Soma's mission is to design products for you, listen to your needs and share your stories. Today, we are sharing Tali's story. Tali's is a first-time Mother and ICU Nurse. Read on to learn about the life lessons she has learned from working in the ICU and why her husband nicknamed her an "international superhero".
OCCUPATION: ICU NURSE
ABOUT HER: MOTHER, DAUGHTER, WIFE, INTERNATIONAL SUPER HERO
How was your fitting with Soma?
The fitting was amazing! Everyone made me feel so comfortable. For the past year I have been wearing maternity bras because I was breastfeeding, so I’m excited to actually wear a bra that makes me feel like myself again. What I love about Soma bras and undergarments is that they make you feel beautiful no matter what your shape or size, and I think that’s something special.
Being a first time Mom is such a big transition for many women. Can you tell us a bit about your experience?
For me, being a first time Mom has been an adjustment because you sort of lose your body in a way; you feel it’s not yours anymore. First, your body is the baby’s home for 9 months and then you’re breastfeeding for six months to a year. And then you get little lines, little stretch marks, tiger stripes, and you sort of miss the way you looked before your baby. But now you have a miracle standing in front of you and it reminds you of the strength that you have as a woman.
What was your relationship with bras and your body before you had your daughter and, how has it evolved as you’ve grown older?
I was always really busty and I would try to hide the fact that I had larger breasts. For example, in middle school I would only wear sports bras, sometimes two. And then, as I progressed through high school, I started accepting my body more but I was very athletic so I was in still wearing sports bras all the time. When I finally got fitted for a bra I had to make sure it was the correct fit. I think it’s so important to be fit because if you’re bra is too tight or if it’s there’s a wire that’s digging into your side, you’re not going to be comfortable the rest of the day. If you have a comfortable bra that you just can feel relaxed or even forget that it’s even there, it’s life- changing.
I think every bra should make a woman feel beautiful because sometimes that’s your intimate time with yourself. You want to look in the mirror and say, “Hey, that’s me.”
Can you describe your personal style?
My style is more California, laid back and relaxed. Lately I’m in leggings and tees a lot but before the pandemic I really enjoyed getting dressed up and ready to go out no matter where I was because I grew up in Argentina and there everyone gets dressed up for any occasion. I also do not get to dress up for work so I enjoy dressing up when I am not working. Because you wear scrubs everyday you sort of feel dirty and not yourself, especially right now. So when you get home or you have the time off, you just want to feel relaxed and calm and clean.
You have a really intense job, especially after last year. What has being an ICU nurse taught you that you would want to share with others?
My husband calls me an International Super Hero because I was born in Colombia, then I moved to Israel and it’s my job to save lives. What I try to tell everyone I know is to embrace life every day. Make sure you call that person that you haven’t spoken to in a while, tell them that you love them, be with your families. Even if it’s over a FaceTime call, be there and be present. Don’t waste the time that you have with somebody because that time isn’t promised. I see countless people every day saying, “I wish I had one more minute or one more second to hold someone’s hand or talk to them.” I also feel there’s a responsibility from all of us not to judge others. You never know what they’ve been through and you don’t know where they came from. So treat everybody the same and greet everyone with a smile and treat them as if they were your family member. I try to instill that in my own child, I have her always greet everyone with a smile because a smile could change someone’s day.
That is such a great lesson to pass on. What about your own Mother, what lessons did she teach you?
My mom is a very strong woman. She is one of seven siblings. But I am an only child so she was always my best friend. She did so much for me growing up. We moved from a war-driven country to America because of me, they did it for my wellbeing. But now as a mother, I think about it all the time. I ask her, “How did you do it? How did you decide that you were going to leave everyone and everything and just come to a country that you didn’t know”? I’m fascinated by that because now that I have my own child I don’t know how I would do it without my mom. I thank her every day, and I tell her how much she means to me. My mom taught me that I can do anything I want and be anyone I want to be.