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IMAGINATIVE SPACES / INTERVIEW

Katya Libin, Co-founder and CEO at HeyMama

Entrepreneur and Mom, Katya Libin reflects on some memories of her own mom and some of the early sweet memories with her daughter Lily, (now 10!) who helps remind her daily to make time for fun and to always stay curious.  

Tell us about one of your favorite spaces from childhood.

My moms room! I would come into my moms room, curl up into her bed and watch tv with her all the time. No matter how old I got, I always wanted a snuggle.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer. Thankfully I changed my mind as I grew up as I am not made of lawyer ilk. I thought being an entertainment lawyer, getting to work with celebrities would be the ultimate power position.

 

Did what you imagined as your “grown-up” career impact where you’ve ended up now?

Not at all actually. I completely changed gears after school and one thing led to another. I knew i wanted to work with people, that I gained energy from being around others, and that I loved business and strategy.

Tbt to teenage Katya’s creative spaces in her childhood home and amazing denim style!

When you found out you were pregnant what sort of space did you imagine creating to share with your new baby?

I was obsessed with creating the perfect space for her, but NYC apartment living had other plans. At the time I lived in a one bedroom and so in our room we took out the closet and made it into a nursery area. It was perfect for those first few months as I never wanted to be without her. I'll never forget that space and the memories we had there.

 

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice around starting motherhood what would it be?

Travel when they're young and not in school! Those school holidays make you really locked in, but when they're young, you're free to roam. Do it!

 

How do you nurture your creativity as a busy parent/entrepreneur?

Lately I've been doing a course called the Artists Way heralded by creators like Elizabeth Gilbert and Maritn Scorcese as a path to unlocking your creative potential. When I'm not reading books and journaling, I have gotten into embroidery. Incredibly fulfilling little relaxer, and my daughter loves to knit. We sit like two little old ladies together.

"I've learned to not give up, to ask lots of questions, to prioritize FUN, to not take life too seriously.

She is my teacher. “

Are there any special places you go when you are looking for inspiration?

I go to my holy spot, which is by the water near my house on the dock. I sit there on the edge of the dock and look out as far as I can see. I watch the birds, the fish, the boats. It is where i go to think.

 

What’s something that you’ve learned from your kids?

Umm, everything! I've learned to not give up, to ask lots of questions, to prioritize FUN, to not take life too seriously. She is my teacher.

PERSONAL
HIGHLIGHT

Favorite children’s book:
Wherever you go, my love shall find you.


Your favorite Nestig crib:
The Mountain!


On her daughter Lily:

"She is my teacher!"

IMAGINATIVE SPACES / INTERVIEW

Katya Libin, Co-founder and CEO at HeyMama

Entrepreneur and Mom, Katya Libin reflects on some memories of her own mom and some of the early sweet memories with her daughter Lily, (now 10!) who helps remind her daily to make time for fun and to always stay curious.  

Tell us about one of your favorite spaces from childhood.

My moms room! I would come into my moms room, curl up into her bed and watch tv with her all the time. No matter how old I got, I always wanted a snuggle.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer. Thankfully I changed my mind as I grew up as I am not made of lawyer ilk. I thought being an entertainment lawyer, getting to work with celebrities would be the ultimate power position.

 

Did what you imagined as your “grown-up” career impact where you’ve ended up now?

Not at all actually. I completely changed gears after school and one thing led to another. I knew i wanted to work with people, that I gained energy from being around others, and that I loved business and strategy.

When you found out you were pregnant what sort of space did you imagine creating to share with your new baby?

I was obsessed with creating the perfect space for her, but NYC apartment living had other plans. At the time I lived in a one bedroom and so in our room we took out the closet and made it into a nursery area. It was perfect for those first few months as I never wanted to be without her. I'll never forget that space and the memories we had there.

 

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice around starting motherhood what would it be?

Travel when they're young and not in school! Those school holidays make you really locked in, but when they're young, you're free to roam. Do it!

 

How do you nurture your creativity as a busy parent/entrepreneur?

Lately I've been doing a course called the Artists Way heralded by creators like Elizabeth Gilbert and Maritn Scorcese as a path to unlocking your creative potential. When I'm not reading books and journaling, I have gotten into embroidery. Incredibly fulfilling little relaxer, and my daughter loves to knit. We sit like two little old ladies together.

"I've learned to not give up, to ask lots of questions, to prioritize FUN, to not take life too seriously.

Are there any special places you go when you are looking for inspiration?

I go to my holy spot, which is by the water near my house on the dock. I sit there on the edge of the dock and look out as far as I can see. I watch the birds, the fish, the boats. It is where i go to think.

 

What’s something that you’ve learned from your daughter?

Umm, everything! I've learned to not give up, to ask lots of questions, to prioritize FUN, to not take life too seriously. She is my teacher.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHT

Favorite children’s book:
Wherever you go, my love shall find you.


Favorite Nestig Crib:
The Mountain!


“Travel when they're young and not in school!”

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