This week’s Meet a Mom interview is one of our own—Elizabeth Lim, the mom of two behind BeachCities Moms! She and her husband Mark live in the South Bay of Los Angeles with their two girls, Sailor and Haven, 3 and 1. To learn more about Elizabeth, her start with TLMN, and her favorite local spots, read on below:
Why did you decide to raise a family in your area?
The beach lifestyle! It is casual, family friendly, much slower paced than LA, and everything I ever dreamed of for my family!
What is your background, professionally?
Before I became a mom, I worked in the health and wellness/food industry. I was a private chef, taught cooking classes, and most recently had a meal delivery business that delivered local, fresh, family friendly meals to your doorstep- it was a wild ride!
Why did you join TLMN?
Becoming a mom was such a transformative experience for me I couldn’t fathom immersing myself into anything that didn’t involve… being a mom! That combined with the GENIUS business model- providing flexible WFH jobs for moms around the country who have the capability to be an amazing resource for other moms in the area- I just love it!
What is your favorite mom mantra?
I have three mantras that I would say define that way I parent the most and that I find myself going back to on a daily basis:
- Validate the feeling while holding the boundary
- Model the behavior you want to see, trust that it will eventually follow
- Do less! (less correcting, less entertaining, less hovering, less directing, less interfering, less stuff, less control over play, less business, less activities, less everything!)
What advice would you go back and give yourself as a first time mom?
Omg where do I begin… I guess most importantly I would say this time of your life is so fleeting- don’t put pressure on yourself to rush through it. There is so much pressure in society to get back to work, get back into shape, get back into your social life, to your romantic life, etc. You will eventually get there, but for now embrace every second of this stage!
What TV show, book, music etc. are you into right now?
If I get the rare chance to listen to something of my own, I am either jamming to Taylor Swift or Morgan Wallen!
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?:
Right now I would have to say watching my two girls play together and love on each other- it has been the greatest joy. Also having two built in besties- the three of us do everything together and it is just the best!
We love supporting local businesses. Can you please share your fave places in your area to:
Go to dinner as a family: Tin Roof or Vista
Have date night: Arthur J or MB Post
Have brunch: Martha’s or Strand House
Get takeout: Rakkan Ramen or Izaka-ya
Café/Coffee Shop: The Source Cafe
Have fun as a family outdoors: The beach- always!! Otherwise nature walk/hike in PV
Get your hair done: Mikell Coiffure
Get your nails done: Polish
Go shopping: Gum Tree
Favorite activities to do with your kids in the Beach Cities: beach, park, library, local farmer’s markets, grabbing a smoothie/acai bowl/bagel/sandwich, spending mornings with our play group at Valmonte Farm