We sat down with Ariana and Isabella Huffington to talk all things Mother’s Day, work/life balance, and what they have learned from one another over the years. Read the full interview below.
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Q: What is the best piece of advice your mother has given you?
A: Don’t be afraid to fail. When I was growing up she would always tell my sister and me that failure wasn’t the opposite of success it was a stepping stone to success. The only way we could really fail was by not trying.
Q: How would you describe your mom in three words?
A: Resilient, fearless, generous
Q: How does your mom inspire you?
A: My mom has the ability to see possibility in any situation. She’s constantly saying let’s find a way to make that happen rather than that can’t be done. She’s changed the way I see the world by teaching me that there are dozens of ways to get to where you want to go rather than a single route.
Q: How would you describe your daughter in three words?
A: Artistic. Introspective. Compassionate.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a mom?
A: Everything. But especially the perspective my daughters bring to my life. Just knowing I am going to see them at the end of the day, or getting a phone call or text, is the best reminder of what’s really important.
Q: What is something you have learned through being a mom?
A: How to worry!
Q: How did you achieve a work/mom balance?
A: I had to work at it. Christina and Isabella were young when I had my painful wakeup call, fainting from exhaustion and breaking my cheekbone. They saw that I had subscribed to our collective delusion that burnout is the necessary price we must pay for success. But I’m glad they were able to see how I course-corrected – making changes in the way I live my life and adopting daily practices to keep me on track. Those changes helped me to be better at work and, I hope, a better mom.
Q: What was your favorite part of Isabella collaborating with SF?
A: I love that this collaboration allows Isabella to share her work with so many people. As Isabella put it, “If you make a painting, it’s just for one person. If you make a shoe, it has to be something that a lot of people will love.” There’s nothing abstract about wearable art – it’s part of your day, you take it with you. Just as there’s something special about taking time in solitude to contemplate a painting, there’s something wonderful about bringing art out into the world.