Beyond Mom Sonia Kapadia is co-founder of Little Global Chefs, a portal designed to help parents end picky eating with their kids by inviting them into the kitchen to cook meals together. Sonia holds an impressive resume (Harvard Business School, Chief Marketing Officer of Gü Chocolate Desserts in the UK, head of Business Development at Rent the Runway) and is now enjoying running her own business- one that is making a real difference for parents! She is a frequent lifestyle and business host and guest on television and digital platforms including MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, Huff Post Live and Fusion. She was recently the host of Food Network’s show, Food Fortunes. She is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and a former contributor at Forbes. Sonia shares with Beyond Mom her current business venture, how morning showers are everything and much more!
1. What makes you a Beyond Mom?
Haha, I’m not sure I’m beyond anything :)! I try and do things that bring my family and me happiness. So while I’m a mom and try and be around for my kids as much as possible, I know it’s important for me to stay motivated and continue to stretch my brain. I love to create new businesses and explore new opportunities. This has allowed me to follow my passions and allows me to learn new things all the time. I just launched Little Global Chefs, a new portal designed to help parents end picky eating at the dinner table by cooking foods with their kids! And I continue to do a lot of work in the media space as a host, contributor, and commentator. I’m also very engaged in Education Reform as I serve on the Board of Directors of Blue Engine. Oh, and I’m pregnant with my 3rd! What I’ve learned is to just keep moving ahead and pursuing things that bring me excitement and joy. That’s how I keep going “beyond!”
2. What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
I’m not going to lie, when I had my first kid, I definitely went a little crazy, freaking out about every little thing. I felt completely out of my element and didn’t know how to handle a newborn. I had no idea what I was doing and was second guessing myself for the first time ever. By the time my second was born, I started to get the hang of it and realized I was in charge, not the kids! Plus I just didn’t have the time to obsess over every runny nose! So since I’ve become a mom, I’ve become more easy-going but also more strict, if that’s possible. I’ve learned to be strict on my own time, and make time for the things that matter, and then be more easy-going about the things that are not big deals or matter less. I’ve taken this learning into all things I do, whether it be with parenting or work.
3. Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
I’m so glad you asked this! I co-founded Little Global Chefs with my BFF Marianne Santee. We’ve known each other for almost 15 years and started our careers together when we both started our first jobs out of college at PepsiCo. We became and remained best friends even while we went separate ways career wise and geographically with many different moves. Since meeting, we’ve collectively lived in 7 different cities and as far as 3,500 miles apart and have stayed close.
Right now, we live 800 miles apart with Marianne in Michigan, and me in New York City. We had been playing around with this idea of cooking with our kids independently with our kids over the summer. We Instagrammed our adventures, and before we knew it, the response from other moms was astounding and people were encouraging us to make this idea of fighting picky eating through cooking projects a real thing. So when we met up on a girls weekend in Arizona, we talked and decided to launch LGC. We are having the time of our lives and it’s been the best partnership. Not only are we best friends but we work so well together, each bringing different strengths to the table.
Most of our day is run over text. So we’ll be talking about revisions on our latest Huffington Post column one minute and then complaining about how our kid just threw up the other minute. It’s so fun and we are loving it.
4. What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
I’ve actually been with my husband for 16 years. We met and started dating freshman year of college. So he knows EVERYTHING about me, as we basically grew up together and have spent our entire adult life together. He’s the one who definitely keeps me grounded in who I really am.
5. Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing? If so, please share…
Honestly my dream is to keep being challenged and motivated and to never feel like I’m not achieving. So I’m constantly pursuing ways to grow and do more.
6. What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
This is going to sound funny, but I must take a shower every morning. It’s the one thing that gives me 7 minutes of peace where I have time to myself. And I feel fresh and ready to start every day. Without that morning shower, I feel unsettled and incomplete.
7. How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?
Well right now I’m 7 months pregnant so I feel like style is probably the least important thing I have going on. But whenever I feel schleppy, I try and put together a cute outfit with some fun accessories. For anyone who knows me well, they know I love my leather jackets and I always feel like I can spice up any outfit by putting one on.
Favorite NYC Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
Love Charlie Bird and their soundtrack!
Running along Hudson River Park
I actually hate physically going into stores and shopping, so most of my shopping is done online where I can try stuff on at my leisure at home!