February Yummy mummy
The Yummy mummy section this month features Bukola Olorunlogbon, a wife, mother and professional.
The Yummy mummy section is about the modern mum who is raising children and also about her life shattering glass ceilings!
Here is our Beautiful Beginnings February 2017 Yummy Mummy – Bukola Olorunlogbon
Q.Who are you and what do you do? Brief intro about yourself.
A. I am Bukola Olorunlogbon nee Adisa. I wear many hats. I am a wife, mum to 2 gorgeous boys, daughter, sister, aunty and friend. I work as a Senior Compliance Director for a Tier 1 bank in London where I lead a team of about 90 professionals across Europe. I am also the founder and CEO of a social enterprise called Career Masterclass (www.careermasterclass.org) which aims to provide the knowledge needed for BAME (Black And Minority Ethnic) professionals to progress in their careers. I am also a pastor and pastor’s wife!
Q. How many children do you have?
A. 2 adorable boys aged 8 and 4 who mean the entire world to me.
Q. Based on your brief introduction, how do you manage to balance career, Ministry and Motherhood?
A. I won’t pretend I achieve perfect balance 100% of the time but I give the best of myself to all the different areas of my life. I believe you can have it all but you can’t have it all, all of the time. So I do my best and forgive myself the rest.
Q. What do you know now that you wish you had known before having children?
A. I wish someone had told me having children would make you extremely vulnerable. The love you have for your children is all consuming and leaves you somewhat exposed. It shows you the vulnerability deep within your core and makes you see the world in a different way.
Q: In what ways do you believe you have grown (or changed) since being a mom?
A. As people, we grow and mature and having children has really matured me. For one, I see my mother in a completely different light. The love and respect and appreciation I have for my mum has increased exponentially since I became a mum myself. I am also a lot calmer, prior to having a child, I had a fiery temperament but my kids have forced me to chill out 🙂
Q. What’s the hardest part to you about being a mom?
A. I am a die hard optimist so I tend not to see things as particularly hard. Not living in Nigeria, I do not have the same support my sister who lives 10 minutes away from my mum has. In the early days, we struggled with childcare and working and I felt I was always rushing somewhere. However, we have fallen into a rhythm now and the kids are older so it is not as crazy as it used to be but those early days were very challenging and exhausting.
Q. Do you believe a mom can excel at one thing without jeopardizing the other? Can you really give a 100% to both career and motherhood without one suffering?
A. Absolutely yes! I believe God has equipped humans with capacity beyond what we have explored. You can have a successful career and be a fantastic mum. They are not mutually exclusive- we struggle when we feel guilty when we are at work or at home. That is why when I am at work, I am 100% present and focused and same thing when I am at home. Women need to let go of perfectionist tendencies and forgive themselves.
Q. How do you stay his fit?
A. Hahaha.. It is an ongoing journey I am on. I recently decided to lose weight and stay healthy for myself and my health so I work out at home to DVDs 5 days a week and I try to eat well 80% of the time. Cake gets me all the time though!