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What does it mean to be a mum who prioritises her wellbeing, happiness and career above family and kids? We asked Colleen and four other mums on their journey as mothers and how they take time out for themselves
 
Colleen Francisca is a skincare formulator and a mother of two.

 

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Colleen Francisca is the founder of Francisca Dessert Parlour, a skincare formulator and a mother of two. And if you find her a little familiar, you're right, you've probably seen her somewhere on the television. The beauty queen was crowned Miss Singapore World in 2006. Watch the above video to hear what she and other #mefirst mums think.

 

Why is being #mefirst important to you?

Balance is important to me, as being a mum and having a business on the side can get overwhelming at times. I liken it to filling up my cup first, so if my cup is full, then the family is happy. If it’s running low, what do I have to offer anyone else?

 

What do you need to be a me first mum?

I’m an introvert, so it takes a lot of energy for me to be out there in the world with the kids. I really appreciate the little slots of time throughout the day that I put aside for myself. Something I’ve changed in my routine is trying to wake up before anyone else in the house. It’s lovely because it’s calm and quiet, and I have that time for myself to have a hot cup of coffee, finish it, and plan my day.

 

How do you feel when you're judged for your actions?

I don’t think anyone has done that, or at least they haven’t told me. But I feel that judgment from other mums has to stop. Do what feels right for you and your family. If that means spending every single minute with your children, go ahead. But if that doesn't work for another mum and her family, let her live her life.

VIDEOGRAPHY: Alicia Chong
STYLING: Bryan Goh 
HAIR & MAKEUP: Angel Gwee

ALSO READ: #MEFIRSTMUMS: MAY WAN ISN'T GOING TO STOP LIVING HER LIFE JUST BECAUSE SHE'S A MOTHER

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