Here at Lady Style, we love celebrating and turning the spotlight on others. So we were utterly inspired and delighted when we discovered, Tanya Liveras Candy, a mother, entrepreneur, mentor, speaker and philanthropist who resides in London with her husband and son.
Tanya comes from a line of successful entrepreneurs in her family and after completing her BA degree in Comparative Literature Studies, and working within her family businesses in the property and yacht charter industries, she worked at the leading brand-building global agency Karla Otto.
Tanya has successfully merged her business skills into other areas including extensive PR, Event and Media experience. She has hosted and interviewed celebrities and entrepreneurs in London and Monaco, inclusive of the World Music Awards and has since built her own property portfolio while sitting on the board of directors for a property company in Knightsbridge.
Three years ago, Tanya had a traumatic experience of having the extremely premature birth of her twins at 25 weeks pregnant. This resulted in the loss of her daughter and her son fighting to survive for the first few months of his life. From this experience, she made it her goal to help mothers globally to connect with each other and to find the support and expertise that they need to thrive in all areas of their lives. This led her to become CEO and Co-Founder of Mothersphere.
Tanya mentors women and is a regular speaker for both virtual and in-person conferences, on leadership, motherhood, women’s wellbeing, baby loss and the challenges of having a baby born prematurely. Tanya encourages others to put their wellness and their purpose at the forefront of their lives. She reminds them that they are not alone in their journey, that there is always light after darkness and that they can achieve everything they desire with passion, hard work and confidence. Tanya spoke to Lady Style about motherhood, life in London and finding the light after darkness…
What motivated you to start Mothersphere?
There was a real need for an inclusive, supportive and positive platform for every mother to feel involved and engaged in. Mother’s often feel isolated and we have created a platform in which we connect them to not only a community both in person and online but also experts, organisations and valuable services that can assist them on their motherhood journey.
I had a traumatic start to motherhood; I had to have an emergency c-section and gave birth to my twins 15 weeks prematurely. This led to the loss of my daughter Grace, and my son Jonas had to fight to survive in the neonatal unit for the first few months of his life. He is thankfully thriving now, but the last three years have been challenging. From this experience, I saw first-hand the importance of community and also the importance of having access to resources that could assist me on my journey. I made it my mission to find a way to connect mother’s globally in order to remind them that they are not alone in their journey, that there is light after darkness and to help them to thrive in all areas of their lives.
My business partner and I are both advocates for women’s rights and we both went through unexpected experiences at the start of our motherhood journeys, which led us to mentor and coach other mothers. When we found out that philanthropic work was and has always been an important part of both of our lives, we naturally came together to organise an event for International Women’s Day 2020, in aid of Bliss Charity and the UN Women campaign #generationequality . After this, we decided to write a book together, which then led us to start our ‘Mothers Connect’ Interview Series and the Mothersphere platform was born.
You are co-writing your first book which is being released later this year. What are your hopes for the message of the book?
The hope is that mothers feel both inspired and equipped to create their ideal lives. The book takes an authentic look at motherhood through both of our experiences and shows how we both overcame adversity and grew stronger in the process. Alongside this, we share inspirational interviews and provide tools and tips that can assist mothers in honouring their own goals and their loved ones simultaneously. We are delighted to have partnered with UN Women UK on the book as we are able to provide joint insight together which will inspire mothers everywhere to become leaders in all areas of their lives.
You are a busy mother and entrepreneur. What is the most important thing when managing time and any tips on how to make it work?
I am super organised, I have a digital and written diary and I try to be realistic about the goals that I set. I find it really important to plan ahead to be able to keep a good balance. My husband and I also have equal responsibilities at home and with our son. I find this really necessary as it gives us both the capacity to thrive to our full potential as people and as parents. I think that it is important to always communicate with your primary support person, and not to feel ashamed or guilty in asking for help. As mothers, we put so much pressure on ourselves to do it all when we do not need to. It is important to embrace motherhood with open arms but also to maintain our sense of self. A happy mother leads to a happy child!
Best places to go in London with children? (When open and permitting of course!)
The science museum is one of our favourite places to go, there are lots of multi sensory activities for children and of course the natural history museum too, there is so much to explore there.
What is your favourite form of self-care when you get some down time?
My beauty routine is for sure my favourite self-care ritual. Applying my products and inhaling the scents of the oils is my form of mindful meditation.
We are slowly coming out of lockdown 3.0. What advice would you give to someone struggling or who may be feeling worried about the future?
It is such an uncertain time and it is totally natural to feel anxious. It is helpful to focus on the present and take it one day at a time. There is also much to be said for the importance of maintaining a daily routine while we are in lockdown. We should ensure that we take some time for ourselves each day, whether it is to have a nice hot bath, exercise or pursue a creative project, it is important for us to have this time for self-care. Another way to feel more positive is to practise gratitude each day. By listing what we are thankful for it brings all of our positive emotions to the forefront and we naturally feel lighter. Additionally, I think it is important that we all vocalise our emotions and ensure that we communicate with friends, family or even an organisation. We are all in this together and it is important to remind ourselves that we are not alone.
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