If there is one Bomb Jamaican Mom who knows how to make money, it’s definitely Kalilah Reynolds. The Belizean-born beauty has made a home and career for herself in Jamaica over the last 13 years, after falling in love with the country (and one Richard Reynolds). As one of the region’s leading business journalists, Kalilah has been flying solo since last year as an fulltime entrepreneur with Kalilah Reynolds Media Ltd – the home of several of the most popular finance and business news programmes, like Taking Stock, #MoneyMovesJa and #MoneyMondaysJa.
But even as she juggles several shows for her media company, and all the other gigs that she does on the side, Kalilah has one other job, with three demanding bosses, that there is no escape from – motherhood. Along with her older 18-year-old daughter Alexa (who, let’s face it, can mostly take care of herself now), Reynolds is mothering two children under four. Her daughter Nirisi just turned three last week, and the only boy on the block, Rion, is one-year-old. How does she do it? She tells BJM below:
“I wake up at 5: 30am,” she shared. “I tend to Rion, read the papers online and check social media, go to the gym, have breakfast and get ready, then leave for work at 8:30am.”
Now you may be wondering ‘Why would the mompreneur behind a mainly online-based business leave home for work in a pandemic when she could easily work from home instead?’ Well, for starters, sanity.
“My kids are too small for me to work from home. They constantly get in my space,” she conceded. “So I use a co-working space, or go to a nearby coffee shop if I only have a couple hours of work to get done.”
“Alexa is finishing up 6th form so she doesn’t really need me to help with her education,” Reynolds responded. “The younger ones haven’t started school yet. I’m so grateful I don’t have to deal with that home schooling stress!”
But don’t believe her though, because for someone who hasn’t started school, Baby Genius Nirisi sure knows EVERYTHING about everything (including how to get this money)!
But even the best of moms with the brightest of kids still feel feel a little guilty sometimes when they have to go make that money, and this boss babe is no different. “The only time I really have for myself away from work and family is when I go to the gym in the mornings,” she shared. “That’s about all I can get away with these days, and even for those precious minutes, I often feel guilty, because it’s quality time that I could spend at home.”
By the way, we think the time at the gym is totally worth a little mom guilt. Just look at that bodyodyody!
And when the guilt, or any of the negative feelings that arise from being a working mom, gets overwhelming, Reynolds is not afraid to put down a good piece of Jamaican ‘cow bawlin’.
“The cry-it out method is how I pick myself up on the down days. It works for adults too!” she divulges. “I lock up in a bathroom and let out a good ugly cry. I usually feel a lot better after that. I find it’s also best to just remind yourself that these feelings are temporary. We all go through waves and cycles.”
Ok, so we’ve woken up, made breakfast, worked out, gone to work and even cried in the bathroom with Kalilah… and the day’s not done yet. This mama has to do her nighttime routine.
“Around 6:30pm is time for Rion’s bottle and bath time, followed by his bedtime story and bedtime,” she walked through. “Once he’s down, which is by 7:30, it’s Nirisi’s supper time, followed by her bath, story and bed time. By then it’s 9 o’clock.”
While the teenage cub knocks pots and pans around in the kitchen and fends for herself, the lioness unwinds in her den. “I usually try to finish whatever work I didn’t get to finish in the day. I’ll stay up until about 10- 10:30, no later than 11, then go to bed,” she said.
What a day! Reynolds gets her minimum 7 hours of Z’s, then wakes up, says “LET’S GET THIS MONEY!’ and does it all over again!