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'Motherhood taught me to appreciate the small things'

Motherhood taught me to appreciate the small things

Aurelie Avogadri, founder and CEO of House of Ballerinas, on living life to the fullest

Published: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 21 Dec 2018, 10:28 AM

The number one item on your wish list.
Being superstitious, it would be best not to say it till I get it!
If you could move to any place in the world, what place would that be and why?
New York! Living there as a student made me fall in love the energy and vibrancy of the place. I am a true city girl so I like fast-paced cities that have an amazing day and night life. There is endless creativity and passion that radiates throughout this city with its culture, architecture, museums, and fashion. It's one of the most inspiring cities.
The biggest learning point or experience in your life.
Becoming a mum. It has taught me to look at life in a different way and to review my priorities. Motherhood has also taught me to appreciate the small things, and that joy can be found in everyday moments. It has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.
If you won a million bucks tomorrow, what would you do with the money?
Might be clichéd but I would definitely give some to cancer research - as it is a cause that is close to my heart - and to Save the Children, an amazing non-governmental organisation which promotes children's rights around the world.
What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
Live life to the fullest, don't look back. Do what makes you happy and don't listen or care about what people think of you. You only have one life so live it with no regrets.
The most interesting app you've come across - that's not the usual social media suspects.
I just discovered an amazing app called 'Yuka', which scans food labels and gives you clear information on the health impact of each product. Since becoming a mum, I've become more conscious about what we eat and the impact it can have on our health. I am trying to avoid processed food in favour of organic products. This app really helps you make better choices when you are shopping. It tells you which products are good for your health and those that are best avoided. The app is only available in France but I hope it will come to the UAE soon!

If you could trade lives with one person - dead or alive - for an entire day, who would it be and why?
I would trade lives with Michelle Obama, a beautiful woman inside and out. I admire her compassionate, confident and strong nature. She is very graceful in any circumstance and an amazing mum. Indeed, a truly inspiring woman.
Favourite fictional character of all time - and why.
Carrie Bradshaw! We share the same obsession and love for shoes.
The best thing you've ever bought yourself and why?
A 2.55 Vintage Chanel bag from the 70s. It's an iconic piece that can be worn during the day with a pair of jeans and white t-shirt or at night with a simple black dress. In my opinion, it is one of the best models ever created by Chanel.

If you could have your pick of superpowers, what would you choose and why?
The ability to manipulate time. Just imagine everything you could do if time was not a limitation! Good times with friends and family could last forever, no more being late and, most importantly, no more waking up at 6am for the school run!
- Staff Reporter

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