5 Mums Who Rock

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Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mamas out there. We caught up with some of our favourite mums to chat about the good, the challenging, and the inspiring bits of being a mother. 

katie Dickens

Katie Dickens is a well known name in Brisbane having started Dance Barre, KD Online and Fit Space Co. Kate is also a mum to a nine-month-old baby and step-mum to a 7-year-old step who she met when he was four. 

Do you remember that first moment when you realised you’re a now a mum?

Yes I actually have a picture of it too. I had just arrived home from the hospital and Jordy had woken from his morning nap... I was sitting on the floor in his room holding him staring into the mirror filled with emotions - my baby was finally here. 

What do you love the most about being a mum? 

I love the little wins you get to experience each day, week and month. Seeing baby grow and develop is by far the most rewarding. I also love seeing his personality start to shine through - its the absolute best getting to know your little people. Bryce and I love to point blame at all the little quickly things - like the really loud voice apparently he gets from me ha

What advice would you give to new mums that you wish you got? 

Try not to plan too much in those first early months. I deliberately decided not to have any expectations about my birth and post labor. And honestly it was the best decision I made. I think so many women put pressure on themselves to breast feed for example. Because I had heard this I decided I would take a different approach so if I could breasted great, and if I couldn't its nit the end of the world and baby will still get all the nutrients he requires from formula. I didn't know if Jordy would be a good sleeper or require a little help to settle.. and so on... so going in blind almost really does help in the way that you are over surprised when things don't go the the way you planned. 

What has been the biggest challenge? 

Lack of sleep haha, oh nothing will ever prepare you for the extreme lack of sleep and sleep inns you are no longer privileged too. Also how energy capping being a working mum is. I went back to work at 12 weeks and physically teaching classes at 15 weeks post. Even without work I am exhausted come the end of the day. Honestly, all the cooking, meal prepping for the entire family for when you are at work, washing, folding, school pick up, late nights early moorings really does take its toll. But hey, its what I live for, I love my babies so much. 

How do you balance motherhood and your business/career? What does a typical day look like for you? 

I have always said that behind every busy woman is an incredible team, and I most definitely have such a beautiful team working alongside me. I have great support from my fiancé, he is definitely my mentor and my business advisor. However if you are asking me directly how I pull it all together. I make sure I am super organised the night before. So both kids meals for breakie and school are prepped the night before. I even go to the extent of making sure Kael's school cloths are laid out ready to go for the next day as well as mine. I have our morning routine down to a tee - all beds made and fully dressed by 7am if I'm not at Dance Barre. Having a baby means each morning is different to the last and very unpredictable. So by ensuring I'm all sorted and Kael is organised makes a big difference. I then do the school drop off or Bryce does, generally Jordy and I have an activity in the morning then when I come home to put him down for his sleep thats when I go into work mode, quickly prepping dinner for all 3 boys (they all eat differently) then jumping on the laptop to get work done. Before I know it its school pick up time. I get Kael at 3pm, home by 3:30pm, play with him till 4pm then I'm off to work till 6:30pm/7pm then back home just in time to smooch the boys and get them down to bed by 7:15/7:30pm. Then Bryce and I have dinner, and are straight back on emails or discussing our businesses. We try our best to have no phones of an evening however running several business between the two of us it isn't always possible. We really cherish our weekends together.  

Tips for other mums looking to step into a business venture? 

Awesome! You go girl. There will never be a right time to start, just make sure when you do, you have a good supports system in place and are ready to get organised - bring organised has been my saving grace - I'm certainly not perfect but it really does help. Oh, and definitely try make bulk dinners when you can on the weekend or the morning of. 

What would you like for mothers day this year? 

Well, Bryce is actually off on his bucks weekend, it will be my first mothers day - it was really hard to find a weekend all the boys could do, so of course it turned out that mothers days was the pick ha. But its ok, he will be home by the evening. Im just really looking forward to a nice dinner and some extra loving - he is missing my first mothers day after all.

Lee Sutherland

Lee is a gorgeous mama of two who has recently moved from Sydney to Noosa. She is the face behind Fitness in the City and one of our favourite wild grown teas, Little Wildling Co. She is a woman that seems to have it all figured out navigating both business and being a mum to her two little ones, two-and-a-half year old Jet and 13-month-old Ava.

Do you remember that first moment when you realised you’re a now a mum?

I think it was that exact moment when I found out I was pregnant and everything that means – it’s a pretty huge life changing moment in every way possible!

Is motherhood everything you thought it would be?

So much and more! To be honest I expected the absolutely worst so that meant every day I can be pleasantly surprised.

What do you love the most about being a mum?

Watching them see things for the first time, to learn and develop and to be so lucky to be there pretty much every step of the way.

What advice would you give to new mums that you wish you got?

Make sure you get you time every day. Not once a week or once a month, but every single day. As much as you’re in the baby bubble its so important to get time out to keep you balanced, to keep some sanity and also you’re identity. Its not selfish and it doesn’t even have to be long – 30 minutes is plenty! I did this religiously with Jet, who in hindsight was such an easy baby (slept all the way through, fed well – yep, that dream baby) and so he weaved effortless into our lives. But with Ava, who was a needy little thing from the get go, made it harder to be away from her so I scarified ME, and almost went a little crazy in the process! Now I’ve carved out a great little routine for all of us, included me and we all benefit from it.

The other bit of advise is to manage your expectations. This rings truth for all areas of your life!

What has been the biggest challenge?

Ava waking up 10 times a night to feed from 0-12 months (seriously) was a bit intense and of course the absence of sleep affected all areas of my life. Thank god a couple of weeks ago we toughened up, said enough is enough (cue a lot of crying during the night) and as a result she is finally sleeping better. Life changing!

How do you balance motherhood and your business/career?

I’m so lucky that I run the show and carve out my own hours. Having the flexibility to work from home so I can be there for them while also sneaking in a work here and there is both a blessing and a curse. So good that we are all together, not so good for when I have deadlines… BUT they are only small for such a short period so I’m just rolling with it.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is really different, mostly hectic, with periods of over the top fun and then with a sprinkle of torture… I think any mum who has 2 under 2 will be nodding here too!

I have just started to go to a early Pilates session so that is out of the way, otherwise I have to go mid morning while Ava naps (my hubby also works from home #winning), so I get home and eat breaky with everyone, we walk down to let the chickens out (yep that’s a stark contrast to my Sydney life!!), then we all play and tire them out ready for Avas first sleep. Then while she sleeps, I work while the hubby then occupies Jet – and we kinda just tag team through out the day. If I have a shoot on for Fitness In the City or Tayla (my girl who helps me with all things Little Wildling Co) is working then he takes over a bit more, so its totally a team effort.

After a few hours work and after lunch we all go out for a little adventure to the beach or somewhere new as we’re still discovering Noosa, I tend to use car trips as time to do Instagram posts and respond to emails, reconcile Xero… I can pretty much run my whole business from the front passenger seat of the car!

Tips for other mums looking to step into a business venture?

Do it! Its amazing how life all of a sudden becomes clear when you’re pregnant or had a baby. That office job you hate is a lot easier to say goodbye to when you have a little one about to enter the world!! I’ve launched 1 business and way too many new products during both pregnancies! But again, manage your expectations – and this is a tough one to do when you want to take over the world with your new ideas!! Do what you can, sometimes that’s nothing, other times it may be a lot, but try not to get upset or worse, compare yourself to other established businesses.

My other tip is to start before you’re ready. If your production is taking forever, or your website isnt built yet, use that time to start creating your branding, your voice, your vibe. Use Instagram as a teaser, make it your vision board without giving too much away – that’s how I built a solid following for Little Wildling Co before I had anything to market.

My second tip – and this may be for the mamas with slightly older bubs - is don’t be afraid to have multiple income streams during the set up period. What strengths do you have? What’s your expertise which other people don’t? Maybe that is social media management, content writing, consulting other businesses, virial assistance so you can work from home helping others with Sales/marketing/PR/import/exporting – the options are endless!! As my background is marketing/PR and talent agent (as well as content writing, health science… yep, too many hats!) I use that to my advantage to create multiple streams from freelance writing, social media management and of course as editor to fitnessinthecity.com.au and everything across my herbal tea company. Its all different and its all fun!

What would you like for mothers day this year?

I’m such a sucker for pampering so a spa treatment would be divine I’m thinking facial and massage please!

Kate Samson

Kate is the co-founder of one of our favourite brands Cedar + Stone and lives with her family in Burleigh on the beautiful Gold Coast. Kate opens up about the juggle and sometimes struggle of balancing motherhood, business and a FIFO hubby. 

Do you remember that first moment when you realised you’re a now a mum?

Yes! My first baby was still in my stomach. I was at the beach and noticed a little toddler learning to walk down on the shore. She kept falling over, getting up and taking one step, falling over, getting up - she didn't give up until she got to where she was going one step at a time. And I thought - wow, what little champions they are, I have one of them in my body that I am now responsile for. For some reason that moment has stuck with me!

Is motherhood everything you thought it would be?

To be honest I didn't really ever think about what it would be like. I fell pregnant with my first son when I was 22 and I was still in party mode up until the day I found out!!

What do you love the most about being a mum?

Seeing my children’s acheivments and happiness. There is nothing better. The constant laughs throughout the house (not going to lie, there's a lot of yelling as well), the tiny cuddles and the hilarious things they come out with. 

What advice would you give to new mums that you wish you got?

Don't hold grudges. Deal with it and let it go....

And that it goes SO fast! It's weird how fast it goes so just breathe it all in, the good and the bad. The spectrum of emotions that they make you feel every day is intense. One minute you're killing it at parenting and they all love you, the next minute your house is falling apart because you buttered the toddlers toast wrong and the teenager can't find his rugby boots....

What has been the biggest challenge? For me personally, the hardest part of my journey has been the age difference between my oldest and youngest. Wrangling a toddler at the teenagers after school activities is not that much of a fun time!

How do you balance motherhood and your business/career?

My husband works FIFO so when he is at work it's a bit of a juggle, but from 3pm until the kids are in bed it is our time no matter how busy I am at work. We have sports or surfing after school most days then I get my computer out at 8pm and start work again for the night! When my husband is home I tend to work longer hours and have a break from all of the running around which resets me for when he flys out again!

What does a typical day look like for you?

It's pretty hectic and routine when my husband is away. I get up around 5:30 to make luches before the kids wake up, once they are up I generally nag at the teenager about 1435 times to brush his teeth, when they are all finally fed and clothed we leave at 7:30 to drop off at 3 different schools. I then head to the factory and work until 2:45. Pick all of the kids up then head to whatever afterschool activity is on for the day, generally surfing, aerial or rugby - the toddler tags along to everything! Head home around 6, cook dinner, baths/showers, if we have time we'll play a board game or card game, then bed for the 2 youngest! I run around like a crazy person cleaning up and doing the washing so that I can crash on the couch by around 8 or 9 to get my computer out and start working. I usually crawl into bed around 11. Then wake up and do it all again! That routine goes straight out the window when my husband is home, we eat out more, let the kids stay up later, and I get to share the taxi-ing so our life is a good balance of routine and craziness and it works for us.

What would you like for mothers day this year?

Just a happy toddler for the whole entire day will do. When he's in a good mood, then I'm chilled, then the others are cruisy too! It really is that simple in our household!

Amanda Callan

Based in beautiful Billinudgel in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Amanda and her three boys Banjo, Percy and husband Andrew live a very wholesome life on their Church Farm where they grow their food, sing songs and make beautiful products for their business Church Farm General Store. Amanda share her tips on creating more bliss and balance in your life as both mum and business owner. 

Do you remember that first moment when you realised you’re a now a mum?

Not particularly, the early days were a blur of love hormones.

However, daily when i look in the mirror and i'm wearing socks with sandals and my hair is a mess, I realise!

Is motherhood everything you thought it would be?

My sister had five children so i was always a little scared of motherhood to be honest

Don't get me wrong they are all great kids, but 5 kids looked intense when i was in my early 20s

Turns out i like it way more than i thought i would.. and maybe we will have 10 kids! not really.

What do you love the most about being a mum?

Seeing how much the boys love each other, Banjo is such a great big brother to Percy.

And just the general fun and love vibes, watching them grow into their own little humans.

What advice would you give to new mums that you wish you got?

Don't listen to advice, follow your instinct.

What has been the biggest challenge?

It is so true that your children are your biggest teachers. There are so many moments throughout the day where you just have to try and breathe and stay cool,

Its like daily Vippasana.

How do you balance motherhood and your business/career?

Day by day. We have just had two weeks of school holidays with both boys at home and work has been so busy.

They hang out with us at the warehouse and if they are very very good Daddy takes them fishing on the boat.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Today i woke up at 5.30am and drove to Southport to attend my clinical herbal medicine classes as I'm finishing off my health science degree.

Andrew is at home getting the boys ready for school, packing lunch boxes and working at the warehouse sending out orders and making hot sauce.

Tag teaming at its finest.

Tips for other mums looking to step into a business venture?

Just do it, so many ideas are just ideas, and... don't put too much pressure on yourself, if it sucks you can just stop doing it.

All is good.

What would you like for mothers day this year?

To go for the early surf with my mum friends.

Katie Dall

Katie starts her days at 4:30am on most mornings to fit in what's important to her. She's a runner, a personal trainer and co-owner of Activate PT, and mum to her gorgeous daughter Khloe. Kate is a very hands on mum and often has Khloe in tow as she trains her clients in her studio in Brisbane. Kate share her insights on finding balance and making time for what's important to you. 

How many kids to you have and how old are they? 

One beautiful daughter, Khloe who is six years old (going on 16!).

Do you remember that first moment when you realised you’re a now a mum?

Yes, I was in recovery post emergency c-section after a very long 3 day labour... and even through all I had endured to bring her into the world safely (she was also 10 days overdue!), I was just so overjoyed and filled with love... and completely exhausted!

Is motherhood everything you thought it would be?

Yes it is.  But nothing can prepare you for it!  Khloe challenges me to be a better person and inspired me to follow my dreams and passions. She was one of the big drivers of getting out of the corporate world and into health and wellness... and now training corporates in Brisbane CBD!  

What do you love the most about being a mum?

Having a mini me by my side where we support and encourage each other to be compassionate individuals and to challenge each other. Meeting other amazing mothers through my mums group and school, and making lifelong friends has been so rewarding too. 

What advice would you give to new mums that you wish you got?

Be prepared for anything and everything to change, and just do your best to go with it during those early days. Use your support networks as much as you can.  I am a very routine orientated person (slightly OCD) and found that the “A Contented Little Baby Book” by Gina Ford was a lifesaver.  A lot of the changes and milestones that your baby will go through are not what you would expect.  This book explains exactly what to be prepared for during the first 12 months - it was like my bible!

What has been the biggest challenge?

Finding the balance between our business related tasks, and spending quality time together as a family.

How do you balance motherhood and your business/career?

We try to spend Sundays together as a family and have recently started switching off technology/phones etc for the day, which feels really good! 

What does a typical day look like for you?

4:30am | Rise to go running (marathon training)

6:30am | Home to get ready for work and Khloe ready for school

8:30am | School drop-off then walk to the studio (New Farm to City)

9:00am | Meetings and administration 

11:30am to 7:00pm | Training my awesome clients!

7:30pm | Arrive home from work, have dinner with hubby and Khloe, read books with Khloe, send confirmation messages to clients for the next day

10:00pm | Sleep and prepare to do it all again!

Tips for other mums looking to step into a business venture?

  1. Have a clear idea of what your business goals are and where you want to be in five years time. 
  2. Use support networks to help get you through those very busy times (friends and family are generally very happy to help).
  3. Set aside time each week for family. 
  4. Engage and invest in experts to assist taking your business to the next level - they are the most efficient at it and will save you hours of lost time!
  5. Keep it real.  If you are doing something that you are truly passionate about,  it won’t be a struggle, and you will overcome all obstacles.. and learn and grow from the many mistakes you will make!

What would you like for mothers day this year?

Some nice downtime with my family - I will be in New Zealand in my hometown for the Hawkes Bay marathon, so spending time with my mum will be super special. I also love eco friendly gifts!

 

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