What does motherhood mean to you? How has it changed your life?
"I think i answer this question differently all the time to be honest, probably because my experience of growing, birthing and raising babies is always changing. Motherhood is a long continuous lesson in this life, and after three short years as a mother, I am still trying to find the right words to encapsulate it perfectly. My girlfriends and i have been talking lately about how simple and easy life was when you just had yourself to look after and upon having kids, you really let yourself become the last person you look after. For a long while you think that this is how it goes but slowly you realise that looking after yourself, through being stretched and pulled at, is the most important thing to maintain. Happy and healthy mama makes a happy healthy bubba! In terms of what has changed? Everything and nothing! We travel the globe still, and I still do most things I always did, of course much slower and with a few extra yawns and a lot less spontaneity."
Between work, travel and the kids, how do you make them for your relationship? Any rituals shared together?
"This is something so important yet something we are still working on. Because we have been raising our kids away from friends and family, we have very little time together so when we do find those rare nights off together, a typical date night looks like splurging on some very nice wine, a fancy dinner and some live music. It’s easy to forget about your relationship and leave it on autopilot as new parents. But i think its very important to make the time for each other and do the things you did when it was just the two of you, even if that’s just falling on the couch together after the kids go to sleep at the end of the day."
Dreams, projects you would like to share with you family?
"Great question! We have lots so I'll share a few. We are really passionate about introducing our kids to art and culture. We want them to learn music, we always travel with 1-2 guitars.. my partner would bring all if he had the choice, he always hires a keyboard to have in the house so the girls can play whenever they want. Music is a big way that he and the girls connect, typically he will play with or for them and we all dance and sing. My area is more art.. painting and drawing. Late last year we built a little art studio under our house so when we are home I often invite the girls to come in and get messy. We also want to live in Spain with the girls and spend some time in countries like India with them. We recently spent some time in Barcelona and I loved teaching our eldest a little Spanish, it brought us so much joy watching her interact in another language. We try to involve the kids in the work that we do, I will often take the girls to my partners work so they can see what he is working on - they love that!"
What is your favourite essential oil ritual?
"At the moment, I'm using oils when i travel and when i need a little me time. I’ll usually fly with tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint to keep things fresh and clear as I tend to get very congested up in the air. People have been giving me the eye when i whip out my little portable diffuser on the plane. I usually pop a few drops of eucalyptus on the shower ledge and steam it up for my little ones if they are a bit blocked up. I’m also loving a few drops of calm & destress blend in the bath at the end of the day! Since transitioning to chemical free cleaning at home, I love using lemon and lemongrass scents for that super fresh and clean feel."