Moms of Miami: Fabiana Paolini

A mom on a Facebook group posted a quote that said something along the lines of “strong women don’t compete but empower one another” and it resonated with me for a while until I put it in practice. Fabiana reached out to participate in the Moms of Miami session that I posted about on said group as well. Her creative business is similar to mine I knew I had to take the opportunity to support hers too. This blog is for that, supporting and showcasing successful and strong moms like her. Sure we have similar businesses but putting aside the fact that this is not a competition changes your views dramatically. I am happy to find other creative moms with whom I can relate with.

Fabiana by Anilina Creative

Fabiana and I met in Wynwood and strolled around with kids in tow and talked about our work, the dynamics of being a mother and how amazing our kids were, naturally. I took these pictures of her and her beautiful girl through the walls and we had a great time (heat and all!). It’s important for me to find women like Fabiana, who not only are moms, but also have a creative mindset that can contribute to my own.

 

Introducing Fabiana:

Fabiana: I’m Fabiana, I’m a brand specialist and graphic designer from Venezuela living in Miami with one active 10 month baby!

 

M+D – Tell us about how your businesses started through motherhood up to where you are today?

 

Fabiana: I’ve been working as a designer for the past 10 years. I started as an art director in Leo Burnett (one of the biggest ad agencies in the world), but then decided to become independent. I’ve been working with entrepreneurs, musicians and small business owners to build their brands and websites. When I became pregnant, the first few months I was so sleepy I didn’t take too many clients. For some reason, after I was about 6-7 months pregnant I was super energetic and started working like crazy! After my baby was born I took a break from work and started back when she was about 5 months old. Since then I’ve been working and actually growing my creative business!

Another thing I think of constantly is about giving her a positive example. That I can be a loving mom and still pursue my dreams — and achieve them. That nothing is impossible if you do it with passion and integrity.

Fabiana by Anilina Creative

 

M+D – How do you work with your baby from home?

 
Fabiana: I’m very fortunate to have a really independent baby. She loves playing by herself and exploring everything. So, basically, after breakfast each morning I sit to work and put her on the floor with her toys to play. My office connects to her room through a bathroom, so I let her move freely through those 2 rooms. I get to work while she plays and moves around crawling from one room to another.

She takes 3 short naps a day. Although I do confess that sometimes she naps on my lap while I breastfeed her. I know it’s probably not the best habit, but when I’m super busy with a deadline it helps me because she sleeps longer naps that way!

 

She will still need my attention and will still be growing each day. So, no matter how stressed or worried I might be sometimes, I have to enjoy her as much as possible and not forget that at the end of the day…

 

This way of working really has worked well for us because although I’m doing my job, she’s there with me and obviously comes from time to time to play with me or hug me – which I love!

M+D – What are some of the things that motherhood has taught you that can be applied to your businesses? 

 

Fabiana: I think one of the most important lessons I have learned is that no matter what’s going on in my work life, the world doesn’t stop for my baby. She will still need my attention and will still be growing each day. So, no matter how stressed or worried I might be sometimes, I have to enjoy her as much as possible and not forget that at the end of the day, it’s all about my family! That’s the reason I’m working — it’s for them. Another thing I think of constantly is about giving her a positive example. That I can be a loving mom and still pursue my dreams — and achieve them. That nothing is impossible if you do it with passion and integrity.

 

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I think one of the most important lessons I have learned is that no matter what’s going on in my work life, the world doesn’t stop for my baby.

M+D-  Where can we find you and your businesses? 

 

Fabiana: You can find my business at www.fabipaolini.com or follow me on social media as @fabipaolini — I also show a lot of what I’m doing and life with my baby Nathalie on SnapChat. You can follow me there as fabipaolini too.
Photos by @anilinacreative.