What does being a MUNTHE woman mean?
The MUNTHE woman finds harmony in herself, allowing her to become a confident woman. There are so many roles in a woman’s life; family, experience, sex and more. But these cannot characterize the depth and complexity of a woman’s life.
Tell us about yourself Naja…
I grew up in a small community in Jutland, Denmark. We had to walk a mile to go to school, and there were no shops at all. I spent a lot of time playing outside with my siblings, I rode my bike around and I used to ride to go to visit my friends. It was kind of lonely there, especially when I became a teenager.
I didn’t have a clue what money was until I was about five and I completely misunderstood what it was about: I noticed the checkout lady packed our bags, gave my mom the bags of shopping and gave her a load of metal thingies and we left. I have no memories of doing anything that required money, with my parents.
If anything, growing up poor meant not having a TV when most of my peers did – and that didn’t harm me, to the contrary, I learnt to take initiative and find creative ways of entertaining myself as a kid. I spent hours as a young child, just digging and if I hit clay, I’d make things with it and leave it in the sun to dry.
So, I love nature, I love the natural world and exploring and finding materials that I can play with or be creative with. I doubt I’d feel such a strong bond to the “creative”, if it weren’t for the fact that I was left to be free more than I ever was stuck inside, plugged into a TV. And if I’d gone on loads of “fancy holidays” I would never have been bothered to immerse myself in learning about local history.
Where do you live now?
I live in Copenhagen but love to spend some time in my summer house too! Copenhagen is wonderful, I just love my city and here in Copenhagen everybody loves biking, including me.
I’m a big consumer of the city and all it has to offer. I love events, exhibitions, restaurants, nature, shopping, art fairs and everything else our chill capital has to offer.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Finding a suitable balance between work and daily living is a challenge that we all face.
The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household – also mine. Having hobbies and interests outside of my workplace allows me to explore my other passions and to become a more well-rounded person.
I typically try to balance my work with my hobbies. I might not be able to do that every time, and some days are more hectic than others. In general, though, I try to plan my time as effectively as possible to ensure I can manage my personal life with my work. I spend some quality time reading a good book, spend time with my kiddos, family, and friends and do some exercise.