Meet Brooke White! Inspiring mom + singer/songwriter and co-creator of The Girls with Glasses Show. Last summer we had the chance to spend an afternoon with the beautiful (inside and out) Brooke White and her darling little Londy Loo. As you can tell by the images Brooke is so down to earth and we spent a lot of time even before shooting these images just chatting away about life and we instantly fell in love with her infectious smile + laugh and felt so welcome in her California home. Not to mention we ate cupcakes, played blocks and got serenaded with lots of music! We also got the chance to get to know Brooke on a deeper level and ask her a few questions about work life + mom life that you can read more below!
If you are wanting to know even more about Brooke check out Becky Kimball’s amazing “What was your best day” series on her blog!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU + WHAT YOU ARE UP TO WITH WORK!
I’m Londy Loo’s mom, a music maker, American Idol survivor, artsy fartsy lady, wild-haired beauty school drop out, barefoot shoe lover, frequent Disneylander, long captioner, tortured over-analyzer, girl with glasses! I used to spend most of my time singing and songwriting behind a piano or a guitar, on a stage or in the studio. However, since becoming a mom to my cool little girl London, 3 years ago, I put music on the back burner to be closer to home with my family. But I’ve always got a creative project up my sleeve. Because if I don’t create I’ll die! In the last few years I’ve spent a bit more time in my gold glitter glasses as half of the Girls with Glasses Show, a web series on YouTube that I started a while back with my friend Summer Bellessa. It’s a lifestyle variety show filled with DIYs, fashion, beauty, parenting, travel and occasionally we write songs and do parodies. It’s usually silly, sometimes informative but mainly we just want to make people happy!
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT YOUR JOB?
As a mom, my favorite part of the job is seeing my girl become herself, watching her build Legos, paint pictures, crack an egg or create something out of random objects around the house. I love listening to her talk and hearing the funny things she has to say. It always surprises me, how smart she is. She has opinions, strong ones. What songs she likes: Yellow by Coldplay or Downtown by Petula Clark. What she wants to wear, dresses. She is growing so fast. She is getting so big. Literally! I know that too soon she will be too big for me to hold her and carry her around on my hip. Lately she has wanted me to hold her and I’m trying to embrace it. She snuggles her face into my neck and that is everything. Being a mom can be so hard, but it’s heaven too. My favorite part of music is making records, being in the studio and creating something from nothing. Stacking harmonies on the mic. It’s magic. I could make records everyday forever if I didn’t have to actually promote them and make money, that part rips my heart out. My favorite part of being a Girl with Glasses is collaborating with great friends. We get to be silly and grown-ups all at once and we even get paid sometimes!
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK LIFE AND FAMILY LIFE?
Yikes! The B word! I feel like I don’t know how to answer questions about Balance. Because I really blow it in the balance department. But I want balance, badly. I’m either here or there. It’s hard and probably my biggest struggle as a passionate mom/wife with strong creative ambitions. It’s pretty obvious to those I know well that I struggle. I actually had a good friend give me a book I’m currently reading “Queen of Distraction” and it’s a book about women with ADHD and how to manage it. Haha! I’ve never been diagnosed but I’ve felt so discouraged throughout my life with struggles of imbalance, distraction, over-committing, time management, indecision, perfectionism, anxiety and probably a bit of depression. As I read it I keep finding myself saying “yep that’s me!!”. I’m identifying so closely with it and it’s kind of a relief. All I can say about work life balance is that I try my best. And sometimes my best is good. Sometimes it sucks. Multi-tasking is usually my downfall and so I’m just trying to be present in whatever I’m doing. One thing at a time! When I’m working I try to just work. When I’m with my family, I try to just zone in on the family. Mindfulness is massive! Saying no is also important, though hard. Working on that. And truthfully, I gave up making dinner for a while. We eat out but try to make good choices. And I fully surrender to the fact that, I NEED HELP. I’m not super mom. I can’t do everything and I can’t do it alone. Once I accepted the help of a babysitter, or someone to clean my house once a month or my husband stepping in to do more to help pick up the slack, things got a bit more under control. But usually, it’s a day-by-day, minute-by-minute battle for that balance.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Music! Music keeps me alive and in love with life and the world. It is my medicine and my therapy! I listen to it in my room, in my office, in my car, at he gym. Whenever I can. And usually loud! I recently started taking a tiny bit of time to just listen and discover new music on Spotify in the evening. I love making playlists for friends and family too. Playing the piano is always therapeutic. Another way I stay inspired is audible.com! Self help books all the way! Another book that I found super powerful was Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Life changing. A trip to a thrift store or vintage shop can really get my creative juices flowing. I dig used stuff and love how it diversifies my personal style. It tells a story.
AFTER A LONG BUSY WEEK, WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?
U-relax! You know, those Chinese foot message places? We’ve got a ton of them here in California and for 20 bucks you can get the best massage of your life for an hour, and no one talks to you so it’s just quiet with awesome Chinese music. I love it so much! Also, a trip to target is always good.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE OTHER MOTHERS?
Do your best. I think that’s what it comes down to. Don’t compare yourself to another mother. Accept help and don’t be afraid to ask for it. Give up the perfect life for a happy life. Get out of the house. Try to be here, now. Look into your little ones eyes as much as possible. Hold on, but let go.
WHAT DO YOU + YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO DO TOGETHER?
Eat! Haha! We love to grab dinner out at Malibu Seafood during the summer and sit on the patio. We love Costco pizza and hotdogs, or enchiladas at our favorite Mexican joint. We take drives along the PCH after church on Sunday’s and we watch So You Think You Can Dance?!
WHAT QUOTE BEST DESCRIBES YOU + WHAT YOU LIVE BY?
The quote that I’ve been pondering on a lot lately is “in the end, I’m the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life”. When I read it, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Such a powerful realization and I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children and our families is a generally happy mom.