Marvellous Mums | Asia Diaz at Clarion School
Tell us about your company and what you do there
I'm the Admissions Manager at Clarion School. It's a new progressive American school in Dubai.
What is the best part of what you do and the toughest?
The best part of what I do is that I have the opportunity to meet and help people from all over the world who have such diverse backgrounds and interesting stories. It also doesn’t hurt that I work where my child attends school.
The toughest part of what I do is that I get really connected to some families when they are going through the process of choosing a school. When they don’t choose Clarion School some times I take it a bit personally, as I am so passionate about what I do and I truly believe in the education that we are delivering here at Clarion.
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
I have one child who is four years old and one that is on the way who has been baking in the oven for about 6 months now.
How do you juggle work and life balance?
I try really hard to leave my work at work, and not bring it home. At first this was very hard for me to do, but I had to be very disciplined. The first step I took was removing my work email off of my mobile so that I wasn’t tempted to check my emails after work hours.
I also always ensure that I spend quality time with my son after work and school. Whether that means going to the park with him, building with magnatiles, or baking and eating horrible tasting cookies. We are not very good at baking, but he loves it.
Lastly, self care is very important to me. I don’t feel bad getting my nails done or having a spa day. We moms have to take care of ourselves and treat ourselves as kindly as we treat others. We can’t properly take care of our families if we aren’t emotionally stable ourselves.
What’s a book you always recommend and why?
Living as an expat in Dubai, my child is growing up as a proper third culture kid. This is why I always recommend the book “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds” by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken to parents living in Dubai as it has helped me understand the blessings and curses that my child may encounter growing up multi-culturally.
What advice would you give a Mom who was just starting out working again?
Always remember that you can have it all, and that you are capable of being a great mom as well as successful in your career. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help if it will make life a bit more manageable for you both at work and at home.
Your favorite quote would be?
“When you look good, you feel good.” This has always been one of my favorite quotes since I was in University. I believed that if I felt that I looked good, then I would feel good, and in turn perform better.