work!)
Post baby, my workouts have actually changed quite a bit. Since time is limited, we recently got a Peleton bike which allows me to have a quick 20 min HIIT ride and feel completely exhausted. I have also upped my pilates game and am loving the results especially in bringing back your core.
Last Tip: everything in moderation. If you want a diet to work, you need to incorporate your favourite things or you’ll eventually crash and binge.
Q: Where did you find inspiration for Piper’s name?
L: We found it on a hilarious app that is basically Bumble for baby names called ‘BabyName’. You swipe right on names you like and it shows the ones you match on. It was our #1 as soon as we “matched”.
Q: Go-to family restaurant in Toronto?
L: Terroni. We especially loved bringing her to the rooftop in the summer when she was a newborn.
Q: Fave family vacation?
L: At 8 months Piper has already flown 6 times. May as well take advantage, right?! Our favourite destination is visiting family in Florida. It’s a relatively easy trip and definitely a perk to have family around to lend a hand or two.
Q: Sunday night tradition? If not, any fun family traditions?
L: We try and stay true to a ‘family night at home’ on Sunday’s. Just my husband, Piper, CeCe (our dog) and I.
We typically go for a late afternoon walk to Harvest Wagon, grab a few last minute items to go with our dinner, make a big feast and enjoy a dinner at home together before the chaos of the week commences.
Q: How do you find time for yourself? What’s your ideal girls’ night?
L: My girlfriends and I have a monthly date night at one of our homes. We wear sweats, drink wine, eat good food and laugh lots.
Q: Any last words of wisdom for our fellow new moms?
L: Make an effort every day to do something for you. Even the smallest little thing, you owe it to yourself.