Does it irk you to be asked about how you juggle family and a career when successful men aren't asked this question as often?
This doesn't irk me as it's a relevant question. On the flip side, it would be refreshing to see successful men asked whether their wives work and if it's a decision that they've made together. If yes, how does he support her
as she juggles the pressures of being a working mum? I think this narrative is definitely one we should pursue and normalise.
How do you split your time between your family, business and self-care?
Let go of the expectation that there is a perfect version of what work-life balance should look like. There is no such thing. Work with your support system; mine is my husband, nanny and team. Communicate openly, honestly and
often about what's going well, what's not, and where you need help. Don't overthink the rest of it and know when to do the things that recharge you. There is definitely the pressure to constantly compare ourselves with each
other, but I believe in doing the best that you can, finding the right support system, and not giving in to the pressure of fitting into anyone else's expectations but your own.
Have you ever been told to "be more" or "be less" of something in order to fit into a preconceived gender role?
Oh yes, for sure. I think I speak for most women, as we all have that nagging voice in our heads that is so good at planting seeds of doubt and being unnecessarily harsh. It takes tremendous self-awareness to understand the
preconceived gender roles that are part of us. Putting in conscious effort to consistently develop our emotional intelligence and empathy makes us better leaders, and sharpens our intuition, which in turn helps us with everyday
decisions in business.
What are the ways in which raising two children has influenced the way you think about your business and the legacy you're currently creating?
My two kids inspire me every day. I love how they find delight in even the littlest things and I try to take the same approach in life. They are both so curious and always have lots of questions. Olivia especially, as she's
older, has taken to asking me why litter or trash is everywhere, and that inspired one of our recent collections. I definitely think we should leave the planet and its people just a little bit more healed.
What does #BreakTheBias mean to you?
To me, #BreakTheBias is to break the mould of other people's expectations of you and to focus much more on just being the most real, authentic version of yourself. At work, I try to empower my team as much as possible by encouraging
them to be their best true selves—being comfortable and confident, in a safe space where everyone is heard and appreciated, plays an integral part in the team. At home, I try to have really gender-neutral conversations with
Olivia and Oscar. Recently Olivia said, " Mummy, girls and boys can both do anything. Girls can be pilots and boys can wear pink!" I was thrown off for a second but realised it's probably something she learned at school or
just picked up from her surroundings. It's inspiring that this is the next generation that we are all raising together, for the future.
Why is it important to celebrate International Women's Day every March, in addition to empowering women throughout the year?
I think it's natural for us to sometimes forget how unique our journeys are as individuals, and to feel down when life is not going the best way it could be. International Women's Day is a wonderful reminder to be comfortable
and confident with where you are today and every day, as you continue to work towards healing, learning and growing to be the best version of yourself. It's a great yearly reminder to love and embrace all parts of yourself
and to take that with you through the year.
In a bedroom in Melbourne many moons ago, Jenn Low began creating a global jewellery label for dreamers and lovers. When her heart told her to move back home to Malaysia, she took a leap of faith and trusted in her ability to restart
the business from scratch. Wanderlust + Co has now grown into a female-led brand that works only with suppliers and makers who are committed to ethical trade standards.