Ciara on balancing a career comeback with motherhood: 'I felt like superwoman even more'

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and before we know it, we’ll be walking on snow-covered streets with inescapable yet familiar jingles following our every step, conjuring up memories of all things love, hope and magic.

For New Yorkers and tourists alike, this meansthe return of one of the most magical Christmas traditions of all — The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.

Known for their seemingly-impossibly high kicks and graceful movements, part of the fun of watching the The Christmas Spectacular is getting to see the glamorous costumes, ornate set decor the enviable bling donned by the Rockettes themselves!

For the second year in a row, The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes will feature jewelry exclusively by PANDORA, a company who knows a thing or two about glitz, glamour and making a statement on the dance scene.

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The Rockettes through the years
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The Rockettes, bundled in warm winter coats and hats, demonstrate in front of Radio City Music Hall during a winter snowfall. Their show will come to an end after fifty years of continuous performances at Radio City Music Hall.
NEW YORK - JANUARY 01: The Rockettes perform during a Liberace concert at Radio City Music Hall in 1985 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1744 -- Pictured: The Radio City Rockettes perform on December 21, 1999 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: The Radio City Rockettes perform during the 2007 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York, New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. Rockefeller Center is illuminating its iconic Christmas tree with 30,000 light-emitting diodes instead of traditional bulbs this year to conserve energy. (Photo by Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 03: The Radio City Rockets perform onstage at the annual tree lighting ceremony and Christmas celebration at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
New York's Radio City Rockettes perform on 6th Avenue in front of Radio City Music Hall in New York on August 25, 2009. The street show was organized to launch the 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the start of ticket sales for the annual November 13 to December 30 show. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
It was cool on Sixth Avenue today as the Radio City Rockettes kicked off the 75th Anniversary Celebration and the 2001 Edition of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in front of the legendary Radio City Music Hall. New York City 8/8/2001 Photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
COSTA MESA, CA - DECEMBER 13: The Rockettes perform on opening night of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at the Orange County Performing Artscenter on December 13, 2007 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Doug Gifford/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform at the opening night of 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on November 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Radio City Rockettes perform during the 2010 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Kick Off at Radio City Music Hall on August 12, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: The Rockettes perform at the opening night of the 2010 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on November 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Radio City Rockettes attend the 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular 'Christmas In August' kickoff in Times Square on August 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: The Rockettes attend the 2012 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular' Christmas In August Kick-Off at Radio City Music Hall on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: The Rockettes perform during 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Opening NIght at Radio City Music Hall on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
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In order to kick off PANDORA’s exclusive Holiday Charm and Holiday Charm + Ornament Gift Set for this year (designed in collaboration with the Rockettes), the company teamed up with longstanding partner, comeback queen and music superstar Ciara:

“I’ve been working with PANDORA for a while now … it’s been a fun ride. In this case, it’s really fun because we’re here together at Radio City Music Hall and we’re celebrating the limited edition of the [PANDORA] Holiday Charm and Ornament and it’s inspired by the Rockettes … I thought this would be a really fun time to get together because dance is a really big part of what I do and of course I love good jewelry, and PANDORA has some of the best jewelry."

And though jewelry is always a solid gift option for so many during the holiday season, there’s one person on Ciara’s list who proves to be a bit more difficult to shop for:

“My husband! His birthday is coming up so I gotta get there first, but you know I always figure it out. It just takes a little time to think about what it is. This one thing I wanted to get him, he unfortunately just got for himself so I’ve got some more thinking to do, but I’m excited.”

But for both Ciara and [her husband] Russell Wilson, the holiday season is about so much more than just gift-giving and holiday-themed festivities — it’s about the love and bonding time that the holidays bring that get them most excited each year:

“I’m pretty simple … it’s really just the cool moment of being able to spend time with family and have dinner. It’s almost like repeating the Thanksgiving meal all over again which I love. I’m from the south and we love to eat and there’s nothing like having good turkey and stuffing all over again! Keeping that food tradition alive is always cool, and we love to do karaoke, we love to dance. [My son] Future the other day was like ‘Mommy, can we have a dance party?’ So we have dance parties with the family and we play games and we just have a good time — it’s full of a lot of love."

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Ciara poses during the PANDORA Jewelry Shine Collection Launch with Ciara on March 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Pandora Jewelry)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Ciara is seen on March 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen on March 09, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Singer Ciara attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 6: Ciara attends the Tom Ford Men's - Arrivals - February 2018 - New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on February 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Recording artist Ciara attends the NFL Honors at University of Minnesota on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Singer Ciara attends the 2018 Warner Music Group Pre- Grammy Celebration at The Grill & The Pool Restaurants on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Ciara onstage at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for dcp)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Singer Ciara arrives at the Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Ciara arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ciara arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Ciara performs during the taping of 'Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration' at Walt Disney World on November 7, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The 'Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration' premieres on ABC, Monday, December 25, 10a.m. - 12p.m. ET. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 07: Ciara performs during the taping of 'The Wonderful World Of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration' at Walt Disney World on November 7, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. 'The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration' premieres on ABC, Thursday, November 30, 9?11p.m. ET. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Ciara arrives to Bulgari store on Fifth Avenue on October 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Singer Ciara attends a party to celebrate the Bvlgari Flagship Store Reopening on October 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, singer Ciara, NFL player Russell Wilson and Heidi Klum participate in the phone bank onstage during 'One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief' at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Ciara leaves ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on October 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Ciara attends 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Ciara wears an all leather outfit on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Ciara attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's BAZAAR)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Ciara attends the Tom Ford fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Ciara Wilson attends the Jen Klein Day of Indulgence on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/Wireimage)
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Ciara, who's hit the scene hard this year with her summer release of single 'Level Up' followed by 'Dose', is an anomaly in an industry that is ever-changing and competitive in its landscape.

Ciara has re-emerged as a better version of the Ciara that she’s always been, no dramatic change or massive reinvention -- just her authentic self, upgraded.

‘Level Up’ debuted at Number 10 on the U.S. Digital Songs chart and quickly became a viral sensation with the ‘Level Up’ dance challenge taking over the internet this summer.

The song and its message are reminiscent of Ciara’s own evolution and the way in which she lives her life and approaches her career — there’s always room to grow so long as you’re willing to be better than yourself.

The irony is that Ciara’s admirable dedication and methods of self-motivation in both her career and personal life comes as a result of watching fans and loved ones find a source of inspiration and happiness through the work that she does — they motivate her to motivate herself so that she can be the best version of herself for them:

“I’ve always been that kind of person, always trying to figure out how to get better and better. But I will say that at this particular season of my life, I felt more drive to ‘Level Up’ .. I just want to make sure I’m always getting better, doing better — getting what I deserve out of life. I think that’s really important, being able to use my journey to inspire others, to make sure they’re getting the best out of life and doing what makes them happy. And making sure that they are happy and that they are living their best life — that’s been a really important part of my message and my story. 

For this project, I want to inspire the world and I want to inject love and make the world dance. It’s been incredible to see that come to life and to see how the whole world is literally dancing and ‘Leveling Up’ and doing all these cool viral videos. You see cute videos like a principal dancing in the middle of the gym with her kids and I know how much that means to the students that someone cares that much and is that engaged with them to encourage them to do better and to ‘Level Up,’ so when you see those moments, it’s awesome. Dance is so powerful — it has the power to bring the world together. It’s another universal language the connects us all. So when you see that happening, it makes me smile and it inspires me, it motivates me even more — I’m more motivated because of it.”

For Ciara, the love and support of her family has been (and continues to be) the driving force that inspired her latest project and career pivot out of her musical hiatus and back into the public eye:

“This is probably the most excited I’ve been in a while with putting out music. It felt really good. I think for me, it was also cool that I created most of my project carrying my daughter and now she’s out and she’s dancing to the music that I created while carrying her, so it’s pretty cool. But it’s been an incredible ride and my family has been my rock. They’ve been a big part of the inspiration behind what I do and they motivate me even more. I felt more empowered than ever after I had my daughter and having two kids, I really felt like ‘Let’s get it!’ I felt like superwoman even more. I just have more motivation behind all that I do because of them. My family, my husband (he’s another one of my babies as well) — it’s been an incredible time fo all of us, I’d like to say.”

Because at the end of the day, being a mother and a wife is just as much a part of who Ciara is as the songs she sings and the performances she puts on — she’s trying to find that balance between career, mother and woman just as so many of us are:

“It is really a balancing act because when I go home, the identity of who I’m known to the world as is completely removed. That’s very humbling and I love it that way. I feel like my family gives me balance, they keep me grounded through it all. I like when I get home that I can just truly be me. It’s not about all the glitz and the glam — it’s about those bonding moments and spending that time reading books and bath-time and just laughing. Just really having a good time — it’s like the important vitamin I need to survive in life. It’s one thing to have all the good, glamorous, fun stuff happening but it puts the cherry on top when I have a good time at home with my family and I have that as my foundation.”

The best way for Ciara to balance that time between work and play with a busy schedule and a never-ending list of things to get done? Literally write it down and schedule it out:

“It’s really also about schedule. My schedule is crazy-town but it’s literally mapped out … it will say on my schedule ‘Drop the kids off at school’ (Sienna just started school so her and her brother go to the same school which is really cool) and it will be like ‘Wake up, get them ready, drop them off to school’ and after that I’ll go and do a conference call and after that I may have rehearsals and then it’s time to pick them up — I put that on my schedule … i just really map out my world as much as I can to make sure I’m also carving out time for family time.”

But Ciara isn't done ‘Leveling up’ anytime soon — in fact, she’s just begun:

“This is a really exciting time — I have a couple of really cool announcements coming out soon that I can’t wait for my fans to hear about, so the holidays will be really fun and jam-packed. I’m looking forward to all that is to come from my project and it’s been, again, an incredible ride to see the world go on this journey with me and to see the whole world dance. The way my fans have been engaging with me and the viral videos — it’s been really cool and it’s a blessing and I just want to keep enjoying this ride.” 

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