Heidi Klum shares her secrets to living a happy life in the new issue of Self magazine. It’s all about to-do lists and remembering to breathe!
Heidi Klum has it all with a flourishing career, a wonderful husband, Seal, and four amazing children, Leni, 6, Henry, 5, Johan, 3, and Lou, 13 months — and she knows it! “I think about what I’m grateful for,” Heidi tells Self magazine. “I look at my kids and my husband and think, ‘Wow, I’m a really lucky person.’” The supermodel sparkles on the December cover of Self and reveals that she is an overwhelmed mommy, just like everyone else!
“When I’m at the dinner table and everybody asks me a question at the same time,” Heidi says of being a busy mom, “Or when the baby cries and cries and you’re, like, ‘What is wrong? You’re not hungry. I changed you—what is it?’ The sound level goes really high, and it’s like, ‘Whoa!’ I take a deep breath and say, ‘This is my world.’ It’s a roller coaster. Sometimes you’re on top and everything is fabulous, and sometimes it’s crazy. But it’s what I wanted, and in the end, I love it.”
Heidi is lucky to have a great teammate in Seal, who she says is the most patient person she’s ever met. “He can explain something to the children for hours, and I will just say, ‘OK, this is how it is,’” Heidi admits. The couple, who have been married for five years, may not see eye-to-eye on everything, but they know how to make their marriage work. “We may have some different passions, but we love and respect and trust each other.”
The mom of four’s biggest concern is keeping herself and her family happy and entertained! “I’m a big believer in to-do lists. I have daily lists and big-picture lists. I set goals and get my work done, but I have to plan for fun things, too,” Heidi says. “I’m always thinking about what will make my family happier. So I set up play dates and trips to the park or museum. I’m planning for a safari we can all go on together. What can I do with my husband? Can we steal away to Vegas for the weekend? Is there a play we want to go see? You shouldn’t wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.”