You know when you meet someone for the first time but you feel like you’ve known them forever? Qew from Beautiful Life Industries is like that.
Name: Qew (pronounced Q)
Kids: Olive Ever, 4
Background: Blogger, crafter, creative superstar
Tell me about you! What’s your background and where are you at now?
I grew up in a beautiful coastal town four hours north of Sydney. It is a magical part off the world surrounded by the lushest blue water.
I met my hubby Jimmy seven years ago and we did long distance for a year then I made the move to Sydney and 6 months later we were pregnant.
Last year we married in front of our closest family and friends, it was both amazing & completely batshit crazy, planning a wedding with a toddler and a full time job to manage… I do not recommend!
I’ve spent most of my adult life working my arse off, embracing travel and spending time with good people.
Since becoming a mama I’ve found it impossible to keep up the charade of the working mother that has all her shit together. It’s just not me, I just can’t do it.
I surrender (waves white flag, sips vino).
Over the years I’ve invested a lot of time into finding out who I really am, being comfortable in my own skin and embracing myself flaws and all.
So where I am now is here, in the moment, in a place I didn’t expect to be but it has already taught me more than I could have ever hoped for.
Basically I’m on a gap year, yes I’m 31.
When/why did you start blogging?
I started blogging a few years ago, I guess I was looking for a creative outlet and I am such a visual person that I needed somewhere to put all the goodness of my life (also the shitty stuff) to be able to reflect on my beautiful life in the city, Sydney.
Has your style changed since you’ve become a mum?
Mmm, no I don’t think so. I mean I definitely lost my mojo after giving birth and all that but I think my style reflects my personality rather than my role as a Mama
Qew Hector is a pretty amazing name. Where did it come from? How do people respond to it?
Well my dad made ‘Qew’ up, he originally wanted to spell it ‘Q’ but my mum wouldn’t let him. My married name is ‘Hector’ and you’re right it does sound super badass!
I always get comments on my name, it’s definitely a talking point & it’s funny because do we ever really truly think about our name?
People believe names mean things, mine obviously is made up so I feel like I’m my own person and that is a great gift my dad gave to me.
You were in a car accident last year. Can you tell me a bit about that?
Yes Olive and I were in a high impact car accident earlier this year. It has been one of the greatest challenges of my life as I struggle to recover physically and emotionally.
I am still processing that this is my life now, letting go and healing.
But at the end of the day you have to have humour, my hubby is truly amazing! Jimmy makes me laugh while he is brushing my hair or dressing me because I can’t do those simple things like before.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced/face as a creative mum?
I would say my biggest challenge would be not putting so much pressure on myself to be better or to be “perfect” . I never want to let anyone down or anyone to feel like they are not good enough.
I think as a mother sometimes it can feel like I am neglecting/dropping balls left right and centre but sometimes you just have to chuck those balls up high and hope for the best.
Best piece of advice you’ve received about parenting?
I would say it would all come from Jimmy, empowering me through all the challenges. From the very beginning he told me to stop listening to everyone else and know that I am doing an amazing job. To listen to my gut in a mother’s instinct way not in a “just another packet of salted caramel Tim Tams” kind of way.