Member’s Spotlight – Kate Insley

Kate is a designer and mother to Penelope. She has been a member of our Silver Lake location since we opened! From the UK and having lived in NYC, she had to find a support system in LA. Read on to find out more! 

What do you do?
I design retail spaces, installations and displays, mostly for fashion brands, along with managing their visual merchandising needs. I am also working on a personal project that I am hoping to launch in Spring 2021! 

You’re from the United Kingdom, what took you to Los Angeles? 
Short answer is my husband is from here. We met in New York, but I was living in London at the time. I moved to the US in 2017, and lived between NY and LA. I prefer the open space, the nature, the healthier lifestyle and the weather in Los Angeles, whenever I was getting on the plane back to NY, I was always sad to be leaving the LA climate. For those reasons, we decided to have our baby in LA and set up life here, instead of being back and forth. 

For you, what’s the key difference between the UK and USA?
So many things, but the one thing I like most about living here, is the opportunities the US has to offer. There is an openness to being able to follow, achieve and succeed in what you do. You can wear many hats, instead of being pigeon-holed to one. People here have many jobs, different jobs, jump industries etc., and that’s normal and accepted more easily I think.

What is the biggest challenge of being a working mother?
Having some downtime and time to yourself to recharge. 

What is your biggest achievement to date?Probably my daughter and my husband. Making a wonderful and healthy little girl is everything, watching her grow, learn, discover and love is so beautiful.

Kate Insley

Bringing up a child far from home can be tough, what support groups or organizations have your turned to? 

My support group is Big and Tiny and friends I have made who also have children similar ages to Penelope. I honestly don’t think I would have returned back to work if Big and Tiny didn’t exist, and don’t know what I’d do without it. I have never felt separated from my daughter by working from Big and Tiny (she was only 4.5 months old when I returned back to work full time), so being under one roof is great, her being close to me was, and still is important, so I could breastfeed her, and see her when I was available. With both my husband and I working, I prefer this way of balancing work and child.

How do you take time for yourself? (When you get time for yourself!)
I do Pilates twice a week, to rebuild my body and my strength and breath. I also enjoy taking a bath, reading, relaxing, meditating after Penelope goes to bed each night. Those few hours are crucial to my wellbeing and energy for the next day. 

What’s been your biggest learning of 2020?
To keep things more local and not to travel as much, taking more care of our Planet. I have also loved reduced working hours and spending more time in the day with Penelope, right now I am working part-time, and that balance is great. 

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