Another week, another #wingwoman! This week, we are chatting with Christine Bassit, Owner and Creative Director of Postpartum Queen. In our interview, Christine shares why she is so passionate about helping other women's postpartum journey (I mean, have you seen what great stuff she puts in each box?!), how she initially struggled making friends after her first baby, and how her American aunts and cousins are inspiring her with their efforts in the BLM movement. Continue reading to learn more about the incredible Christine!
1. What makes you happy?
Getting together with friends and laughing the entire time, when my kids play (and actually get along), painting with my kids, writing, and date night with my husband.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would definitely tell my younger self to take more risks, travel by yourself, and believe in yourself when it comes to your career. I often felt like everyone else was more qualified than me in certain jobs, but I realized that was just me self doubting myself for no reason.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Racism! I wish this world would just learn to all love each other and not judge people based on the colour of their skin. My own daughter is already starting to face racism at her school (she’s 6), and it’s the same experiences I faced 30 years ago at the same time. It makes me sad that both of my kids will most likely have to go through the same negative racist experiences that I did.
4. How did you find your purpose?
By realizing that I needed to do a job that helped people by using my own experiences when it came to Postpartum. I had good and negative aspects to both of my own Postpartum experiences, and I realized most women were having terrible ones and that I needed to do something to help other moms. So that’s why I started Postpartum Queen - our kits are filled with all of the essentials that moms need to heal faster after labour plus all the resources to help you with sleep, breastfeeding, pelvic floor issues, maternal mental health and more.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
I definitely found it really hard to make and build new authentic friendships right after having my first baby. I think when you are have just had a baby, and especially if you’re the first one in your group of friends to have a baby like I was, you can definitely feel a bit isolated, especially during that Postpartum period.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
That when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. I definitely give people too many chances, and I’ve learnt the hard way that if you see someone doing something or talking about other friends all the time, they are most likely going to do it to you. Also that friendship should be reciprocal. If you're the only one always helping someone and it’s always one sided, you’ll never have your cup filled by that person. Don’t let a friendship drain you.
7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
I really admire Michelle Obama, and right now honestly, all of my Black American cousins and aunts that are marching in the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA. We are already starting to see a change that is happening when it comes to anti racism and the injustices BIPOC face every day, and it’s definitely females leading the way.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
9. Where can we find you?
You can follow me @postpartumqueen
Or reach out to me through my website- www.postpartumqueen.com.