Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Kingwood?
I am originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica. I moved to the United States twenty years ago to complete my degree in Mechanical Engineering and have lived in several states and territories. I moved from Washington State to the US Virgin Islands, to Virginia and Oklahoma. We moved from Tulsa to Humble and have lived in the Fall Creek Community for two years.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
We have a daughter Ella who is 9 this August and a son Jonathan who will be 7 in July.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I eat ketchup with my eggs. People have told me that I am weird for doing that, but it’s delicious.
What is your go-to activity for yourself for pampering or for fun?
A perfect pamper session would include a day at the spa getting a massage and facial.
Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
Well doing my daughter’s hair before school can be time-consuming in a rush. So I have the ‘1’, ‘2’,’3’ styling tip. Day one her hair is in a single ponytail, then day two it may be in two, then three on day three and I just continue that rotation to get through the school week.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
So after many years in the corporate world as an engineer and project manager, I have started a new business venture serving the Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood area called Seeking Sitters. It is a national franchise that acts as babysitting, housesitting and pet sitting referral agency.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
The community has embraced our family and provided the children with the ability to see the world through a more diverse lens of cultures and experiences.
What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering,
Setting your priorities and having things assigned to the right buckets helps. It is very difficult to do it all at the same time and do each thing well. So having a plan of what comes first in the moment helps keep your sanity.
What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
Enjoy your free time more. Don’t worry so much about filling every quiet moment with noise and activity you are going to wish you had some of that quiet when the kids come.
What is your proudest mommy moment?
I think I have these every time my children have hit a milestone or a goal that they set for themselves. From watching my son who was terrified of riding without training wheels to now being a pro on the bike or watching my daughter perform at school with the choir with joy and enthusiasm; makes me think that I am doing something right.
Greatest gift about being a mom?
The unconditional love of your children.
Best mom hack that makes mommin’ easier?
One I have seen that I like is having the laundry baskets already prelabeled for whites/lights/darks. So that when its laundry day you don’t have to go through and sort.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
I love how this business allows me to interact with people in the community that have a passion for children and really want to support parents in caring for them.
I have been that mom that just needed someone to help lighten the load of the day to day activities and not being able to find anyone who could support. So building this pool of resources for parents is phenomenal.
What is your favorite thing to do in the HKA area?
Going for walks with my family at the various parks around the area is great. On Saturday afternoons we are always out exploring a park we may have never been to.