Tennille Westmores

Children: 3

Industry: Victoria Police & Fitness Trainer

How would you best describe yourself?

Always busy, goal driven and self motivated. I like to think I strike a balance between 2 jobs and motherhood. I also make time for my own interests and try to put me first at least once a day!

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

I worked full time for 10 years before starting a family. I work in a male dominated industry and was unsure how I would be perceived when I made the decision to work part time. I can honestly say I have been fully supported every step of the way by my male managers. As a supervisor now I try to encourage all employees to have a work life balance. Kids are like juggling, there is always a ball in the air! Although my first place of employment may not be my true passion anymore I still enjoy it. A couple of years ago I made the decision to get my fitness qualifications and I now also work part time as a PT which is the area of work I love. It’s made life super busy with 3 kids also heavily involved in sports but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being able to help people achieve their goals.

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

Kids are not like dogs! I thought they would amuse each other but apparently not! I would say, be organised, don’t sweat the small stuff and make time for yourself everyday.

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

Thankfully I had text book pregnancies and births (sorry, I’m THAT person!) My place of employment had fabulous maternity leave arangements and I was able to return part time as well. I could choose my hours and was even able to gain promotion whilst working part time. I can honestly say I’ve had no issues with fitting in starting a family and work commitments. I try to be super organised, my head is always 36 hours ahead of schedule to keep things on track and I have a fabulous “village” of other mums who I’d be lost without.

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

You need to have a diary! Without it I’d be lost. Check it the night before so you know what’s in store for the next day. Also lean on your support network when you need them. Don’t try and do it all by yourself, it will never work.