Art by Lisa Condon
This past week, I had the pleasure of flipping the script and interviewing mother, writer, and editor of The Chic, Nancy Rahman.
What inspires me the most about Nancy and The Chic are the subjects she tackles from parenting and wellness to conscious life and entrepreneurship. I find as I grow older, I am hit with an insatiable desire to learn, and The Chic is an incredible place to go and expand your knowledge and learn something new.
With all the areas that The Chic covers, I wanted to discover what excites and motivates Nancy and dig into her advice on motherhood.
I hope you enjoy the Q&A below!
Q. The Chic covers so many great topics from wellness to entrepreneurship to culture and parenting—what inspires you the most?
A. All the topics that we discuss on The Chic are a reflection of my own and our team and writer's lifestyle choices and approaches to life. Our biggest and most inspiring goal is to encourage kindness and empowerment. We do this through different categories in our content, using a consistent goal and voice. We are kind to the planet and encourage, empower others to embrace sustainability, for example. Or highlight topics of self-care by featuring experts who empower the reader with ways to better your career, health, anxiety, or general human relationship struggles. Parenting- we empower parents to use approaches that revolve around kindness- so as you can see, I am inspired by the overall consistent message that's carries throughout every single article on all verticals and categories. Right now, however, I am having a lot of fun featuring entrepreneurs as our modern mentors. We built this vertical to help aspiring entrepreneurs navigate their entrepreneurial journey by accessing achieved and successful entrepreneurial advice - through their challenges and success.
Q. You grew up in Egypt and are raising your children in America. What aspects of your upbringing or cultural heritage do you most wish to pass along to your children?
A. Language. Every day, I go through the guilt of not speaking to them in Arabic enough or exposing them to enough Arabic culture (music/media). I hope that they will pick up the language somehow along their development! On the other hand, I was raised to be grateful despite ambition, and I try every day to teach them gratefulness, a cultural element that's very important in the Arab community and frequently used in conversation and by all religions/sects. We call it 'Hamdulla'!
Q. I love the idea of teaching kids to appreciate quality over quantity, and that everything you acquire should serve a purpose. What products do you love the most?
A. When it comes to toys- my boys spend a lot of time on their Magna-tiles building and never get bored. It's one of the few toys that they have. It also grows with the child and can serve a purpose during each milestone. For myself, I always buy good quality leather items and James Perse t-shirts that last through several seasons without losing color or structure. I use face oils at night that acts as a hair oil, nail cuticle oil and feet. On my face, a tinted lip and cheek balm like the one from Mineral Lip Fusion Lastly, in the kitchen, I am a big fan of the beeswax wraps (beeswax wraps amazon), they work and are long-lasting- I've been using them for over a year now, and they still work!
Q. In The Chic, you often start your Modern Mentors interviews off with a favorite quote. What is your favorite quote that pertains to motherhood?
A. "Patience is Bitter. But it's fruit is sweet" - Aristotle. - on challenging yourself to be patient when raising children, starting a business, or self-work.
PS. Read my Female Founder's interview at The Chic here!