Industry: Financial Coaching & Tax Manager
How would you best describe yourself?
Resilient! Life has not been smooth sailing in my personal or professional life, however I have managed to endure and persevere. I also need resilience with two highly energetic boys to feed and entertain which is why I am attracted to succulents, because they're the one type of plant that I own that doesn't die (and is also the inspiration for my business logo)!
How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?
I have managed to set boundaries for my working hours. I am more aware of my output and know my value isn't placed on the time at the desk but the output and value created for my clients. I always felt I would be a Full Time corporate working mum, however, I am now surprised, that I don't want to work as much which is why I started Financial Coaching so I can choose the hours I work, help people do the same in their lives and spend more time with my family.
What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?
Don't let anyone (especially your boss) tell you that you should put off having a family if you want to be promoted!!!
Make sure you are well informed about all your options and rights about your pregnancy, pre and post-natal care, and don't just go with what the medical system tells you. You are unique, as is your baby and you know what is best for you and your child's health as is every other mum or mum to be!
What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?
Finding reliable care for the boys - located semi-rural means there are fewer options for care. When I went back to work my husband ended being the primary carer. This was a great solution in the short term and I couldn't be where I am today without him taking on that role. I know he is super keen that the boys will both be at school next year so he can feel productive again within his trade.
What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?
I block out time in my diary for work, school drop-offs, bike riding, or other family activities, catching up with an old friend, or just a mental health break. I will work in the evenings to balance out days I am less productive or not able to work due to commitments around my children but I always take the weekends off and get outside in nature, take the kids to the local market for fresh groceries, and slow down.
What do you do for self-care?
Grounding, primal core work outs, cross stitch and walking/riding in nature!