Brie Benfell is an actress, model, voice over artist, singer, host, podcast host and entrepreneur. She also shares her motherhood experience on Instagram as she wants to help and inspire mamas across the globe. In her own words, first and foremost though, she is Mother to her daughter, Theadora.
Read on to learn more and get inspired by this amazing multi-hyphenate mama!
What’s 2021 been like for you so far? What has helped you to thrive in this challenging period?
This year has been challenging for me and I am constantly in a weird mix of emotions. It has been a rollercoaster. Happiness with a sprinkle of anxiety. My husband, my family and my Singapore family have helped me thrive. My business partner has also really made me step up my game and keep me focused. I am so happy I have had this project to work on as it’s been so great for me mentally.
What are you most proud of doing this year? What are you struggling with or is still a work in progress?
This year I am extremely proud of myself and what I have achieved. We are about to launch Anjea. We have been working on this since late 2020. My business partner (and mum of two) and I have both had babies whilst working on this project. It has taken longer to come together as we have been away from family so our schedule is filled with constant FaceTime zooms and you know, looking after a baby full time. I have had the best year of my life but also the hardest. My family has yet to meet their first grandchild and it’s something I think about every day. I am proud of myself and my husband for being the best parents we can be, especially when we have had no family or ‘little village’ to help us along the way.
How do you manage to accomplish all that you do in a day? How do you find work-life integration?
I would be utterly lost without my google calendar. If it’s not in there, it simply doesn’t exist. I have been affected by ‘mum brain’. I really try to be as organised as I can and make sure I look at my calendar before bed to know exactly what I have to focus on the next day. It has been extremely hard to juggle being a mother, working, spending time with my husband and seeing friends. I recently had to take a step back because I was doing too much. I hate to be ‘that mum’ but we did do sleep training and Theadora has one nap and sleeps through the night so I am now able to work when she sleeps and it’s honestly been the biggest game changer, ever.
As a first-time Mom, who do you rely the most on for advice and managing difficult situations with your baby?
I really do trust my instincts. I am quite a laid back mum and don’t overthink too much as for me that leads to unnecessary worry, stress and anxiety. I have a very small handful of people I ask advice from. Too much advice is overbearing. I have done a lot of research for our new business, Anjea so I am extremely lucky as I get expert advice from the best of the best.