It was such an honor to be interviewed by Bhavna from Bhavna’s Kitchen and Living last week. When she told me about her Women with Passion series, I knew instantly that this was something I wanted to be part of. She asked me so many great questions and I think our interview flowed really well. She is a wonderful interviewer! She covered my background, life as a twin mom, how I started my YouTube channel and my thoughts on growing a YouTube channel from scratch.
If you missed the video, here it is!
If you are pregnant with twins or have twins of your own, this interview will be of interest to you or if you are thinking about starting your own YouTube channel, you might find some of the questions and answers insightful. Or if you just want to hear Bhavna and I chit chat, I am sure you will enjoy yourself! If you are more of a reader, then I have written out a summary of all the questions and answers for you to enjoy in this post so grab a nice cup of tea and let’s get started!
QUESTION: Tell me about yourself. Family background, qualifications, passion, hobbies, etc.
I was born and raised in Canada. There I studied Economics at the University of Toronto. I worked in the accounting department of a homebuilding company there for a few years. Then, I met my husband in the States and after getting married I moved to the States to start our lives here. Since I was unable to work right away, I had a lot of downtime and time to really think about what I wanted to do with my life. At that point I started a blog and was writing about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Once I was able to work, I started hunting for a job but was unable to find a job in my field. I ended up working for a cardiologist doing scheduling and insurance work. Shortly after we decided to start a family and ended up having twins! My husband and I decided it would be best for me to stay home with them until they got a little older and it has been so amazing to be able to stay home with them. About one year ago, I started to explore blogging again but very quickly decided YouTube was something I really wanted to pursue and so over the past year I have been working on growing that and just learning so much!
QUESTION: Were you shocked to find out you were having twins? Or were you both overjoyed and amazed?
I was VERY shocked to find out we were having twins. I didn’t for even one moment think there might be TWO babies growing inside of me. In fact, as a first-time mom, when we went in for the first ultrasound, I was so scared I would find out there was NO baby inside of me. But when the technician told us there was 2 babies, my husband and I were both out of words. Once it sunk in though, we were nothing but happy and excited for this new journey.
QUESTION: Were they natural?
Yes, they were natural. My husband and I were so blessed to not have any issues conceiving. We got pregnant on our second try and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for that, as I know it is not always that easy for everyone. So, so grateful!
QUESTION: Are they identical?
They are fraternal. So many people think they look exactly the same but I think once you spend 30 minutes with them in person and get to know their separate little personalities you would be able to tell them apart from their personalities as well as their looks.
QUESTION: Are you planning to have more children?
Our family is complete, we are so content with our 2 boys so we are not going to be having any more children. I have always wanted to have 2 kids, and God gave me that in one shot!
QUESTION: Now, I am sure it must be hard raising twins but I would still like to ask you this question, is it hard raising twins?
The first year was truly one of the most difficult times in my life. I had a really hard time adjusting to this new life and having 2 newborn babies was tough. Taking care of them was all I had time for and nothing else. And that really made me feel quite isolated at times because I spent most of my days in their nursery. After the first year, however, things became so much easier and also more rewarding. Seeing them crawl and walk and talk and interact with one another made everything so worth it and now I truly see the benefits actually of having twins! Everything gets done at the same time, they both have the same routine, etc. So that makes it quite nice for me. I actually can’t imagine now having kids of different ages and trying to keep up with 2 totally different routines.
Check out this video to hear more about my experience with newborn twins!
QUESTION: Are you getting any help from family members to raise your twins?
My husband is HUGE help. Especially that first year, wow! He was 100% involved in everything. I don’t think I did even one feeding on my own at night – he always woke up with me. As soon as he comes home from a long day of work now even, he is ready to play with the boys and give me a little break. As far as other family, I am someone who likes to handle things on my own. Independence is something I strive on. One day, however, once the boys are older, I would love to be able to drop them off at a family members home and get a nice quiet break at home haha
QUESTION: What or who inspired you to start a YouTube channel?
I have been watching YouTube for years and years and always knew it was something I thought I would be good at. I hear about so many families struggling to manage their days and staying organized and I feel homemaking and being organized are things I am great at so I thought if I can help others with this through YouTube, that would be amazing!
QUESTION: How are you managing to do YouTube videos with your twins?
I am so lucky my boys still take a nice afternoon nap! So that is when I record my videos sometimes. That is also when I do a good chunk of my editing or creating my blog content. I feel like if you really want to achieve something you have to carve out the time to do it, even if that means waking up really early in the morning or working late at night. Success doesn’t come easy!
QUESTION: What is your channel about?
Within my channel you will find lots of homemaking content. I post cleaning motivation videos, advice videos on managing your home with kids, shopping, home décor and so much more.
Check out my latest cleaning motivation video here!
QUESTION: Who is your target audience?
I would say pretty much anyone running a household.
QUESTION: What do you hope to achieve with your channel?
I want to help people with finding a sense of togetherness in their life. I think that all starts with our home and the overall vibe we have within our homes. I truly believe that if your home is clean, decluttered and organized, your mind will function better as well and you will just be a much happier person.
QUESTION: Top 3 favorite YouTubers?
I watch WAY too much YouTube to pick only 3 haha but…
Favorite Cooking Channel: Bhavna’s Kitchen and Living, OF COURSE 😊
Favorite Homemaking Channel: HappilyAHousewife
Favorite Vlog Channel: Crystal Tara
Make sure you stay tuned for more inspirational interviews Bhavna will be conducting as part of her “Women with Passion” series!