Sherelle Packer

Children: 2

Industry: Health & wellness

How would you best describe yourself?

Determined to inspire people that they don’t have to sacrifice the time they spend with their family for money

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

I was a workaholic before kids, my hours were on average 70 hours a week. I honestly thought I could just slide a baby into my busy life but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The constant juggle between running a house, keeping up with the demands of my job and being that present mum was horrendous. Throw in a child who was sick every second week in daycare and it was well utter chaos! My values really changed, I was no longer craving the corporate world and just wanted to be the present mum for my little boy. After having a febrile convulsion at 11 months that was my defining moment where I decided money was not worth sacrificing the quality of all our lives so I decided to retire and have stayed home since. What shocked me the most was just how much my values and priorities changed once I took on the role of motherhood.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

  1. Create multiple streams of income so you have a plan B, you never know how you will feel after the baby arrives

  2. Look into the online space and see what is available to you that will help you gain financial independence

What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy / leave / returning to work?  How have you overcome this?

Leaving an abusive relationship and raising 2 kids on my own was the toughest decision I have had to make. I turned to personal development to help me through this stage of life where there was lots of toxicity. I also asked for help from the incredible women’s support organisations and they helped me find a strength through this difficult phase as did family and friends.

What strategies / initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?

  1. Schedule your time in blocks and make them non negotiable

  2. Include self care at least once week so you can fill your cup! You can’t pour from an empty cup!

  3. Lower your expectations of what your house needs to look like and better yet get a cleaner to take the pressure off