How would you best describe yourself?
Wife to an amazing husband, mum to a 2-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old girl. I love being a mum, cooking and nature walks. Professionally I am a certified practicing accountant and a business coach.
How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?
Prior to becoming a mum, I was very much career-focused and my career was a big part of my identity. My work schedule always came first. Becoming a mum shifted my priorities and now, I’m a mum first and then the businesswoman. This reprioritisation surprised me very much. I also feel that my life is much more enriching watching the magic of children growing.
What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?
Starting a family is a rewarding and deeply fulfilling feeling. Please remember to ask for help as there are many new duties relating to children. You can talk to family, friends, government organisations, and supportive communities willing to help.
What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?
Adjustment to my new identity as a mum and a businesswoman was hard at first because I was used to prioritising my career. Flexibility in my work is now paramount to give me enough time to be with my children during their waking hours. To find fulfillment as a mum and a businesswoman, I changed to a role as a business coach as I felt that I needed to create greater flexibility in my work schedule that is planned around my lifestyle with family.
What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?
Ask for help from family, friends, and supporting communities.
Say ‘no’ to the things that do not fill your cup, as to how you organise your time is very important to give you quality time with children.
Find your ‘life-work’ rhythm that suits you. This will stop you from feeling depleted when you are out of rhythm.
Automate and outsource – I automated a lot of cooking with the Thermomix as it saves so much time.
Outsourcing cleaning can also give you much more time to be with children.
Get deliveries – for groceries, clothing purchases, etc. This will save you time with not having to venture out and direct your valuable time for another productive task that the whole family can benefit from.
What do you do for self-care?
I take time for activities I love such as nature walks and bike rides. I also regularly practice gratitude and mindset work for empowerment.