Kristy Shadbolt

Industry: Victorian Public Service - Environment

Children: 2

How would you best describe yourself?

I love talking to other people, sharing experiences, and learning from others. Usually surrounded by a bit of madness and chaos but plenty of fun to go with it. Good company and a good cuppa keep me pretty happy.

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

I have learned how to multi-task a lot more. I have also learned that my work although I love it isn’t everything to me and I don’t need to live and breathe it every second of the day. That has been quite a shift over time though.

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

Your priorities will change. You may not get a shower every day. You need to learn to be ok with that.

What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?

Isolation. (Covid sucks) I found mat leave incredibly isolating. Like you’re less of a grown-up while the rest of the world turns without you.

What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?

Lists and doing things the night before if possible. Routine helps a lot too. I can be quite forgetful so ticking things off a list every night makes me know I haven’t forgotten anything.

What do you do for self-care?

Covid has helped me try lots of new things to look after my mental health but running has always been my go-to.