Past Ep. 1 2015 - Jessie Goh
Can you please introduce yourself.
My name is Jessie Goh. I’m a first time mum. At the time of the interview, Brodie is 8 months old and I’m busy juggling being wife, mother and also full-time business owner.
I was born in Singapore and grew up there for the first 19 years of my life. Most of my family is still in Singapore and I’m the only person here in Australia. I decided that I didn’t want to take the traditional route of school, uni, get married, buy a house and have a baby by age 27. So I begged my parents to send me to study here in Sydney.
At 19, I came to Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales. I met my now husband at university too. We got sick of studying and decided to start our own business. I was 21 back then.
Business #1: Shine Music School – www.shinemusic.com.au
Business # 2: Summer Lane – www.summerlane.com.au
Describe for us, a day in the life of you.
Life is definitely really different now that I’m a mum. On a typical work day, it goes like this:
530AM or 6AM – wake up (depending on the baby’s schedule)
7AM – get ready for work
8AM – drop the baby off at the in-laws
845AM – get into the store
The day goes by with managing the activities I need to achieve across marketing and operations.
What was the best advice your mum gave to you?
Believe in yourself and you will get there.
How has having kids changed your world?
I always tell everyone that no one can ever prepare you on being a mum. From pregnancy to the first year, no one can prepare you for the type of changes your body goes through, the crazy hormones and the sleep deprivation.
After having Brodie, you can say that my whole world has gone topsy turvy. He was 8 weeks early and I had to have an emergency Caesar. It was quite a scary experience for me and all my plans got turned upside down (I’m OCD).
I have to be exceptionally organized. Run on lesser sleep and also can’t stay back at work as much as I would like to because I have to pick him up. Everything evolves around this little human now and there are days where it can be crazy and there are definitely days when he’s just such an angel and you forget all the challenges life throws at you.
What is the best / staple recipes you have come across / or use in your every day life? Can you provide the recipe for the show notes?
Food recipes? With an Asian upbringing, I love love love my clear broths. So it’s chicken stock, cabbage, onions, carrots and potatoes into the broth. Makes a whole meal for me. My favourite is lotus root broth. That’s pork bones, lotus roots and red dates all thrown together to make a nice yummy broth.
What book are you reading right now or do you have a book recommendation (author and title) and why?
I have two favourite business books. Delivering happiness by Tony Hsieh and Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson. Tony’s book is what my business is based on. Good old customer service. Branson’s book is what inspired me to take the leap of faith and never work for anyone else but myself.
And lastly what are two things in your life that you would like to improve and why?
I can be quite brash and quick tempered and the lack of sleep definitely doesn’t help. I’m slowly improving on this and learning to think before I speak J
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
Learn to get over things quickly!
What’s the most useful / useless baby item you have?
a. Most useful – my bugaboo bee plus
b. Most useless – This is a tough one. I own a baby store so I know what really works and only picked out things that work for both my own family and store. But if I were to pick one item, I would have to say the blue teddy bears we received.
What’s your experience like with day care?
Have yet to think about this because the in-laws care for Brodie while I’m at work.