This week, we got to chat with Medge Beauvoir-Yellowlees, whom you might know as Toronto’s beloved @myvoguishdiaries, where she chats motherhood, purpose and lifestyle. Together, we talked about her journey as a mom and as an entrepreneur, the challenges she’s faced and how she finds time for herself in quarantine.
Janice Liu (JL): You have two beautiful children and a career in fashion and lifestyle, how do you juggle? What does your average day look like?
Medge Beauvoir-Yellowlees (MBY): The average day is busy around here. It usually starts around 7am. First, I get Julien (3.5 years old) and Harper (9 months) up and ready for the day. I give them breakfast while I have my coffee. This is usually when I’m checking my emails and making my to-do list for the day. Then we have my son’s preschool zoom classes and while he’s doing that I’m entertaining my 9 month old and trying to do some clean up from the morning activities. During nap #1 for my daughter, I’ll have a shower and get myself ready for the day. My husband takes over and usually takes my son for a bike ride or they go playing outside. This is when I try to shoot any quick content that I can in a short amount of time. Once Harper is up, everyone comes home for lunch. There, I also find time to do emails and editing content and stuff like that. Then we’re usually all outside with the kids, and then home for Harper’s second nap. This is when dinner is prepped and I get more work done. Once 7pm comes around, we’re so eager to get them through their bath time and bedtime routines! And then we both continue to work a little bit into the evening. All that said, some days are great, and other days it’s goldfish for snack, hot dog for dinner, and 2 hours of PJ masks on Netflix. Having a husband who also works from home has definitely been helpful for me! It’s a lot when everyone is busy and has their own schedule, but it’s also a saving grace when I’m swamped and he can be available to help and vice versa.
JL: With the pandemic, moms have had to become both primary caretakers and teachers, what’s been your guide in finding time for everything while taking care of yourself?
MBY: My self care has been looking like a drugstore face mask and a glass of wine at 8pm! For my sanity I sometimes try to go on solo walks and listen to audiobooks. Working out at home just hasn’t been working for me! I loved physically going to the gym and giving my daughter to the child minding staff and having that hour to myself. I also need to find a way to work that into my day again!
JL: The world is also going through an awakening, what conversations have you had with your friends, family and community about change for the good? How do you think sustainable change will come?
MBY: I think the Black Lives Matter movement is well overdue, but I also think timing is everything. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we were all stuck at home and couldn’t look away from the injustices anymore. I’ve been encouraging my friends, family and community to just speak their truth and listen to others’ truth. We live during this time of “cancel culture” which I don’t always agree with. I think right now it’s more important to try to educate people rather than shut them out for not having been aware of issues that didn’t affect them. I also am a strong believer in the idea that it’s never too late to do the right thing. So don’t get caught up and stew in guilt and feelings of being uncomfortable. That does nothing for change. Acting in it does. Speaking up. Checking others. Checking ourselves. Calling on change from the companies we spend our money on. Treating individuals with empathy, compassion, and respect. That creates change!
JL: Tell us about your journey. Any big catalyst moments in your life that have shaped who you are today?
MBY: I’m a first generation born Haitian-Canadian. We moved a little around Canada and the US while I was growing up. I did my undergrad at Carleton University, entered the workforce and worked as a Lease Administrator for a commercial real estate/property management company. I think becoming a mom was the biggest event that shaped me. I was on maternity leave and really did not enjoy my job – I hated it. The 12 month countdown to going back would literally haunt me in my sleep. I had always done blogging and instagramming on the side because it was my passion, but I just never thought I could make it my career. I also dreaded leaving my baby while he was so young. From the moment we made the decision that I wasn’t going back to my old job, I started making little goals of what I wanted to accomplish for myself in this industry. Little by little I would reach them and it motivated me to keep going. I’m nowhere near my ultimate goal yet (I have lots of projects on my wish list!) but I get to do something I love while still spending a lot of time with my kids. It has been a dream come true for me.
JL: Any favourite beauty and lifestyle brands that you can’t live without? What do you support?
MBY: My favourite skincare brands are Jouviance and Essentials by Temi – they’re Canadian! I’m also a big fan of Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley, and Clove + Hallow is also becoming one of my favourites! These are all brands that are cruelty free, conscious of their footprint and care about the ingredients that are going into your skin.
JL: If you can experience the perfect day with lots of wellness, what would that look like?
MBY: Massage massage massage! A sauna session. A steam facial, mani pedi! And a glorious glass of champagne!
JL: Any favourite quotes?
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. – Maya Angelou.
** All pictures were found on Medge’s Instagram account. Go check it out!