MINI : We’re thrilled to have you on our fall cover! Let’s dive right into your life as a mom. What does your morning routine look like? What time do you get up?
Naya Rivera : My typical mom morning starts at either 6:30 or 6:45 AM - if I’m lucky! That extra 15 minutes of snooze time is always so sweet. Josey is up by now, so I change him and give him a bottle. We will spend that time in bed together cuddling and joking around. Hide and seek works wonders when trying to stay under the covers for as long as possible. We brush our teeth together (he’s obsessed with doing this) and then head downstairs to play some music, dance, and get a snack. Breakfast is usually at 8 and now that Josey is older and can eat so many things, we try to go out for breakfast a few times a week. We also hit up Coffee Bean or Starbucks in the morning where Josey requests that I buy him a banana off the counter every time. We’re back by 9 for his nap [and] I get an invaluable hour break. I use that time to answer emails and call my mom to tell her all the cute new stuff Josey did in the three hours prior. That’s a typical morning for us.
What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?
Really making time for yourself is a challenge. Taking the time to not worry about your house, or to-do lists, or the baby is hard, but necessary.
What is your favorite part?
The love I get from him. Little things like the two kisses he stood up and gave me last night to say thank you for making him mac and cheese from scratch. It’s a love never found anywhere or with anyone else.
What surprised you most about mother hood?
Probably how truly selfless you become.
How has motherhood changed you?
It’s made me a much more observant person.
What do you hope to instill in your son, Josey? What is most important to you in raising him?
I hope to instill good morals and values in him. I want to teach him to be confident but kind, strong but not proud, and to always be in love with life.
What worries you most?
Puberty. I’m going to cry so hard when the day comes that he doesn’t want to hold my hand because it’s not “cool”.
We love getting a glimpse inside Mini spaces, so thanks for showing us around Josey’s room! What was your inspiration for the design?
I wanted a room that had bold patterns and felt cozy at the same time.
What are some of your favorite elements in his room?
I love the wallpaper and the Roman shades. I also love the bird chandelier.
How do you keep your home kid-friendly?
Hardcore baby-proofing and allowing every space to be a play space to a certain extend.
You’ve just released a new book, Sorry Not Sorry, which has gathered a lot of buzz! Tell us what we can find inside the book.
You can find a lot of funny and authentic stories about the ups and downs of growing up. It’s all very relatable and feels like a conversation between friends.
If Josey were to read the book one day, what do you hope he will take away from it?
I hope he would take away that growing up has its challenges but behind every cloud is a silver lining.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
I get my nails or hair done or sneak away and take myself to lunch or dinner completely alone.
Looking back to your first days as a parent, what would you tell yourself?
You’re going to get a lot less sleep in about a year.
How do you recreate the experience of looking at a mural when you’re inside a museum? In celebration of Mural Arts Month in Philadelphia, see how we’re representing three important mural projects in “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950.”
i’m almost 11 months on t and for the first time i was able to confidently walk into a puerto rican barbershop in chicago w/o feeling dysphoric. i’m still so excited about this bc this is quite frankly the nicest cut i’ve ever gotten. barbers of color are so incredibly talented cutting thick/curly hair and they deserve so much more recognition. i’m not paying a white man to cut my hair ever again
also, it’s decided i’m moving to humboldt park as soon as i graduate college. i’ve seen that there’s a lot of nationalists living here and i wanna get more involved w the puerto rican independence movement in chicago, specially the one aiming to free oscar lopez rivera