Amina Aranaz-Alunan: Having It All

Amina Aranaz-Alunan gives multi-tasking a new meaning  This mom of three and wife to Rafa Alunan is also a homemaker, teacher, designer,   and business owner. Amina is the designer and owner of ARANAZ Bags as well as co-founder and fashion school director of SoFA (School of Fashion and the Arts).

Amina admits it’s not easy dividing her time between work and her kids but somehow she makes it work. “ I carefully plan out my schedule. My iPhone calendar is my best friend! “

Amina studied design at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy, worked as a stylist for a fashion magazine, did a bit of modeling, and teamed up with fashion designer Rajo Laurel to create the Rag2Riches line of fashion handbags (made from scrap pieces of fabric!).

Amina not only designs bags, she also shares her passion for design with her students at SoFA.  She does all these and more and still manages to look like she just stepped off the cover of a glamor magazine.

But more than being an icon of style, Amina’s greatest sense of fullfilment is coming home to her family.  “One of my favorite moments is coming home from a work day and having my 3 kids running to me for a huge hug and kiss. That moment I look forward to each day, “she shares.

“Everything about motherhood is a joy,” she adds.

Though she’s known for her fashion sense, Amina says she lets her kids make their own choice about what to wear.

”I buy my children’s clothes most of the time. But my children pick out their outfits and mix and match. They had strong opinions when it comes to clothes. Especially my daughter! Sometimes even if her outfits don’t match, I let her be. I want her to explore her own individuality.”  Helena, Amina shares, loves playing dress up. “The girly girl in her loves long, feminine dresses and ballet skirts!”

Does Amina have the answer to the question moms since day one: Is it possible to have it all?

She admits it’s one of the biggest challenge she had to face. “Trying to do it all. I am passionate about everything I do. I strongly believe that if there’s a will there’s a way. So I hardly ever say NO to a task, “ she says. But she admits, “Sometimes I bite off more than I can actually chew. When this happens, I step on the breaks a little. Re-group and re-prioritize.”

And if there is one thing she wants to teach her children…

“That one’s relationship with God comes before anything else. If one’s spiritual life is strong everything else will follow. “