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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
L: Terroni. We especially loved bringing her to the rooftop in the summer when she was a newborn.
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.
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.
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.
L: Make an effort every day to do something for you. Even the smallest little thing, you owe it to yourself.