Meet inspiring mother, Maria Sabba, owner + illustrator for the iconic children’s brand Tellkiddo. Today we are also sharing a peek into her Stockholm home shared with her family filled with boys! We were so honored to have the chance to chat business + family life with Maria and below you can read more about this inspiring woman!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU
I’m 30 years old, living in Sweden together with my husband (also partner in crime). We have two sons (Sam 2 years old and Micha 4 months) and two furry cats. We currently live in a house from the 60’s. We as a family spend a lot of time outside and love to spend as much time as possible with family and friends.
WHAT FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE TELLKIDDO?
I have always painted, since I was a little child I have created birthday cards, small gift decorations etc. So when Sam was born I also found some new time to start painting again. During this time I realized I did not want to go back to my ordinary work as a project leader at a media agency, I wanted to create a job that I could have the family in the center and the job around it, not the other way around. Basically I wanted to be able to pick my own working hours. So with my three experiences, being creative, my skills as a project leader and Sam as an inspiration I started to do the storage bag solutions.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?
It’s pretty simple actually. Our kiddos are my inspiration. Often when I read for them I multi task and develop Tellkiddo at the same time.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT YOUR JOB?
All the interesting people I get the opportunity to meet. There is so many creative, interesting and fun people in the world. Tellkiddo only has one rule, we only work with creative, honest and positive people. And that i so much fun!
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK LIFE AND FAMILY LIFE?
For me its very easy, as I mentioned earlier, it’s important to me not to have a stressful job with fixed hours. When I realized how much time I wanted to be with our kids I had to structure the day. For me its much easier to pick them up from kindergarten earlier and play with them the whole afternoon and then put them to bed and start work. People do think I never sleep but I do, I maximize the hours in a day and when I go to bed I put away my phone (that little thing can eat time) and I sleep. I have created a job where I can decide when I want to work. And of course I might have to take a important call when I’m with the kiddos but thats something I try to avoid.
AFTER A LONG WEEK WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO UNWIND?
Ooooh I never unwind haha, as an entrepreneur I feel good having stuff to do all the time. If I don’t have anything on the agenda I feel bad. But on a Friday evening I love to have dinner with friends and family enjoying good conversation + eating homemade food.
WHAT DO YOU + YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO DO TOGETHER?
We love the summer and the sun, when we can be together outside on a blanket listing to the radio or reading a book, then we are feeling blessed.
WHAT QUOTE BEST DESCRIBES YOU + WHAT YOU LIVE BY?
Believe in what your heart tells you. If something feels bad don’t do it, always be true to yourself… that will build a long term YOU.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO OTHER WOMEN + MOTHERS?
Just believe in yourself. You are the best mother to your child. Learn how to filter information and only pick whats best for your family.