#GetInTheWater Interview with Morgan of Momo in the 6
Meet Morgan, the incredible woman behind the blog Momo in the 6. She lives in Toronto with her darling family that just added its fifth member a few weeks ago! We got to chat with her about books, music, and raising children to love themselves and their bodies.
Lime Ricki: What was the last book you read that you loved?
Morgan: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese is one of the most beautiful and poignant books I’ve ever read, I highly recommend!
LR: What was your first job? Do you have any funny stories about it?
M: I worked at a local grocery store in a section that hosted birthday parties and events. We would bake cakes (and teach the kids how to ice their cakes) and I would definitely sit there before and after work and snack on all the leftover cake and icing! Seems like my sweet tooth hasn’t ever changed.
LR: Who is your celebrity crush?
M: That’s a tie between Mark Ruffalo and Colin Firth. Something about the curly disheveled hair, and their kind and nerdy demeanor totally does it for me
LR: What would your “death-row” meal be? (Your last meal before you die if you could choose it.)
M: A Montreal bagel with lox and lots of capers and banana cream pie for dessert!
LR: What three songs do you listen to when you need a boost?
M: Brave – Sara Bareilles, For Good – from the musical “Wicked”, and I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
LR: Who is your female role model and why?
M: The older I get, the more I admire the strong and steady women in my life, like my mom and my aunt, who both show integrity and strength, have courage of conviction to stand up for what they believe in, and enjoy the beautiful and simple things in life like time with the people they love most, and a great meal.
LR: When do you feel your most confident and why?
M: I feel my most confident when I’m with my family and closest friends. There’s nothing quite like the unconditional love of the people closest to you to make you feel great in your own skin! Also, a little lipstick never hurts.
LR: What does #getinthewater mean to you?
M: #getinthewater is all about being confident and comfortable in your own skin! Make the memories, embrace your body in whatever shape it’s in, and savour all of life’s little moments!
LR: What advice do you have about feeling comfortable & confident in a swimsuit?
M: Dress for your body type and find a bathing suit that makes you feel beautiful and enjoy the sun!
LR: How do you share body positivity and/or self love with your children or your friends?
M: I am very intentional to not criticize my body in front of my children. If we take a picture together and it’s not my “best angle” who cares! The picture was meant to document a memory, not capture how great I look. I also always try to compliment my kids and others on things that aren’t exterior, like how smart or creative they are, rather than how pretty their shoes are or how nice their hair looks…. I think it will help them find value in things other than their appearance. Always look to point out the good things, something you love about yourself or about those around you!
LR: Have you struggled with loving your body? Tell about it.
M: In high school and university I really struggled with my body. Looking back I realize I had no reason to at all, but I had a bad relationship with food and would feel guilty at eating anything unhealthy. I would restrict my diet and then totally binge. In the last few years I’ve learned how to prioritize my heath and fitness in a way that allows me to appreciate my body for all it does, and for the three healthy babies it’s given me, as well as not feeling bad about treating myself with at least one treat a day! Life isn’t a bikini competition… Eat the cake, lift the weights, and enjoy your life!