Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Samsam from Mrs Jibril. Thanks so much for taking part Samsan 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
My name is Samsam but most people who read my blog would know me as Mrs Jibril.
I met my husband almost a decade ago back when I was a freshman in college. I moved from Australia to Kenya “literally across the globe” to be with my him and start a family together, it doesn’t get more romantic than that. We’ll be celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary next month and we have a 2 year old son.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I binge watch shows, however I usually fall asleep after one episode or two because I’m always exhausted after the long days. Getting a few hours of sleep is now a luxury after becoming a mom so when I’m not working, parenting or blogging I’m aiming to get a few extra hours of sleep especially now that I’m working full time.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
As cheesy as it sounds I would have to say my son is my biggest achievement. A close second would be completing my master’s degree; it’s something I’m very proud of.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
My son is toddler so we’ve hit the terrible twos! Sometimes there are tantrums and tears, I think seeing him upset is the hardest part of parenting for me.
The most rewarding part is when his little face lights up when I come home from work. All of his hugs and kisses to show me love, or when he tries to share his snack with me.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
When I was living in Kenya I was a SAHM and my husband helped me a lot with the baby, he would entertain him while I cooked or get some rest.
When I moved to Australia earlier this year I started working full time and I have my family, especially my mum, helping me to be able to juggle it all. It is so important to have a strong support system around you as a mother.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
When I moved to Kenya with my then 5 month old baby, I didn’t have many mum friends that I could share experiences with. I used to watch a lot of mummy Youtubers but I didn’t have the courage then to start a Youtube channel, so I decided to start my own blog instead to share my own journey with other mums and to be able to connect with others. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
When I first started my blog was called simplyamama.wordpress.com then I went through a rebranding phase and changed my blog to mrsjibril.com.
My blog is all about motherhood and family life from baby updates to our days out as a family. I also share things about my culture and how it celebrates motherhood, something that most people don’t know. I like to believe that I was among the pioneer Somali Mummy Bloggers.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I want mums to relate to my content and know that motherhood isn’t easy and that’s ok. I want my blog to continue growing and allow me to connect with other bloggers from my niche.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Start NOW, don’t wait for the perfect timing because there is no such thing. It will take time for your blog to grow and you will learn with time how to improve your blog.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1) My grandma. She passed away before I was born. I heard a lot of amazing stories about her and I would’ve loved to meet her even for a few minutes. My son is so lucky that he spends time with both his grandmothers.
2) My husband, currently my husband is in Kenya while I moved back to Australia. Even though we speak and video chat daily, I wouldn’t mind having dinner together. It’s funny all the things we take for granted when we are living with our partners.
3) Dr. Hawa Abdi who is the first Somali woman to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Even though a lot of people don’t know her, she is an icon. I would love to know what was going through her mind during the civil war when she chose to stay and help others instead of fleeing. She is an example of a strong woman which is what I strive to be.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I don’t drink coffee at all but I love coffee flavoured desserts and shakes.
2) I love watching crime documentaries and TV shows, I even recently started listening to crime podcasts.
3) I hate confrontations and I try my best to avoid them.