Welcome to Mother-esque. I am Jeannine aka Jini, a mother, sister, daughter,wife of one, teacher and writer. At the moment I am winging it as a mother of a teenager and a pre-teen. I am a self confessed logophile, I love books, stationery and perfumes. I love to write and the blog is way to express myself, be creative and truly explore what truly inspire me as a mother and a woman.
I am married to a quirky and funny English/Scottish man (Please do take note that most of the time I do not get the British humour but I just go along with it!) and I have two beautiful British/Seychellois children (one born in each country!) Raising kids is not easy so if you are winging it too you are definitely welcome here and if you’ve sussed the motherhood thing out, you are welcome too.
Facts about me.
The home I grew up in … Seychelles and my mother still lives in it. I visit it every other summer.
My home now… Kent, United Kingdom. I have also spent a couple of years in Australia.
I am very good at…mastering foreign languages, I speak French, English and Creole and I am currently learning German too. I know quite a few words and sentences in other languages.
The moment that changed my life… having my first child because life was no longer about me.
What scares me the most…people with no loyalty to anyone or anything.
The one thing I’d change about myself … is my fear of water. I hate getting my head under the water, I have missed out on learning how to swim properly and sometimes I wash my hair wearing goggles because I cannot stand the water in my eyes…yeah, I’m a weirdo, I know!
What I see when I look in the mirror… a caring person who loves her family and friends.
My real life hero… has to be Barrack Obama for chasing his dream and nailing it.
My real-life villain… is anyone out there who is cruel to another human being.
My style icon… has to be the simple elegance of Michelle Obama but unfortunately I cannot afford her wardrobe and my husband is not planning to run for Prime Minister any time soon.
The best invention ever… has to be the plane. I have visited so many countries.
A book that changed me… Little Women. The determination of the girls and their mother was inspiring. It woke me up.
My favourite work of art… I do not know anything about art and my husband is an artist and art teacher!
My addiction…has to be books, coffee and perfume.I can spend a small fortune on a scent!
All my money goes on… paying bills and my children.
If I have time to myself… I read and write.
Most cherished piece of work…A tribute to the late Nelson Mandela which I wrote for a lifestyle magazine in Seychelles. A lot of people bought the magazine to read the tribute and to have a keepsake of the great man.
Any secrets…well, people outside Seychelles do not know that I was a news anchor in Seychelles before I moved to UK. I am an islander who cannot swim or ride a bike!
Any regrets…just one, changing my travel plan in 2011. I decided to go to Seychelles for Easter 2012 instead of Summer 2011 and my father suddenly passed at the beginning of 2012 and I never got to see him alive that year. It’s been 5 years and I still miss him.
My most valuable possession is…a silver bracelet, a gift from my sister who lives in Australia. I feel really close to her when I wear it. I never leave the house without it!
Movie heaven… Anything funny, uplifting, romantic and with a lesson to be learnt.
The last album I bought/downloaded ….ADELE 21
In 10 years’ time… I hope to be the person who still loves life and looking forward to the future.
My life in five words… Loved, lucky, blessed, meaningful and privileged.