In The Days of Our Lives we meet some fascinating and creative folk and take a look at what their typical day holds. Far from being about the mundane, it is a celebration of what it takes to juggle the day-to-day with big ideas, a successful business and a full home life. It’s about keeping all the balls in the air – what is important and what isn’t. It’s about (extra)ordinary moments that fill our every day.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Kish Kasabia. Born in Fiji into your typical Indian family, Kish rebelled a little to pursue a career in design. When she moved to Melbourne to get away from home – she thought she’d have one-night-stands, “experiment” and travel. Instead, she bumped into the love of her life, got married at 23 and never looked back.
With her husband, Kish now runs a design agency in Melbourne called Kish+Co and sells a gorgeous range of limited edition scarfs called Kish & Evie. Together, they dream of setting up an ashram, changing perceptions of design and making a damn difference.
On the verge of becoming a mum, Kish shared a day in her life…
Kish Kasabia, Kish+Co
My husband gently lolls me out of bed and my hand always hits the refresh button on emails.
8.00 – 9.00 am
Masala chai with two pieces of toast and yes, one of them usually has avocado and marmite on it. Usually, this is “talk” time for us. We talk about all of our businesses. We talk about our unborn children. We talk about politics. Whatever comes. It’s often the best time for ideas to light up or changes to be realised.
Meditation or nap time. I try and get some Deepak Chopra into my routine 3-4 days a week. It keeps me sane. But with baby, I’ve found that he takes second place to nap time.
11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Usually this is when I tackle chunks of work – emails, blog posts, organising coffees, talking to clients, managing our designers, posting off scarves, paying bills, designing a new range, organising a photoshoot! Because we’ve got two businesses, it’s easy to switch on and off between the two when one gets a little tedious.
At some point, I would have eaten some dahl and salad with raita.
3.00 – 5.00 pm
Chai latte time with clients and friends. Sometimes I’ll head home early and work from home to skip peak traffic. We’re also training the team to work a bit more without me, so it’s a great trial time for them.
5.00 – 7.00 pm
Depending on how tired I’m feeling (pregnancy hasn’t been too nauseous or frustrating for me, just mostly sleepy) – I’ll defrost something mum has made / order thai (once a week treat) or call my husband and ask him to come and cook something. Occasionally, I get lucky!
Some days include yoga or a walk or just stretches. I’m trying to learn to slow down, but I’ve always been the sort of person to fill in 2 minutes of time with a quick email.
These days I try to light a candle and watch a bit of Downton Abbey or pause with a novel. But I’ve also been stuck on home renovations and “how-to’s” for baby stuff. Just ordered a heap of stuff from Amazon for my sister to chug through customs for me!
I’m in bed. Vivek will have to tease my hand from my phone and gives my legs a massage cause they feel dead. But then, it only takes a minute or two and I’m out.