Interview with Female Entrepreneur, Mom and Jewelry Designer
Maja Miletic is a young mother and female entrepreneur who works independently as a jewelry designer based in Croatia. Her story as a young artist and entrepreneur inspired us to ask her a few questions on her life and work balance, perspectives and experiences. See her uniquely crafted necklaces and bracelets here.
Olive Maternity: As a young mother and entrepreneur, how long did it take you to find a way to manage your lifestyle to successfully balance your work and taking care of your baby?
Maja Miletic: I am still trying my best to find the way to handle everything in my day. I started working 6 months after I gave birth to my baby boy. He is a wonderful baby and we can do a lot through play. Dividing tasks into parts has helped me a lot. I try to prepare as much as I can in advance, including work preparation, food etc.
Olive Maternity: What do you find the biggest challenges of young working mothers?
Maja Miletic: My partner and I are both creatives who run our own businesses. We work a lot, but we are not limited with given work hours so we can help each other and arrange our days as best as we can, given the circumstances. Generally I have a new found respect for women because there are so much stuff that we, as a society, don’t talk about. Injustice and inequality infuriates me. It’s as though women have to be happy to come home with their baby and that’s it. Off course I was happy, my baby is a blessing and I am grateful and thankful every day for the greatest love in my life. But at a greater scale, things are mind-bogglingly wrong! I can only imagine how hard it is to be a single mother.
Olive Maternity: Do you have any ideas of what kind of benefits would significantly help single moms in balancing their motherhood and careers?
Maja Miletic: I think there should be an institutional support system. People are trying to help each other- I met some wonderful individuals and groups of people who were working hard on getting information and resources to the ones needing it the most. But there is no safety net for single moms. They should be able to get financial help (on time!) and free day care for their babies.
Olive Maternity: How has your everyday motivation changed as working woman since you have become a mother?
Maja Miletic: My priorities have changed. Now my baby is the most important person and his needs dictate my routine. When I grasped the magnitude of this change, I found mental tools that help me react better and be alert. I decided not to lose precious energy on things that I can not change. I just move on. You do what is necessary, then what is possible, and then the impossible (Francis of Assisi). Off course, I am speaking of small things, but they mean a lot at the end of the day.
Olive Maternity: As a talented young jewellery designer, we’re interested in what inspired and pushed you most to become an independent entrepreneur?
Maja Miletic: I wanted to be free as possible on a day to day basis. I wanted to create something by myself. Before I started my own label, I felt as though my creativity was not used nearly enough and that held me back emotionally. I think it is important to come to terms with oneself and realize what are your advantages and disadvantages. I am not good with handling vertical authority- knowledge and power should be distributed differently, circularly. That is the reason I could never be happy doing a 9-5 job for somebody else. Now I work all the time, much more than before I had my design studio and I love it. That is a demanding life- one should be disciplined and never, ever lose faith.
Olive Maternity: Finally, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career path so far (background, education..)?
Maja Miletic: I graduated from School of Architecture and Design- Product Design in 2009. By then I was already working in an interiors design firm. After I graduated I worked two more years in interiors and on private projects, as well as group exhibitions. I started my label ‘mammii’ in 2011. and haven’t looked back since.
Olive Maternity: Last question – if there was one piece of golden advice you could give to all those single working mothers in the world, what would it be?
Maja Miletic: Believe in yourself even on the worst of days. You can be your own best friend or worst enemy if panic gets the best of you. Choose to live like everything is a miracle as Mr. Einstein advised :).
Photo by Rajna Raguz / RRVizual for Journal.hr
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Thank you, Maja!
Your Olive Maternity