Sick of t-shirts with sassy cats wearing glasses? Janeesa Joseph has a cure. She makes pretty rad upcycled, salvaged, new and ready-to-wear kids clothes though her company Salvage Maria. One of a kind limited pieces, upcycled old tees, vintage, post production fabrics, a fantastic selection of vests and jackets, custom pieces…you name it, she makes it wear-worthy and wondrous.
Her son goes to preschool three full days a week. It was two days before and Janeesa recalls struggling to cram everything on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays and Fridays he sometimes comes with her to downtown LA to pick up supplies, meet with vendors and work with the production team (how fun would that be for a kiddo?). She also works a couple of hours every Saturday morning, so that’s her husband and son’s own special time together to go to Starbucks and Amoeba for records. Sunday is family/church/farmer’s market day.
Here’s what Janeesa had to say about being SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
My perspective has changed, especially about what is important. I try not to sweat the small stuff with my work or get overly stressed out about things beyond my control. I’m making clothes, not saving lives. I remember before Everett at my previous job everything seemed uber important and things that would go wrong were so utterly catastrophic. Everything had been done a specific way that was “best practice.” Not any more!
Within reason I think I’ve become a little rebellious and definitely a lot crazier! Especially when it comes to my work. If I want to add ridiculous copy or name a product color “pee,” I’m going too! I think there’s this self-confidence that you get when becoming a mother. It’s almost like you have nothing to lose because, at times, you’ve been pushed so far beyond reason, you figure why not! I am chronically late but that’s something I’ve been working on for years. My overall biggest challenge is juggling work life, mommy life and home life.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
My vendors are well aware of Everett and have met him. Our customers as well. He’s allover our Instagram and website. He’s my best advertisement and muse. We don’t leave home without him wearing one of my pieces.
We know a SpitfireMom like Janeesa has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I shower my child and pull everything out I need the night before, especially days he has to go to work with me. Regardless, we’re still late everywhere! He’s a boy so he doesn’t do well with being rushed and needs time to transition to the next activity. I’ve bought a timer and some days it works for us.
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
I think balance is total bullshit! My house is a mess, I haven’t figured out how to manage my household, family and work life. The reality is not everyone can afford help or a nanny so you really have to rely on your partner and become this crazy team running a relay race. My husband told me a few days ago that he really wants another baby, I literally spat out my drink! I don’t know if he said it as a ploy to try to schedule to have sex with me or what?
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out you’re expecting, Janeesa says:
Good Luck! JK, don’t worry about how your going to manage and get everything done. Don’t even give yourself time to think about it, because that’s when the panic sets in. You’re never given more than you can handle and if you are then you’ll learn how to cope.
Here’s to harnessing the madcap dash of motherhood and using it to fuel our creativity. Janeesa’s living proof that there’s power behind the craziness of the juggle and hustle and that maybe our freest selves are a wonderful result.
Jenn & Heidi
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