Since we launched in June last year, we’ve been very lucky to have been interviewed for a lot of different publications, from national press and parenting magazines, to blogs and big titles like Vogue Italia and Vogue Bambini. Whilst we’ve loved being interviewed, we thought it would be nice to talk to each-other and dig a bit deeper. As we’re sisters, best friends and business partners we obviously know each-other pretty well, but living on opposite sides of the world means we don’t get to have those long, deep and meaningfuls as much as we’d like. Here, Bethany has asked Osyth five questions.
What’s your favourite childhood memory?
I have a really patchy memory so I am sure there are heaps more lurking away somewhere, but as a kid I was quite close with our brother Gabriel. As he is four years older than me, he understandably felt that hanging out with me (let alone playing) was totally lame, but he did sometimes let me go with him to the woods after school on our bikes and shoot tin cans with his secret pellet gun. As you know I was a little tom-boy so this was perfect. I also remember lying in the long grass in a meadow called watery lane near our house while we walked our dogs after school, I’m not sure I’ve ever done that since, but it’s amazing lying there in the sun, surrounded by really tall grass with only a small window of sky, pulling grass blades and chewing on the sweet ends. I’m really glad I got to grow up in the countryside and hope my kids get to experience some of that too (perhaps not the shooting though!).
What’s the biggest lesson(s) you learnt since moving abroad nearly 2 years ago?
I’ve learnt a lot about myself. I’ve learnt new strengths I didn’t know I had and I’ve learnt new weaknesses. I really surprised myself as I thought I’d be pining for home, but I’ve actually missed home in a ‘place’ sense a lot less than I thought. The thing that I’ve learnt is that home is where your people are. This is bittersweet, as obviously I have my own little family unit that goes wherever I go, but I do have the odd crushing moment where I feel very far from my wider family. Sweet because it’s a reminder of how many amazing people I have in my life, bitter because, well, in that moment it’s very very hard to know you’re over 10,000 miles away from people you love. And in all likelihood, you can’t even call them because of the time difference. But then I do get sunshine all day, every day and that’s pretty good at shifting any hint of a bad mood!
What’s your proudest achievement?
Giving birth, enough said! I won’t excite you with the details. (Hopefully your memory is as bad as mine as you were there for both births.)
What goals/things would you like to achieve in 2017?
I would like Bimble to soar! As my girls are growing and allowing me more and more time and energy, Bimble is fast becoming my third baby. Just like I’ve raised the other two, I’d like to see Bimble leaping up to the next level, taking our production up a notch and hopefully starting to retail in some big stores. On a personal level, I’m looking forward to growing with the business. I’ve already learnt a monumental amount, and I’m looking forward to keeping on learning things I never imagined I would get the opportunity to do.
If you could pass on one message to your girls as they grow up, what would it be?
Be fearless. One thing I really admire about my husband is his ability to walk into a project that he knows relatively little about, learn, and quickly own it. He never questions his right to be there. I would like our girls to have the same confidence and adaptability to carry them on whatever path they choose.
Look out for part two next month, where Bethany will be answering questions about home, mumboss, and sister life.
If you want to read some of our interviews from last year, here is a selection of our favourites: