Get to know...Carly Burnett, Creative Director and Co-Founder of TKEES, the sandal company that's on everyone's radar this Summer. Carly and her kids sit down for a photoshoot with Trish Mennell and talks to us about all things motherhood, finding that elusive work-life balance, and so much more!
Q: What Is The Most Rewarding Thing About Being A Mother? Biggest Joys? Biggest Challenges?
The rewards are endless. I'm the luckiest person in the world to have my infectious kids. They make me a better person. They give me purpose. Life is simply better with them in it. I'm continuously mesmerized by how interesting, thoughtful, creative and quirky they are.
With all the good, naturally comes challenges, but Jesse and I tackle them individually. We have learned not to be reactive, and treat each problem with our kids with patience and understanding, so they can benefit from their mistakes, and not develop anxiety over them. Always a work in progress...
Q: What Have You Learned About Balancing Motherhood With Career?
It's always a work in progress. I know balance is key, but not always perfectly attainable — I'm [only] human! We never really kept our kids at home, even when we travelled for work. We often just took them with us, especially now that they are a bit older. We want them to get a good glimpse into what we do, and all the hard work we put it. It teaches them value, and that you need to work, work, work to get what you want.
Believe it or not, Jesse and I have not been away from them for more than a week at a time. We can't stand it! In the end, I LOVE to work and I LOVE being a mom, so I make sure that I do both the best I can. My mission is to kick-ass at both of them! I won't settle for anything but.
Q: How Does Your Family Inspire You? Does It Reflect In Your Business?
Everything I do is for them. I want to impress them every day. What they think and feel has a tremendous effect on me. They have made me a fuller, tougher, more consideration person, and all this plays into work.
Q: You Work With Your Husband — Do You Find It Difficult? How Do You Separate Work And Personal Life?
This is always the #1 question everyone always asks me when they hear I work with my husband. My answer...it just works! I don't know any other way. It's not always fuzzy bunnies and rainbows, but we always look for solutions when we run into any kind of conflict. We work through it like any other couple, or business partners do. The trust and admiration we have for one another is endless. He's my best friend, my brilliant business partner, killer dad to our kids, and one hell of a cook. Pinch me.
Q: Has Your Personal Style Changed Since You've Become A Mom?
Not so much. I have always been super casual and into basics, I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl. I've always been a tomboy at heart and it shows. The word formal scares me!
Q: How Did You Come Up With Your Kids Names?
Jensen was named after the racecar driver Jenson Button. Sienna was originally named Senna, after Ayrton Senna, but one of Jesse's younger brothers' first names is Ayrton, so we just added an "I" into her name to make it Sienna. Her middle name is Indy, after the Indy 500. Can you tell my husband likes cars?! Everyone calls her Senny. I don't even know how that happened, but it stuck.
Q: Quote The Funniest/Worst Thing Your Children Have Ever Said
This was a recent one from Sienna...
Sienna: Mommy, my bellybutton has the same name as a car.
Me: What's that?
Sienna: An Audi!
Q: Do You Have a Go-To Family Restaurant In Toronto?
What's Your Favourite Family Vacation?
Q: How Do You Find Time For Yourself?
Time? What? Honestly, the only real time I have for myself is from 5:30 am - 7:00 am, 6 days a week at the gym. I love it. It's my outlet.
Q: With The Power And Influence Of Social Media, How Do You Draw The Line About What You Think Is Appropriate To Post Of Your Children? As A Mother Do You Enjoy Or Find It Beneficial To Share Photos And Videos Of Your Family?
If I could come back as a photographer, I would in another life. I love taking photos and my kids are natural subjects in my universe. I love sharing them with the world in a tasteful way, of course. They're extensions, and better versions of Jesse and I. Why not show it? I won't post pictures just for the sake of posting. It needs to evoke a positive feeling.
Q: Any Last Words Of Wisdom For Fellow Moms?
Don't read all the books out there on how to be a mom. Trust your instincts and do it your way, and don't compare yourself or your children to others. It's a waste of time and never accurate!