All pictures by Popcorn Studios by Enum Malik
As moms, we often get bogged down with details of family, kids and we here at masalamommas were proud to bring an inspiring panel of South Asian women to get us to rethink and recharge with a little pampering as well!
Get Pampered, Get Inspired hosted by Masalamommas and the South Asian Tasting Table was the perfect excuse for moms and moms-to-be to connect with each other before Mother’s Day and for South Asian Heritage Month.
For the first time, we brought together women from the arts, media and film, juggling motherhood, career and culture. The highlight of the evening was this inspiring panel of moms who instigated the topic of work life balance and success in the work place post baby. It was refreshing to hear of the positive impact kids had brought to their mom’s careers.
In honour of South Asian Heritage Month award-winning filmmaker Punam Kumar Gill spoke of her mom and her relationship with her dad, a simple man who lived a simple and inspiring life.
Masalamommas was fortunate to see a clip of her film The Lesson featuring her dad.
Sitara Hewitt, internationally acclaimed actress and the star of ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’, shared her own challenges of going back to work with a 3-month-old and the support (and tiring days and nights) that came along.
She was quick to remind us that we are the new generation pushing boundaries and making changes to the traditional stay at home mom roles, especially in South Asian cultures.
“You are all warriors” Sitara said, as she rallied all moms, gaining smiles, nods and cheers around the room.
Reva Seth, author of The MomShift, spoke about the opportunities that come with motherhood. We’re glad to see someone highlighting the benefits of being a mom and how the new skills are respected and appreciated in many work places. She shared stories of women she had connected with whose careers were better after being a mom, inspiring us all to change our mindset and realize that we are better workers being moms.
Rena Heer, Anchor & Reporter from CP24, shared her journey to motherhood and her career choices pre and post baby.
She too had first thought that her “career had ended before it had even started” but after being a mom she was able to brave the opportunities that came knocking and knew which ones to jump on and which ones to let go.
The Residences at the Ritz Carlton inside the stunning Skylounge, where the event was hosted, was the perfect backdrop with flowers from ItalFlorist for a relaxing evening of mingling; connecting with inspiring women and getting some well-deserved “me time”.
Masalamommas’ Beauty Editor Kavita Suri was on hand offering make-up touch-ups for all attendees and Henna4You adorned guests with classic, funky and trendy henna designs, so we had no excuse but to sparkle and shine as we sipped on our refreshing tea blends offered by T by Daniel and savoured The Host’s sumptuous Fine Indian Cuisine.
A showstopper for many was the wonderful jewellery on sale by charitable partner Work For Widows, a charity supporting widowed women in Sri Lanka. With intricate and colourful designs on display, it was hard to walk by without picking up one… or two… or five items to spice up the summer wardrobe.
There was a theme of seeking balance and knowing which opportunities are worth pursuing, going with your gut feeling and not feeling guilty for being away from home, because at the end of day, you are fully present when you’re with the family and everyone is physically, mentally and emotionally stronger.
Those lucky enough to arrive early snagged a lovely swag bag filled with goodies from the sponsors! Be sure to make good use of your treats and deals, especially the deluxe manicure from Sitamaa Day Spa!
Getting pampered and being inspired is definitely the way to celebrate the month of Mom!
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