Work.Life.Mum

Work.Life.Mum

I am hiding sitting in my office, with a glass of wine in one hand and a coffee in the other…my husband and I have tag teamed and I can hear my little devils angels calling out for me from behind the closed door office door. My wonderful husband is running intervention and doing everything that he can to give me some hours moments of peace so that I can get some work done! This is just a fairly typical weekend in our household.

I have tossed up for a while on whether I would use this platform, my business website, to write about life outside of the products that I sell. I resisted it for a while but I think that part of the reason why I have a good following of customers is because I am happy to share a bit about my life in a public forum. I am by no means perfect, and I certainly don’t have any resemblance of balance in my life, but I know the main demographic of my customer base and I am guessing that the majority will relate to my life behind the four walls of my home. At the end of the day, you don’t have to read these posts if you don’t want to!

I haven’t hidden the fact that motherhood has not come easily to me. I had expectations, ok high expectations, on what it would be like, and the reality has hardly lived up to them. It’s taken me nearly four years to find my groove and realise that motherhood is what it is and my expectations need to change. I have spent lots of time getting to where I am now. I’ve had to make some lifestyle changes and I’ve needed to dive deep within myself, which at times was damn hard and pretty frightening. I have given myself permission to feel how I feel and not worry about what others might think of the decisions that I have made. I have decided to work part-time and because of that, my children attend childcare. My children are so loved in the centre that they attend, the care that they are given is amazing. They get to do some awesome activities that I would NEVER dream of doing with them here at home (oh my Lordy the mess!!!). The reality is that childcare has all of the facilities set up to do that messy kind of stuff without it being a whole project that needs to be managed down to the enth degree (oh, did I mention that my speciality is project management, so you just can imagine how I run these art and craft activities!). Do you know what? It’s absolutely ok that these activities don’t take place in our house! It’s perfectly fine for others to enjoy these fantastic moments with my delicious little men and for me to enjoy completely different times with them when we’re home – like going to the park, having a special dinner out (at the pub that has the indoor playground, that’s pretty special if you ask me!!!) and trips to Kmart where bribes of Paw Patrol treats work marvellously when I went to look at Mum things! We play around in the dirt outside, ride bikes and cars in the backyard and jump on the trampoline. If I was able to be home with the kids 7 days a week and still feel like a good mum, wife, friend and daughter, then I would, but the reality is that I am a much better mum, and person in general, when I am working and using other parts of my brain (not to mention the tertiary degrees that I will still be paying off long after I retire, or so it seems). AND…that is absolutely OK!

Running A Cup of Nature is not the only work that I do, and probably in fairness isn’t my primary work, but it certainly brings me a lot of joy and fulfilment. I love having something that is totally my own. I have worked pretty damn hard over the last 3 and a half years to get to where I am, and I have a lot more goals that I want to achieve and strategies to roll out, but they will come in time. I’ve met some amazing women through the course of running this business, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I have been able to start A Cup of Nature and work around the kids schedules and needs, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that at times I got really frustrated that things have moved at a slow pace because of needing to take time out at times, but for the most part I am happy with how things have progressed, and I plan on continuing my online shop and raising awareness of the alternative choices people can make to use natural products in their homes.

I feel that it’s important that you know the person behind this website, particularly if you don’t know me very well already! Whilst I will use this website to share the products that I sell with you, along with their amazing benefits, I will also use it to share more about me! It’s a bit of an outlet for me too, and I quite enjoy blogging! And if you’re not really interested in getting to know me, you don’t have to read these particular posts!

If you resonate with any of the mum comments I have made there, or have any stories to share, I’d love to hear from you so comment below!

 

2 Responses to “Work.Life.Mum

  • Awesome read Shan…loved your honesty. Soo refreshing and resonated on so many levels. Your doing an amazing job juggling every…golly I can’t even seem to manage looking after the kids and running a household without the addition of outside work.

    • Thanks lovely! Sometimes all the balls drop from the air, but I’m getting into a rhythm now xx

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