Mridula Khanna is a mom blogger and an influencer famous with the name Mom and Zeeva. Mridula Khanna started her blogging journey three years back when she gave birth to her loving daughter, Zeeva. Before she started blogging, she was a manager in the field of HR for almost seven years with many prestigious organizations.
Cut short to 2022, Mridula has been awarded MUM Influencer 2021 by Kiran Bedi Ji. She has also been featured among the top 10 Instagram influencers on MIDDAY and in many reputed magazines. Initially, she was hesitant to share her life publicly, but she gradually did it at her brother’s insistence.
ICYTALES is in conversation with Mridula Khanna on her journey from the management field to the creative field.
Q) What made you decide to start your blog?
Mridula Khanna– When Zeeva (Mridula’s daughter) was born, I had to discontinue my job as I wanted to give her all my time and attention. So, when I quit my job, my brother suggested I try blogging and influencer space on Instagram. It was not a bad idea since I could give time to my daughter and do something for myself too. So, I started blogging and soon began reaping benefits from that, though the benefits were slow but valuable.
Q) What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
Mridula Khanna– Initially, I started it as a hobby, and now I see it as a great career opportunity. Since childhood, I have always loved writing; making reels and videos came eventually with it. That’s how I learned all of this.
It gives me a different kind of satisfaction that I am doing something productive and being independent. I want to set an example for Zeeva that her mother is working for herself and handling the family all at once, and also, I have all of the memories stored for her when she grows up. This satisfaction is something I love about blogging the most.
Q) You have won the mum influencer award, which the honorable Kiran Bedi Ji felicitated; how was the experience of the same?
Mridula Khanna– I would say that I have not even dreamt of something like this. Getting an award from Kiran Bedi Ji for being a mum influencer out of so many other mothers was unbelievable. It was a very spell-bounding experience, and I am very thankful to God and my family for that. I guess it was sheer destiny or luck, but I worked hard for that.
Q) What inspires you the most?
Mridula Khanna– My father, in many ways, does inspire me. And other than that, I talk to myself whenever I am demotivated or anxious. Nobody in this world can inspire you in a way that you can inspire or motivate yourself. Only you can help yourself to gain confidence and motivation to go ahead.
This is a tried and tested way; I get all my answers when I talk to myself or meditate for 10 minutes. If I zoom in on the Mom blogging space, Sameera Reddy inspires me a lot. Her journey from a celebrity to now a mom is commendable. It takes a lot of guts to be this unfiltered and raw with the content as she is.
Q) As a mother, what were the most challenging aspects, and how did you deal with them?
Mridula Khanna– To be very honest, I would say that I haven’t felt any challenges because I have a very supportive family who has been there to guide me throughout. Many mothers do face several problems like breastfeeding, managing, and a lot more, but I think I am blessed. My family got my back and guided me at each step. As of now also, Zeeva has grown into a toddler, sometimes when she doesn’t listen to me and I get annoyed, my mother always asks me to calm down and not get mad or scream since she is s kid, she will adapt to whatever I do, so I need to be careful.
Q) How should a mother deal with Postpartum depression and prioritize her physical and mental well-being while taking care of a newborn?
Mridula Khanna- I remember after delivery I felt very low and depressed, thinking my career was over and many other weird thoughts; this was postpartum baby blues; that feeling eroded in 3-4 weeks, but Postpartum Depression is very challenging. It is very common among women after delivery, and the irony is most women aren’t aware of that fact.
My family ensured that I took care of my physical and mental well-being. To fight PPD, one should make healthy lifestyle changes, eat well, rest, and stroll in the room. Try to meditate and do exercises (recommended by your doctor); prenatal vitamins are a must, don’t skip them. Try talking to your loved one for at least 10 minutes a day; talk about anything except the baby. Prioritize yourself. Ask for help! I don’t think that will make you incompetent or any less of a mom.
Q) Packing food for children would seem an easy task but is not very easy because children easily get bored with the same types of food. How did you come up with the idea to provide easy recipes to your audience?
Mridula Khanna– Though I am not a very good cook, I started cooking only after I got married, and only a few things too. It was just after Zeeva that I started experimenting. When I saw her rejecting food so many times, I cut that cutely in a different shape and enjoyed the same literal thing. The cookie cutter helped me to get Zeeva to eat good food. So, every mom should look at new and innovative ways to feed their young ones. No food is boring, and it is just that the presentation should be done in a cooler way.
Q) What difference do you see between present-day parenting and previous-generation parenting?
Mridula Khanna– I have been very close to my parents, and it is the same I want to happen with Zeeva as well. Frankly, I don’t see much difference in my parenting and my brother’s parenting compared to what I give to my daughter. My parents gave both of us choices, the same I gave Zeeva.
Mridula Khanna is a mom, influencer, blogger, and artist manager. She guides new mothers through her blogging content on her socials. The main highlight of her content is her recipes, Mridula is quite experimenting with the food for her daughter. She collaborated with many prominent brands and was featured in many renowned magazines and articles. Mridula has also recently started her Youtube journey by creating shorts on Youtube and is also active on Twitter.
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