What is the story behind Mama Disrupt?
Mama Disrupt™ is a modern mama movement that is changing lives. Every mother wants nothing but happiness for her child, but who is looking after mama? Say hello to Mama Disrupt™.
Mama Disrupt™ is on a mission to change the face of motherhood, to flip it on its head to help mamas enjoy a kick-ass life alongside the little people in their world. Mama Disrupt™ is place to go that ENCOURAGES and INSPIRES, so that we can become the BEST version of ourselves—without apology, without hesitation. We are the most INCREDIBLE WOMEN on the most INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE of RAISING HUMANS, and deserve the world.
Mama’s guilt, parenting advice, judgement, fads, dos, don’ts , There’s a whole box of tricks out there that can make mamas feel bad. When I became a mother for the first time eight years ago, it was a shock to the system. As an ambitious London lawyer who had been used to doing what she wanted when she wanted, motherhood blindsided me. Overwhelmed by the love I felt for my son, I wanted to be a better person - a better wife, a better mother, a better human. But when looking for guidance in this unknown realm, all I found was that I was running in the dark, with the path forking in every direction with signs pointing THE RIGHT WAY on each corner.
And so, I looked to my own beautiful mother who, along with my hero of a father, had done such an incredible job of raising my two brothers and I. But I was a different animal. I was a product of the modern world. I was a result of my higher education, my career, my ability to know what I wanted and how to get it. I couldn’t switch this off and pretend I was anything other.
Jessica Jane Sammut is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the inspirational print and digital magazine for the modern mother, Mama Disrupt™. Jessica is a former commercial lawyer turned leading journalist for the British/Australian national media and global brands, and a mama to two little balls of fire, five-year-old Finn and eight-year-old Zac (plus Salty the dog and Sky the cat). Originally from London, Jessica is now living her dream amongst the palms in Noosa, inspiring an army of modern mothers globally through Mama Disrupt™. Find her at @jessicajanesammut on Facebook and Instagram, and discover Mama Disrupt™ at mamadisrupt.com.
But, everywhere I turned for advice on motherhood I found a story that was different. Stories of how to parent, what to think and how to be a mum the ‘CORRECT’ way. Here was a sisterhood set against each other in a framework that fostered and applauded mother’s guilt.
And I knew right then that I was struggling. Struggling to see what the future looked like in my new role as lover/fighter/protector of my son, and where I would fit in it. And so, I read. Read and read and read: books , journals, overseas papers. And after that, I let my son guide me as I pushed back and tried to hear my own voice.
And from this, I grew. And as time passed, I came to learn and understand what I needed to do. I started to trust what I thought I knew about myself, and the more I trusted, the more my heart revealed to me. I was evolving, not just in my new role as a mother, but in every single way. You could say it was my coming of age, and you would be right, because my experience of becoming a mama had ultimately changed every thing. And whilst it had left me lost for a while, it had also allowed me to find the very essence of who I really was.
With no better reason on earth than my son to become the very best version o f myself (or as close as I could get to it ), it was time to shed a skin. Throwing all pre-conceived notions to one side, I imagined the life I truly wanted for my new family, leaving London behind for our ocean-inspired palm life in Noosa. It was time to create my future and to live motherhood on my own terms.
And so, here we are. Now, with two little boys, Zac Xavier, 8 and Finn Charles, 5 (not to mention Salty dog and Sky kitten), motherhood has not only given me the courage to live my truth, but it has also fuelled my desire to spread positivity, inspiration and hard-ass sass to ALL mamas, so that we may all live our truth in whatever form that may be.
Love your babies. Nurture your soul. Laugh at the crazy. Stand by your motherhood sisters. Let your guilt wash away with the well-meaning advice and out-dated rules.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
I don’t have any one particular person who inspires me, but anyone who is smart, taking risks and pushing boundaries rocks my world. I love a renegade.
What does gratitude mean to you?
To notice the little moments and be thankful for every day. Happiness is found in the simplest of things.
Are you a free spirit, or a homebody?
Homebody! I love hanging out at home with my little tribe.
Words of advice you would offer your 18 year old self?
Believe in yourself. As a young woman, I was not as strong as I am now. My inner confidence came as I grew up, as did my understanding of who I was. But life is a journey, and as such, this growth was part of mine.
What has been the biggest realisation for you since becoming a mother?
That if I can grow a human, deliver it earthside and raise it, I can do ANYTHING! Motherhood has brought out the lioness in me, and I have never felt more empowered.
What keeps you relaxed in stressful times? Describe your ultimate me-time moment...
I love to wake up early and go for a long walk on the beach as the sun rises over the ocean. I put my iPod on and hit the sand. Sometimes there are dolphins playing in the water. It’s makes me thankful to be alive.
Book that made the biggest impact on your life?
Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children by Sarah Napthali. This book is not only the most beautiful book about motherhood, but it is an awesome introduction to the principles of Buddhism generally.