Melissa Finlay

Children: 2

Industry: Health and Nutrition

How would you best describe yourself?

A mum of two, trying to create the right balance between the mum world and the business world, and still learning about myself in both worlds.

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

Becoming a mum made it a non negotiable for me to only do work that I find meaningful and rewarding, otherwise it's not worth the time away from my kids. When I realised that this is how I felt I set wheels in motion to leave my corporate job and focus on my career as a women's health nutritionist and a mum.

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

That one of the surprising parts of being a parent is how your children hold up a mirror to you, to learn so many things about yourself you didn't know or realise before having children. Also that when you become a mother your identity does change, you're instantly no longer the person you were before, and it's okay to take time to process that.

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

The guilt around taking time for myself, and time to be a working mother. I've learned that these two things need to be a part of my life in order for me to show up as the mum I really want to be.

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

Communication with my husband is key. Telling him what I need in terms of time out to work on and in my business so that we can manage the juggle together. Maximising the time I do have to work on it by batching work, time chunking and letting go of all other distractions while i'm in the work zone. Then trying to be fully present with my kids when I'm parenting and leaving work to just work hours. (This is a work in progress!)

What do you do for self-care?

I exercise whilst listening to podcasts, audiobooks and music. Pre- COVID schedule time with girlfriends to have dinner and be able to talk without kids interrupting!