"I'm Stronger, Wiser, and More Ambitious"—a Mom on Raising 7 Kids

Something happens the moment your child enters the world. Every single one of your senses is set off when you hear their first cry. It's an all-encompassing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual experience, all at the same time. And from then on, you are a different person. I personally have never felt more confident, powerful, and compassionate after having my son.

For Cortney Novogratz, interior designer, author, entrepreneur, and mother of seven, parenting has also been life-altering. "It's easy to lose yourself in motherhood, but we're women after all," she tells me. "We can do a lot at once, and we thrive with a lot on our plate. Motherhood made me stronger, wiser, and more ambitious." 

You may know Novogratz as a reality TV star on Bravo's 9 By Design and HGTV's Home by Novogratz, in which she shared the limelight with her husband, Robert. They have 25 years of designing experience between them, have co-authored three books and are the co-founders of The Novogratz, an online décor site with vintage wares and affordable finds—you should see their removable wallpaper line.

From flipping and designing homes in New York, the pair now live in a 1920s castle in the hills of Los Angeles with their seven children: Wolfgang, Bellamy, Tallulah, Breaker, Five, Holleder, and Major. In this next edition of Her Domainea series that celebrates all momsNovogratz shares what it's really like to be a parent, the biggest lessons she's learned, and her version of work/life balance: "We never shut work off or shut our kids out."